Scoping a lever rifle

wgp

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Bought a new Ruger/Marlin 1895 .45-70. Love it but was not getting the accuracy I expected. I began to suspect that my eyes weren't compatible with the open buckhorn sights. Then I read an article stating that there was a "special place in hell" for anyone who would put a scope on a lever rifle. Well. I had a small Burris 1x-4x handy so I did it anyway. It looks good, does not change the balance of the rifle and now I'm getting fine accuracy. No longer worrying about my "special place" either. Others out there who stooped so low as to scope their lever gun? My old Winchester 94 top-ejects so no scope there, but otherwise this works for me.
 
To me, it's all about 'vision'. Sure, I'd love nothing more than to tote around the LG with a Lyman aperture 'peep' sight on the rear, maybe setup as a ghost ring, with a nice hunting blade (brass bead?) up front ... but if you can't see ... you can't see! I myself would rather see you hunting and still shootin' along with us!

So go for it! Great choice too for the low power variable scope (LPVS)!
 
@wgp your going to get a lot of “Lever guns shouldn’t have scopes”. That’s fine. They can leave them without. What’s most important is how you shoot with and without them and what YOU are most comfortable with. Your confidence is what matters, not their feelings.

I have some recommendations for what not to do:

1. No see through scope mounts. If you want the iron sights as backups use a quick detachable- returns to zero scope mount.

2. Try to stay as low profile as you can without modifying the gun by removing the rear sight.

3. Don’t buy a cheap scope. Simmons, Tasco and some Chinese scope I tried have all let me down on lever guns. Your range is about 100 yards. You don’t really need (unless you want one) a high power scope. As @Chuck R. said. Look at an LVPO (low power variable optic) or perhaps a Scout Scope set up.

Have fun
 
To me, it's all about 'vision'. Sure, I'd love nothing more than to tote around the LG with a Lyman aperture 'peep' sight on the rear, maybe setup as a ghost ring, with a nice hunting blade (brass bead?) up front ... but if you can't see ... you can't see! I myself would rather see you hunting and still shootin' along with us!

So go for it! Great choice too for the low power variable scope (LPVS)!
Well, open sights are so darn hard to see in a dark hunting shack and at first light and dark days. For me
 
I don't have a problem with the right scope on a lever action, they do everything better. A small 1-4X is the way to go if you're going to do so. On 1X you can get on target faster than with irons and just as fast as with a dot sight. And 4X is more than enough magnification for the ranges you'll be shooting a lever gun.

Depending on the mounts you add 1/2 to 1 pound to the weight, but the positives outweigh the negatives.
 
Then I read an article stating that there was a "special place in hell" for anyone who would put a scope on a lever rifle.

The “special place” should be reserved for authors of articles like that.

Scope that bad boy and see what you’re aiming at. I used to hunt with an iron sighted lever gun but like you, my age requires some assistance.

For instance, this was 140 yards with my lever gun

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I have a set of Skinner peep sights on my Henry 45/70 and a Lyman peep on my Winchester 94 30/30. My close focal point has changed gradually these past years and I find myself concentrating to place the front sight on rifle and handgun. In lowlight I’m pretty much SOL. When the time comes I will not hesitate to bolt on a low power scope or one of the cool dot sights. Just the way it is.
 
Scope it baby scope it! I need a scope and I do not care. Appropriate scopes look fine and work fine on lever guns. Try to stick with 1-4X25 scopes with one inch tubes. I also try to use Warne QR rings so I can pull the scope for scabbard duty in my Jeep.

 
I believe my rings are weaver. The flat steel strap with two screws on one side. Very low.
 
I’m a lever enthusiast and have more than the average representation of them in the collection. A couple have scopes, most don’t. I’m not pro or con on the subject. Don’t let our responses define your decisions. You do you.
 
Bought a new Ruger/Marlin 1895 .45-70. Love it but was not getting the accuracy I expected. I began to suspect that my eyes weren't compatible with the open buckhorn sights. Then I read an article stating that there was a "special place in hell" for anyone who would put a scope on a lever rifle. Well. I had a small Burris 1x-4x handy so I did it anyway. It looks good, does not change the balance of the rifle and now I'm getting fine accuracy. No longer worrying about my "special place" either. Others out there who stooped so low as to scope their lever gun? My old Winchester 94 top-ejects so no scope there, but otherwise this works for me.
Get some skinner peep sights I have them on all my lever actions. Makes 100-yard shooting very accurate and a lot cheaper than a scope.
 
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