View Full Version : Peeps for a Marlin 336 and 1894c?

April 24, 2012, 03:52 PM
Through careful Internet hunting, I have landed a Marlin 336SS and 1894c, both pre-Remington, within the last few months. I want to add better sites to both of them.

I want to keep the look of the rifle pretty close to stock, as I think a scope ruins it. I doubt either will ever be shot past 100 yards, or at least on purpose.

What are some of the better aftermarket sights? Williams, Skinner, others? Which are the better models in the their respective lineup? Any others I should consider, or gotchas before I buy?

April 24, 2012, 04:14 PM
I just sold two sights that I think would work for you. I believe a Lyman No 2 would for you as a tang sight (not sure if those rifles have the holes needed, I know they did at one time) or a Lyman 66 LA receiver sight.

April 24, 2012, 07:14 PM
williams makes a very affordable peep sight for them,but you may also want to get a thinner front sight blade for best results. eastbank.

April 24, 2012, 08:26 PM
I would install Skinner receiver peep sights on both rifles.

Since they utilize the scope mount prep holes atop the receiver, they're "drop-in" - but a slightly higher front sight blade might be needed since they're top-mount sights.

It's a good-enough excuse to change front sight bead type at the same time, to one different than issue, that may be more to your liking, beit Gold bead, Ivory bead, or Fiber-Optic.
Skinner can also make/provide a higher square Patridge-style front sight blade, also.



April 24, 2012, 08:50 PM
Skinner sights all the way. I have his sights on my Marlin .444 and my 1894c in .357. Very accurate and you can get smaller apertures if needed. You may have to make the front sight taller and play with it a bit to get it right, but they look good on the Marlin and work well. Can't ask for more than that.

April 25, 2012, 02:43 AM
I have William peeps on a couple of lever rifles
and a Skinner on one.
The Williams is a mount,adjust and shoot.
The Skinner is a hit or miss sight concerning
the front blade height.
I've never had an issue with the orig front blade,
shooting 100 yds with a Williams,
just put what you want to hit on top of the front
sight and pull the trigger.

April 25, 2012, 05:13 AM
I think I will go with Skinner and live with the trial-and-error that will ensue to adjust the front sight. In the end, it will be something I enjoy more.

Thanks everyone.

April 25, 2012, 12:09 PM
I have the Williams FP peep and FireSight front combo on my 336. Very easy to sight in, setting locks in, and accurate out to 100 yards plus. I'm very satisfied with this set up.

April 25, 2012, 05:52 PM
I've used Williams receiver sights for the past fifty years or so on various lever-actions and on an older Remington 760. I've never been disappointed. A great company and a great product.

Dave P
April 25, 2012, 06:17 PM
Skinner - small and unobtrusive.

April 25, 2012, 06:32 PM
I like XS. but I guess it's more of a ghost ring than a true peep sight. They are small, and relatively easy to adjust.
For under 100yds I'd think they'd work just fine though.

April 27, 2012, 12:53 AM
I'm running a Williams econo (5D?) on mine and have for years. Removed the leaf and put in a dovetail blank, very tidy looking. Filed a 45 degree face on the front bead, which really helped visibility of same, and eliminated glare on the sunny side.

I'd thought about the XS systems, but the cost seemed too much.

April 27, 2012, 10:04 AM
The "5D" is a Williams designation for their economized "FoolProof" receiver sight (basically the FoolProof sans micrometer adjustments). 5D implied it sold for five bucks when it was first introduced (five dollars will hardly pay the tax today :() but I'm old enough to have paid five dollars for a new one when that's what they cost "back in the day".

April 27, 2012, 10:21 AM
I run Williams foolproof on my lever rifles. It's easy to make it into a ghost ring by the simple expedient of un-screwing the aperture.

April 27, 2012, 03:51 PM
Skinner all the way, everyday! Turned my Marlin 1984SS .44 mag into a tight grouping beast! It need a skinner .450" front sight , but they are very affordable. Plus he offers 5 different sight apperature sizes for $11 each or all 5 for $50.

April 28, 2012, 06:40 AM
I have a Williams on my Marlin, but I did not like the front sight that came with it. I use the Williams peep rear with the factory front sight and find it to be very accurate.

Jack O'Conner
April 29, 2012, 05:47 AM
I've had good luck with Williams.



May 1, 2012, 12:58 PM
I use a Williams Peep with the factory front also. (Not the FP) It works fine for me and has collected two Deer which paid for them.

I suppose in fairness, partial credit has to go to the WWG Trigger Happy Kit that I put on it. Between the Peep sight and the nice trigger, it's like a whole different gun.

May 1, 2012, 02:28 PM
Hey, Edward: Tell me more about the "WWG Trigger Happy Kit". My Model 94 has a lousy trigger pull-full of creep, "hitches", the works.

May 1, 2012, 03:53 PM
I have the WWG (wild west gear) trigger happy kit in my 336 also.
It's a drop in trigger that basically functions like a good trigger job, but without the hassle of leaving your gun at a smith's.
It's a crisp 5.5lbs (I think 5.5, maybe 6), and also has a spring fitted to eliminate the trigger wiggle present in a 336 when it's cocked.
I'm pretty sure they make one for most common lever guns - I got mine through Brownell's but you can find them at a lot of the bigger gun parts distributors.
Easily the best return for my money I've ever personally gotten out of after market parts. It was like having a whole new gun.

May 1, 2012, 05:29 PM
Thanks, dayman.

May 2, 2012, 09:37 AM
My trigger measures even lighter than that. Careful if you get one, my first shot went a little soon for me as I was getting ready to shoot. It was pointed downrange but still woke me up quick! :o

Big Shrek
May 3, 2012, 04:44 AM
Marbles Creedmore tang peep or the Uberti version tend to be more precise than anything else out there for medium- to long-range...

Of course, you tend to cough up around $150+ for 'em ;)