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sights for a marlin

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by tssievert, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. tssievert

    tssievert Well-Known Member

    i have a marlin 336 and i've been looking for other long range options besides the scope that came on it, i think the scope makes it bulky. i think the xs setup looks pretty durable but how accurate are they. i've been shooting 1" groups at 100 with the scope and i'd like to keep it the same with open sights. what about williams or lyman?
    pics would nice

  2. CZguy

    CZguy Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2006
  3. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member



    These just came in the mail a couple hours ago. I installed the rear in about 30 seconds, but am waiting on the front sight until I can get to a vise.

    These seem great: front fiber-optic bead really puts out light, and the rear is perfect. You can either use the insert for the rear to make it like an M16 or Garand aperture, or remove it and leave the socket to act as a ghost ring.

    Both rear and front are on sale for $41 as a set at Midway.

    For $10 more, you can get a hood for the front sight, which is cut away to let light shine on the fiber-optic bar. However, the hood is for a Williams ramp, not a Marlin, so I'm going to have to relieve it about 1/16" to get it to fit the Marlin base.

    Overall, this seems to be a substantial improvement in clarity and sight radius (+30% increase) over the standard set, for about $50 shipped.

  4. tssievert

    tssievert Well-Known Member

    would a tang mounted be more accurate/adjustable than a reciever mounted peep sight?

  5. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Wild West Guns
    X/S Sight Systems
    (not a complete list)

    make receiver sights for the Marlin rifles.
  6. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Well-Known Member

    A quality receiver sight makes it a whole lot easier for me to place my shots more precisely, especially out at 100 yds and better. IMO, this will hold true for most folks once they try them.

    The photo appears to be a Williams GRS (Guide Receiver Sight) set with the Firesight FO front. Williams has a couple of other options that're no-gunsmithing items: The "5-D" which is an "economy" line with no micrometer-click feature (GRS has similar adjustment set-up) and the "Foolproof" with micro clicks. All have easily replacable apertures in various sizes, including the "Twilight" series with a brass insert around the aperture for faster pick-up in low light hunting situations. I have some version of all three on various rifles and carbines, and they all are well-made, sturdy and precise.

    The Lyman 66 series is also made in a version for the 336. It is all steel, and a bit smaller than the Williams FP and 5-D, which is why I like it on compact carbines like my Rossi 92 "Trapper" in .357. Another time-proven design, and very well-made in the USA.

    There are several other more recent options such as the Wild West Guns and XS models mentioned. From my limited experience with these, I'd favor them more for fast shooting at close ranges, as for dangerous large game or "social" SD situations. Personally, I can do a lot better with a smaller aperture, especially at more extended ranges, and like the option of being able to try several different sizes in order to find the one that gives me my best compromise of speed and precision on a given weapon.

    Whatever option you choose, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with how well they work and how much easier they are to shoot well with.
  7. Pumpkinheaver

    Pumpkinheaver Well-Known Member

    I believe marlin has quit drilling the side of their receivers for the reciever sights such as the lyman. It's a shame too as I can shoot my guide gun as well with the lyman 66 as I can with a scope on it. I know they would drill the reciever for you if you sent it to them. I don't know if this is still true.

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