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Hey big boy, you're really a game fish

The past week has had HORRENDOUS heat, with heat indexes as high as 118°F.  I didn't dare try going outside to do any shooting.  It was a bit cooler this morning, a mere 80°F when I went outside.  I figured this would be as good a time as any and after chasing the goats away from my target area, I set up a few cans and plastic bottles and a paper target to shoot at with my new Marlin rifle.

Almost the instant I fired the last shot the sun came out full blast.  Before I could finish loading the two magazines, the temperature shot up at least 10 degrees and I started sweating profusely.  Ugh.  So much for doing any more shooting.


The grouping is about 5 inches at 40 yards using the stock iron sights and standing upright and unsupported.  Not bad, but not great.  The sights are obviously crooked and pulling about 6 inches to the right.  No wonder I couldn't hit any of the soda cans.  The owners manual says to adjust for windage, I have to bang on the rear sight with a hammer.  WTF?  These sights have got to go.

I searched around on Amazon and found a non-magnified electronic sight that looks like it'll fit the Marlin.  It's about $40 including a rail adapter.  Ouch, especially since the rifle was only $115.  (And now I know why it was so cheap.)  I should have the new sights by Saturday, hopefully there will be a break in the humidity soon after.

Thank goodness this ammo is dirt cheap.  I dread trying to zero in the scope on my Springfield.

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crim_ferret
Jul. 22nd, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
It's actually a workable design. That's how the sights were on the one I learned to shoot. Rear part mounted in a dovetail. Used a little brass mallet to get it zeroed and after that it was up to me to adjust my aim to compensate for wind. It worked fine and was far better than a flimsy sight with slop in the screw adjustment like my friend's had.
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