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Peep or aperture sight for Marlin Model 60?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MatthewVanitas, Apr 13, 2005.

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  1. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Québec
    Greetings. I tried running a search on this, but couldn't find much. It doesn't help that "60" is one character too short to run a search, but I digress...

    Does anyone know of a decent peep sight for the Marlin 60? It'd be ideal if there is one that can be installed at home, as otherwise the sight + smithing will probably cost more than the rifle. I'm just not an open-sight kind of guy, and definitely biased by having learned riflery on the M16.

    I've heard great things about the 60, I like the tubular magazine, and would like to break away from the 10/22 trend (just to be different). I suppose I could always go for the sheer coolness of Taurus' Model 63 (Winchester copy), already prepped for a tang sight.

    So, anyone have an affordable peep sight on their 60?
  2. Meadhall

    Meadhall Member

    Feb 4, 2003
    Northern KY
    I used to have a peep sight that clamped on the scope dovetails on .22's that I got off E-bay for around $20. (Just sold it a while back) Can't remember the brand name though, sorry.
  3. Tom C.

    Tom C. Member

    Jan 15, 2003
    Southern Maryland
    I just looked in Brownell's and the only thing I saw that might work is a Williams Foolproof sight for grooved receivers, if your Marlin has a grooved receiver. The other stuff, like the Williams, Lyman, etc, didn't list the Marlin.
    If you can't get a receiver sight, you might consider what I did with my cowboy rifles: flat post front sight and a deep, square notch rear. Works for me, but I also prefer an aperture.
  4. lee n. field

    lee n. field Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Williams makes two like that (with target knobs, and without). They're up around $50, IIRC.
  5. Bear Gulch

    Bear Gulch Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    I have an inexpensive 4x scope on mine. The little one that come with them are far too small IMNSHO. Rings will run you about 10 bucks.
  6. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Member

    Jan 23, 2003
    You've got several options and many of them can be DIY, if you're half-way handy.

    FWIW, most all of them will likely require that you install a higher front sight to compensate for changing the geometry of your line-of-sight.

    While neither Lyman or Williams currently list the M-60 in their applications tables, they have made many models that will work fine even if they weren't specifically made for your rifle.

    My advice would be to take your M-60 to a couple of fair-sized gun shows and check the used parts dealer's tables. There are even some who specialize in old irons of various sorts. Lots of folks out there with non-current models they want to upgrade, as well as some collectors. You can size them up for 'workability' on your rifle, and the price is negotiable.

    You'll likely have to locate, drill, and tap two holes in your receiver, but it's a more secure and rugged mounting than a dovetail clamp, IMO. With care and the proper sized drill and tap, it can be DIY. A drill press would be best, but it can be done by hand.

    Hope this is of help.
  7. Dread Pirate 257 Roberts

    Dread Pirate 257 Roberts Member

    Mar 1, 2005
    Rockledge, FL
    Isn't that a Model 60 on the cover of the Williams catalog?

    They have both their 5D sight, (adjusted by loosening screws and sliding the sight, but cheaper) and their FP sight (click adjustable, but more expensive) for grooved receivers, in both a high, and low, model, depending on how high the original sights were. They're the -AG and -GR models. Oh wait --- their fit guide lists the mod. 60 and they call for the GR.

    I wanted to experiment with aperture sights on my Win 94 Trapper, and got the 5D. Althought they are well built, trying to adjust the sights within a fraction of an MOA my loosening screws and shifting the sight isn't the easiest thing in the world, but since I was experimenting, I went with cheap. But I with now I had spent the extra and just got the FP's.

    The FP's (Foolproof) have optional target knobs, too.

    If you shoot the same ammo at the same range all of the time, the 5D's might be fine, since you'll only set them up once.
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