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I stumbled into this forum from a Ruger forum today and just spent the last hour or so poking around.  Nice place ya got here.  Maybe someone can offer some help.  I have a Marlin 18", 45-70 guide gun.  I did not like the original sights so I tried a Nikon EER 2x20 scope.  Then I went to a ghost ring.  Then a Pentax 6x24.  My bloody nose told me to put the ghost ring back on.Big Grin  But my aging eyes are telling me to re-mount the Nikon.   The problem I'm having with the Nikon is parallax error.  I have read up on the subject and need to know if this is a proper scope for this gun.  I don't plan on having to shoot it beyond 100yds.  If the scope is good,  then I'm guessing that I need to practice holding the rifle and placing my cheek on the same spot on the stock consistantly to eliminate the parallax error.  Also, how far forward should I mount this scope?  I'll be using the XS Lever Scout Mount.  The eye relief is 10.5" to 26.4"  All helpful observations welcomed.
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Welcome to the OT. Hang around, it only gets better. You can place the scope where it is the most comfortable for you. 6 X is a lot of power for my taste on this rifle. 1-5 Variable or a 2x should be plenty and will give a lot wider field of view, At the lower power parallax should not be any problem. I suffer from the older eyes and irons just don't cut the mustard any more for me.
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The Nikon 2x20 you are refrring to is mounted forward of the receiver in the "scout" configuration, right?

I do not think you will experience a whole lot of parallax error with this setup.  Definitely not enough of it to effect your shooting within 100 yards.

If you are not happy with the scout setup for some reason and want a more conventionally mounted scope, there are a few out there that have comparatively long eye relief (i.e. no scope bite).

Leupold FX-II 2.5x20 has about five inches of eye relief.  I've never heard of anyone bitten by this scope.

Sightron SII 4x32 has about 4.5" of eye relief.

THere are some others.

ILya
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 I'm glad to see that Koshkin reinforced my suspicion that parallax won't be a significant concern with that Nikon scope you have. I've never extensively used a scout-type setup before, so I wasn't really sure.

 Sounds like it should work just fine.
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My experience with parrallax problems came about with too much magnification, too close. If you are shooting 100 yard and under with low power I can't imagine having a problem. Now if you try to group a scope at 100 yards or less on 12 power with no parrallax adjustment, you can run into problems. On a 40-70 brush gun does an inch difference in a group really mean anything?

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Thanks a lot.  I shall go ahead and re-mount that little scope.   Since I last shot the gun I've found the right shape sandbag to put between it and my shoulder while working up test loads.  Big Grin  Should be more fun now!
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