scout scope recommendation


October 13, 2009, 04:52 PM
looking for a scout scope for a 44 mag marlin 1894. I've been looking at the swift and simmons handgun 2x20 scopes online. I hear good things about swift, but I have never looked through one. I'm open to recommendations, but I want to keep it under $150 ( as far under as possible without getting garbage) as I have never tried the scout scope route before and I don't know if I will like it.

(I have no need to any power above 4x. I can't hold it steady offhand.)


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October 13, 2009, 05:06 PM
Look on EvilBay for a used Leupold M8 EER handgun scope.

I have a 2x M8 on my Marlin 1894P Guide-Gun and I love it!


October 13, 2009, 05:46 PM
RC, I figured you would weigh in first, and with that suggestion. I saw you had that setup on another post. And I would love to buy a leupold, but my wife informed me last night she was buying shoes this week so I may need to set my sights a little lower. (hopefully not WAY lower) m8's look to be selling for $140 or so on ebay, and I see swift and simmons for less than half that. (now we could go into the merits or lack thereof of a cheaper optic but lets not. I genuinely cannot tell the difference between low middle and high middle optics when I look through them. how they hold up after 2 years is a different story though)

Other than brand, that is the very setup I am going for. except my gun is stainless no the mount won't match. which brings up another issue, on a silver gun with a black mount, does one get a black scope and rings or a silver scope and rings? or does it not matter?

October 14, 2009, 08:27 PM
I have a puma 92 top ejector in 480 ruger.been thinking of doing the same thing,i tried a b-square mount that stripped out the first time i tried to adjust it.thinking of barrel mount and scout scope.

October 16, 2009, 03:22 PM
well having done a great deal of research about warranty and eye relief etc, I am coming to more fully recognize RC's genius. only question about leupold, they list their scope as having an 18 inch eye relief, from where the scope is mounted in the picture to where my eye site is around 10 inches. is that a problem in real life, or just on paper?

October 16, 2009, 04:06 PM
I can't speak for all Leupold pistol scopes.

All I know for a fact is that my M8 is perfect on the lever-scout mount I have it in.

Variable pistol scopes & higher power ones probably have a more critical eye relief then my 2x M8. It has quite a wide latitude where the picture is clear as a bell.

If I crawl the stock as far foreward as I can get my head, it is possible to get very slightly too close, but if I hold the rifle out at arms length like a pistol I still have a clear image.

I suppose your milage may vary on higher powers and variables of a different make or model.


October 19, 2009, 07:35 PM
Depending on the rifle and scout mount, you may not be able to push a pistol scope far enough forward to make it work. As RC pointed out, fixed scopes generally are much more workable than variable; the Weaver 2x pistol scope will work but their variable will not. I'm a big fan of the basic Weaver 2x, if finances are tight.

Barring that - find a used Leuopold scout scope. They really are worth it, to get something that will simply work properly.

October 19, 2009, 07:54 PM
I "bought" a leupold 2x scope today on GB. I got an email saying I had won, but the item also says it has been re-listed. I emailed the sell to ask what is up, but have not yet got a response. and he's not getting any money until he does.

October 19, 2009, 07:57 PM
I have two Marlin lever actions, both of which have AO Lever Scout rails and Leuopld Scout Scopes (.444 and .357). I just bought one of them within the last month or so (the scope). I think it was about $250 brand new from SWFA.
I don't buy cheap scopes EVER, but I don't see why you would even be tempted when you can buy a Leupold for $250: brand new.

FWIW: If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't even go with a scout scope. I would get a dot optic.

EDIT: I see you went with a Leupold: good for you.

October 23, 2009, 08:25 PM
WooHoo I got it in and mounted! tomorrow, it's time to hit the range. thanks for the advice everybody.

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