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Whats the best optical sight to put on the Marlin LA 45-70? I use the word optical because I'm thinking of either a Red Dot or a low power variable scope. With its recommended range of 200yds, I can't really see topping it with a 3x9 or something like that.

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I'd be tempted to try a Scout scope. Some outfit (Ashley's, Williams, ...?) makes a scout mount for Marlin leverguns that uses the rear iron sight dovetail, and the most forward "normal" scope mount screw holes; eliminating any gunsmithing work, and making it completely "reversible", with no after-effects if you decide you don't like the scout setup.

If you use Leupold's "QRW" rings, (I do), you can dismount and remount the scope with no detectable loss of zero; allowing the use of irons as well. (Obviously the irons would need to be weaver-mountable as well; much like the fold-down sights that some use on flat-top AR-15's.)


I have one gun with a scout-type scope; a bolt-action .308, and love it. With its long eye relief and low (2+)-power magnification, it's faster to use than any scoped rifle I own, and even faster than most of the iron-sighted guns I have. It's THAT fast. On a lever-action brush gun, those attributes would be even more beneficial than on a bolt-action. Yet it's still enough magnification for up to a couple hundred yards (JMO, obviously).

Leupold makes scout scopes, and Redfield used to. (Mine's a Redfield) Don't know if the Redfield is still available or not, but I really like mine.

I've considered this very setup on a 336 as a gift for my father in law. His sight isn't what it used to be, and lining up front sight, rear sight, & target on his lever-action .44 magnum now takes him way too long. A Marlin with a scout scope would likely be a great help to him.

Anyway, that's my opinion. If I were going to scope a medium-to-large caliber levergun with a max usable range of 200 yards, it would absolutely be a scout scope.

YMMV.
 

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Thanks John. The Brownells catalog just came in so I'll check for mounts. Web search should reveal some Scout scopes. Perhaps I can pick one up on Ebay. I found something to trade so will get the rifle maybe next week if I get some money in.

RIKA :)
 

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If you were looking at something with a slightly shorter range I'd consider an Eotech holosight. My dad has a holosight on a lever action .44 and that's become his principal deer gun for brushy areas.
 

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Much as I hate optical sights on a levergun, the red dots are not a bad choice, very fast handling and easy to see and use withing the levergun's preferred range. A good 1-4x scope is also a good choice. I just don't like scout scopes, so I can't give any advice there.
 

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I'll really have go get somebody to let me try a scout scoped rifle before I buy. Seems like you either hate it or love it.

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If you're going to be near "Hickville" anytime soon, you're welcome to try out a very nice "scouterized" Weatherby I know about... :cool:
 

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Thanks John, I will remember your kind offer.

RIKA :)
 

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TODD 3465 said:
John- Hickville? Sounds like you're closer than I thought. That's the main town in Madison County.
I was just talking about Arkansas in general, should've guessed there was an actual "Hickville"...

I'm in Lonoke County.
 

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Well as a joke I meant Huntsville. You just have to know the place.

A buddy of mine used to work there, one time he got a casette tape of the song Hillbilly Heaven and played it all day long at work saying it was the official song for the city of Huntsville. :dgrin:

That place and the area around St.Paul have such a good rep.,. :duck: :rolleyes:

Ever wonder why old Jim McDougal's business was called Madison Gurrante Savings and Loan? It was in Madison County. Had a darn lot to do with certain people in the local county gov't looking the other way on alot of things; unless of course they happened to be involved in them also. :rolleyes:

But at least things seem to be changhing for the better over there, I hope.
 

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TODD 3465 said:
...A buddy of mine used to work there, one time he got a casette tape of the song Hillbilly Heaven and played it all day long at work saying it was the official song for the city of Huntsville...
Our official song here is "Save a horse; ride a cowboy." :beer:
 

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"Our official song here is "Save a horse; ride a cowboy."

Ever seen the bumper sticker Save a horse, ride a cowgirl? I almost choked.

RIKA :D
 

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Oh BTW John there is a book in print about some of the past illegal goings on over in Madison County called "When Money Grew On Trees" by David Mac. I've been trying to find a copy locally but with no luck, so I may have to buy it off of some place like Amazon.com.
 
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