Tang sight for a Marlin 1895cb 45/70?


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zeke2138
March 17, 2006, 11:36 AM
Hi,
I'm new to the forum and this is my first post.
I am thinking about putting different sights on my new marlin 1895cb and would appreciate any advice I could get. I am currently leaning towards a marble's tang sight. I've been told that you have to worry about getting hit in the eye with it on a big caliber like 45/70, though. I've also been told I should go for a receiver mounted peep sight instead. How much better are any of these than the factory sights? I don't want to put a scope on it for various reasons. I plan to use the rifle for deer and, hopefully, elk hunting. I'm not into cowboy action shooting yet but am interested in it someday when I can afford the necessary guns.
Thanks for your help,
Zeke

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JNewell
March 17, 2006, 02:31 PM
Welcome. You are likely to enjoy the discussions here.

Is the 1895 CB drilled on the left side of the receiver for a receiver sight? If not, you will have to have it drilled and tapped to attach a receiver sight. You'll have to have the tang drilled and tapped to attach a tang sight.

Either are (IMO) a huge improvement over the factory open sights for both accuracy and speed.

To some degree it's personal preference. I have a Winchester 92 with a Lyman tang sight and although it works extremely well as a sight (which is after all its primary mission), I don't like it a lot. It has to be erected to be used and then it's somewhat in the way. Actually, I don't like having it on the tang even when it's folded down. If you don't have a real yen to do CAS you might prefer a receiver sight. By the way, for my money, the best of those are the older, all-steel, Lyman 66 sights.

zeke2138
March 17, 2006, 07:54 PM
The reciever isn't drilled on the left side. It is drilled on top for scope mounting, though.

JNewell
March 17, 2006, 10:14 PM
Ah, I'd forgotten that possibility. I think that several companies offer receiver sights that mount on the top, all of which are very good. Ashley (XS Sight Systems now, I think), Wild West Guns and Brockmans all make excellent versions and I bet they'll go right into the scope mounting holes. If you change your mind later, you won't have any non-issue holes to plug.

zeke2138
March 18, 2006, 09:49 AM
Another thing I keep thinking of, since I'm pretty sure I want to try out CAS at some point, is something I saw in the movie Tom Horn with Steve McQueen. He has a detatchable tang sight on his Winchester '76 that slides into a socket on the tang. Do you know if anybody make one of these?
Those reciever sights all look pretty good to me, though, for what I'm doing currently.

JNewell
March 18, 2006, 01:45 PM
I haven't seen one, but I haven't looked. I looked into BPCR a few years ago and never got into it...I recall the upper-end tang sights being quite expensive (although in fairness you are buying a pretty sophisticated piece of hardware). Try googling Soule sights and see what comes up?

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