If I had to learn again, I would have had somebody put peep sights on my Marlin 60 instead of a scope. A rifle without a scope is so much lighter and handier than one with a scope, and for most tasks is perfectly sufficient. If a peep sight isn't available, I would see if you could get a holographic-style reddot, since that's about the next best thing (or one better, according to some) than a peep sight.
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