Replacement front sight bead


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Sisco
May 6, 2004, 06:52 PM
I want to replace the front bead on my Marlin 1894 with a Williams Firesight. My factory sight dovetail width measures .372", the closest I can get from Williams is .340". (They only make them in .250, .340 & .531")
Is this too narrow for a snug fit?

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HSMITH
May 6, 2004, 10:28 PM
Yes it is WAY too small.

Sisco
May 7, 2004, 12:25 AM
Figured it was, glad I asked before buying. The only thing William's website says is ".340 medium width is for factory ramps such as Marlin, Remington etc."

Jim Watson
May 7, 2004, 12:32 AM
Hsmith, I presume you are thinking about the dovetail cut. They are all the normal 3/8" rifle dovetail, I think Sisco is talking about the width of the barrel ramp and Williams is listing the sight base width.

My Marlin 39A has a ramp .374" wide. I'd use the .340" Williams so I could get the hood back on if I wanted to for some weird reason.

Sisco
May 7, 2004, 01:00 AM
http://www.emotipad.com/newemoticons/Doh3.gif
I was just looking through the Brownells catalog and realized the same thing Jim posted.
I was measuring the bottom of the dovetail, not the width of the ramp!
Williams also sells a hood that fits their "shorty" ramps, wonder if it would fit the grove cut in the Marlin ramp for the factory hood?

HSMITH
May 7, 2004, 01:25 AM
Good catch Jim. My Brownells confirms your statement. Braindead me, sorry.

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