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Best sights for Marlin 39A?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Shrinkmd, Mar 4, 2007.

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What sights do you have on your Marlin 39A?

  1. Factory all the way!

    21 vote(s)
    28.0%
  2. Lyman reciever sight

    8 vote(s)
    10.7%
  3. Williams Fool Proof reciever sight

    15 vote(s)
    20.0%
  4. Marble peep tang

    5 vote(s)
    6.7%
  5. Scoped

    11 vote(s)
    14.7%
  6. Other

    15 vote(s)
    20.0%
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  1. Shrinkmd

    Shrinkmd Member

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    I've read several opinions, but I'm curious what people actually have (or want based on experience with other people's equipment)
     
  2. koja48

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    I'm happy with the factory sights on mine . . . aesthetically appealing, & is as accurate as I need this particular rifle to be. If I'm in need of shooting 22 cal"holes in holes," I use one of my accurized 10/22s. The 38A is just a plain, all-out fun plinker (and mine gets carried a lot . . . you can tell by the "charcter" marks on the stock.
     
  3. perdurabo93

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    Putting bubbafied/fuddified tube scope on any lever action rifle is just plain ugly, much less on a rimfire rifle like a 39A.

    Keep it like it came.
     
  4. Library Guy

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    Marbles

    I have a Marbles. It works well. Is well made. Looks right at home in a lever action.

    regards,
    LG Roy
     
  5. BradN

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    I have a Williams FP. No scope for any Marlin 39; the Marbles sits on my Marlin 1897. For 39A, the Williams FP provides excellent sight at a reasonable cost.
     
  6. tomh2004

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    skinner sights
     
  7. 76shuvlinoff

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    I didn't vote because I have mixed results.

    I have a couple 39As, a 56 and a 77, love those rifles. The 56 has the factory sights and they work well. I've had a couple different scopes and currently a skinner peep on the 77. At 50 yards and beyond I do well with the scope and fair with factory irons but as much positive as I have read about the peeps I don't do that great with them. I don't know, maybe it's my no line bifocals. :confused:
     
  8. Crowcifier666

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    +1 on the Skinner sights. Put one on my Marlin 1897 Texan, and looking to put one on my Savage 24.
     
  9. mavracer

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    Mine wears a William's fool proof, It's more robust than the newer lymans and tang sights get in the way of my thumb. NO SCOPES ON LEVERS
     
  10. back40

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    i have the williams on my mountie. not much experience with the others, but no reason to believe that they wouldn't serve just as well.
     
  11. Furncliff

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    I have Skinner Sights on a c1970's Mountie.
     
  12. chicharrones
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    I have the Williams 5D sight on my Marlin 39AS. It works well and is adjustable, but I don't like the fact that the elevation is just a pusher screw that isn't threaded into the sight mount. I wonder if the Williams FP and the Lyman have just pusher screws or are actually threaded into the sight mount on the receiver?

    Anyway, if the Skinner would have come out years ago when I got my Williams 5D I would have gone with the Skinner. The Williams sits high above the receiver when the elevation is set correctly and seems fragile due to that. I also have the Williams "Diopter" sight on another gun which is merely a 5D that clamps onto a rimfire dovetail groove. It too sits high above the receiver when elevation is dialed in.

    Back to the Skinner, I think it would make a fine plinking/hunting sight for the 39 for 50 yard shots or less that don't require elevation changes in the field. Plus, it looks like a stronger and more streamlined mount by far for a nice lever gun.

    Hmmm. Anyone want to buy my Williams 5D? :D
     
  13. Fast Frank

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    It really isn't a matter of what sight system is best for a given rifle.

    The real question is "What sight system will allow me to make the best hits with this given rifle under these circumstances?".

    For people with good eyesight, the factory irons are O.K. for most situations. A peep or ghost ring is better.

    When we get a little older and our ability to see something that's the size of a golf ball at 100 yards goes away, then our ability to hit something the size of a golf ball at 100 yards goes away too.

    For this situation, a good scope is the answer. It allows a person to precisely aim at a small point, even if it's beyond our ability to see said point.

    Of course, there are a lot of people that put sight systems on their guns for the same reason women wear jewelery. They seem to feel like it makes their rifles (and by association, themselves) "Prettier".

    For those folks, there is no accounting for taste.

    My advice is to take an honest evaluation of your vision, and what sort of shooting you intend to do... And based on the reality of the situation at hand, decide what's needed for you and your rifle.

    Unless you are looking for jewelery. In that case, buying something expensive just because everyone else did seems to be the way to go.:)
     
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    Skinner sights all the way. My 39A is ridiculously accurate with them.
     
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    I voted Marbles tang sight, that type sight just seems to go with a lever action, the fact it folds down gives you the option of using the factory sights too.

    Post #3 has the same opinion as I do about a scope on a lever action.
     
  17. LAGS

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    Go with the Lyman or Williams receiver sight, and change the front sight to an Orange Fire sight or Hi Viz sight.
    It works wonders for us old coots who cant see worth a darn any more, and dont want to put a scope on a lever action.
    The set up is quick to get on target and great for lower light or dark background shooting.
     
  18. Hanshi

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    My 39A has an old but very fine Williams receiver sight. In the poll I checked "other" because I'm not sure about the various names and types of Williams sights. The one I have is finely adjustable.
     
  19. Vern Humphrey

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    I'm a squirrel hunter, and I go with a scope. Form follows function.

    If you want to go traditional, a tang sight is the way to go -- you'll be amazed at how much better you can shoot with that long sight radius and peep window.
     
  20. Tentwing

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    +1 on the Skinner sight.
     
  21. chicharrones
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    I missed the date too, oops. :eek:

    I wonder if Skinner was around back then?
     
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