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Lyman and Marble tang sights

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Steve499, Feb 7, 2008.

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  1. Steve499

    Steve499 Member

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    I have an old Stevens model 75 pump .22 rifle on which I'd like (actually it would be more correct to say need) to mount a tang sight. The mounting holes in the tang are 1 1/8 inches apart. An old Lyman catalog lists the correct sight base for the rifle as the one marked SM. A Lyman 1A or 2A sight with a SM base would fit right on. The problem is in finding one. Marble currently makes sights which would probably work but they don't list the base hole measurements, only the models of rifles the sight fits.

    I know I can keep watching on the auction sites and probably eventually come up with one, but I'd just as soon go ahead and order a new one if I could figure out how to get the base hole dimensions on the Marble's sights. Any ideas?
     
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    I can't help with the hole spacing but an old catalog shows it as taking the Marbles S2 which is the same as for Savage 3, 12, 25, and 29.
     
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    Call them up and ask them?

    Or probably a call to Brownell's gun-tech's would get you some information on hole spacing.

    Of the two, the Marbles is the way to go if you can. They have dial windage adjustment built in.

    The Lyman's have to be shimmed under the base to lean over one way or the other to change windage when sighting them in.

    The other thing is, not only do the holes have to be in the right place, but so does the angle-of-the-dangle when the post is in the up position.

    The post angle has to match the tangs angle, or the post will lean too far foreword or backward.

    PS: Here is one! But $150 bucks. Yikes!
    http://www.antiquegunlist.com/detail.php?siteid=216&print=1

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    Thanks, rcmodel! I just bought that one you provided the link to. I've been looking at gun shows, unsuccessfully, for a couple of years now. I've probably spent more than the purchase price on gasoline while I was looking.
     
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    Also thanks to you, Jim Watson. The one rcmodel linked to was indeed an S2. That was information I didn't have and would have helped me find one, knowing the specifics.
     
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    You know, the thing is some of those old sights sell for more now then the guns they went on!

    People are collecting old sights, without the guns now!

    And the prices have gone through the roof on what used to be not much more then the junk drawer in a decent gun shop!

    Anyway, glad you found one that will work!
    Bet it's gonna be pretty neat when you get it put on!

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  7. Steve499

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    Well, the old rifle is one I picked up at a gun show 14 years ago, gave $100.00 for it then, which I thought was robbery at the time. I bought it anyway because I had a Stevens model 75 pump .22 when I was a kid. It was the first rifle I owned but it burned in a house fire we had when I was in high school. I hadn't ever came across another one for sale. So, yep, the sight is costing more than the rifle did. It just keeps my money from going stale.
     
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