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Replacement front sight bead

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Sisco, May 6, 2004.

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  1. Sisco

    Sisco Member

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    I want to replace the front bead on my Marlin 1894 with a Williams Firesight. My factory sight dovetail width measures .372", the closest I can get from Williams is .340". (They only make them in .250, .340 & .531")
    Is this too narrow for a snug fit?
     
  2. HSMITH

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    Yes it is WAY too small.
     
  3. Sisco

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    Figured it was, glad I asked before buying. The only thing William's website says is ".340 medium width is for factory ramps such as Marlin, Remington etc."
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    Hsmith, I presume you are thinking about the dovetail cut. They are all the normal 3/8" rifle dovetail, I think Sisco is talking about the width of the barrel ramp and Williams is listing the sight base width.

    My Marlin 39A has a ramp .374" wide. I'd use the .340" Williams so I could get the hood back on if I wanted to for some weird reason.
     
  5. Sisco

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    I was just looking through the Brownells catalog and realized the same thing Jim posted.
    I was measuring the bottom of the dovetail, not the width of the ramp!
    Williams also sells a hood that fits their "shorty" ramps, wonder if it would fit the grove cut in the Marlin ramp for the factory hood?
     
  6. HSMITH

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    Good catch Jim. My Brownells confirms your statement. Braindead me, sorry.
     
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