Re: Do you use a scope on your 30-30?
I am an absolute 30-30 fan, I love my marlin 336 it is my go to gun, and even though I have several other rifles it is my go to for anything. if the world was ending tomorrow I would want my 1911 and my 30-30 by my side.
to answer your question is your 30-30 a lever gun or a bolt?
I am guessing lever, if it is a bolt then scope it.
if it is a lever I can see where the question comes in.
when I purchased mine it had a fixed 4 power scope on it, and I was reasonably accurate, about 3-3.5 moa. with a 3-9x40 on it I am just 1-1.5 if I am having a good day. I also put a cheaper scope on the gun knowing that I carry it in tractors and through brush etc.
I love my high see through rings and simmons scope on this gun makes it a very good all around setup, and don't let anyone tell you that you aren't shooting far with a 30-30 I can hit groundhogs at 150 yards with this gun and I would not hesitate to shoot a deer out to 175.
depending on your eyes you may want to look at the fixed four power... they are cheap and you don't feel guilty banging them up a little.
the 2-7 power is adequate if you feel the need to cover brush and feilds or want a more all around setup
I opted for 3-9 because of price, varmint shooting and availability.
there is a reson these rifles are over 100 years old and still one of the most popular deer cartridges in the state.
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