I am very interested in a Ruger GSR and also have been toying with the idea of making my Marlin 336 into a "Scout" setup. What can you tell me about the various scout scopes on the market? Good or bad.
I won't make any exact recommendations, simply because everyones eyes are different. But, as with anything out there, you get what you pay for. Buy a name brand, and if possible take it outside and look thru it before you buy it. Stand in bright sunlight and look at things both in the sunlight and in deep shadow. Then stand in a deep shadow and repeat.
I am really not even sure what is out there. I am currently comparing specs between the Burris and Leupold. Any others worth checking out?
I'mhunting with a Marlin 1895P in .44mag using a Leupold Scout Scope. It works for me but 48yo eyes want more. More magnification, heavier reticle, maybe a illumiinated reticle.
I like the setup as long as I shoot with my dominate eye. That way I can shoot with both eyes open. Longer shots & if time permits I'll close an eye. I feel good out to 100 yards. Beyond that it's to much like artilery.
I had a scout scope set up and noticed light transmission was not as good as a regular scope set up in low light conditions YMMV
I have many scout rifles, including some "lever-scouts". There are many options to choose from, and since it is a personal thing, none are really wrong.
Some of the mounts I have seen, come from Wild West Guns
, they are a little pricey, but work exceptionally well. The also have many other goodies for fixing up your lever in a utilitarian fashion. XS also offers a scout rail for levers. Make sure that your rings (at least) are of the quick-disconnect type, so that if there is a malfunction, it allows quick use of the iron sights.
Optics are very personal to each person, and even modern red-dots can be used if you so desire. I recommend getting a quality scope, such as the Burris or Leupold. For Red-Dots I highly recommend the AimPoint Comp M4, and its 8-year constant on battery life. NcStar Scout Scope, which sell for $33 , is not recommended for anything greater than spring-powered AirSoft.
I use the Burris Scout scope on my GSR, and have only positive comments about it, for roughly the same price you could get the Leupold, but arguments over which is better is common.
I have other models that use Leupold Scour Scope variants. EER (Extended Eye Relief) scopes are available in a few different configurations from Leupold, but all of them feature the life-time warranty.
Numerous different manufacturers make handgun scopes than work well with the scout setup and have perfect eye-relief..
I have seen EoTechs on a few renditions of lever-scouts, but did not like it, personally. YMMV
I am keeping my fingers crossed, but am not holding my breath, for Trijicon to make a scout scope.
Good Luck OP and happy shooting.