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I am begining to think about getting a scope for my Marlin 30-30.  I am not sure of what power level to get or even the brand.  I purchased a Leupold from SWFA back in March for my 7MM-08 and I am very happy with it and the way it looks.  But I do not shoot the 30-30 that much anymore and not really sure of what to put on it.  Any opinions would be great.
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I recently took the scope off my 30-30.  I didn't need it scoped and it has much better balance and feel.  I put a peep sight on it.  I'm still getting used to that, but I think I'm going to like it.

 

I had a Leupold Vari X II 2-7 on my 30-30. You'll want something small and light as not to upset the balance of the rifle so much.

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I'm another grasshopper on this forum and had the same question. Check out the useful tips on my post just below...Leupold VX III vs Nikon Monarch.  
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It really depends on what you want the rifle to do. Given that we are talking about a 30-30 I would say your working range is definately under 200 yds. These guns are typically brush guns - light - fast close action guns. While I like the look of one with no scope I realize that there are people who need that rifle to put meat on the table and a scope can be of assistance. Given the limited range of under 200 yds I would say that you do not want anything more powerful than a 3-9 and you might find that the Express Sight Systems Lever Scout Mount
Item:XG-224749

at Cabela.s would be a good base to install a scout type scope

200269 Burris 2.75x20 Scout Scope Burris 2.75x20 Scout Scope
  • Matte
  • Heavy Plex
  • 1"
SWFA: $205.95
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Or you might want a more traditional (extremely bright) scope that is a rear mounted scope like:

6506 Nikon 6x42 Monarch UCC Riflescope Nikon 6x42 Monarch UCC Riflescope
  • Gloss
  • Nikoplex
  • 1"
SWFA: $249.95
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There is some validity to buying a smaller lighter scope like a 1.5-5 or a 2-7 but there is just as viable an argument for the scout scope or the fixed 6x so it depends on what you personally like. Part of what you consider should also be determined by what reticle you want as you may find that a balistic plex or BDC or Boone & Crocket reticle helps you compensate for the sharp trajectory fall off of this bulet.  Some of the decision is governed by how you hunt do you stalk game - low power. Do you still hunt from a blind or stand  with a rest - higher power.
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A few questions:

1) What are your projected shooting distances?;

2) What are you hunting?;

3) What kind of terrain/environment do you hunt?;

 

I'll make a few assumptions before you answer to get you thinking about what you really NEED for the application.  I'll guess that you're hunting game up to 250lbs. in timber or areas where you shots will usually be under 100yds.  I'll also guess that you hunt on the ground or in a tree stand, not a shooting house that allows you a steady shooting rest.  If I'm right in my assumptions, then I'm going to recommend that you consider a RED DOT scope.  Here are some big advantages of a red dot over the standard scope:

1) Small & light -- won't affect balance of the rifle, won't hang up on brush as you walk through the woods;

2) Very fast target acquisition -- allows for "point & shoot", can also keep both eyes open when aiming, helping to watch the target before, during & after the trigger is squeezed (makes for better tracking if you have a runner);

3) Reticle options -- I can think of three different scope models that give you 3 dot size adjustments and red crosshairs;

4) Affordability -- most red dots scopes will mount to a Weaver style one-piece rail base.  You can buy a reliable scope and base for under $115 (you can spend up to $300-500 too if you so desire).

 

Hope this helps.  I have a Bushnell Trophy red dot on a Marlin 336 in 30/30 and couldn't be happier.  This is my deer & hog gun when I hunt in the deep S. Alabama woods.  Wouldn't trade this setup for anything...

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I just mounted a Burris Fullfield II  1.75-5X20 on a Browning BLR. It's fairly compact with good clarity.
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