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Title: M1881 tang sight
Post by: kwilliams1876 on November 07, 2020, 03:58:52 PM
I have been shooting mine lately in 45-70. The tang sight on mine needs to be folded down to work the action/retract bolt for every shot. Is that the normal sequence for these rifles? Being some what scarce I have not seen another to compare the sight mounting.
thanks
kw
Title: Re: M1881 tang sight
Post by: Reverend P. Babcock Chase on November 07, 2020, 06:14:27 PM
Howdy KW1876,

Maybe a photo of the sight and the brand might help someone give you an idea. Without those, I wonder if you turn the base around 180 degrees and turn the staff around you could get the clearance you need. Like I said, it's just off the top of my head. Others here are a lot smarter than I am.

Good Luck,
Rev. Chase
Title: Re: M1881 tang sight
Post by: Niederlander on November 07, 2020, 07:10:19 PM
Are you sure it's the right sight for that rifle?  I had a tang sight on my '86 Winchester for a while, and the staff sat a lot farther back than on the ones meant for pistol calibers, due to the long bolt throw.
Title: Re: M1881 tang sight
Post by: kwilliams1876 on November 08, 2020, 12:56:35 PM
Brophy's book on Marlins seems to indicate Ballard tang sights where used. The later Lyman flexible sights would have to "give" also to retract the bolt. All using the original screw holes. Here is my sight arrangement:
Title: Re: M1881 tang sight
Post by: Drydock on November 08, 2020, 05:32:51 PM
Well, that does not look like a Marlin specified sight.  If you turn the base around it might work better, I'd try that.   But you'ld probably be better off with some form of Marbles style sight, and fit that one to a single shot.
Title: Re: M1881 tang sight
Post by: Blackpowder Burn on November 10, 2020, 01:06:09 PM
I think you'll find that the Marbles sights use the rear tang screw as one of the attachment points, thus moving the sight much further to the rear.  While it is and 1895 model rather than an 1881, my 45-70 bolt clears the Marbles sight easily.

You might also try Lee Shaver if you prefer an ecomomy type Soule sight.