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This is a discussion on Lever Actions: Scope or No Scope? within the Ruger Lever-Action forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; I like the pure looks of a lever rifle, my eyes makes it hard for me to use the open sights. My Marlin 1894 CB ...


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View Poll Results: Do you put a scope on your lever actions?
Yes, I use a scope. 65 41.67%
No, I use the sights that came on the gun. 70 44.87%
No, I use aftermarket iron sights (HiViz, Williams, etc.) 21 13.46%
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Old August 13th, 2014, 07:51 PM   #46
 
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I like the pure looks of a lever rifle, my eyes makes it hard for me to use the open sights. My Marlin 1894 CB Rifle is a real classic a original with the 24 inch hex barrel. But again my eyes don't agree with the open sights. Right now I have been looking at installing a light weight 1-4 or 1.5-4.5 scope or just a nice straight 4 power scope with the circle X recticle and thats where I am leaning to. My newly acquired Marlin 336RC older model with no cross bolt safety is currently wearing a new Nikon Pro Staff 3-9x40 scope with BDC. Got a steal of a deal on this scope for $90.00 very clear optics my Marlin XL7 .223 has the same scope. For the .223 I think this is a good scope but now thinking the Marlin 336 RC 30-30 has just a bit too much scope on it. These Nikons 3-9x40 BDC Pro-Staff scopes are heavy at 15 ounces ouch! So this scope if it stays on my Marlin 336 will be used with a support or I will shoot it while I am sitting down! It looks great on the marlin 336 but then this 7 pound rifle seems more like 8.5-9lbs kinda too heavy!!



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Old August 14th, 2014, 07:45 AM   #47
 
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Old eyes!

Old eyes and diabetes also effect the eyes, making the sites disappear after a few shots. I found I CAN use peep, and have them on two, carbine stile levers. One (30-30) with iron sites still, rest (3) with scopes. I do agree, levers look MUCH BETTER without!
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Old August 14th, 2014, 11:00 AM   #48
 
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I say go with whatever you want, depending on what you need. If you're going for a classic, old west shooter, ya gotta stick with iron sights--OEM or aftermarket. However, if like me, you've got "classic" eyes, you better scope it.
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I will eventually have HI VIZ sights on the front of mine cause my eyes are not as focused as they once were. Wish I could get some like whats on my shotguns to fit, I would be ready then.
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With these 68 year old eyes that have been wearing glasses since I was 10, you bet I use scopes on my levers. I had an old Winnie once that had a Lyman peep on it though and I was surprised how well I could site with that.
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Well I made up my mind my Burris 2-7x26 is going on my Marlin 336 30/30 going to pull the Nikon Pro-Staff 3-9x40 off might be putting this one on my Mini 14 now! I pulled the scope off with the rings on and just picked up my Marlin and boy what a difference. These Nikon Pro-Staff scopes are heavy! I know going from 15 down to 11 ounces isn't much but anything helps. Plus still have 2-7 with Ballistic Plex Reticle so I still have some built in range features with the smaller scope that will also look much better on the rifle!
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My Model 94 is from 1910 and is obviously not the angle eject version. I'm would not put a scope on it. My 1895 GS is new (ish), but being .45-70, I don't plan on shooting much at distances further than 50 yds. No need for a scope on it.

If I had a new or newer 1894 I would likely scope it and use it as a tight brush deer rifle.
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Three Winchester all open sights. Classic !!
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A few years ago I was dead set on not putting a scope on a lever action.

Since then I had a detached retina in my shooting (right) eye and now I have some distortion which is greatly reduced with a scope.

I recently picked up a Uberti Silverboy .22 lever and just took some pictures of the Weaver style scope mount they include with the rifle.

Gander Mountain had some silver Millett scope mounts that work.

I need to contact Grovtec to see if one of their hammer extensions fit the Uberti.

My Winchester 9422 has scope grooves so that one is easy.

My Winchester 94 30-30 is a pre-angle eject so it doesn't lend itself to easy scope mounting. A Marlin is much easier to add a scope.
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Do you want to shoot the gun accurately or do you just want to let it set around and look at it? Anyone who says no scope on a lever gun can either see the sights or they just look at the gun! Your gun your way !


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