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I recently bought a Marlin lever action 30-30. I am considering getting a scope to go on it. What kind of scope do ya'll recomme

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  • I recently bought a Marlin lever action 30-30. I am considering getting a scope to go on it. What kind of scope do ya'll recomme

    I recently bought a Marlin lever action 30-30. I am considering getting a scope to go on it. What kind of scope do ya'll recommend?

  • #2
    Something like a Redfield 2-7.

    Or, for $200 you can get a Burris on sale at MidwayUSA.com on sale. Original $350.

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    • #3
      Ask yourself two questions. Where do I hunt and at what range and what is the max range on a 30-30 cartridge.

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      • #4
        Anything greater than 4x is too much, though some say a fixed 6x is best of all.
        Where most folks hunt with a .30-30, point blank range shots often present themselves. Excessive magnification can cause some real "uh-oh's"!
        A scope for a .30-30 is basically just a "glass" sight. Even a 1.5x is good on one!

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        • #5
          I agree. I have had a fixed 3x on my 30-06 Springfield for thirty years. Works just fine and that gun is good for 200 yards. That distance would be pushing it for 30-30.

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          • #6
            JMO~~ A 1.5-5x34 or 2.5-6x36, Bushnell,Redfield,Burris, Rule of Thumb if your Rifle Cost $500.00 Spend 1/2 as Much for a Scope,a 30-30 with FLX-Tip ammo you Now have a Range of 200+Yd, But Most Deer are Shot with-in 100Yd across the US.every year.AS Carl said its True!

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            • #7
              You don't want to put too much glassware on the receiver because it'll affect the handling characteristics of the Marlin. I think a compact scope of low magnification will serve you well. I have a Weaver 3X on my Marlin 1894, and I wouldn't put anything larger. Before you put a scope on it, you might also consider an aperture (receiver) sight.

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              • #8
                You want to keep it small, light weight and above all have a very large field of view with sufficient light gathering to see in dim morning and evening light. You also want a rugged scope because that rifle is made for towing through the toughest of conditions.

                Toward that end, I'd suggest you consider a Vortex Diamondback 1.75-5x32mm. Carry it set on the lowest magnification and you will get nearly 70 feet of visibility at 100 yards. That's almost as good as iron sights for quick target acquisition. This all-metal scope will outperform most other scopes in clarity, field of view, light gathering, reliability and accuracy and it has a warranty comparable only to Leupold. I see one for $169 at Optics Planet. You might be able to beat that if you look around. I only suggest buying it online because most retail stores don't carry such a special purpose scope. I buy all my scopes online and it works fine.

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                • #9
                  I put a sight on my Marlin, with no regrets.
                  Check skinner sights, for some reason F & S
                  will not let me put Skinner's link on this, but Skinner is a very nice company to do business with!

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