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    Wow this looks great. How did you do this. I want to do the same. Must I take it to a gunsmith?

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    I've not done a Marlin BA with sights but have done many others. I have had Williams ramps put on several rifles. I usually fit the sight
    and have my smith silver solder them. I also have used the ramps with band and set screw. Back sights I have D&Ted in most cases.
    The rears off post 64 Win 70s and Ruger 77s are my favorite. I really don't do a lot of rears. I put fronts on to use with reciever sights.
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    For the very rare occasion you may have scope trouble, have a spare cheaper model scope in another set of rings and shot in so that you can switch over is better than mucking around with irons that your eyes will struggle with more and more as you get older, if you ever get to use the irons that is.
    Then you want a switch barrel, are you setting that up with irons too?
    Apart from my DG rifle I don't have irons on any other rifles and I drive to my hunting places in a modern 4WD utility truck not a Model A. You gotta enjoy and rely on technology sometime
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    Thanks for sharing the links,I think I will put a iron sight on my Rossi .44 Mag.
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    I'm planning on rebarreling my XL to either 323 or 338, and I have a spare pair of magnum sights ready to be installed. Having a long yearning for a walk-about rifle strong enough for bear, I won't bother with mounting a scope on this rifle. Have considered using a Rem700 rear sight as another option, I like the look of the Rem over my Win mag sights.

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    A rifle for serious purposes should have back up iron sights. Stuff happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironhead7544 View Post
    A rifle for serious purposes should have back up iron sights. Stuff happens.
    I agree, very much so. Another 'back up' option would be a cheap dot sight. With so many cheap and light ones available, you could simply keep it handy incase of scope or mount failure. However rare that might be, dont think it cant happen. Just need to ensure its sighted to the rifle.

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    I have several sets of iron sights in my extras collection. They are Remington 700 all steel adjustable rear and steel ramp front. Bought them for $15 a set from a gunsmith who didn't want them. All steel is the way to go. Aluminum sights don't do it for me. I have a bolt rifle that got carried in a scabbard, and both sights are held on with screws. I had that gunsmith drill and tap the holes with his jig. Then I silver soldered them on, too. Had it bead blasted and matte blued. Those sights will never come off even if the horse rolls down a mountain , bends the barrel, and crushes me.

    If you do choose to install irons, make sure your gunsmith has the jig that gets the holes drilled and tapped dead center at 12 O'clock.
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    Couldn't agree more. I just 'won' a Rem700 rear sight assembly yesterday, complete w/screws...wondering if I need a matching front sight rem style or will my Win70 front suffice.

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    It's been a few moons since I posted on this thread, so I'll update. The XL7 in a Boyds Nutmeg stock that I had posted years ago is gone. I ended up giving that rifle to a friend back in Montana. I was hoping he'd become a hunter and therefor a future hunting partner. You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Another story for another day.
    Anyways, I have a Ruger M77 chambered in 300 mag and with that rifle sitting next to my Marlin 30-06, I felt that too much redundancy. I had a notion of a different variation of the Marlin 30-06 XL7, so that made it easier to give away my first one.
    Here is a pic of my preferred set up
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    That is a 20" barrel with NECG sights. It's sitting in a Boyd's Maple stock. This rifle handles nicer than my previous XL7 30-06. I have a matching rifle that is a 243, but it is wrapped in camo tape at the moment.
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