I have to scope my 1895 and my 35 Rem. These guns are too accurate and have too much potential for me to waste with my old eyes. I do have a Model 94 Winchester in 30-30 with a receiver sight and a Rossi 92 in 44 Mag. with Marble's tang sight. These two satisfy my itch for the old time look and i do hunt with them under ideal conditions, i.e. midday, good light and close ranges.
Great looking rifle! Can't fault anyone for scoping a rifle. I never scoped a rifle until about 10 years ago, now everything except my Garand and Carbine are scoped (but I don't hunt with them - just bust a lot of caps for fun).
Looks fine to me. I really like the octagon barrel. For me the pistol grip is easier with recoil. I messed my Marlin even more based on a bear. Most important for me the Wild West rail for a light, 1.25x4 Leupold scope, recoil pad for the Buffalo Bore heavy rounds, cheek pad and pocket - and the now 16.5 barrel for working in tight spots and handy. The Win has a large peep sight.
Thats a Sharp looking Rifle! I had scopes on my marlin 30-30 and 35 rem awhile back and took them off to do the old fashion/cowboy iron sight hunting! I'm goana leave scopes off all my leverguns for aslong as I can!!! I'm not a Spring Chicken anymore so my Eyes might change my mind eventually! Well heck I use my Ole Savage 308 win(scoped) most of the time hunting so I can continue using my Leverguns(unscoped) for short range and brush hunting also use my 12ga Shotgun's like I always have!!!!