Scope for Marlin 30-30

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Scope for Marlin 30-30

Postby hunter71 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:38 pm

I am seeking advice on what kind of scope to install on my Marline 30-30 lever action. I'm definately set on a 3-9X by 40 mm as far as size and power is concerned. My price range is between 175-250 dollars for a reliable scope and with that being said I was looking at a Nikon, Bushnell or redfield. Basically, what models of each one be used for that caliber? What is the most reliable? Thanks!
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Re: Scope for Marlin 30-30

Postby ajmorell » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:17 am

Why are you set on a 3-9? That's way too much magnification for a 30-30 IMO. I'd be looking at something like the Vortex Diamondback 1.75-5x32 on a lever gun. The 3-9x40 in the same line is a good scope, but like I said too much magnification for deer-sized game and the limited range of the 30-30
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Re: Scope for Marlin 30-30

Postby Sagebrush » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:54 pm

a 4x is plenty for a 200 yard shot if needed on a deer size target...........

even LESS if hunting in the bush.
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Re: Scope for Marlin 30-30

Postby blackduck_killer » Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:52 am

Scopes are 1 definite area where you get what you pay for, Nikon, Bushnell and Redfield all produce good scopes just avoid their bargain basement models.

I have a 1.5-4.5x26 scope on my .32 special Marlin I can keep 4 for 4 shots on a 8" pie plate at 200 yards with standard 170 grain federal blue box.
My father has a .30-30 with a 2.5x20 leupold ultralight and its also capable of the same accuracy, I just have to concentrate.
I've got a 3-9x40 Bausch & Lomb scope on my .30-06 and have never actually shot big game with it set on 9x, I've made shots out to a lasered 234 yards, (my longest shot on big game) with it set on 3x. I think people generally over scope their guns. Particularly light lovely handling carbines like the marlin.
I'd happily hunt all of North america with a 2.5x scope. In a variable scope I wouldn't go larger then 2-7, 2.5-8 or 3-9x for a general purpose rifle.
In your budget you can usually find deals on high end fixed and lower power variables that's part of the reason for my suggesting a smaller scope, clear optics are more important then magnification when it comes to shooting deer at less then 300 yards. The other is a smaller scope doesn't impact the balance of a light weight carbine as much for carrying and shouldering quickly.
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Re: Scope for Marlin 30-30

Postby TomKat » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:13 am

I have a 2 x 7 Redfield on my AR15.

You can always turn up a scope for magnification, but you can never turn them down fast enough.

Low mag scope is a good thing on your gun....
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Re: Scope for Marlin 30-30

Postby Spunky » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:31 am

why not just forget the variable and get a fixed 4 powered scope. Been using one here in PA for the last 45 years and never saw the need for a higher power scope with a 30-30.
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