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    Tenderfoot
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    Relatively new gun owner here

    I am pretty new to the whole gun ownership thing. About a year ago I bought my first gun, a Ruger 10/22, then I ended up upgrading piece by piece with Kidd Innovative parts, until I had 2 guns. I bought my first pistol not long after, a .380 Bersa Firestorm. I then decided I wanted something big so I bought a new Marlin 1895 GBL.

    I took it to the range yesterday and shot 40 rounds of Hornady Evolution ammo. I couldn't even get on target at 50 yards. One of the guys who worked the range was helping me try to get it dialed in but everything he had me do, I was shooting low. He even fired a couple of rounds and he was shooting low too.

    We tried raising and lowering the sights to their limits and still it shot low. He suggested I take to the forums and ask around. He suggested maybe picking up a scope or different sights. So as a total newbie to this, what should I do?

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    Hello and welcome. You will find lots of information and help on this board. My first thought is a problem with the factory sights too. Someone with this same experience will be along shortly I'm sure.
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    It could be a sight problem I suppose, but I'm betting it isn't. Best to start at 25 yards maybe and get it on paper first. The 45-70 is pretty stout. Especially if this was from a bench position. I've seen shooters anticipate recoil by lifting their cheek off the stock, or develop a flinch which could cause you to shoot high or low. Though you're saying the range guy had the same experience. I don't want to assume too much, but you're not accustomed to that kind of recoil from what I'm reading. Just a thought; you might need more time with it. Oh and welcome to the site. Good people here.
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    welcome from upstate ny.
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    Welcome from Alabama... It sounds like the Range Master was shooting way low too, and I hate to say it, but you should try this with a steel straight edge...

    Quick and easy way to check for barrel droop...
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    Although I have heard of factory rifles having too tall a front sight on it... Remember, front sight opposite the way you want to shoot, rear sight the same way you want to shoot... You may just need a lower front sight... Ranger Point Precision really know their stuff... Post a question to them in the supporting vendor forum...
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    Speaking of shooting from a bench... Do a search for "shooting sticks". After a few rounds from a rest almost bloodied my nose, I started shooting from "sticks". I made a set of 6 feet and a set of 4 feet. I got the dowel rods from Home Depot. You can special order the 6 foot long ones if you want to shoot standing up. Here's the link to the ones I made. I hope this helps you.
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    Whatever the cause, it is worth whatever it takes to make the rifle shoot to the point of aim.
    Once you get it dialed in, it will be difficult to wipe the smile from your face. I would contact
    Remington about a shorter front sight, they might help you. If they don't, there are any
    number of suppliers that could sell you a front sight. Good Luck, I am looking forward to
    some nice target pictures from you.
    FM
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    Oh and Skinner Sights too... I'm a bonehead... Both are supporting members here and they both ROCK!
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    Do you have one of those inexpensive laser bore sighters? If not get one.

    Put it in the barrel and get off some distance, at least 30 feet or so and see where the dot is compare to the sights.

    My rifle was dead on at 50 feet out of the box and pretty much shoots that way though a bit higher at 25 yards. Every rifle I get (new to me) I use that laser to get it set close enough that it will be on paper so I can finish sighting it in easier.

    J
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