Enjoyed some much needed range time yesterday.
My main reason for going was to gather some data and get my 1895 LTD I ready for a buffalo shoot. I intend to use the same loads that my rolling block loves. The match I am preparing for has strings shot 100 offhand and 200 from sticks.
I was using factory sight that works ok at 100, but leaves a lot to be desired at 200. Realizing I need new sight setup, I put the rifle away after getting 12" groups at 200yds.
As a back-up plan, I brought my 336CB 38-55. This proved to be a good idea. It has a much smaller front sight bead and a Marble's tang sight.
I have only used this rifle for offhand matches shooting steel at 100yds. I was not sure how it would perform any further because of the load I use. This load leave more unburned powder than I like to see.
Initioal 200 yd sighting, I went up 8 clicks; 6" low. Up eight more; dead on.
From a rest, I shot a 5 shot group at a 200yds. which spread 7.0" I was very pleased. I see no reason to change a thing now.
This load and sight settings will fit the bill for Lever action, rifle caliber category.
Looking forward to my next match.
Here's obligatory pics.
336cb200 yd target.jpg
Last edited by Levi Astorbilt; 05-28-2012 at 09:25 AM.
Thats good shooting with the irons and a mighty fine looking Marlin you have there.Beautiful wood on it.
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At 200 yards and irons thats damn good shootin! Oh and that Marlin deluxe is one gorgeous rifle!
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Thanks guys. I can't do that well with a factory rear sight.
I bought a custom made aperture for my Mables tang sight and installed the smallest available Marble's brass bead up front.
In the photo you can see the disc is larger than what Marbles offers today, and the aperture is smaller for target use in bright light.
So much better for long range shooting.
The .38-55 is my favorite caliber and that Marlin 336CB rifle is one of my favorites.
That is a fine Marlin for certain. Where do you shoot your match at? I shoot one that sounds like this one in Greenville every month. Good shooting.
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Tell us more about the rifle. Was it a regular 38-55 CB and you changed the rear stock? Looks great!
I was planning on going to PHA out east.
Greenville is a lot closer...tell me more.
lavonfisher, The rifle is originally a 336CB .38-55. I was going to put a cresent PGW stock on it, but instead, I bought a Marlin 1895 Century Limited Buttstock w/ buttplate and forend because the wood is so nice. (This was before Marlin was destroyed)I also Bought a lowertang, and a NOS lever and trigger from some fine Marlin experts here. This rifle is ALL Marlin so I enjoy referring to it as the 336CB Deluxe. I have all the original CB parts packed away for the next owner should I ever die.