Better scope for Marlin 30/30
Going to a 50mm riflescope will not automatically give you a brighter image. If you shoot at lower magnifications with your 3-9, say from 3-6, your current 40mm should be bright enough if it is a fully multi-coated riflescope. At these lower magnifications, a 50mm scope is transmitting more light than your eye can use.
A 50mm scope, however, will give you a slightly sharper image, all things being equal because of its larger lens. You have to balance this, however, with the added expense, weight, and the neccesity of using higher rings to mount it on your 30-30. This will put it considerably higher off the rifle than you may like with the stock on your 30-30.
I would suggest you look at a 40mm scope with solid optics before proceeding with a 50mm scope. This need not be a Swarovski or Zeiss. The Nikon MOnarch, Bushnell Elite 3200 and 4200, Leupold VariX II, III, Burris Signature to name a few, are all excellent optically.
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