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    Default Good Scope For A 30-30?

    I have a Marlin lever-action 30-30 I'm hoping to hunt whitetails with this season and I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a good scope, my price range is about $80-$160.

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    I have heard many many owners brag on a leupold 3x9 ..40 ...on their 30-30 levers
    and I would search for that....they have "some" $200 range...and many classify such
    rig as a "hog" gun etc....so yes...you can find a good knock around glass
    but will be a good $200 or better with mounts and all...


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    The good thing is I already have mounts and a scope, but the scope is some Kmart thing, it's low power and the crosshairs are blurry, what I'd do is keep the mount and trash the scope (maybe put it on my pellet gun).

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    Quote Originally Posted by redneckboys View Post
    The good thing is I already have mounts and a scope, but the scope is some Kmart thing, it's low power and the crosshairs are blurry, what I'd do is keep the mount and trash the scope (maybe put it on my pellet gun).

    I understand...having mounts/rings etc..is good ! Just get something to fit them as I am
    sure you know...


    Now...best glass is best glass...I have weaver on my "kill machine" Model 70 25-06...

    But...for a hog gun or 30-30 lever for a deer hunt...I will take a beating for this and I
    am not telling you this because I myself am broke and would do it...

    But..since they have done some improvements AND offer some lifetime warranties
    now....you can look at BSA or similar lines....and not the lowest of the lines either...$


    I hope I don't get killed for suggesting a NEW BSA...but..I have heard they are indeed
    better...and I am trying to stay at YOUR budget...

    I just mean...seems I would take a NEW warranted such scope per your price range..than
    chance a used one for same money...etc..


    good luck...
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    Quote Originally Posted by redneckboys View Post
    I have a Marlin lever-action 30-30 I'm hoping to hunt whitetails with this season and I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a good scope, my price range is about $80-$160.
    Since the .30-30 out of a lever action rifle is, MAX, a 150 yard round I suggest you use your iron sights and keep your shots within 90 yards. I also suggest you save your money until you have two or three time the amount you have budgeted now and purchase a good scope.

    None of my lever action rifles wears a scope.
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    My 336 is topped with a 2 power BSA pistol scope on an XS sight base, been that way for 10 years, bounced around and drug through brush, dropped once or twice and still holds zero, maybe not as clear as the Nikon I have on the Contender but perfectly good for what I use it for. Cost me $30 on sale at Midwayusa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enzelow View Post
    My 336 is topped with a 2 power BSA pistol scope on an XS sight base, been that way for 10 years, bounced around and drug through brush, dropped once or twice and still holds zero, maybe not as clear as the Nikon I have on the Contender but perfectly good for what I use it for. Cost me $30 on sale at Midwayusa.
    Good input enzelow...thanks..

    If not using open sights as Popeye said (normal enough for many at 100 yds )..then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    Since the .30-30 out of a lever action rifle is, MAX, a 150 yard round I suggest you use your iron sights and keep your shots within 90 yards. I also suggest you save your money until you have two or three time the amount you have budgeted now and purchase a good scope.

    None of my lever action rifles wears a scope.
    I got to agree with Popeye on this. My 30-30, .44, .357 lever guns do not wear scopes. All are 100 yard or so guns and even with my old eyes I do pretty well with open iron sights. Wanted to add that neither does my Marlin 45-70 govt. lever gun.
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    I have a Savage 99 lever action that will never see a scope while im alive , the iron works just fine for shorter distances . On the other hand ( Ill get yelled at just like 1shot1kill ) there are scopes out there in your price range that will serve the purpose untill you can afford to lay down $500.00 or more for quality optics .
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    a plain jane bushnell banner..... fixed or low power variable [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    or a inexpensive quality red dot optic such as the millet [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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