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Marlin Model 60, Tech Sights V.S. 3x9 scope

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CoyoteSix, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Well-Known Member

    Well I was considering a Marlin 60 today and was considering the sighting options I had if I bought one. Let's not kid ourselves, the stock irons aren't the best.

    Just wondering what people thought of the advantages/disadvantages between Tech-Sights and a decent scope.

    Ones that instantly come to mind are.
    -Tech-Sights seem more durable
    -Tech-Sights improve rifleman ship
    -Tech-Sights aren't as ideal for small game hunting
    -Scope has much needed magnification for long range shots
    -Scope offers more precision * Debatable
    -Tech-Sights look cooler

    Anything I might've missed?
  2. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    Have you factored in what you enjoy using more? For me personally, I just enjoy iron sights more than scopes, especially on a small caliber rifle.
  3. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Well-Known Member

    unfortunately its a tie. :rolleyes:
  4. mdThanatos

    mdThanatos Well-Known Member

    What would be the purpose of the rifle? If you are going for best groupings or dedicated hunting, I would say scope it, if general plinking and some informal hunting I would say Tech Sights.
  5. mberoose

    mberoose Well-Known Member

    You wouldn't really need anything fancy if you went the scope route. I had a Bushnell .22 Rimfire 3-9x32 scope on my Marlin 795 and it was a fine little setup, a real tack driver, more so than my 10/22 with a Simmons 3-9x32 scope. The scope only ran me about $40 on Amazon too. I replaced the stock iron sights with fire sights as well, and those were an improvement too.
  6. thralldad

    thralldad Well-Known Member

    Williams Fire-sights!
  7. travisd

    travisd Well-Known Member

    I have Tech Sights on my 795. Shoots just as accurate as with a scope and are a lot more fun IMO.
  8. kyletx1911

    kyletx1911 Well-Known Member

    i just took a redfiled 3x9 off my 336 i like iron open better
  9. travisd

    travisd Well-Known Member

    Also I've found Tech Sights work just as well for hunting squirrel/ rabbit as a scope does. I just keep the ranges a little shorter
  10. Fast Frank

    Fast Frank Well-Known Member

    You forgot one point in your comparason:

    Scopes help people with challenged eyesight make good hits at longer ranges.

    If you are young, shooting iron sights at 100 yards and more isn't a big deal.

    I'm getting older, and I just can't see the sights and the target so good any more. Makes it hard to get good hits like that.

    With a quality scope, I have no problem placing rounds where I want them.

    In my opinion, when it comes to .22 rifles the best answer is to own several.

    Having different rifles set up for different situations makes it easy to have fun regardless of the circumstances.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  11. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Well-Known Member

    Bingo, lol. I have a 60 with tech-sights - great fun to shoot and pretty darned accurate. But I decided I wanted a scoped .22, but not enough to remove the tech-sights from the 60. So what did I do - buy a 10/22 and put a scope on it.
  12. pseudonymity

    pseudonymity Well-Known Member

    I am not sure the Tech Sights are more durable - that may be a draw. The Tech sights will almost certainly be lighter though. The scope will tend to catch on brush and limbs in the field a bit more than the TS. You may get off quicker shots with the TS, especially in low light situations. If you shoot 50+ yards, bullet drop is not a small issue, and generally elevation is easier to adjust in the scope than with the TS. A scope with a BDC reticle can also be simpler to use at variable ranges. Holding high with a front post means you are going to be obscuring part of your target, and the elevation adjustment on the rear TS generally takes some type of small tool (penknife would work) or seriously small and strong fingers.
  13. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Well-Known Member

    What is a BDC reticule? :scrutiny:
  14. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    If you've got the eyes for iron sights.... the Buckhorns on the M60 function just fine.... You may need to put a spot of blue locktight on the elevation screw, but that's about it.

    I've always shot mine very well with the factory buckhorns.... but I've got "over 40 eyes" (well over) now and benefit from being able to actually see the target.

    I put a 4X fixed scope on mine and like it a lot.

    I have a 3-9 scope, but felt it was over kill.
  15. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    I wish my Marlin Model 60 was suitable for tech sights - unfortunately I have an early model with a wraparound front sight that also holds on the mag tube, and they don't make tech sights that fit that particular model (I've discussed it with the company at length).

    I'm debating on whether or not to order just a rear sight and weld up the front sight blade and file it to shape.
  16. sansone

    sansone Well-Known Member

    when my eyes were better I would have said good irons for a .22 which is rarely shot beyond 60-70yds.. but nowadays I would say put a decent 4x32 on her and have a ball ;)
  17. mooner

    mooner Well-Known Member

    I recently replaced a cheap 3-9 with tech sights on a 10-22 and enjoy shooting through them. One word of caution, the very small aperture on the tech sights does not allow you to see through it well at night or with low light. The small aperture is great for shooting targets or squirrels in the daylight.

    I like the idea of having a couple options, but obviously that can present a challenge if you are just getting into shooting. If I were to do it again, I might recommend getting a rifle with tech sights first, then a scoped rifle down the road. If you can master the fundamentals with open sights, a scope is a breeze.
  18. ForumSurfer

    ForumSurfer Well-Known Member

    Here's my opinions on what I have on a few rifles that I shoot often:

    Marlin 60 with williams firesights - Fast for small game, love them...especially for the price.

    10/22 with tech sights - Why did I wait this long to buy these?! These are awesome. I sorta want to try a fiber optic front post on them.

    Marlin 60 with 3x9 scope - Scope is coming off once the tech sights arrive.
  19. danweasel

    danweasel Well-Known Member

    I have a 60 with Tech-Sights. My rear sight had a weird problem with the retention of the elevation adjuster and Tech-Sights replaced it, sight unseen. I had it in 3 days. Buy with confidence. Also, the addition of the ghost rings has made this one of my favorite range toys. No more silly plastic front post that moves in a strong breeze!

    I do have a Savage 64 with a 3-9x though...
  20. pseudonymity

    pseudonymity Well-Known Member

    Bullet drop compensation. Something like this.

    With a bit of practice you can use the offsets from center in the reticle to holdover your target with good results. That Nikon in particular could be used to as a rangefinder to some degree, although I think range estimation from the 50-100 yard range or so would be pretty hard unless you had some very accurate reference object. I can not say I have ever tried.

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