Scope for lever action 30-30

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by danolator, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. danolator

    danolator New Member

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    Apologize in advance if this a tired subject, but I am getting a new 30-30 and want a good scope for 100 yards in. I plan on a litte hunting, but I take all my deer within 50 yards. This gun will ultimately be configured as my longer range self defense gun. So here's the gig: strong light gathering, dead on cross hair @ 100 yards w/minimal drop @ 150 (I will calculate projectile speed), and here's the kicker, less than $250. What say you?
     
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  2. Gatoragn

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    http://www.redfield.com/_media/downloads/Revolution_2-7x33mm.pdf
     

  3. Gonzilla

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    Any way I can talk you into a ghost ring rear site w white or fiber optic front post? This is faster than a scope and it maintains the clean lines of this classic firearm. It really shines at 50 yds. ;)
     
  4. Ranger-6

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    I mounted a CenterPoint 4-16x40mm Scope with adjustable objective on my Mossberg 702 and can knock them at 100 yard fairly good. I purchased it at the local Walmart for $69.00. I am going to get another to mount on the Hi Point 4595TS.
     

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    i have a skinner ghost ring on my 30-30....it's a really great sight.

    but if a scope is what you want, i'd go for the previously mentioned redfield.
     
  7. danolator

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    Ghost and Redfield are definitely strong considerations. Appreciate the input. Have been looking at weavers and I don't know anything about specs, but that one looks strong at a buck fifty. Thanks
     
  8. hawkguy

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    some really good advice i got from a poster before. when you get the $ ready, have several models in mind in your price range & perhaps even a few above and below your price range.

    take some time and look through all the scopes. pay attention to clarity, brightness, eye relief, size and weight. check out warranties and other options. like cars, you need to take a test drive.

    i did this and walked out with the redfield revolution. it even looked clearer than a few that cost much more, and i liked it way better than anything else in its price range. unfortunately, i first left with the 3-9, which ended up too big for my mini imo. traded for the 2-7 & it was a perfect fit and a nice compact little scope.

    just take your time, look at and through many models and and get what you like the most.
     
  9. dteed4094

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    There is legally no such thing as long range self defense, that being said, I would put a single power in 2 1/2 or 4 power range scope on a 30.30. Quicker, clearer and you can buy a better scope for less money. If you get the gun in Winchester 94, you will have to use a sidemount, If you get a Marlin 336 it is a traditional type mount. It is one of the only rifles I might put see through mounts on. They give you 2 options which may come in handy in bad weather or close range situations. If your scope gets knocked out of alignment your hunting isn't over till you can get to the range. Either way, I am not a firm believer in spending a rediculous amount of money on a scope for a hunting rifle, and on a 30/30 even less. A middle of the road scope would probably be just fine. Take the money you save and buy ammo to practice and get to know and be comfortable with the gun. You can always upgrade in the future as your skills would demand. At this time you may want to consider a complete new setup.
     
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  10. Sooie

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    i use my 3030 for hunting. i have a nice nikon 2-4x32 -- got at walmart for $140-50... maybe cheaper now. it was the clearest and best quality they had. Ive been extremely pleased with this optic.

    i went with the 32 power because i have it mounted as low as it will go and still able to work the hammer. most people like to put hi rise scope rings, etc on for the big scopes... but a 3030, out to 100-300, you really dont need the magnification as much as clarity.
     
  11. Ranger-6

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    When the SHTF the rules change.
     
  12. danolator

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    Thanks for all the advice. Trust me when I say, legal is relative.
     
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    Vortex diamondback 3x9 all u will ever need on that lever gun
     
  15. TLuker

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    My first center fire rifle was a Winchester 30-30 and the first thing I did was put a 4x32 fixed power on it. That was a real good set-up. As for brand get the best you can afford, but I wouldn't worry near as much about going with a cheap brand for a fixed power scope. :D
     
  16. danolator

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    Gun arrives @ the shop on Tue. Just like all my hunting rifles, I will use the stock @ 25 yards to make sure she's relatively true. Not in a hurry for the scope, but I ain't getting any younger. Naked eyesight @ dusk requires better than what my body will do. When a target is on my property @ 150 yards and in, I have to be 100% certain I can deliver kill shots. I will take my time deciding and everyone's input is appreciated more than you know.
     
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  18. danolator

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    Thanks. Those are some good looking scopes, but I think I'm gonna stay with Made In America.
     
  19. big shrek

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    The thing you neglected to mention, is what rifle did you buy?? :D

    That can make a HUGE difference in what you can put on it...

    And I've got a couple Centerpoints, great scopes!!
    If you get the 4-16, remember to UNLOCK the locking rings before adjusting the adjusters, or you WILL break them...
    lot of newbies tend to make that mistake, leaving the adjusters locked and trying to adjust...strips the adjuster out...
    its also why you NEVER buy a scope that's been returned to Walmart...as the lazier ones bring 'em back instead of sending THEIR MISTAKE in for repair ;)
    Free repair anyway...great warranty!!
     
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  20. danolator

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    I am getting the Marlin 336c. Now before anybody jumps all over me about Marlin selling out and quality issues, the Marlin 30-30 was my very first hunting rifle. I wish I never sold it, but I did. This is all about nostalgia, a couple more hunting adventures, and then my long range SD option, if necessary. I am leaning toward Redfield. Haven't given up on Weaver. And I hope to shoot a friend's rifle w/ghost sights to see if they will work for me. I appreciate all the ideas everyone.