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I've got a Marlin 1894c I'd like to scope. I am thinking this mount: Warne Maxima 1-Piece Aluminum Weaver-Style Scope Base Marlin 36 336

Looking for suggestions on the scope. For .357, I don't see shooting more than 100 yards, so 4x is probably about all I'd use. I am split between getting a 3-9x or just a fixed power 4x. In general I prefer fixed power scopes. The purpose of the rifle would be a plinker and a brush gun, maybe some groundhog work here and there.

Budget is $200 for scope and rings. I'd also like to keep the scope as light as possible, I don't want to add a lot of weight to a very handy rifle. I'm thinking Redfield Revenge 2-7x34mm is the top of the list, Vortex Crossfire II has my attention too.

Any suggestions are welcome.
 

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The redfield revenge fits nicely on a marlin lever. By that i mean a 34 mm objective. I have this setup albeit a .35. You would be ok with a fixed power 34mm.
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I put a fixed 6x scope on my 35 Remington and a 3x9 on my .41 Mag. My theory on magnification is put as much as you can afford or stand on it. 6 or 9 power is pretty good for 100 yards. of course I put a 3x15x56 scope on my 17 HMR so I am all over the map when it comes to power. If I had all the money in the world I would put one of those15x55x52 night force scopes on everything I own. Oh well when I win the lottery those will be the first purchace orders to go out.
 

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Do not want a scout scope.

dsdmmat, I too am a fan of fixed power scopes. Can you recommend some specific models? I am having a hard time finding anything decent in my price range, which is why I was looking at the variables I mentioned.
 

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At the range you are shooting, open sights would suffice. A small 4x would also work. Optcs Planet always has great deals .
 

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Do not want a scout scope.

dsdmmat, I too am a fan of fixed power scopes. Can you recommend some specific models? I am having a hard time finding anything decent in my price range, which is why I was looking at the variables I mentioned.
sorry Scotchman, My fixed power scopes are all German and I got them in the 90s when they were about in your price range. I am sure they are double what I paid now. I am a fan of Nikon as of late their glass is pretty clear even on their budget scopes.
 

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One other suggestion. I have skinner peep sights on my 20" 357 magnum Rossi. They work very well for me out to 100 yards. One other option if you are tired of your current iron sights, and they are in your budget. Good luck! If you are not target shooting I would try to get the most field of view. So it would be irons/red dot/ or 4X or lower power optics.

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At the range you are shooting, open sights would suffice. A small 4x would also work. Optcs Planet always has great deals .
I readily admit I am not a rifle shooter. All of my training, practice, and energy is on handguns, and otherwise I shoot a lot of shotgun. However, I do like to shoot rifles occasionally, and of course have a use for one over a handgun any time there is a real world application. Shooting my lever at the range, I could hit the paper at 25 yards, even get good groups, but I couldn't really place the bullet exactly where I wanted on the target. I have tried shooting ARs at 50 and 100 yards with BUIs and not been able to do anything beyond dumb luck. I am sure it comes down to training, but I am amazed at people who can hit things at 100 yards with irons. The front sight completely obscures the target. For me, I need a scope to go past 25 yards or so.
 

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I would put a 2-7 on it.
 

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I readily admit I am not a rifle shooter. All of my training, practice, and energy is on handguns, and otherwise I shoot a lot of shotgun. However, I do like to shoot rifles occasionally, and of course have a use for one over a handgun any time there is a real world application. Shooting my lever at the range, I could hit the paper at 25 yards, even get good groups, but I couldn't really place the bullet exactly where I wanted on the target. I have tried shooting ARs at 50 and 100 yards with BUIs and not been able to do anything beyond dumb luck. I am sure it comes down to training, but I am amazed at people who can hit things at 100 yards with irons. The front sight completely obscures the target. For me, I need a scope to go past 25 yards or so.
Try hitting a mansized target at 300 Meters with the M16 irons and a full value crosswind. It gets to be interesting to say the least.
 

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Holy dog nuts, you don't need 2-7 or 3-9 on a .357.

Mount it low to the bore on the receiver. Do a Weaver V3 or a Leupold 1-4x would be perfect.

I shoot sub 2 moa with my saiga that has a v3 mounted to it.
 
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