This is a discussion on putting scope on a win 94 within the Long Arm Accessories forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; I have a body who wants to go deer hunting with me for the first time. He owns a Winchester model 94 ranger in 30-30 ...
I have a body who wants to go deer hunting with me for the first time. He owns a Winchester model 94 ranger in 30-30 cal. He would like to put a scope on it. His budget is around $200 I suggested a Leupold vx1 3X9X40 or a nikon buckmaster? He was gonna buy one the other day but has had a hard time finding mounts for his rifle. Are these something he is likely going to have to order? And what kind of rnage can he expect out of the gun/caliber? 200 yards max?
The '94' isn't the easiest gun to scope because of the top eject. It's quite the project to scope a '94'. You'll need an extended relief scope and a barrel mount of some sort.
200 yds would really be pushing it IMHO. The .30-30 is really a 100/150 yd gun for deer size game and a humane kill, though I'm sure many have pushed it far beyond that. One of the worst things you can do is to wound an animal, not be able to find it, and allowing it to die a slow, painful death.
holyroman76, Yes, the Ranger should be an "angle eject" that is drilled and tapped for a scope base. The "rule of thumb" for scopes is 1X per 25 yards of kill range. Considering a 30-30 was intended for 150 yards or less, a 6X scope would be the max power you should use, however if you use the new Hornady Flex Point ammo, you can easily extend the killing range to 250 yards for deer sized game. See: http://www.hornady.com/story.php?s=198
I might be different but I enjoy receiver sights on my winchesters. I also have had good luck with
a weaver k4. The fixed power scope on a rifle that most likely wont be shot over a hundred is an asset in my book. Less stuff to go wrong, wont be caught with scope on 9x while making a close range shot. of course this is just my opinion and with that and five bucks u still only get a medium coffie at starbucks.
thanks all for the info. he decided to hold off putting a scope on it considering the range and all. He would like to buy a proper deer rifle probably a bolt action that he will scope. thanks for the info.
Iowegan will never steer you wrong, but I also think you (& friend) should consider the advice about ammo. Also note that the 30-30, and in all likelihood combined with the Winchester 94, have taken more deer on the North American continent that any other round/rifle.
Not that I have anything against buying more rifles!
I can't speak about he RANGER, but not having seen this covered, for a '94, you need a side mount. From the replies, there must be plenty still around. I have never been much for scopes on a brush gun, rifle or handgun, but I am old and sit in my ways.