Marlin 3085S - 336 variant


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goon
December 20, 2006, 11:46 AM
If I keep my Marlin (I really don't like hunting and a folding stock AK may be of more use to me) I am planning to make it into sort of a lever action scout type rifle. It needs a trigger job and I also need to install aperture sights on it. The reciever is drilled and tapped for regular scope mounts but the front sight is not like the regular ramp mount on a normal 336. Mine has a taller sight that is dovetailed right into the barrel, just behind the barrel band.
Anyone have any ideas about how to get around that?

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Z_Infidel
December 20, 2006, 12:07 PM
goon, you might want to call the folks at XS Sights. They might be able to help you out since they manufacture ghost ring (aperture) sights for Marlin rifles. They also make an "Express" front sight for the Cowboy models that would probably fit your front sight dovetail. The key decisions will be whether you want a bead front sight or a post, and what modifications are you willing to make to your gun if you really want a post front sight. Your barrel could be shortened and drilled for the normal XS front post sight that they include with their ghost ring set for example, but if you don't want to shorten your barrel then you might be limited to a bead front sight. In that case you have several to choose from and you just need to get one that is the right height to work with the aperture rear sight you choose.

goon
December 20, 2006, 01:13 PM
Thank you. I am not sure that I will keep it yet but I am considering it. I like lever actions but since I don't plan to hunt anymore and since I live in an area where it is hard to get a long gun out to go to the range, I may be better off selling it to get something with a folding stock that is easier to sneak out. My last AK was a disappointment so an SAR-1 with a folder may be next on my list after I get a little more money together.
Anyhow, I want to keep my options open.
Thank you.

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