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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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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.
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.
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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