I asked a very similiar question on cowboy rifles. Marlins are basicly for woods hunting where shots are under 175 yards. The more I think about this, the more I think Marlins should be scope free. You don't really need a scope to keep the bullet in the kill zone (usually a 12 inch circle for the average whitetail deer and black bear, larger for elk) with a peep sight or standard dove tail sight. Scopes add weight, bulk and are an eye sore on a lever action rifle. If you have good eye sight, do you think a Marlin rifle should have a scope? By the way, I am not trying to pass a law, I just want to know if you use a scope.