What scope would be best for a lever action 44mag ?

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  1. Regis Blahut

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    i wanted to ask for input as to what would be a good scope for a lever action 44 mag. The rifle currently has an old cheap scope on it and I wanted to put a newer and better quality scope on it. I don't want to spend a ton so a good quality moderately priced. Any input would be appreciated.

    Thank you to those who take the time to share their knowledge and wisdom. Stay safe and keep shooting straight. Regis
     
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    You really don't need a lot of magnification as you distances will probably be short. A 1.5 - 5 or a 2-7 would probably do nicely. Shotgun scopes aren't a bad choice for a short range rifle. The wife and I have had good luck with Nikon and Leupold. Distance and purpose may be a factor.

    My 45 70 had and old 2.5 Redfield at one time. It was enough for deer to a couple of hundred yards. The big limiting factor was trajectory.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I happen to have a leupold shotgun scope that isn't on anything at this time. It now has a place. Thanks again
     
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    Good choice. Shotgun scopes typically have a parallax of 50yd, which IMO is a better compromise in a pistol caliber rifle than the usual 100yd most rifle scopes have. Leupold is probably the top choice at the moment now that most (all?) european manufacturers have given up on shotgun scope market.
     
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    I like the Leupold FX series of fixed power scopes. I recently put one on my Henry 44 mag. To me, they have a nice traditional look, and are relative compact and light weight. The optics are typical Leupold...nice and clear.
     
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    Check out the Natchez site. They have all kinds of scopes. Plus, the information relating to them.
    That way you learn something and can make up your own mind.
     
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    I think his question is answered.

    Good choice. Leupolds are typically excellent. Lifetime warranty and really good to great glass.
     
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    I use a 4x power shotgun scope on my Marlin. The question that remains is how much is moderately priced? Leupolds are excellent, but does it meet your needs for moderate? I have a Simmons Shotgun Scope. It has handled all sorts of things including full power 45-70 loads. Is it the best glass? Nope. Does it hold zero. Yup. Can it handle recoil? Certainly. Leupolds are excellent, just cost a bit more. But there are other choices out there as well.
     
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    Well the OP has his scope. If I needed an optic for a lever gun and had a shotgun scope laying around I'd use it too. The shotgun scopes I'm aware of have the parallax set at 75 yards.
     
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    For my 44mag brush bustin' deer carbine, I put a compact Millet red dot on mine as most of my shots are 50 yards or closer.

    I've connected on shots on deer that just POP out of a wall of "uninhabitable" brush within 10 yards. In those instances magnification is more of a hindrance than anything and I'm comfortable shooting a red dot out to the point where I'd be comfortable taking a shot with a 44 with ANY amount of magnification.
     
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    I would use a red dot. For cheap scopes I like the lower range Weavers from Natchez and also from an EBAY sight.
     
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    Personally, I use — and for the past 40 years have used — Leupold fixed 4X scopes on both of my Winchester lever actions. As far as I'm concerned the optics are perfect, and can be used over a wide range of varying light conditions from predawn to dusk with a perfectly clear sight picture. (What my eyes really can't see well 'in the dark' my Leupold Vari-X II's can!)
     
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    I would suggest a good 2-7 adjustable mag scout scope. I have the NcSTAR Pistolero scope and have loved it on anything I've ever tried it on.
     
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