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I'm interested in picking up a decent reciever sight for a Marlin GG.  AO seems to have good ones.  I haven't seen anything from other manufacturers that are user installable, at least my GG isn't drilled and tapped for the side-mount receiver sights like my other Marlin.  Does anyone have other options?

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Bart,

On the high end the Wild West Guns sights look good. Moving down market, but a good sight an small and sleek, I have always liked the Williams Guide peep. I have not tried one yet but the Marble folding leaf sight with the peep blade mounted as a receiver sight looks ideal as a back up to a scope, and is what I am using on my project gun.

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The Wild West sight has my interest.  As for price, while a little on the high side for irons, looking at this no differently than picking out a good scope (ie sight system) the price isn't bad.  The Ashley seems to be a bit exposed and more likely bent or broken.  I don't see a Williams Guide sight listed but have one of their catalogs on the way.  I own a couple of their reciever sights and while very affordable they are also prone to breakage.  One of the windage screws snapped off and had to get a new one.  Their customer service is excellent BTW.  I'm also on the verge of stripping the elevation lock screw after making so many adjustments for different loads.  Their biggest downfall is the use of aluminum, IMO.  Lyman doesn't make a receiver sight that mounts on the top of the receiver.  Too bad Marlin didn't see fit to drill and tap these for sidemount sights.  A tang sight might be interesting but don't want to put my eye out.
 

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First off, I wish Marlin would listen to the customers it serves!  The vast majority of those people who buy the big-bore lever guns, install aperture sights of some description on them.  I think it's ludicrous to quit drilling and tapping for traditoinally designed reciever sights.

Now, I do like the Williams guide series sights that mount in the two rearward scope mount holes.  It's a good sight and fairly rugged.

However, it isn't much of a chore to drill and tap a receiver for the traditional side-mounted receiver sights a la Lyman or Williams.  It's relatively easy, but I wonder what Marlin will say in regard to warranty, etc. by "altering the gun"?  Time will tell.

Even if you have to have a gunsmith drill and tap because you don't want to tackle the job, or can't, the price should be very reasonable, especially with the Marlin receiver being flat, the job is greatly simplified.

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Bart - My 1895 GG came pre-drilled on the side of the receiver. I guess maybe they stopped that? Anyways, because of my experience on another of my rifles , I put a Williams Fool-Proof receiver sight (side mount) on my GG. It's model # FP 94-36. As I recall it was about $50.  Good Luck
 

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I went with an Ashley peep. Yes it looks kind of vulnerable but I think it would take one heck of a bang to bend the threaded post that the peep sits on. I like the Wild West peep beter but it is spendy and bulky.
 

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Bart,

I recently bought a Marlin 1895GS.  I went with the WWGs rear peep and a Williams FireSight on the front with skeletonized hood.  Believe me, I'm not plugging for WWGs.  I really like this set-up, the rear sight is very well built and well protected.  It also mounts in the two rearward scope mount holes.  If I remember correctly, the front sight is a 290.  BTW, the Pachmayer Decelerator pad was a wonderful addition.

Marshal,

I agree, Marlin should listen to it's customers.  I like the adjustments on the Lyman much better but it's a side mount.

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Just curious, what does the Decelerator do that the factory pad doesn't?  My only complaint about the factory pad would be that it's a little narrower than it could be.
 

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Bart- Regarding the Pachmayr Decelerator, and your question:  

Answer: IT WORKS. This is another option that I had installed on my GG because of previous experience on another rifle I own.   Good Luck
 

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Bart,

I agree with Mainer, IT WORKS!  Also, while hunting during the early spring and late fall, here in Alaska, it's possible to pack the holes in the factory pad with snow or slush.  This slush can then freeze, making for a very hard recoil pad.  <!--emo&:)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'><!--endemo-->

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I went with the decelarator on all my lever guns...Win M-94 .444TC, Guide Gun .45-70. Win. 1886 EL .45-70 , Win. M-94 BB .375. You could say I like them.
 

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Well guys, I respect the opinions that I get here, so I ordered the recoil pad along with some other goodies.  I'll reserve judgement on the sights until the Williams catalog arrives.  The WWG sight looks a little cumbersome but also sturdy.  Ashley has a great reputation and could also be supplemented with a Williams Firesight, to closely approximate the WWG.  I didn't think this would be so tough!  If the Guide Gun  had the receiver sidemount holes it would be much easier.
 

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BE REAL MEN.  GO WITH STEEL BUTTPLATES ONLY.  NOTHIN' LIKE USING AN 1886 WITH A CURVED, STEEL BUTTPLATE OFF THE BENCH, WITH HOT LOADS AND ONLY A TEE SHIRT!  AFTER 50 ROUNDS OR SO, IF YOU CAN STILL GROUP 'EM UNDER 3 INCHES, YOU KNOW YOU'VE ARRIVED AS A RIFLEMAN!
 

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Well, I really prefer NO pad, just the screws...with the heads cut off...sharpened with a file.  But my grandmother is shooting this rifle too so figured I'd better tone it down a mite...
 

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Well, despite all my talk about ruggedness and price I ordered the Williams Guide sight today.  Talked with one of their techs and he was very informative.  His suggestion was to go with the rear sight for starters and try it with the factory front sight before ordering a front Firesight.  Their website doesn't list the rear sight separately but the part number for Marlin 336 (and other models) is #70200 at $32.80 plus $4.00 s&h.  Try www.williamsgunsight.com .

He mentioned that they will have a top mount version of their microadjustable receiver sight available within the next 60 days.  At least someone is listening to Marlin's customers...
 

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The Williams may not appear as throw your gun down and stomp on it just to test the site rugged as some of the other sights, but I think like me you will put it to good use for many years with out haveing any trouble.

TAS
 
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