Personally, I don't think I'd scope a 30-30 for normal hunting duty. Maximum range is only going to be 100 yards or so and they're usually most effective in brush areas vs wide open spaces. I just don't see the need for it since it's not really a long-range kind of gun. If you've got your heart set on it, I wouldn't go with more than a 4 power scope. Weaver rings and bases should get the job done.
Standard 30-30 ammunition has a range of about 150 yards, after that it starts dropping pretty quick. From what I have seen on 30-30 charts, after 150 yards the drop is about an inch very 10 yards (30 feet). So its unlikey that someone will be using a 30-30 for 300+ yard shots.
For ranges that the 30-30 will be used at, I like the Nikon Buckmaster series in 3-9X40. Some people do not like Simmons scopes - but my son has a simmons on his 30-30 and it does just fine.
Some of the spots my kids and I hunt at, we can not see further then 50 feet. Trying to use a high powered scope would be self defeating.
For close range, you need open sights, or a 2 - 3X as the base power. For 100 yards a 6 - 9X would do just fine. So say a 2-6X40 or a 3-9X40 scope for a 30-30 for ranges less then 150 yards.
I have to agree with Screaming Eagle - for less then 100 yards, open sights should be considered. But having a scope does allow you to see if the deer is a butt buck, spike or a doe. Sometimes those short horns can be hard to see.
I must agree that you are best off just using Iron sights, though you may want to upgrade the stock sights to something with illumination. I would look at XS night sights and if you cant bring yourself to spend 100 + on sights maybe some Williams fire sights.
The only optic on a 30-30 that I have personally found to be great is a Jpoint or doctor optic red dot, they suit the gun well and are very fast as a brush gun should be.
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I would suggest the NcStar 3-9x40, comes with weaver style rings for $24 plus shipping.
Some people will want to push you to a lower power scope, but it is nice to have the 9 power just to get a better look.
Check out : http://www.millettsights.com/controller.php/catalog/tactical_dms .I have one of these on a Marlin 1895 (.375 WSM Wildcat) mounted to an XS Sights base: http://www.xssights.com/store/scope.html .Kicks like a mule on caffinated steroids, but for the first 1000 rounds, neither scope nor mount have budged. (I'm in the same boat as you. Scars from some nasty events, floaters, and just old age are making my days of iron sights much more limited). Check the internet for scope prices. I got my last DMS-1 for about $200...
Bushnell Trophy 1.75-4 power,actually a "turkey" scope,meant for shotguns. A very good scope for the buck,low power is great in thick brush.A scope will give an edge at twilight,when it gets tough to make out the iron sights against the brown body of a deer. Stick with lower power scopes.
I'd say a 2 or 4X for a "brush" gun like the 30/30. I first had an expensive 4-9x Burris "Short Mag" on my 336XLR for varminiting, coyote & stuff. But I read about someone using a $50 Simmons "22mag" on their 30/30. I had the same 4x scope laying around so I tried it. Haven't taken it off yet. Very clear picture, bigger sight, quicker target acquisition . Which is where Leverguns shine.
PS, If you know somebody with a peep or ghost ring sight check it out. Guys with "older eyes" say they really help. Seems that rings & peeps tend to focus the eyes better than open sights.
Debated this one for a long time. After lots of research desided 4x scope would be sufficient for a Marlin 336W. Bought a BSA 4x in WalMart for about $25. Used some locktite to secure it. Gun shoots about 1 MOA at 100 yards using Remington Corelokt 170 SP's. Shot placement is everything when it comes to hunting, especially with a 30WCF.
I had a scope on my 336 for awhile and then took it of since it was too darn heavy. I think it was a 3-9x40 and it did great. Cant remember if I had the see through rings or not but that my be handy. Great gun wish I still had it.
I can assure you that the Marlin 30-30 336W can accurately carry it's projectile well beyond the 150 yard line that others think is the limit. It all depends upon the shooter and the type of ammo you are using.
The Federal 150 Grain Soft Point is dead on at 100 yards, has a 7.2" drop @ 200 yards, and a 26.7" drop @ 300 yards.
The Hornady 140 Grain Monoflex round will will 3" high @ 100 yards, dead on @ 200 yards, and only have a 12.6" drop at 300 yards.
There is plenty of velocity to be terminally effective at 200-300 yards...you simply compensate for the rounds that you are using, as well as the affects of the wind. The ballistic information is listed on many ammo boxes.
Best of luck! -Robert
The Marlin 30-30 is a great gun and not to be under-estimated
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