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Posted: 5/14/2002 7:03:57 AM EDT
I recently purchased a used Marlin 1894CP .357 magnum lever gun. I currently use a Remington 700 .22-250 for ground hogs, but was considering using the marlin for 0-100 yard shots. I was wondering is it worth putting a 3x9 scope on it or not?
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 8:38:49 AM EDT
I'd consider a rear peep sight. I don't see much point in putting a scope on a .357 carbine. For one thing, the parallex error of a big game scope is a real problem up close--the irons likely will be more accurate at 10-60 yards.

If you realy must scope it (say, if your vision is such that you can't focus on the front sight), I suggest a scope with low magnification and adjusted for no parallex error at close range.
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 9:35:23 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 9:54:13 AM EDT
A 3 x 9 is way more scope than that gun needs. At most a 1.4 x 4 variable is all you should need. If you don't want to go with a scope, I'd look into Red Dots. Or peep sights.

Link Posted: 5/14/2002 10:23:14 AM EDT
I have the same carbine myself with a cheap Simmons 3-9x32 scope on it....I might have paid $39.00 for it. I too wanted a low power scope but had trouble finding any and what I did find were far too expensive. So I just used the Simmons with see-thru mounts. I keep it turned down on low power and it is one of the clearest scopes I have! Works just fine at 50 or 100 yards. And I can always use my sights if need be.
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 10:26:59 AM EDT
I had one of those about 10 yrs ago. It was a nice short rifle and shot pretty good, I regret selling it. I think a good dot or reflex sight would really improve the shootability but its not really much more than a 50 yrd rifle. Now, I did put a low power scope on a Marlin 44 mag I had (sold that one to buy my #3 AR15) and that worked out real well too.
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 1:54:35 PM EDT
I agree with the low-power scope opinions. A friend of mine in Missouri has one with a 4X Weaver on it, works great for coyotes. Would likely do the trick for short range hogs. Leave the scope off it if it's going to be your "chase the foxes out of the henhouse in the dead of night" gun.
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 2:00:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 2:07:02 PM EDT
hey, i gotta question about that gun, can you shoot .38s through it?
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 2:08:06 PM EDT
.357 lever rifle is sweet grounghog medicine. I use 110-125 grain bullets. They are flat shooting, cheap to load, accurate. And a light hollowpoint going 1500fps+ absolutely explodes on impact. Oh yeah stay with the fast handling irons. A tang sight is very nice and accurate at long range.
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 2:22:31 PM EDT
Yes you can shoot .38 spl rounds through it.
I have weaver see thru mount left over from a model 336 Marlin 30-30 so I think I will try a 4x scope on it. Though a tang sight is also sounding good too. Heck I'll try both and see what works best. Who makes a good tang sight for the marlins?
Link Posted: 5/14/2002 2:22:34 PM EDT
I used to have one - had a 2.5x scope on it.
It would shoot 3 shot cloverleafs at 50yds.
Sweet little gun!
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