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One of my favorite guns -Marlin 1895GS- has the original buckhorn sight and bead, but now I'm thinking of putting optics on her

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  • One of my favorite guns -Marlin 1895GS- has the original buckhorn sight and bead, but now I'm thinking of putting optics on her

    One of my favorite guns -Marlin 1895GS- has the original buckhorn sight and bead, but now I'm thinking of putting optics on her. What low power scope can best withstand the .45-70 shock time after time and still hold a zero? Thanks for suggestions-

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    Hadda 1895SS with micro-groove rifling and a Weaver 4X scope.

    It wood shoot MOA groups.

    The powder fur thet beast is rather slow-burning, so shock vibrations are not the problem you might expect.

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    • #3
      I had the .450 Marlin 1895M and put a williams peep sight on it. I used it without any inserts and it was super fast sight picture for up to 100yd shots.

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      • #4
        I have the full size Marlin 1895 and have a Leupold 2x7x33 Rifleman scope on it. I have two relatives with the same combination. If you get a quality scope brand like Leupold, Redfield or Nikon you will do fine. I would not waste money putting a cheap scope on it and would not get higher than 2x7 power. The 2x7 works well for shots within 125 yards which is where the .45-70 shines.

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        • #5
          Since you didn't say there was a budget, first choice would be Leupold VX-2 in the 2-7x33 or the 1-4x20, which is actually 1.4-4x20, and costs $300, or the Nikon Monarch 2-8x32 which cost $300. If price is a problem then I'd pick the Nikon Prostaff in 2-7x32 which runs about $150 at your local gun store, the Vortex Diamond Back 2-7x35 which costs $190, and finally the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 1.75-5x32 which costs $190 and also has Rainguard lens coating . I wouldn't spend under $100 on a scope. And all of which will handle recoil just fine, and are plenty clear.

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          • #6
            Ah crap, Great comments- now I have a decision to make: Williams or Leupold !
            I like both (and I'm a firm believer of dropping a few extra dollars on glass to make sure it's there when you need it). I too was thinking 2x or 4x and was hoping to find one with a #4 post.......in silver to match the gun too!

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            • #7
              Ah crap, Great comments- now I have a decision to make: Williams or Leupold !
              I like both (and I'm a firm believer of dropping a few extra dollars on glass to make sure it's there when you need it). I too was thinking 2x or 4x and was hoping to find one with a #4 post.......in silver to match the gun too!

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              • #8
                With that setup, it would be hard to beat a Leupold fixed 4X.
                Williams peep!? Also a superb choice!

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                • #9
                  Ditto FirstBubba,
                  If you want a scope with magnification it is hard to beat a fixed power. It will likely be lighter and brighter than most variables.
                  If you don't need the magnification red dot sights are another option.I have an EOTech on my 45/70 lever action and it is great for both eyes open shooting at close range and is precise enough for hunting at longer ranges. Certainly within the 45/70's somewhat limited range.

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                  • #10
                    My 1985Guide wears a Nikon shot gun scope and does really well. I did have a red dot on it and t worked great out to 100 yards But once hunted in a rain storm, at the red dot clouded up. The red dot had to go.

                    The Nikon is accurate out to 200 yards using 45.-70 off the shelf factory hollow points, sighted in for 100 yards. I was grouping at about 3 inches at 200 yards with the graduated Nikon shot gun scope (and Nikon Spot on software, telling me the exact holdover).

                    Never had to shot a deer at 200 years. So the 1895 is perfect for me.

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                    • #11
                      My 1985Guide wears a Nikon shot gun scope and does really well. I did have a red dot on it and t worked great out to 100 yards But once hunted in a rain storm, at the red dot clouded up. The red dot had to go.

                      The Nikon is accurate out to 200 yards using 45.-70 off the shelf factory hollow points, sighted in for 100 yards. I was grouping at about 3 inches at 200 yards with the graduated Nikon shot gun scope (and Nikon Spot on software, telling me the exact holdover).

                      Never had to shot a deer at 200 years. So the 1895 is perfect for me.

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