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I've recently bought an 1894C.

I just put a Skinner Tactical rear sight on, and my Tactical front should be getting here sometime in the next week or two I would imagine.

I was curious what distance you other 1894C owners are zeroing your rifles in at? Well. Just make that 1894 Owners In general.

I'm not very familiar with the ballistics of the .357/.38 round coming out of a rifle, so I was just looking for some advice for when I finally get everything on and get to the range to get her sighted in.

While I imagine the great bulk of this rifle's use will just be plinking on the range with .38's, It may see some Deer hunting use with some .357 loads.

Just off the top of my head, I think zeroing it at 50 yards would serve me pretty well for any and all applications, but I will quickly defer to someone more knowledgeable on the subject than I.

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You might benefit from a program such as www.jbmballistics.com
You will have to know or reasonably supply a mv. Select your bullet of interest from the library. Ignore (set to 0) the factors for wind. You can select the intervals (such as 25yds) and a max distance. Play with the inputs a while and you'll be able to select a distance that suits your needs. It might be 50yd, it might be 65yds. BD
 

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My 1894C is set an inch high at 50 yards with warm 357 ammo, that puts it about two inches low at 100. When shooting at cans or clay pigeons at 100 yards I just hold on the upper edge, that's enough to guarantee a hit unless there's a howling crosswind. 8)
 

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I have a skinner on my 1894SS and I sighted it in for 50 yards. Should be fine for my northern NY or VT hunting, which is basically all I ever do
 

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I sight in for 75 yards. Puts me 1.5 low at 100 and .5 at 50. I just put it on the pig and squeeze without having to think about hold over.
 

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Well.

Finally got to take her to the range for the very first time Saturday morning.

Was very relieved when my very first shot went off...(my first firearm purchased used from a gunshow...)

Tried the first few shots at 10 yards just to see if the sights were off completely. Seemed okay, so we branched out to 50 yards.

After several shots, the tactical rear came loose (totally my fault, hadn't tightened them very hard during installation because I wanted to be ready to adjust the sights as I got to fire them... Once I got them secured, was at least putting them on the paper plate at 50. It was a little windy, and we weren't too methodical about sticking to a particular round or aim point because I'm still waiting for the Tactical front sight to come in and install. But it was nice to at least get out and shoot it.

My uncle loves to cut paper bags from grocery stores into a human silhouette target. I was able to put 3 shots in a nice 2" circle in the upper chest off-hand, which I was pretty happy about. I'm normally pretty lousy off-hand, but If I can do that...I like my chances with a deer probably anywhere from 65-70 yards out once I get a round I like and sighted in for it. Having said that, I'll probably zero it in at 50 and try and adjust for anything further than that.

Not the greatest review or story. But so far I'm very pleased with my purchase. Seems like a quality piece that should be both very fun and useful for years to come. Can't wait to see what Parson can do with the requested mods to my tactical front. Also have the slip cover and sling coming from Levergun Leatherworks. I'm still trying to determine if I'd like to further pursue removing the safety with a saddle-ring bolt. I haven't been able to find anyone who has more lately.

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A few thoughts.............

Since you're treating this rifle "tactically", a parts kit that includes a spare firing pin and a few of the necessary screws might be a good idea. Better to have and not need than the other way around.

Being able to shoot offhand is a useful skill, and one that requires practice. It can eat up a lot of ammo, but 1894's are pretty good at that anyway. If you can keep your shots in a 2-inch circle consistently, no deer inside 100 yards is safe. That brings a lot of confidence, and having faith in your shot before you pull the trigger keeps you from jerking and rushing things.

I'd be interested in seeing pictures of the rifle when you have finished tricking it out. Everyone has their own opinion of what is useful and desireable on a levergun, and the more different takes we get on that notion, the easier it is for folks to decide what to do with their own rifles. Not to mention the fact that no matter how well we describe what we've done, a picture is still worth a thousand words. Then there's that whole "gun porn" thing........ ;D

Replacing the safety with a saddlering is one option, simply plugging the hole is another. Some options and suppliers are mentioned here: http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php/topic,83125.0.html

Silhouette targets from Grocery bags? Brilliant! I just figured out what to do with the nine dozen bags I've been accumulating for six years! Is there a good way to maximize the target size or shape with the fewest number of cuts? I may have to get out the scissors and do some experimenting!

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Not the greatest review or story.
I think ya did fine. You write well. 8)
 

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That's excellent! I always fold my paper grocery bags when I get home and save them for whatever, I have a huge box full of them, that I was thinking of tossing in the recycle bin. Now I know what to do with them!

New thread coming, with photos, to spread the joy! :)
 

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PJ
You do know a person of your age should not be running around the house with scissors in your hands .
And for gods sake make sure you take them out of your back pocket before you sit down ;D
 

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Too late. ::)

It's okay though. When I get out of the hospital I'll have lots of things to shoot at! :D
 

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I wouldn't quite go so far as to say I'm going 'tactical' with it... I just really loved the looks of Parson's sights. Sight picture is fantastic. Very sturdy as well. Its not like the picatinny rail and a red-dot scope and flashlight are next...

While It would be cool to compile a nice, extensive gun library. With the way things in the world are going...that would take a fortune...and I'm not Rambo...I can only shoot one at a time. I think I'd rather just really put some time into making one gun really cool and just enjoying the hell out of it for years to come. Having said that...here are my plans:

Skinner Tactical front and rear sights.
Slip cover and sling from Levergun Leather.
Saddle Ring.
Possibly a 'Cowboy' lever from Mule Loops or whoever I can find. (while I realize the functionality and real-world usefullness of said lever is suspect at best....I grew up worshipping The Duke...what more need be said...)

Pics will definitely be up as I get this thing going.

Thanks for the tips!


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A few thoughts.............

Since you're treating this rifle "tactically", a parts kit that includes a spare firing pin and a few of the necessary screws might be a good idea. Better to have and not need than the other way around.

Being able to shoot offhand is a useful skill, and one that requires practice. It can eat up a lot of ammo, but 1894's are pretty good at that anyway. If you can keep your shots in a 2-inch circle consistently, no deer inside 100 yards is safe. That brings a lot of confidence, and having faith in your shot before you pull the trigger keeps you from jerking and rushing things.

I'd be interested in seeing pictures of the rifle when you have finished tricking it out. Everyone has their own opinion of what is useful and desireable on a levergun, and the more different takes we get on that notion, the easier it is for folks to decide what to do with their own rifles. Not to mention the fact that no matter how well we describe what we've done, a picture is still worth a thousand words. Then there's that whole "gun porn" thing........ ;D

Replacing the safety with a saddlering is one option, simply plugging the hole is another. Some options and suppliers are mentioned here: http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php/topic,83125.0.html

Silhouette targets from Grocery bags? Brilliant! I just figured out what to do with the nine dozen bags I've been accumulating for six years! Is there a good way to maximize the target size or shape with the fewest number of cuts? I may have to get out the scissors and do some experimenting!

I think ya did fine. You write well. 8)
 

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The thing to remember is that every gun has two "zero" points: one with the bullet still going up in the arc and one with the bullet going down.

Your sight line (above the bore) is of course a perfectly straight line, but the bullet path will always be a curve in the vertical axis.
 
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