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I recently had my Marlin .444 and BLR fitted with the leupold quick detachable system, however now the open sights won't work as the back sight is too low.  Do any of you folks have any suggestions?  My gunsmith suggested Williams sights that fold down when the scope is mounted.  Thanks-Karl
 

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You may not be willing to ditch the Leupold mounting system, but the typical Weaver-style base will let you see the sights (with the scope and rings removed, of course).

Many people are not aware that a Weaver mount will usually return to zero, if some care is taken to remount in a consistent manner.

I use the Weaver mount on my Marlin 39A for this reason, and have also used a Weaver base for a Marlin 336 on two Romanian M1969 .22's.  Of course I had to drill and tap the Romanian guns, not too big of a chore.  Basically, on any .22LR, I set them up to use the iron sights as well.

If you want to keep the current mount, sorry, can't help there.
 

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Mike,

Thanks for replying to this post. I got the e-mail and w/o it I wouldn't have known my post was all screwed up.

I attempted to say the same thing, that the Weaver base will allow a rear aperture setup but that I wasn't sure about the Leupold. I think the ability to remove and reattach a scope is overstated. One doesn't remove it unless the optic is broken or weather becomes so bad that it is a hinderance. Either way it's doubtful you won't have some sort of device to remove a Weaver-mounted scope, nor is it likely you'll be returning the optic to rifle any time soon.

I wonder what happened with my edit?
 

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Mike and Bill- Just thought I'd let you guys know the reason I chose the Leupold system. It worked great on my Model 70 and was nice to be able to hunt without a scope in dense bush especially out here where the grizzlies have been a problem lately.  Also I have now three firearms set up so that all the scopes are interchangeable.  I tried the Weaver system but didn't like the mounts sticking up the way they do(when you leave them on the rifle).  I have found that the Leupold does return you to zero when removed and replaced on the rifle.  Maybe I'm strange but there are times when I like to hunt with a scope and times when I don't.  Just thought I'd let yu know-Karl
 
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