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Compare Lyman and Williams Receiver Sights?

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I'm considering putting a receiver sight on a flat sided receiver (like a Wichester 9422 or a Marlin 39, drilled and tapped for side-mounting) and I wondered why those of you who use them chose one over the other. Just to jog your memories, this could be functional or not - better looking, appears stronger, history of the other one breaking, good/bad customer service, arm returns to zero, didn't need to use a higher front sight, or anything else. Also, would your reasons/choices be different if you were putting it on an accurate bolt action, i.e., not a flat-sided receiver?

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I use both, but...

The construction of the Lyman is stronger, more precise, and can keep it's zero better on calibers larger than a 22. I had a Willliams FP on my 45-70, but had to switch it out for a Lyman because the adjustment set screws would loosen up. I will eventually switch the Lyman out for a Marbles tang sight.

I use Williams receiver sights on 22 bolts and semi's and Marbles tang sights on my lever 22's with excellent results. I really like the Williams FP sights with the target knobs. Once you find the ammo that your rifle likes and set the zero, you can record the number of clicks for greater or lesser distances with ease.

A tang sight on a levergun will increase your sight radius and looks more aesthetically pleasing, but some people do have a problem adjusting to their use. Personal preference.
 

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I've got a couple rifles with the Lyman MJT rear sight, and one with a Williams FP-GR-TK and would rate them very even in terms of quality and function.

I do think the Williams has the better of the two adjustment knobs, but that's a personal touch and feel thing, not function.

Gone are the days of the all steel Lyman and Redfield sights, they had to be cared for or they'd rust but those really were better than the current crop.
 
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