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Got one in 45-70 and was wondering.


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I don't have the "Cowboy" but one of the best investments I've made in a gun are the XS Ghost-ring sights I put on my 1895G 45-70. It's my favorite rifle now, hands-down....

As a matter of fact I was just banging steel at 100 off-hand with it yesterday and I think I can hit better with it than any of my scoped rifles!!


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I use my 1894 Cowboy rifles in .45 Colt and .357 in CAS competition. That requires open type sights. I have finally gotten the picture and replaced the rear sight with a full buckhorn rear. I also replaced the front with a Bockman serrated ramp front. I now use the full buckhorn as an extended eye relief ghost ring sight. It works very well for me.

My other Marlins, a 336, a couple of 94s in .44 and .357, a 39A and 39A Mountie, all have receiver sights; an old Redfield on the 39A and Williams Foolproof rear sights on everything else. They also have XS systems front illuminated post front sights.

There are lots of ways to get to a good sight setup. This is my preference, but there are other equally good ways to get the same thing.

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Decided on a marble peep sight.


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Check these out!

May have to have at least the rear peep, in brass?

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I've got the Marble Improved Tang Peep Sight...I originally bought it with the "Standard" post and shooting Hornady Leverevolutions at the posts lowest elevation I was still several feet high at 300 yds, couldn't get it down on paper. I got the "Short" post for it and now I'm nuts on at 200 yds. I like the smallest aperature disk they offer for brigth light conditions, but during the low light hours in hunting season I found myself switching back to the larger aperature disk the posts come with. Great sights...I plan to get one for my Win 94 in 30-30. Enjoy the rifle its a fun one.


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Me too on the Marble Tangs for my .38-55 Marlin Cowboy and a .357 Model 92 Winchester clone. They are good sights for the money. I keep extra apertures in my gun kit for whatever reason I can imagine, but usually only use the front sight. I flip the pivot up and shoot without the screw-in aperture at ranges 20-50 yards. The SASS ranges are not very far except for the 100 yards-and-up side matches, so then the "target aperture" comes into play, especially for the .38-55.

Minor complaint: the mount covers the serial number, which is not Marble's fault.


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I've been running the "stock" sights that came on the rifle. It's been used on three deer hunts and scored three times, so I can't complain.


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I know I should be horsewhipped but I have a 1 1/2 x 5 scope on my 95 CB 45-70 Marlin also on my450Marlin. Problem
is 65 year eyes not focusing on sights.Peep sights are also giving focusing problems so hunting rifles get scoped.

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HillBilly-Jim, now don't start whipping yourself with a cat of 9-tales ya hear! You ain't the only Missoura Boy to put a friggin scope on his lever gun you betcha. I had to do the same thing awhile back to my 1895 Marlin in .444 cal. Those eyes of mine just can't quite see things in the Ozark Timber anymore without help. Good Luck Huntin!!!

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For irons I used a Weaver receiver mounted aperature sight. I don't like tang mounted peeps.

At various times (load testing, etc) I threw a Leupold 2.5-8X and a 3-9X on it. With those in place, the gun shot MOA or better with Remington factory 405 grain jacketed ammo as well as a couple handloads.

I did the same with a Cowboy 336 in .38-55 and got about the same results, MOA with WW factory ammo and a hair better with the 220 grain hornady.

I'm not that impressed with the standard 1895 and 336, but the cowboy versions will flat out SHOOT.

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Originally Posted by Nebraska
I don't have the "Cowboy" but one of the best investments I've made in a gun are the XS Ghost-ring sights I put on my 1895G 45-70. It's my favorite rifle now, hands-down....

As a matter of fact I was just banging steel at 100 off-hand with it yesterday and I think I can hit better with it than any of my scoped rifles!!

I second the XS ghost ring. I put one on my 1895M .450 Marlin to similar effect.


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Whew........

Glad i read this, even tho its a lil old.

I just recently got a 1894 cwoboy in .44. It came iwth the XS ghost ring sight and it shoots just fine. BUT...be a rifle nut and loving to get the most out of every rifle, i think i want to scope it. I just was afraid that putting a scope on a Cowboy run with 24 in octagon bbl would be voodoo. Glad to hear some old boys do it. I am just 40, but i dont like to miss!!!!

I think the XS ghost rings will be sold and $$ put toward a nice lil fixed power 2.5 or 4x.

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This past week end, I saw a fellow shooting a Marlin 38-55 Cowboy, shooting at a 16 inch steel plate at 380 yards. He hit it about half the time shooting off hand, standing. His sights? Factory irons, the bead and V notch.

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Anyone here have experience with the Leatherwood Malcolm scopes? Cowboy 38-55 and Father with eyesight challenge need to go hunting.

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For cowboy action shooting, I use a full buckhorn with the sliding sight notch removed. I use a white large bead and shoot the full buckhorn like a peep sight, centering the white front bead in the center of the buckhorn. If the bead in on steel, it WILL hit.

Otherwise, I use a Marble tang and small white bead. Have been known to use scopes...

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I have 3 Marlin cowboys a 32-20, 38-55, and 45-70. A fit of nostalga caused me to mount the Leatherwood 3x short scopes on the 32-20 & 38-55. As can be expected field of view and light gathering capability are not up to modern scopes. But the optics are generally very good. Was also considering one for the 45-70 but changed my mind when problems popped up with the 38-55. The scope kept sliding in the mounts no matter how tight I tightened the screw in the ring that is supposed to hold the scope. Finally broke the screw, drilled out the original and installed a socket head screw tightened hell out of it, no help. Tried all the tricks normally used to prevent scope movement finally ended up with some green locktite between the scope and ring, holding so far. This occured with loads shooting 250 cast bullets at 1650 fps and the mounts sold especially for the Marlin. Makes me have serious doubts that you could do any thing to make it hold up mounted on a 45-70 even with the mild factory loads. Like the scopes a lot just wish the mounts were better. No problems with the mild recoiling 32-20.

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Thanks Dave, That good to know, I had considered one for a 45-70 Cowboy. Now, I'll stay with aperture sights for now. You saved me some money.

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