Thanks for all the responses! I will never scimp on optics, you can't hit what you can't see!! Marlin and Ruger keep coming up......funny, thats what I was looking at to begin with. Thanks for all the help, more is definately welcome and I'll let everyone know what I decide to get!
If the pain is lacking so is the discipline...
"the only 911 call I need is chambering a round" - Mr. Muller, MO car dealer