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Old 08-17-2018, 8:38 AM
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Default What scope should I put on my 30-30?

Hi All, I just got my hunting license and I want to get my Marlin 336 set up as a hunting rifle. It has the stock buckhorn sights on it that I have never cared for. Funds are tight so Iím looking for the most versatile and affordable scope appropriate for the 30-30 round. Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2018, 9:00 AM
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I mean, any 3x9 scope with the right rings will do for hunting. We're talking the kill zone of a deer, not putting 5 rounds through the same hole. With that said, I would say you have a lot of room to buy a budget scope that many folks would turn their nose up at.

I learned how to hunt using an 1894 with a bushnell scope that was probably less than $100. The rifle still shoots about 2-3 inch groups at 100 yards and most of that is probably me.

I assume with the 336, you're looking at 200 yards or less. I think most budget scopes will put you well within the kill zone at that range or less... and it's very likely that you won't see ranges in the field beyond 75-100 yards anyways.

Also, if your sight is in great shape and you don't NEED a scope, consider putting on a peep sight. I just put this on my 336 and I'm pleased with the improvement over the buckhorns, which were hard for me to see...

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I mean, any 3x9 scope with the right rings will do for hunting. We're talking the kill zone of a deer, not putting 5 rounds through the same hole. With that said, I would say you have a lot of room to buy a budget scope that many folks would turn their nose up at.

I learned how to hunt using an 1894 with a bushnell scope that was probably less than $100. The rifle still shoots about 2-3 inch groups at 100 yards and most of that is probably me.

I assume with the 336, you're looking at 200 yards or less. I think most budget scopes will put you well within the kill zone at that range or less... and it's very likely that you won't see ranges in the field beyond 75-100 yards anyways.

Also, if your sight is in great shape and you don't NEED a scope, consider putting on a peep sight. I just put this on my 336 and I'm pleased with the improvement over the buckhorns, which were hard for me to see...

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thanks! I'll check out those sights and look in to 3x9 scopes.
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Thanks! I'll check out those sights and look in to 3x9 scopes.
Do you have a budget in mind for the scope? That would help people give you better advice.
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Unless you have bad eyes do not put a bright ribbon on a hard working mule. They have good iron sights learn to use them unless you are 70 years old. Or Monas kid. (LOL)
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1.5-4 or 2-7
anything else is just too big
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1.5-4 or 2-7
anything else is just too big

Good advice - a 30-30 is a 200yd effective range rifle for hunting Deer. The Weaver V3 1-3x20 is a nice compact scope with decent glass. If you wanted more magnification, Burris makes a nice 2-7x35 in their Fullfield II. Both scopes run less than $200.
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I agree, my 30-30 gets no scope. Has perfectly fine iron sights. Not sure how you plan to use yours but mine is a brush gun. If I'm in a stand or planning further shots I'd use something else.
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My 336 wears a VX-3 1.75-6x32 with a Custom Shop installed German #4 reticle. It may be overkill but man is it nice. I had a Fullfield II 2-7x35 on it before I got the VX-3 and for under $200.00 it is easily my favorite. For me a 3-9 is too much on a 30-30, YMMV.

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I have an old four power Weaver on my Winchester 94, for the distances I use it for, it’s more then enough optic.
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I have a 336 with a 3-9 and I never feel the scope is too large. When looking for antlers or making a neck shot, the extra power is welcome.

OTOH I have never had it on 3x and wished for less power, ever.
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I have a fixed 4x32 Tasco on mine. It came out of the bargain bin at the LGS.
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Either none or forward mounted Burris 2-7. Keep it light and fast. You are not going to do 150+ yard shots anyway.

Another option is to swap the iron out for good ones.
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I 3rd or 4th the 2x7 on the Marlin 336. I run a 2x7 vx-ii on my 35 remington.
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With the ballistics of a flat nosed 30-30 bullet, I prefer irons when hunting. I also an not a fan of optics mounted on '94 or 336s. They just look stupid to me.
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I am a peep sight guy for my 30-30.But I have to admit there have been situations where a scope would have been nice. Threads like this edge me to some glass in the near future.
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I have an old four power Weaver on my Winchester 94, for the distances I use it for, itís more then enough optic.
Same here. Putting a Weaver 1-3x20mm on my Henry today. Great little scope.
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I second the recommendation of something compact like the Weaver V3 which is a very underrated little scope.

While I can use the semi-buckhorn sights reasonably well in good light, I start struggling with them a little in low light, so a compact scope of some sort is a good idea.

The V3 mentioned above would be at the top of my list. If you want somethign with more magnification, SWFA SS Ultralight 2.5-10x32 is a little more money, but it gives you more mag and it still weighs under 10 ounces.

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