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I have had a gunsmith install the QD Leupold bases on my Marlin 444 and now would like to have useable open sights.  The bases are about one-half inch or 12 mm high so the factory sights won't work.  Anybody have a suggestion?  I have looked at Lyman.  Thanks-Karl
 

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I mounted a Weaver 1 piece base (#63B) and Leupold QRW (Quick Release for Weaver bases)med. rings on my Marlin 1895ss .45-70 (now the model 1895).  In about 5 sec the scope comes off and can flip up the factory installed rear sight.  I like the flexiblity the QRW's give.  I have just last week noticed that the forward edge of the cross-slots cut in the Aluminum Weaver bases are being hammered up by the Steel Leupold Rings (the screw that lays in the cross slot).  I did several things to correct this:
1. Installed new aluminum base (Weaver makes some 1 piece bases in steel but not this one).  They're inexpensive (under &#3610).
2. Ordered a new set of Weaver 2 piece bases (Weaver product # 48282 s466 front & rear).  These were the only Steel bases  I could find to fit the QRW rings.  I'm not a big fan of 2 piece bases but my thinking is that 2pc steel is better than 1 pc aluminum.  Also wrote to Weaver to explain how marketable a 1 piece steel base (same dimensions as #63B) would be for the serious recoiling Marlins(44 & 45 cal's).
3. Cleaned area on new aluminum base & on Rings where the two meet (making sure no lubricants present).

You can easily see factory installed iron sights thru the center of the weaver bases with scope removed (center of base is about 1/8" high)--weaver bases are low in middle & higher on outside edges.  I really like the Leuopold rings and would hate to have to do without them!  Have a 2-7x Nikon with 32 mm obj.-- could have used the low rings but went with the medium rings cause i like to put the butler creek flip-up scope covers on my scopes (prefer to go as low as possible on scope mounts).
If I was bent on staying with the aluminum bases, I'd probably have another slot cut in the base and add a 3rd ring, this seems to work on heavy recoiling handguns. These rings aren't cheap so this might not be the most cost-effective solution.  Perhaps your .444 will work fine with the aluminum bases?

(Edited by mike bal at 6<!--emo&:0--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':0'><!--endemo-->0 pm on Oct. 8, 2001)
 
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