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I picked up a Marlin 1985SBL Guide Gun and I am trying to figure out if it's a good idea to install See Thru Mounts below a Leopold 2-7X 33mm scope.

I want to bear hunt up in Lycoming County this year so I imagine I will only be shooting 30yds or less with all that brush up in the mountains.

I thought about using a Leopold Scout Scope 2 1/2 with medium QRW rings that are detachable but a friend suggested the see thru rings and that has me really confused.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Stephen
 

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I hunt Pa bear and I also have a guide gun, I can tell you what I have learned over the years. I shot a bear in 2005 at 35-40 yards, I also shot at a bear last season at a whopping 25 feet. Most of the bear we see every season are within forty yards. Bears like the thick and nasty cover and shots can be up close and personal! If you feel you must have a scope the scout scope seems to be a winner with a lot of Marlin owners. I have done away with my scope and put Skinner peep sights on my gun. I think an ideal set up would be a scout scope with quick detachable rings with a peep sight installed, best of both worlds. I am not a big fan of see thru mounts, it goes against all logic to have the scope mounted three inches above the barrel, terrible mount in my opinion. Visit http://www.marlinowners.com , great forum and a lot of info there for ya.
 

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Either or not both. Put a good quality peep or scope on it.
My Remington 7600 308, bear and deer gun, wears a 1X4 power Leupold Vari X II.
It's always kept on 1 power, unless I feel I need more, then I put it on a higher power, which has only happened once or twice while on watch.
I've only ever killed one bear, and that was at 20 feet. It can become up close and person real quick in the thick stuff, where they like to be.
 

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Yep, no see thru mounts to high and your head will be off the stock to see thru the scope.

My Marlin lever wears a Leupold 2x7x inWeaver tip-over mounts. You just flip the moount to the left and your iron sights are there for you. Mounts and rings are special, not regular Weaver bases. these are very good and your scope is always on the rifle.

I've had two sets of these, one on a Marlin lever and one on a 308 M700 for well over 20 years. they always return to zero after moving.
 

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No to the see thru mounts!

Yes to the skinner sights!

I also run a aimpoint red dot in a QD mount over the reciever that I can take off and use my skinner sights.
 

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Absolutely no to high rings. You have to lift your cheek up off the stock to see, you lose your weld, and your 243 now kicks like a belted magnum. They are junk, ridin' or walkin'. Get the Burris 2.75 scout scope with Long eye releif. It's crystal clear and you can shoot to 125 ysds with both eyes open. Mine was tricky to mount on my H&R Ultra 20 ga but you can buy a mount for your Marlin. Then you'll have the best woods rifle available.
 

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No see through and forget the Iron Sights !!, A variable with a Low 2 power or even a "One Power" One power has no magnification !! However you have only ONE Sighting Plane The CROSS-HAIRS,not two planes like the rear sight and the front sight. Anything close and on the move no one has time to align IRON SIGHTS.
 

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They have been pushing the Ghost Ring type site on the Marlin Guide Gun. Just read an article and said that they are just as fast as using a scope at close quarters...They also recommended them for dangerous game too. I to would like a Mrlin Guide Gun some day..I have all deer rifles with scopes.. Might be nice to have a rifle like the Marlin Guide Gun with Ghost Rings to shoot while sitting in swamps and other thick stuff...
 

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I would never get the see-thru mounts, too high as posted above. I also had a set of Weaver flip-over mounts that were about useless too. Stick to a peep sight or go with a low power scope. Hard to have your cake and eat it too in the thick stuff.
 

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I had them on a 270 years ago all i did was miss a lot. Got rid of them percentages went way up.
 

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I have also had one on a 270. A bad idea. A Scout rifle is for quick shooting. See through mounts cause your head to be raised up off the stock as compared to the normal shooting position which is extremely critical to accuracy. Peep sights and/or a low power scope mounted low to the barrel are both fast and very accurate. My see through mounts were not on the rifle very long after I realized how useless they were.
 

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valkrider88 said:
I hunt Pa bear and I also have a guide gun, I can tell you what I have learned over the years. I shot a bear in 2005 at 35-40 yards, I also shot at a bear last season at a whopping 25 feet. Most of the bear we see every season are within forty yards. Bears like the thick and nasty cover and shots can be up close and personal! If you feel you must have a scope the scout scope seems to be a winner with a lot of Marlin owners. I have done away with my scope and put Skinner peep sights on my gun. I think an ideal set up would be a scout scope with quick detachable rings with a peep sight installed, best of both worlds. I am not a big fan of see thru mounts, it goes against all logic to have the scope mounted three inches above the barrel, terrible mount in my opinion. Visit http://www.marlinowners.com , great forum and a lot of info there for ya.

I agree. My FIL liked to say that "Bear aren't shot at 300 yards they're shot at 35". I shot mine at 20.
 
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