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View Poll Results: What aftermarket sights, if any, do you prefer for the Marlin 1894?
Tang mounted aperture sight (Marbles, Lyman). 6 13.33%
Receiver mounted aperture sight (Lyman, Williams). 14 31.11%
Receiver mounted 'ghost ring' sight (XS, Wild West Guns). 12 26.67%
Open sights (aftermarket or factory). 10 22.22%
Other (please specify). 3 6.67%
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Old May 1, 2006, 03:43 PM   #1
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Sight Options for Marlin 1894

Straightforward question: what, if any, aftermarket sight options do you prefer for the Marlin 1894? Let's make this .44mag, used primarily for range/plinking.

Note, there's no 'scope' option, heh heh heh ...
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Old May 1, 2006, 04:17 PM   #2
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Factory sights. Good enough for Gov work for me anyways. Tin cans are pretty dumb and stay put long enough for a good shot.
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Old May 1, 2006, 04:20 PM   #3
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Now how should I vote

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Old May 1, 2006, 04:36 PM   #4
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I have the Ghost ring (XS) sights on my 1895GS, did not like the factory sights at all. A major improvement over the factory sights.
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Old May 1, 2006, 04:55 PM   #5
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The 1894 I used in .44 mag had perfectly good factory sights and didn't really need changing. For most of its use the open sights will be quicker to see the target than a peep sight where you don't really need the extra accuracy they have.
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Old May 1, 2006, 05:22 PM   #6
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Optics, you forgot OPTICS

I have an older Weaver 20mm V4.5 with a post reticle on my 1894.
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Old May 1, 2006, 06:33 PM   #7
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Ghost Ring sights. Work great on my 1895M, '94 BB .375, and my Timber Carbine. Optics are for sissy's (just want to get you go'n).
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Old May 1, 2006, 08:08 PM   #8
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Now how should I vote

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Hee hee...

I didn't vote, because I don't yet know my preference. I will tell you that I am ordering this week a Williams or Lyman receiver-mounted peep sight for Rossi/LSI Puma 92 in .454 casull (probably Williams). I hope I enjoy while I can since the rifle is likely to kill me, right WA? Just kiddin'.
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Old May 1, 2006, 11:02 PM   #9
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Have the Williams receiver sight on a 1894 in 357. Great sights.
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Old May 2, 2006, 03:55 AM   #10
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Lyman sights on my 336 A models. I like em.
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Old May 2, 2006, 09:19 AM   #11
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No Mannlicher, I didn't forget about optics, I'm just not too inclined to throw glass onto this one at this time. Besides, isn't that considered heretical in some quarters?

I'm not too surprised that the ghost ring sights are in the lead; that seemed to be what my research indicated prior to posting the poll. Question for you ghost-sighters: do you like the large aperture, or find yourselves wanting or installing a smaller aperture, like a Merit disc?

I am surprised that several people seemed to like the factory sights. Maybe simpler is better in this case!

You voters with Williams sights, do you find that they hold their settings adequately? I had a WGOS peep on a Ruger 10/22, and it wouldn't stay in place for anything. Maybe because of the model, though, and not Williams sights in general.

Nobody wants to talk about tangs?

Should I help Wildalaska pay for his new truck, at least by proxy?
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Old May 2, 2006, 09:21 AM   #12
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I'm all about the XS Ghost Ring...
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Old May 2, 2006, 09:32 AM   #13
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id go with a peep sight myself but that just my .02
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Old May 2, 2006, 10:20 AM   #14
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sights for marlin

I go with ramcharger on this one I'll stick with the factory sights and i do with my 45-70 1895 gs marlin.The sights are perfect for me, the ammo im using makes a bigger difference.
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Old May 2, 2006, 11:32 AM   #15
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Question for you ghost-sighters: do you like the large aperture, or find yourselves wanting or installing a smaller aperture, like a Merit disc?

I prefer the large.
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Old May 2, 2006, 12:22 PM   #16
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Should I help Wildalaska pay for his new truck, at least by proxy?
And of course you get the good guy discount too...

Seriously, in terms of sights, the Ghost Ring wins hands down. I mean even an M16 has a ghost ring


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Old May 2, 2006, 05:12 PM   #17
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I'm going to go with ghost ring. Faster and more precise than buckhorns, IME, without the trouble of a true aperture-type sight.

My grandfather and father have hunted for years with Lymans on Winchester 94s. For use in the woods they take the aperture disc out and go with just the threaded section. The ghost-ring sight is not a new concept after all...

Funny thing is, my personal Marlin 1894 still wears its factory open sights.
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Old May 2, 2006, 05:47 PM   #18
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Ghost Rings w/.191 aperture. Personally I find the .231 too big.
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Old May 2, 2006, 06:04 PM   #19
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I have the Williams and like them just fine although there is nothing wrong with the factory sites. I think the longer radius of the peep site helps a little.
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Old May 3, 2006, 08:25 AM   #20
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Wow, my poll is turning into a bell curve!

Wildalaska, PM sent.

I planned on some other WWG upgrades to this gun (trigger, primarily), so maybe I just should make it consistent. Maybe I should go all the way and do the Alaskan Copilot thing to it ... I could call it the "Delaware Flight Engineer" or the "Mid-Atlantic Navigator"!
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Old May 3, 2006, 07:25 PM   #21
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Leif,

I use optics because my old eyes just don't shoot well any more with factory Marlin sights. On my older 336 (30-30 Ackley), I use a Lyman side mounted receiver sight. I can still pop beer cans at 100 yards with those.
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Old May 4, 2006, 07:50 AM   #22
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Mannlicher, as a life member of the "Four Eyes Club", I definitely do not sit in judgement of anybody who uses a scope on anything, so I certainly understand that. Four eyes good ... two eyes bad!

I'm going to give the WWG sight a try (thanks again, Wildalaska).
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Old May 4, 2006, 08:41 AM   #23
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Depends

Ghost ring for combat, fast shooting, or low light. They are awesome

For longer range Tang sight. (Marbles to be specific)
I like the Marble over Lyman. Marbles has affirmative clicks on windage and elevation. No windage on the lyman and elevation is harder to repeat w/out marking it.
I have a Marbles on my Marlin 1894 357 mag. I come up 15 clicks and at 300 yrds they aint a pepper popper safe You can take out the inserts and you have a ghost ring left.
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Old May 4, 2006, 01:02 PM   #24
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300 yards?
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Old May 4, 2006, 01:46 PM   #25
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Yup. This was at a Long Range Rifle instructor school where we had been shooting our bolt guns out to 800 yrds. When you move up to 300 it almost seems like point blank. That Marbles sight is sweet. It took a few to get dialed in but once I did, using to smallest insert, I could easily hit 8 out 10 shots off hand. 15 clicks was it.

Tang sights are almost like cheat'n
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