Cabela's .30-30 caliber specific scope?


September 3, 2008, 03:30 PM
My cabela's catalog came today and it has a scope designed to work with the leverloution .30-30 rounds. It is supposedly set with hashes for 100, 200, and 300 yards. They claim all you have to do is zero at 100. With proper cooperation from hornady (who they say they worked with), I could see it working, but not at 100 dollars. Has anyone used this scope and found it to be mostly accurate (at least at the 100 and 200y marks)?

Also, my .30-30 is a bolt gun. That shouldn't affect trajectory any because functionally it works the same as a lever when the chamber is locked right? It doesn't seem like it would to me, but then I'm not necessarily the brightest bulb in the bag of hammers :)

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September 3, 2008, 04:12 PM
I recently read an article where the author mounted one of the Cabelas scopes for the .308MarlinExpress on a new Marlin .308ME.

The results were very close using the Hornady Ammo.

You should get near identical results with your boltaction assuming you use the Hornady LeverEvolution ammo. The test rifle was a 24"bbl, so if your barrel is shorter, the bullet might drop a tad bit more, but not enough to make a significant difference.

The author stated that for the $$$, the scopes were reasonably good.

I've never had an issue with the trajectory of the .30/30. I've alway used either a 125gr Sierra, 130gr Speer, or various 150's in "warmish" reloads. I sight in approx. 2.5" high at 100yds. Zero is near 175yds. at 200yds it's ~2.5" low. Then 6" low at 250 and thats as far as I've even needed to shoot with only a very few exceptions.

I mostly use Leupold, with a couple of Nikons and Burris, so scope quality has never been an issue.

September 3, 2008, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the input goose. I read through the comments (all 81 of em) as well and am just looking for more first hand experience where they have room to elaborate. I see complaints of fuzzyness at 300y, but I won't be shooting at that distance :) . Come to think of it, I don't know what my barrel length is, nor may rate of twist :O . I am a bad gun owner... bad bad bad. HEHE, guess I have been indoors too much lately :)

On a side note, the eye relief looks about right. I took a tape measure and measured the distance from my eye to the scope already on it and it was at 5". The 4.5 - 5.3" relief should be about perfect. I just have to get the BSquare scope mount because the body of the scope is too big for my current set of rings (3/4 inch). Anyone have a review on the BSquare mount for the Springfield/Stevens 840?

dagger dog
September 3, 2008, 05:31 PM
I recently meet a fellow, at the local shooting range that had one of Cabelas 100 $ 2X7 variable side paralax adjustable,bullet drop compensating(had 3 different elevation knobs for 3 different weight bullets) for 22 rimfire mounted on a tricked out 10-22.
The little scope held zero through all the elevation corrections I dialed in for ranges of 25 -100 yds.

I was empressed enough with the scope that my next buy is going to be one in the .223 class.

I'll bet they are BSA , Leapers, or some other low end manufactuer, some thing like BSA Sweet 17 16 line.

Cabelas warranty is enough to justify trying one in my thoughts. I've never had a problem with them in returning anything I didn't like.

September 3, 2008, 05:33 PM
I used to work at Cabela's and I can't recommend any of their scopes that aren't Alaskan Guide models. From a quality point of view they are like BSA, Barska, Tasco, etc. If you are happy with those scopes then it may do just fine for you. I don't know how close their BDC is or isn't, just the overall quality of their China made scopes.

September 3, 2008, 06:27 PM
How would you compare them to a possibly close to 40 year old weaver 2x?

September 3, 2008, 06:47 PM
Meh. Give me a three leaf safari sight and I'm there. The leverevolution for the .30-30 come in really high for me, but incredibly accurate.

September 3, 2008, 06:58 PM

I can't honestly say I know much about a 40 year old weaver 2x. I would guess that the optics quality would be similar. A lot has advanced since then and coatings have gotten much better though Im sure more effort was put into the older weaver. I would guess the weaver to be more durable and repeatable though I don't know what it has or hasn't been through. The USA made Weavers were nice scopes. I have a hard time believing the Cabela's to be on the same level.

September 3, 2008, 09:27 PM
The older weavers were good scopes for their day, but they wern't know for their repeatibility or for holding their zero. Just like the original redfields. I sent so many redfields back to them I literally had their address memorized.

September 3, 2008, 09:38 PM
They make nothing, but merely import mass-produced merchandise, such as Roper and Burris. Not familiar with Roper through Sears, but Burris through Cabela's probably is better than any product pushed by NRA, especially scopes. Cynical, perhaps, but narrow-minded for certain. Hate modern hype regarding pricing. One GETS what one pays for, to date. cliffy, the cynical: sorry.

September 3, 2008, 11:08 PM
Sears and Roebuck did sell a version of the .30-30 this is going on. It is still a moa shooter. Guess 100 dollars went a lot further back then.

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