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May 2, 2013, 03:12 PM
Anyone have any experience with the Leupold FX-II 2.5x20 Ultralight scope? I am considering this scope for my wife's Marlin 336 carbine.


May 2, 2013, 07:04 PM
What's not to like - AND, the same scope's $80 cheaper @ www.swfa.com ($269) - good folks to do business with.



TX Hunter
May 3, 2013, 11:16 AM
Thats the same Scope thats on my Radar. I am planning to mount one on my Winchester 94 Angle Eject. I will watch this thread also. I think it would be perfect for the Rifle You plan to mount it on. I havent ordered mine yet but have been putting a little back at a time to buy one.

May 3, 2013, 03:50 PM
I ordered it this morning... I will let you know how we like it.

TX Hunter
May 4, 2013, 08:26 PM
I started stage one of my project. I ordered the base. Leupold two piece dovetail mount. Next will be the Rings. I will get low front and rear. Then the Scope. I have to do a little at a time, Wife and Kids come first, but I get excited when I am tinkering with my Firearms. Savor every part of the Sport of Marksmanship.

May 6, 2013, 09:08 AM
I went with Weaver 63B aluminum 1-piece mount ($8). I went with Leupold aluminum Rifleman rings ($18). I want to keep this rifle as light as possible.

I have a Nikon 1-4X20 that is on my AR. It is a great scope, but at 12 oz, it is almost twice as heavy as this fixed Leupold.

TX Hunter
May 6, 2013, 07:35 PM
Sounds like a nice light weight setup, it should serve You well.

May 7, 2013, 03:56 AM
I'm actually considering the same scope on a Ruger Deerfield. Keep us updated.

May 13, 2013, 10:46 AM
I got the scope, rings, and mounts last week. I weighed them all together on a kitchen scale, and the scope, rings, and mounts came to 9.5 oz, which is what I was hoping for.

The rings I ordered were medium height. After I trial fitted everything together, I have decided I am going to order a set of low mount rings. The medium height prevents me from getting a good cheek weld, and my wife has the same problem.

TX Hunter
May 14, 2013, 08:22 AM
Congratulations , that is very light, I just picked up the Rings for my project as well. Scopes next. With the small 20 mm objective lense on this Scope.. Low Rings would be perfect. I bet its going to look sharp on Your 336 and function great. I cant wait to see a picture of It mounted up and read Your Range Report.

May 14, 2013, 11:11 PM
Here are a couple of pictures with the medium rings. You can see that the sight line is at least an inch higher than the iron sights.

The low rings should arrive in a couple of days.

TX Hunter
May 15, 2013, 08:23 AM
That does look sharp, the low rings You ordered will be better. Remember You will need a Hammer Extension when You mount Your Scope in the low Rings. I bet that Your Rifle will be very handy and accurate when You get it set up. I mounted my Base on my 94 Yesterday, and have my Rings still in the package. I will order My Scope soon. By the way did You choose the wide duplex or the heavy ?

May 15, 2013, 01:52 PM
Wide duplex. I made the decision based on the graphical depiction on the Leupold website. I wish I could have seen both side by side. However, now that I have the wide duplex, I am quite happy with it.

Of all of my scopes, my favorite reticle is the "German #4" in my Nikon Monarch African 1-4X20.

TX Hunter
May 15, 2013, 02:02 PM
I am going to choose the wide duplex also, I would also like to have a gloss finish but I believe that that is not available on this model. Anyhow this is the type of Scope I want on my 30 30 it has everything but the finish and thats just cosmetic.

May 16, 2013, 04:24 AM
BTMJ - How would you rate the clearity of the scope? Would you buy another?

May 17, 2013, 08:59 AM
I do recommend this scope. Optical clarity is as good as the two Nikon scopes I own.

I may not be the best judge of optical clarity, however. I have never used a really high end scope like a Zeiss or Night Force. But in the $200 - $350 range, all of the Leupold and Nikon scopes seem really nice to me.

TX Hunter
May 17, 2013, 08:11 PM
I am not a great critic of Scopes either but I have used Ziess scopes and although clear they had crappy eye relief. I have settled on Leupold I love them.

May 20, 2013, 10:35 PM
Over the weekend I removed the medium height rings and put on the low rings. This is a winning combination for a Marlin 336 or similar Marlin lever action... scope height is perfect.

Weaver 63B aluminum base, plus Leupold Rifleman low-height aluminum rings, plus Leupold FX-II 2.5x20mm ultralight scope. 9.5 Oz total weight is added to the rifle, and it does not screw up the balance. The rifle comes up to the shoulder real nice.

I will try to get some pictures posted soon.

May 22, 2013, 03:07 AM
I'm working on knocking down a used one locally but the shop won't budge. It may end up on an AK or a mini-30, with a funky german #1 reticle

TX Hunter
May 22, 2013, 06:34 AM
I am glad You finaly got Your Rifle set up the way You like it. I bet this Scope will bring out the true potential of Your fine Rifle. I look forward to Your Range Report.

TX Hunter
May 24, 2013, 10:43 AM
Well Sir my project changed, I was about to order my Scope when I ran upon the deal of a lifetime. A nice old Gentleman sold me a M8 4X32 LEUPOLD for 40 Dollars and a Lyman All American 6X40 for 30 Dollars. I mounted the 4x LEUPOLD on My Rifle and I think it will work great. I thanked the Man several times He is 80 Years old and told me he just wanted the Scopes to go to someone who would apreciate them. Another Man offered Him much more and He kept His word to Me. This 30 30 will be my youngest Sons first Deer Rifle. Anyhow good luck with Your Rifle I bet it will work out great.

May 25, 2013, 02:13 AM
I would've done the same thing lol. Just something about a classic old scope on a old levergun that I like.

TX Hunter
May 25, 2013, 06:34 AM
I fired my Rifle with the old Leupold and have it sighted in. I dont think it looks as good as the compact scope, but would but the Scope works very well and I think this setup will be effective in the field. Now I need a set of dies and I am in buisness.

June 1, 2013, 09:35 PM
Nice find. 4x32 is a classic scope geometry. Back when I was a kid, it seemed every deer hunter put a 4x32 (usually a weaver) on his 30-30.

TX Hunter
June 2, 2013, 09:09 AM
Thanks I got lucky the scope is in good shape. I mounted sling swivels on my Rifle day before yesterday. This will be a good hunting rig come Deer Season, Yours will too.