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First scope, first impressions and ?'s

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bandk, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. bandk

    bandk Well-Known Member


    I've sighted in my first sight (ever), a 2.5x32 on our 357 Marlin lever action.
    I had some great help from the sportsman club I visited. They checked my install and did a bore sight zero. Next, at 50 yards, I started to zero and was very impressed with the accuracy. At 100 yards, I needed minimal change to zero. While I am happier with accuracy than irons for sure, I feel that my accuracy would improve with that rifle by using even more magnification.

    Would a fixed 4x be reasonable for this caliber rifle? I see the 357 lever as a 50-100 yard tool. Other suggestions?

    Also, would the 2.5x scope be a good repurpose option for my 10/22? I have a tech-site on it currently and particularly like its simplicity and accuracy at 50yards but wonder if the 2.5 would add much to extend accurate range.

  2. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    I think the 2.5 is perfect for the Marlin, for the ranges it was built to hunt with that gives you a very wide field of view and enough magnification to be useful. If you're going to do target shooting or rodent hunting I would put at least a 4x on the .22.
  3. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    I can't tell you what to use, but my 10/22 sports a 4-16x40mm replaced the 3-9x40 I had on it. Only for target shooting, I don't hunt with it. The 2.5 is perfect for the Marlin.

  4. bandk

    bandk Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the advice.
    Leaving "good enough" alone is fine with me.
  5. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    I think a fixed 4x or 6x would be a lot more effective at 100 yards, but that's a matter of personal preference I guess. 2x isn't much magnification, and if you're going to scope it, you might as well have enough magnification to really make a difference at longer range.

    Stick with the smaller objective, a larger objective will look and feel clunky on that rifle.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  6. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    What caliber ,30-30" If or when you change scopes think about how and where you will hunt. A 2-7 or 3-9 make for a good choice for your rifle . I hunt lots of bottoms with a 308 and never felt over scopes with a 2.5-10. Nice to now you can pick a line true the branchs for a longer shot in a thick bottom with a 4 to 6 power setting and still reach out to 200 yards in a field set at 9 power. My first scope was a 2.75 redfield from around 1974. Still have it but it has been on a shelf for most of these years.

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