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    Brass vs. Blue Front Sight

    I am new to the Marlin 336. I found that my aging eyes don't work well with the semi-buckhorn rear sight. I recently purchased a Skinner Express (black and brass) peep sight and it has greatly improved my ability to line up the sights and see the front sight more clearly. I now need to purchase a taller front sight and need to decide between brass or blue. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each and which, in your opinion, would be the best material for overall conditions. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts based on experience.

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    A lot of it may be personal preference. I have read that the black post is best but I prefer a white stripe post and a ghost ring. I use the dark post with my Skinner however and it is OK. I have not tried the bead style with either. My old eyes are a little weak too. The main point with old eyes is I seem to need more light than I used to.
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    I would go with either a Marbles or Williams blue steel front sight with an gold/brass bead.

    This would provide the strength of steel while allowing you to see your front sight better during low light conditions.

    Since you have already replaced your rear sight, you may need to do some research regarding the height required for your front sight to match.

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    I prefer the blued skinner post sight over the bead sights. Then I use some white then hunter orange paint Skinner has to paint the front of the post. I have had the brass front sight before and while it is better to pick up in low light conditions, in normal lighting you can get a glare off one side and make it difficult to shoot with accuracy. I aged it with ammonia and it did help the glare but then decided the blued was just easier in the end.

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    Find preference for a the standard bright white/ivory bead, shows really well in the woods. The newer fiber optic "fire sights" also work very well, actually a tiny bit better, but I am a traditionalist, the bead is very durable, where the fiber optic tubes can and do break.
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    I'm fond of an ivory bead, 1/16" Diameter or a Lyman globe sight, depending on if I'm hunting or target shooting. As I get older, that will probably change.

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    I remember my father would use orange or white paint on the front site so that he could see it easier and quicker. So......those were the choices for sites back in the 60's. He painted mine too and it really did help a lot.
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    A little trick I learned a long time ago and really helped me was to file the bead flat at a slight angle like this / it really helps in low light conditions and I can pick up the bead easily.
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    I think it's personal preference. If you have guns stores near you, go to them and try to find examples of different front sight posts. Look through them and see what you like.
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    For hunting I prefer a bead either brass or ivory just something that stands out from the blued steel and picks up good with the eye. For paper and target I prefer a post sight and may or may not mark it with paint depending on if my eye picks it up good enough.
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