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Lever Actions: Which iron sight is best iron sight?

#1 Post by atxgunguy » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:38 am

Will be getting a Lever-Action 30-30 in the not too distant future and the first thing people tell me is, you'll want to get Skinner Sights for it because your eyes are old and aren't getting any better.

Well, thanks for that. So I was looking at the sight and it immediately turns into analysis paralysis. I'm just looking to plink some paper/steel, perhaps a hog at ~100 yards at most. Which is the best sight for that purpose?

Regarding the rifle, probably a Marlin 336...but hopefully a used, well-loved JM series at my favorite LGS. At any rate, most likely a Marlin.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Skinner Sights - Which iron sight is best iron sight?

#2 Post by Marlene » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:22 am

Not skinner. People seem to like them because of the simplicity, but your Marlin will accept a variety of other options I like much better.

Old school tang sights as made by Lyman and Marbles are quite nice. Quality of current Marbles is better than current Lyman. I have this sort of peep on a bunch of levers.

Receiver mounted peeps of the style offered by Williams, Lyman and others are closer to the Skinner mounting styles, but actually adjustable and accept different size apertures that a person might actually want to use.

My hat is off to the ingenuity of the folks at Skinner for making a sight and a business from some hardware store scrounging, and their products do provide some options that are useful in particular applications. Your Marlin, in the other hand, has better stuff available.
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Re: Skinner Sights - Which iron sight is best iron sight?

#3 Post by atxgunguy » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:51 pm

Nearly bought a Mossberg 464 becuase it was there in the LGS, but yikes...fit and finish looks like it was put together and QA’d at Beer:30 on a Friday.

I know the new Marlins also suffer with some fit and finish issues as well, but ugh...anything has to better than Mossberg’s offering.

LGS said they’d have at least one Marlin on order for the coming week, so let’s hope for less suck.
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#4 Post by YankeeTarheel » Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:01 pm

I thought the newest Marlins had fixed the problems, but I could be wrong.
I LOVE my 1979 JM Marlin--it's my favorite firearm and the only one that is absolutely pure fun to shoot! I know I shouldn't change the sights but I'm thinking of a 'scope for it.
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#5 Post by atxgunguy » Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:17 pm

YankeeTarheel wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:01 pm
I thought the newest Marlins had fixed the problems, but I could be wrong.
I LOVE my 1979 JM Marlin--it's my favorite firearm and the only one that is absolutely pure fun to shoot! I know I shouldn't change the sights but I'm thinking of a 'scope for it.
Marlin’s quality apparently went downhill after their Freedom Group acquisition. It’s a case of YMMV at this point.
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#6 Post by DavidMS » Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:40 pm

I don't know if the sights from XS meet your use needs but if they do you may wish to consider them: https://www.xssights.com/Default.aspx

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Re: Lever Actions: Skinner Sights - Which iron sight is best iron sight?

#7 Post by atxgunguy » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:32 pm

Marlin 336 orderedfro my LGS today. As I’ve got some time to wait, I was looking over the various options offered. While I think the XS would be great, they’re modern styling really diminishes the look of a Lever Action. Williams sights seem to be more my cuppa, but I’m running into analysis paralysis with the options. I like the basic aperture sights with the front fire sights, but...ugh...fiber optics isn’t doing the old-tymey look any favors.

I’m thinking about just starting with a basic aperture or ghost ring on the rear and sticking with the factory front sight.

That said, I do like the look of the Skinner rear sights...especially the blued+brass option.
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