+1 On a Weaver Varible 1-3/20mm! They are a nice compact scope that fits well on a Marlin. I recently got one on sale from Natchez Shooters Supply for $143.00 on sale. : Another good value buy is the Redfield Revolution 2 x 7/33. Good clear optics for around $140- $150 and backed by Leopold life time Warranty. Great value edge to edge clear optics.BlueMike said:I'm not sure what you consider a "bust to your wallet", but I've always thought the Weaver Classic V-Series were pretty good scopes for the money. I particularly like the, low power, Weaver 1-3 x 20 (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=183610) for a levergun.