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Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? #13788300 05/02/19
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I've used the Williams Firesight aperture sight combo for 15 years. Works good but the front sight was always fragile. In the last 2 years I've been enjoying an AR15 sporting a Holosun HS503GU. I'm pondering a red dot solution for my Marlin 1895 and I was wondering if anyone was running an RDS on their levergun - tips/tricks/thoughts.

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Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: dla] #13788665 05/02/19
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I broke one with 4570 marlin loads. they are fast on the target the ones I have are 50.00 bushnells from cablas that are 12 to 15 years old

Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: dla] #13788681 05/02/19
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Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: dla] #13791876 05/03/19
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I run a Bushnell TRS25 on my Marlin 336 .30-30. I have a Williams aperture in place and the RDS on a short piece of pic rail. It is a fast sight to use. Precision is fine at 100 yards, but falls off fairly rapidly after that. In the correct conditions I could make a 150 yard shot on a deer or pig, but prob not beyond that. The red dot does wash some in bright light.


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Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: dla] #13794008 05/04/19
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It'll look about as goofy as a monkey fuggin a football.

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Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: Blackheart] #13794248 05/04/19
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Originally Posted by Blackheart
It'll look about as goofy as a monkey fuggin a football.


Goofy is as goofy does. Within its limitations, a RD is a great sight on a lever rifle. It is faster to use than open or peep sights and way less intrusive than a conventional scope.


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Originally Posted by ExpatFromOK
Originally Posted by Blackheart
It'll look about as goofy as a monkey fuggin a football.


Goofy is as goofy does. Within its limitations, a RD is a great sight on a lever rifle. It is faster to use than open or peep sights and way less intrusive than a conventional scope.
I've got red dots. I can throw a can in the air and hit it 9 out of 10 times with my receiver sighted .22 and have shot many rabbits on the run with it. How much faster do I need to be ?

Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: dla] #13794402 05/04/19
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Doug Turnbull makes a nice red dot mount for levers. I just got one. It is set up for the Dr. optic red dot or Burris Fastfire III. $50 range.
It is designed to slide in the rear sight slot. It will make sight acquisition and speed that much better.

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My son put a Burris FF on his 45-70 and loves it.


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Do you try to keep the mounting height as low as possible? I ask because the picatiny rail system seems to put the sight quite high.

My 1895 (straight stock) might benefit from a higher sight.

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I have a BLR takedown .450 . It has the forward rail on it .I switch between a scout scope and Red dot style sight. The are on quick release rings. Seems to work ok.


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I have XS ghost rings, and their scout rail on my Marlins (1895SS, 1894C, and 1894), and Tasco red dots. Handy as hell.

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There is a reflex mount available for 94’s that I’d like to try. Slides right into the rear sight dove tail. No extra holes.

A Burris FF on a 94 30-30 sounds fun.


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Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: Blackheart] #13795391 05/05/19
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Originally Posted by Blackheart
Originally Posted by ExpatFromOK
Originally Posted by Blackheart
It'll look about as goofy as a monkey fuggin a football.


Goofy is as goofy does. Within its limitations, a RD is a great sight on a lever rifle. It is faster to use than open or peep sights and way less intrusive than a conventional scope.
I've got red dots. I can throw a can in the air and hit it 9 out of 10 times with my receiver sighted .22 and have shot many rabbits on the run with it. How much faster do I need to be ?


Good for you


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I have a FF3 on a Marlin 94, it replaced a Williams peep as my eyes age. I have tried scopes on the 94, but I couldn't get a scope low enough to really work with the stock. Should have done the FF3 years ago


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Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: dla] #13796588 05/05/19
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I have the aimpoint micro on my 444. Fastest sight made imo

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Re: Anybody run a red dot on their lever-gun? [Re: dla] #13800939 05/07/19
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The S466 with a Holosun 508T works better


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