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Scope recommendations for Marlin 1894 in 44MAG

Postby balascid on Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:40 pm

Looking for scope recommendations based on the following:

Gun: Marlin 1894 in 44mag (not the Cowboy version)
Primary use: Hunting
Price range: $200 - $300
Shots typically: 50 - 125 yards
Low light visibilty moderately important
Other: Hammer clearance is important

Also, any information on a Valor scope (3*9*40) would be appreciated. Bought a gun with one attached. Looks to be 20 - 30 years old with Japanese glass. Couldn't find anything on Google.

Thanks
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scope choice

Postby Big Squeeze on Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:30 pm

Balascid.........................First off! Stay away from the higher powered variables! I use a 3x9 on my 300 WSM and very seldom go above 5x for hunting use, even at much further ranges than what you`ve stated!! You want to match the scope to your rifle as well as for its intended use! Too many hunters and shooters make the mistake of "over-scoping" their rifles! Don`t fall prey to that or listen to some bonehead who has no idea what he`s talking about!..................A Marlin 44 mag. carbine is designed as a short range (less than 150 yards), deer and hog rifle! Your rifle is designed for quick target acquisition. Don`t put a scope on it which will hamper that!................On the variable side, a 1x4 or less is all that you would need! You need to keep a wide FOV for target acquisition speed and/or a scope where you can take aim with BOTH eyes open. FOV is not just limited to looking through a scope with both eyes open!!!...................You can also do a scout scope set up on your carbine with an EER scout scope. The Leupold fixed 2.5x scout or the Burris 2.75x scout will allow quick to target speed, moving or otherwise, with both eyes open aiming! Either of those two would be excellent and fall into your price range.................Another excellent choice which has gotten rave reviews on a competitor site, which is mounted conventionally, is the Weaver Classic V3 1x3 variable. On the 1x your FOV is near 90'.. It is extremely fast to the target and you will be able to keep both eyes open for aiming on the 1x to 2x range. It has 94% light transmission (VX2`s have 92%), is very clear and bright. People are putting these on 375`s, 416`s and 458 DGR`s and comparing the V3`s clarity and brightness to $400 scopes!! Sells for about $150! Don`t be fooled by its low price! It should sell for more! The V3 would be my variable choice for a lever carbine............Other than the Leupy scout, stay with a straight tubed scope. This keeps your weight down and keeps your carbine fast handling!!.............Again! Stay away from the higher variable stuff. For your rifle, that is what an experienced hunter would tell you!..................
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Postby Steven_L on Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:40 pm

An ideal scope for your gun and application would be the Leupold VX-II 1-4x20. Keep the scope low and avoid hammer clearance issues by using an Uncle Mike's hammer extension #2458-0. We're not selling them at this time, but they are not hard to find.
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Postby Steven_L on Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:46 pm

Valor is an importer and has been around for years. They may have had some scopes made for them. They still list one in their online catalog. http://www.valorcorp.com/products/produ ... em=8046205
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Re: Scope recommendations for Marlin 1894 in 44MAG

Postby hogwild on Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:49 am

make sure you pull back the trigger hard so the bullet goes faster
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Re: Scope recommendations for Marlin 1894 in 44MAG

Postby Trevor_B on Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:55 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Scope recommendations for Marlin 1894 in 44MAG

Postby andy on Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:55 pm

I bought a "NcSTAR" green laser (1xCR123 Batt) and a low Weaver/Piccatiny rail. They work fine, but I cannot see through the stock steel sights. I want this feature. Target designation without sighting confirmation is not helpful on a hunt. Is there a solution?
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