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Old December 29, 2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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Good beginner scope for a 30-30 lever action

Noob question- I placed a 30-30 lever action on lay-a-way yesterday.
The rifle will be used msotly for wild hog hunting in south central texas.
Our terrain is mostly rolling hills & thick to moderate brush.
As of now , the rifle has a scope on it,but it is a side mount scope for a right handed shooter. [ I'm left handed ]
This is my first scoped rifle & at frist , I'm thinking about trying right handed shooting ,but eventualy would like to purchase another scope for the rifleso that I can shoot it left handed.
With a high respect for the posters on this board & their wealth of info , is there any good recommendation on a good beginner scope setup ?
Last detail , most of my shooting will be about 100 -200 yrds. max.
Thanks in advance for the info.
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Old December 29, 2009, 02:53 PM   #2
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If you don't have much to sped there are Nikon pro staff 3X9-40 on amazon for $134. Optics planet has some fixed powered leopolds for around $200, I'm actually pretty happy with my prostaff on my M99 savage. The prices for better scopes go way up from there.
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Old December 29, 2009, 03:03 PM   #3
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Watch out for inexpensive fakes... usually on eBay or a website that looks a little sketchy with no history. I've seen, or heard of from reputable sources, fake Leupolds, Nikons, Burris, Bausch & Lomb and Hawke.
As stated by Eddie... Optics Planet is a good one for low prices and good customer service.

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Old December 29, 2009, 03:10 PM   #4
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2-4X fixed power, not much need for a variable on a 30-30 IMO. Lots of good scopes out there. Nikon, Luepold have always placed high on my list. Weaver fixed power are great as well. I had a Weaver K4 on my 30-30 and was always plesed.
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Old December 29, 2009, 03:12 PM   #5
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I run an old Weaver 4x on my win 94 30-30. I kill deer at 120 yards with it. IF you can find that promo luepold rifleman 3-9x that bass pro sells for $160ish that would be the ticket. They sold the riflemans out here at xmas in a day.
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Old December 29, 2009, 03:14 PM   #6
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My 30/30 wears a williams reciever sight.IMHO scoped levers are blasphemy.
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Old December 29, 2009, 04:55 PM   #7
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I have a stainless marlin 336 30-30. I wanted a stainless scope to go on it. I found a 3-9 Nikon Prostaff on eBay for $80. A little to much power for a 30-30, but the price was right. I've had real good luck finding killer deals on eBay if you look long enough. Just make sure it's a reputable seller.
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Old December 29, 2009, 06:09 PM   #8
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Old December 29, 2009, 06:28 PM   #9
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Look at A nikon Prostaff 2x7x32. Nice little scope with all the magnification your 30-30 will need. $129. at Walmart.
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Old December 29, 2009, 06:44 PM   #10
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First off, a peep sight is a better idea on a lever 30-30.

Ok, so you want glass on your handy lever action. Since a small scope is closer to no scope, something like a Burris Timberline 4x20 or 2-7x26 might be the way to go.



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Old December 29, 2009, 07:24 PM   #11
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hey, well I just installed a scope on my marlin 3030 , 3X9 Leupold and used 55g accelerators , Used a bore site and grouped 3 bullets with in 2" at 100 yards
the first 3 shots just to see how they would group
not bad, wind was 10 mph from my left so I left it there to try a shot at 200 Yards when theres no wind and warmer weather


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Old December 29, 2009, 07:46 PM   #12
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Wal-mart has Leupold 2x7 'Rifleman' scopes for a bit over 100 bucks. Real good quality for your 30/30.
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Old December 29, 2009, 07:46 PM   #13
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hard to top the Pentax 1.75-5X Gameseeker for a perfect scope on a .30-30
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Old December 29, 2009, 10:08 PM   #14
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yep, looks like mine

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Old December 29, 2009, 10:17 PM   #15
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I would suggest something in a 3-9x40. You dont have to go real expensive, bushnell and tasco make scopes that will do the job for about $100 or so at walmart. The 30-30 is not considered a long range cartridge so extreme glass clarity is not necessary. Just something decent will do. I have an enexpensive 3-9 bushnell on mine and it works well.
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Old December 29, 2009, 10:26 PM   #16
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They should pay guys for the knowledge you give out.
Thanks so much, I will be checking out Bass Pro & Wal-Mart for something in the $100.00 range.
It has a nice scope on it now, not sure of the brand.
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Old December 29, 2009, 10:39 PM   #17
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Well you did not state which model of 30-30 lever gun you where trying to scope, but you did mention that it had a side mount scope on it, leading me to believe that it may be a top eject, not an angle eject, winchester. If that is true you may be forced to shoot right handed as I do not know if there is a left side mount available.Just a thought.
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Old December 29, 2009, 10:54 PM   #18
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Bigwrench makes a very valid point. If you have a Winchester 30-30 like i'm thinking you will be stuck with the side mount. I have a couple of Marlin 336's. One sports a Bushnell Banner while I am looking for a Pentax for my other gun. They are hog guns so a high dollar scope is not needed for them.
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Old December 29, 2009, 11:13 PM   #19
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well Im useing the 55g on my 30 30 , and will site that in 0 at 200 yards.
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Old December 29, 2009, 11:14 PM   #20
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lose the scope.

I third the motion to go with iron sights.
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Old December 29, 2009, 11:21 PM   #21
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Naw! Ill keep my scope, if I want to sling a heavy slug out there at 100 yards, Ill use the SKS

seal hunting with the 55g should be fun
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Old December 29, 2009, 11:52 PM   #22
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I have the Cabelas Lever Action scope on my Marlin 336. I'm very pleased with the scope. It's not a $17,000 dollar Leupold, but for the money, it's pretty good glass and they're great overall. They're perfect for .30-30's (hmmmm, maybe the name kinda gave that away, and the fact that they're calibrated for lever action calibers????) They're great scopes that you don't have to sell your car to afford
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Old December 30, 2009, 09:45 AM   #23
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Skip the Walmart scope and get a Williams Foolproof receiver sight, what nature intended.
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Old December 30, 2009, 10:35 AM   #24
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At the moment, my first thought is to try shooting right handed when I get it out of lay-a-way.
It is not that heavy of a rifle & I have shot .22 riflfes right handed at times for fun.
Either way, I would like it scoped for the evening light advantage.
Like most say, it is a 30-30, while my shots mostly being 100-200 yrds.
Iron sights won't kill me.
Thanks guys, the info on this board sure has been helpful.
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Old December 30, 2009, 10:51 AM   #25
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IMO, folks get a bit carried away about high-power variables. Sure, they're nice, but nowhere near necessary.

I have found that 2.5X and 3X is plenty for jackrabbits to 100 yards or so, and coyotes to around 200 is easy with a 4X. Heck, I killed one buck at 350 with my 3x9 set on 3X. DRT, one-shot kill.

Sure, I'll crank a 2x7 to 7X for prairie dogs to 300 yards, but the high end is mostly for load-testing at the benchrest. Field of view is more important when actually hunting.

All that is why I have the casual opinion that for the money, for a hunter, any decent fixed 4X is about as good as it gets.
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