Scoping a .444?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by ninjatoth, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    I have a .444 that was given to me and it has a little 30mm(I believe)3-9Xs scope on it,but last deer season it cut my head open.What would be a good scope for a gun that is usually taking 50 yard shots,and maybe 100 yards max?I have looked at the 1X dot sights and thought maybe,but there's no magnification,then I was looking at 4X shotgun scopes and thought that would be a good magnification for 50 yards,but I am really not sure if those are good options or if I should get a 50mm or 40mm riflescope,I'm just not sure what to do,the gun has a mount that is drilled and screwed right into the gun with rings maybe 2" apart if that helps.Any ideas?
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    30mm is larger than 1". 3-9 is not ideal for that gun. 1-4X is probably ideal. There are 1-4 variables made but most are expensive. IMHO the XS scout mount on the Marlin with the 1-4 EER scopes are the cat's meow.
     

  3. stalkingbear

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    I haven't seen very many 3x-9x scopes with a 30mm maintube so I'm betting it has a 1" tube. The problem is eye relief. You need to adjust the eye relief in the scope rings so that it's further from your face. If you can't adjust the present scope in it's rings for more eye relief then you need a different scope.

    A good low powered scope like robocop suggested would be ideal. You don't need magnfication to shoot 50 yards. I'd stay away from anything with a 50mm objective lens because it would force you to mount the scope too high for proper cheek weld. Another advantage of low powered scopes are they have longer eye relief.
     
  4. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    ok,I looked at the scope and it isn't a 30mm it is a 3-9Xs 40mm scope.It is a Japanese Red Arrow brand scope and i'm guessing it is about 40 years old.The crosshairs are almost impossible to see and you have to be 2" from scope to eye to be able to see anything.I need to upgrade,I can't make good shots knowing i'm going to get hit.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    40mm is the objective lens size. The tube is probably a 1". That is a scope intended for 100-300 yard hunting. I doubt you will be doing much past 100. I'll stick with a 1-4X EER
     
  6. Gordo323

    Gordo323 New Member

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    My dad had a .444 Marlin with a Weaver 3-9 X 40, my brother got the gun, I went shooting with him last summer and the recoil finally took out the scope, so we shot it with the iron sights on the gun, and I did as good, if not better than with the scope!
    Awesome round though, however after about 10 rounds I am done shooting it! Hurts my shoulder!
     
  7. masterPsmith

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    I personally prefer iron sights on a lever gun, but, if I were to scope the .444, I would go with a fixed 4X. Great brush country gun out to 100 yds.


    Jim..........
     
  8. ninjatoth

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    I have looked at alot of scopes,and I think I will probably end up with a 4X pistol scope.The eye relief on a pistol scope is 9" vs 2" on what I got.
     
  9. cpttango30

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    I am with MasterP in the go with iron sights. You are going to get a better sight picture and a much better FOV with open sights than with any optic you can put on there. Plus the pistol scope is going to have to be mounted on the barrel So that is going to be some wonky mount.
     
  10. 375shooter

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    Leupold scopes have around 4 inches of eye relief. Their 1-4, 1.5-5 and
    1.75-6 models are widely used on hard-kicking, big bore rifles. They should also work well for your .444 Marlin. Personally I would get at Leupold VX 3 1.5-5, and would mount it as far forward as possible, while still getting the full field of view from the scope.
     
  11. freefall

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    Check out the Williams WGRS receiver (peep) sights with the fiber optic front sight. I just put them on all my Marlins, they're the cats ***.
     
  12. ninjatoth

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    After hearing about issues of larger caliber guns breaking some of the pistol scopes I was looking at,I have decided to get the Bushnell banner 1.75x-4x32mm slug gun scope.If it's meant to handle a 12 gauge,then a .444 should be no problem,and the best part about it-it has 6" of eye relief.
     
  13. C-Melancon

    C-Melancon New Member

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    I have a marlin .444 with a 3x9x40 nikon prostaff on it. eye relief is great. i killed four deer last year with. my first deer was at 180 yards. the second was at 210. the other two were under 75 yards. the gun a scope work great together and i would not change my set up for nothing. in fact i put my 270 on the shelf and only hunted with my .444 last year.
    my dad has a 45-70 with the same scope on it and he loves it also.
     
  14. Fleetman

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    Not trying to hi-jack your thread but had to throw in my pennies FWIW....

    I have a Contender with a .44 Rem Mag barrel that was re-chambered to .444 Marlin by SSK about 20 years ago. It has had a Burris 4x scope on it and it has survived approx 900 rounds over the years. I've only shot paper and steel with it but imagine it would be a real thumper on game within a reasonable distance.

    Anyway, a long eye-relief scope of quality should hold up well. I've also been using a Tasco 3x9x40 on a CZ550 .458 Lott with no issues.