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I've decided to put a decent scope on my Marlin 35Rem lever action, but I gotta spend less than $200.
This article convinced me that the Vortex Diamondback line is the way to go:
http://www.opticsthoughts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29:qinexpensive-scopeq-comparison&catid=4:rifle-scope-reviews&Itemid=4

However, I can't decide whether to go with the 3-9x40 or the 2-7x35.
I don't know much about optics, so I thought I'd ask for opinions here.

I'll be using the rifle for deer hunting, sometimes stalking in thick brush, so I need to be able to draw quick.

The 2-7x35 would also be less bulky on my lever action.

But I'd also like to be able to take 150 or 200 yd shots.  My rifle shoots pretty consistently at 200yds with Hornaday Leverrevolution ammo.

I also think it's important to be able to take shots at dusk and dawn, in low light.

What do y'all think?  3-9x40 or 2-7x35?

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2-7.  It has more than enough magnification to get you to 200yds.  It will keep the rifle a little more trim as well.
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Do you think 35mm vs 40mm makes a big difference in low-light visibility?
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The 2-7 Viper is on sale for $170.00 and it is the next step up from the Diamondback. http://swfa.com/Vortex-2-7x32-Viper-Rifle-Scope-P10818.aspx. Probably the best sub $200.00 scope out there right now. I know I love mine. As for low light performance the 2-7 Viper is hard to beat on 2x.


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It would be hard to beat this Weaver scope on a 35 Rem:
 Only $155 and a heck of a deal.
 
Here's another great option for $170:
 
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Viper 2-7 no question about it
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+1 on the Viper.  Good deal, and better the the Diamondback.
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+2 on the viper
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Thanks for the advice everyone.  You guys convinced me, I bought the viper.  Now to look at mounts... jeez hunting is expensive

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I think talley one piece's would be a good fit

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I just noticed that the Viper has a significantly smaller field of view than the Diamondback: 46-13 versus 64-19 @100yds.

Those extra feet could make a big difference, say, if drawing on a moving target.  Thinking of switching out the order.  I doubt they mailed it yet.

However, I also wonder whether the 3.5-3.1" eye relief on the diamondback will work well on a 35Rem lever action.

... yeah, I'm one of those people that will question a purchase incessantly until he gets it home to play with it.
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I put a Nitrex TR1 1.5-5x32 on my Marlin 336 30/30.  It's a nice little scope for a Marlin lever gun.  For $80 you really can't beat it (this assumes the $50 rebate check finally shows up from Nitrex.  I've been waiting 8 weeks for it!). 
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I'll take the glass quality of my Viper over a D-back any day. I have 4 Vipers and 1 D-Back.
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Yeah, I just wish the Viper had a FOV to match the DBack.

Guess I gotta choose between higher quality glass/construction or a huge FOV.  As nice as the Viper glass is, I wonder which feature is most likely to actually be a factor out in the field: glass quality or FOV.

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I guess FOV has never been a big concern for me since most modern scopes are more than adequate. IMO the FOV of the Viper is more than sufficient for most hunting situations and the quality of the glass will make possible shots during low light and/or very bright light that may not be possible with lesser quality glass.
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I've definitely missed a couple of shots on running deer because I couldn't find them in my scope.  That's not to say that I would have gotten them with a bigger FOV, but it probably would have helped my odds.

I guess if I had two rifles, my Marlin and a longer range bolt action, then I'd buy a 2-7 DBack and a 3-9 Viper.  But since I only have the one... Viper it is.

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I had my 2-7 viper on my 35 rem. and had no problem at all picking up moving deer/hogs. and the low light performance with the viper is very good.
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i love my 2x7, but mine is on a .375H&HBig Grin
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

i love my 2x7, but mine is on a .375H&HBig Grin


I guess were on opposite ends of the spectrum here. Mine is on a 22LR but it's the gun/scope combo I probably use the most. Now that I've done it I couldn't fathom putting a "low end" scope on my 22LR any more because I use it so much.
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I know I love mine. As for low light performance the 2-7 Viper is hard to beat on 2x. Probably the best sub $200.00 scope out there right now. ....
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