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I know, I know.... I've been praising my Kahles CL scopes on about every post here lately.   Anyway I have a Marlin 336 in .35 Remington that I want to scope for those rare occassions that I deer hunt IN the woods.  I don't want a scope to over power the clean looks of the rifle, and about all I could come up with is the Leupold VX-III in 2.5-8x36 or even possibly the 2-7x33 VX-II.   I really don't want to pay the price of the Kahles CL in 2-7x36 for this particular rifle, though I have no doubt I'd be happy with it.

 

 

 

Long story short, what do you all think about the Leupold VX-III 2.5-8x36??? Or do you have any other suggestions???  I don't want a fixed power scope, so please don't suggest that

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I've been using a 2.5-8X36 on my kimber .260 for over 3 years and like it a lot.  It whould work well on your 336; you can use low rings. 
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I have always liked the 2.5-8 and only have the 3.5-10 because it fits on my long action bolt guns without extensions. The 2.5-8 will look great on your .35 and have fine optical performance to boot..................good choice.
Sure the Kahles is better but the Leos are definitely good for at least 1/2 hour each side of sunset and sunrise.
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Thanks for the responses, I still debating this one.  I have bought the low rings thoughWink

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all right time for me to be a dick, dont put a scope on a lever gun save your money be a traditionalist fight the urge to go against the grain, the 35 rem is a classic dont ruin the mystical powers of this oldie but a goodie.
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Pyro is right.  If you practice and develop confidence in the open sights, you'll surprise yourself what you can do.

 
If you insist on a scope, look at the koshkin's test on the Sightron II Big Sky 1.25-5x20.  You will find it in the member's test section.  The link is below.  My Dad put mine on his Marlin Guide gun, and it worked very well, without overpowering the rifle.  It has plenty of magnification for the range of the 35 Remington.  In fact, I think I lost my scope! Ermm
 
 
Just my $0.02,
 
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my old man has killed more elk than i ever will with his old 336 30-30 open sights i dont know how he did it but he was magic in the woods with iron sights.
thanks for the link wally!
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I am also considering the leupold 2.5-8x36 for my 336 .35 rem.  I'm not a huge fan of marlins iron sights and have thought about replacing them with the fiber optic sights.  Cletus, check the NEED HELP SELECTING SCOPE topic I started as I was also seeking advice on scopes for my .35 rem. 
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guys, c'mon - tradition is one thing - why'd they drill mount points on the ole marlins if scopes are so tabboo?
 
Iron sights are GREAT. no questions. but they are damn near worthless in the lowlight.
 
and if you have ever hunted whitetail deer - they have a bad habit of waiting until first break of light or last inkling of light to come out.  And iron sights simply won't do when you can't make them out due to lack of light.
 
this is not a 'trend' - it's a desire to use a classic weapon in a modern scenario. that's all.
 
scope it up. just don't go too big.
 
I too am interested in the VXIII for the money for MY 336.
 
my 2 cents.
 
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I have two Marlin Lever action Cowboy guns with iron sights for those times I want to be traditional.    This 336 that WILL be scoped is for those times I want to kill deer and call me weird, but I don't think Marlin 336's look bad with a reasonable scope, and besides most of their advertisements in the late 1970s thru the mid 80's were about the 336's ability to be scoped easily ....at that time Winchester hadn't introduced their Angle EjectWink 

Anyway, thanks for the replies and suggestions...it's looking like the 2.5-8x36 is winning out, but I still haven't made a final decision.
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I love the way my 336 handles with iron sights, but my 58 year old eyes don't like them.  If you just can't stand a scope, get a peep and learn to use it.  I tried, but I could never get used to it. 



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to correct myself - i was looking at the

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for my 336 instead - because of the reticle choices.
would these optics be noticably worse than the VXIII glass?
 
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Originally posted by 
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<DIV>Iron sights are GREAT. no questions. but they are damn near worthless in the lowlight.</DIV>
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<DIV>and if you have ever hunted whitetail deer - they have a bad habit of waiting until first break of light or last inkling of light to come out.  And iron sights simply won't do when you can't make them out due to lack of light.</DIV>
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<DIV>this is not a 'trend' - it's a desire to use a classic weapon in a modern scenario. that's all.</DIV>
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<DIV>scope it up. just don't go too big. </DIV>
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Iron sights are GREAT. no questions. but they are damn near worthless in the lowlight.
 
and if you have ever hunted whitetail deer - they have a bad habit of waiting until first break of light or last inkling of light to come out.  And iron sights simply won't do when you can't make them out due to lack of light.
 
this is not a 'trend' - it's a desire to use a classic weapon in a modern scenario. that's all.
 
scope it up. just don't go too big.
 
 
J
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That's it in a nut shell 
 
 
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I have a Sightron S2 1.5-6X42 on my 336, and its excellent in low light.  
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Buy a Weaver K4 and spend the difference on ammo.
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Originally posted by Silent Sam Silent Sam wrote:

Buy a Weaver K4 and spend the difference on ammo.
 
I strictly shoot my handloads, not only for the enhanced performance of fine tuned loads, but because it adds something to the hunt for meWink
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Ok, (so do I), spend the difference on components. I do like the VX-III 2.5-8. I have one on my 30-06 w/ a B&C reticle. I don't think you'll gain any functionality on 35Rem levergun w/ a K4, that's all. You will spend a lot less money w/ a K4 and once it is focused and zeroed it will always be set right.
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My old eyes don't do so well with open sights anymore either - but peeps are another story!  So... I went with a set of Williams rear peeps with the front "Firesight" on my swamp-gun Marlin 336 in 30-30 and I like it a lot!  Much faster pick up than any scope I've used in deep woods and still have "classic lines." 
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I ended up getting a VX-II in 2-7x33, matte finish with Duplex reticle.  I looked at a Bushnell 3200 2-7, but it did not compare favorably to my eyes.  I'm going to the range in a while and it's cloudy and gloomy here today...should give me a pretty good indication of how well it's going to perform.  It looks nice mounted and yes, I  used low rings.  
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