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just bought myself a winchester 30/30 ae i am looking for a scope what do you guys use, or do i go with a williams peep sight, i will be using it for deer and red fox all help very welcome, thanks steve
 

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I just bought its rival, a Marlin 336 30-30. Many people think that the Lyman receiver sight is better quality than the Williams, but I don't know first-hand. If you want a really cool look and even better function, look at a tang-mounted sight. I still haven't decided whether to go scope or irons.

Iron sights are more traditional, but you need good eyes and skill to use them confidently on game at more than 100 yards. That's where the magnification of the scope really makes life easier. But unless you buy a vintage scope, it won't have the authentic look...if that matters to you. Nikon, Weaver, Redfield/Leupold, there are lots of suitable, good-quality scopes available.
 

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While I don't have a 30-30, I do have an 1894 Marlin in .44 mag. I chose a pro-point red dot scope for several reasons. There is no paralax, there is only one point of aim, and the bullet hits where the red dot is, regardless of its position on the lens. Also, you can shoot with both eyes open, and it appears that you see the dot with both eyes. And, last, but not least, target acquisition is almost instantatinious.......Robin
 

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Weaver 1x3 variable is a great match to levers. At 1x you can shoot with both eyes open and, for me, works better than a red dot. YMMV
 

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This is my opinion ;);) You don't put scopes on pistol or lever gun . I love the tang sights on lever guns . I shoot these 3 guns in SASS/CAS matches and hunting with them also .



I got 3 deer in Tn with this gun below and is my normal SASS/CAS gun ..



I just got gun and I have a Lyman tang for this gun if I decide to put one on it . This is the only load and 1st time I have ever shot this gun .

 

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Wow, the stock on that Rossi is gorgeous, looks like one of my dads old muzzleloaders. Did you make that yourself?

Also I do agree with the open sights on a lever gun opinion. There are peep style sights available if you need them, but at a 30 30s most effective range, you should be fine with iron sights.
 

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While I don't have a 30-30, I do have an 1894 Marlin in .44 mag. I chose a pro-point red dot scope for several reasons. There is no paralax, there is only one point of aim, and the bullet hits where the red dot is, regardless of its position on the lens. Also, you can shoot with both eyes open, and it appears that you see the dot with both eyes. And, last, but not least, target acquisition is almost instantatinious.......Robin
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As much as I love peep sights, these old eyes just don't shoot them as well as they once did. Hate the way scopes add bulk and weight and destroy the handling on my 30-30 carbines, though. I've discovered red dots for my lever guns. They give me some advantages of both the peep and a scope. They don't have enough weight to destroy the balance and handling of my carbines and I sure as heck shoot better with red dots than any iron. Even better, as Hawken says, target acquisition is almost instantaneous - better than with either iron or scopes. You'll also love the way the red dot pops up into view when hunting in dark timber.
 
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