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I would like to install a tang sight on my 1885.  Is the smaller of the 2 tapped tang holes used in the installation process?

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The one right behind the hammer, plus the tang screw itself, which requires a special tang screw having a smaller head to fit the hole in the sight base. 

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Thanks Clarence, if I end up ordering from MVA I can only hope they will supply the proper screws.

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Edward Kitner said
Thanks Clarence, if I end up ordering from MVA I can only hope they will supply the proper screws.

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Of course they will, but I think a brand new repro sight is going to look way out of place on your rifle, even if it’s in absolutely mint cond.  If what you have in mind is one of their vernier sights, that’s even more out of place on a plain sporting model SS.  Lymans were used on the vast majority of SSs fitted with tang sights, & they are common on ebay, often with both screws.  If not, repro screws can be bought separately, such as these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/255419642026?hash=item3b783270aa:g:s1wAAOSwULRafkbF

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clarence said

Edward Kitner said

Thanks Clarence, if I end up ordering from MVA I can only hope they will supply the proper screws.

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Of course they will, but I think a brand new repro sight is going to look way out of place on your rifle, even if it’s in absolutely mint cond.  If what you have in mind is one of their vernier sights, that’s even more out of place on a plain sporting model SS.  Lymans were used on the vast majority of SSs fitted with tang sights, & they are common on ebay, often with both screws.  If not, repro screws can be bought separately, such as these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/255419642026?hash=item3b783270aa:g:s1wAAOSwULRafkbF

  

Be CAreful, alot of the repo screws dont fit.   believe, i’ve found out the hard way.  The taper on the screw isnt enough on some and are too big to fit.

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I did consider a Lyman, like the Lyman A2.  It would be a more correct sight, plus a more reasonably priced sight then the MVA mid range vernier sight.

I know nothing about the older Lyman and Marbles sights, I have installed a new MVA vernier and a globe front sight on my Sharps, so I do know something about them.

The gun is not period correct, it has a replacement but stock.  Very well done, but a replacement never the less.

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I did consider a Lyman, like the Lyman A2. 

  

That would be one of the harder ones to find, but no reason it needs to be a #2 or the “A” variant.  (A nice one recently sold on ebay for about $200.)  Don’t see any others listed right now, except this #1, which is over-priced, & in poor cond.: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255442558629?hash=item3b79901ea5:g:LmYAAOSwSbxiNNGd  (Yet it has 16 fools watching it!)

If you create a “saved search” on ebay for a “Lyman Winchester tang sight,” you’ll see many others.  Including, unfortunately, the new crude Lyman repros, which are difficult to exclude from the search results.

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Manuel said Be CAreful, alot of the repo screws dont fit.   believe, i’ve found out the hard way.  The taper on the screw isnt enough on some and are too big to fit.

  

I’ve had the same problem, but you’re left with no alternative unless you can find a sight with the original factory screws.  Best you can do is make sure they’re returnable if the fit isn’t good enough.

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I just checked ebay, some look questionable and coated with black paint!

What would the sight base be marked for Winchester 1885?

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Edward Kitner said
I just checked ebay, some look questionable and coated with black paint!

What would the sight base be marked for Winchester 1885?

  

“S”–which will cost about twice the price of most other Lymans with the standard Winchester spacing, like “DA.”  Your gun won’t know the difference.  Considering that it already has a replacement buttstock, fitting it with the “correct” sight would be a wasted expense.

Like I said, current Lyman listings are unusually poor, but don’t worry, news ones are listed every day.  Check out “SOLD” listings to get an idea of what good ones are selling for.

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