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I absolutely love the way leverguns look and handle without scopes. However I have decided to scope my childhood rifle. It is a Marlin 336 Texan in 30-30. It came with a Weaver 2.5K. I have that scope on a little 22. I was wanting a small compact scope for that rifle. I also don't want to spend more than the rifle is worth. I'm only 29 but I can feel my eyes getting worse, and I have never been the most incredible shooter with those stock Marlin sights. Any Suggestions?
 

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The Redfield Revolution line is a pretty good value and would look nice on your rifle. I'd opt for a low power (2-7) to keep the weight and bulk down while providing a fairly descent field of view.
 

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Leupold makes a 2.5x "ultralight" which is a very good, very compact scope. Works out real well on a Marlin.
 

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Leupold is a very nice scope, but may run what you dropped on the rifle or more. How old was the K-2.5 and what was the issue with it? I have several of them, old and new(er), and find they are all usable. Nikon and Leupold both have low power variables that are $200 to 230, 1.5-4.5X20. The Redfield 2-7 is a nice scope for the $. DP
 

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I hate the 2.5x fixed power scopes. If I must be limited to one magnification, 4x is much more useful to me. Get a 2-7x32mm. The Redfield was suggested, and I think it would be a great scope for a Texan.
 

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I have a few Leupold 2-7x33 on Marlins that work well. Also have some fixed 4 power scopes, a variable Bushnell Banner Dusk to Dawn, a variable Nikon and a new Nitrex that that I have not mounted on anything yet.
All these are 32mm, smaller scopes that work and look fine on a levergun.
 

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Take a look at the Swift Premier 2X7. It's a compact 11.5", wide field of view and costs less than the Leupold. It's a fine scope, just got one for my 35 Marlin.
 

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Now you have information overload! There is a lot of good information here, but you will find folks have very STRONG opinions on scopes, they like what they like, and that may not be the scope that fits you. I suggest going someplace where you can look through a lot of scopes. Cabelas and Gander Mountain in this area have stocks set up where you can mount scopes and look through them.

Case in point, lots of folks on here really like the Nikon ProStaff line of scopes. On that recommendation, I bought one. It did not work at all for me. Field of view was lousy, adjustments were friction and not click, it did not have a fast focus lens. I mounted it on a gun, took it to the range, and then came home took it off and sold it on Ebay. So you can get some ideas of what scopes you may want to try by asking about scopes on here, but ultimately you have to make the decision.
 

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I have been looking at the different scopes out there and decided to get a Redfield Revolution 2-7x33 for my 336. It was delivered yesterday and although I have not mounted and sighted it in yet, I was playing with it in the backyard last night at dusk. It is going to be perfectly fine up to and probably past legal shooting hours. The glass is nice and clear. You can get them for less than $150 if you shop around online and it is backed for life by Leupold. I could not justify spending more, although I am sure there are better out there if you want to part with more $$$. The riflescope market is insanely competitive so like Hal said, you are going to have to shop around and make up your own mind.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback. I just recently bought a redfield 2-7 for a Marlin XS7Y chambered in 308. I love it. I was already thinking about going that route. It was relaxing to get some good feedback on that. I don't mind fixed power scopes at all.... I actually like them alot. The weaver that was on there is usable but has been beaten a little on a 22. I was just thinking that a new scope might be better than the old Weaver. I will go and check out the Luepold ultralight....... I love the Luepold 2.5 scout scope on my fathers Ruger scout in 308...... I actually love everythng about that rifle ;). I would order another Redfield in a minute though. I have been very pleased with the 2-7 I have. Thanks again for all the feedback. I have to be one of Marlin's biggest fans. My safe is dominated by them, and there are still a handful of Marlin rifles I NEED to have. It is great to know there is a place like this around!
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Comming out of left field :p Some folks like 5-6 inch eye relief shotgun scopes.Puts you ahead of the hammer(no spur) and don't destroy the ballance.
Just something else to consider.

Here is a picture of a couple of my Texans
 

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Comming out of left field :p Some folks like 5-6 inch eye relief shotgun scopes.Puts you ahead of the hammer(no spur) and don't destroy the ballance.
Just something else to consider.

Here is a picture of a couple of my Texans
Thats exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for the pics!
 

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The Weaver V3 1-3x20mm is a good scope for the money and ideal for 30/30 or pistol caliber rifles. I've had several but sold most of them when I upgraded to Leupold scopes. I still have one on a T/C Contender in 30/30 though, nearly true 1x and a huge FOV are big advantages for me.
 

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Mudpuppy! Did You have to modify the scope base to get the scope rings that close together or do they ??? sell that base? Nice looking setup! Dennis
 

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Yes,these are both Weaver 63B bases.I had to cut another slot for the ring's crossbolt.

I have seen a base with multiple slots that I'm sure would work without modification but I don't recall the name.
 

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I mounted a Pentax 1.75-5X 20mm GameSeeker on my saddle ring rifle. Looks good, works even better.
 
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