Reader question: I want to find the best scope for Marlin 336 30-30. I’ve thought about a red dot sight but am open to opinions. I’d also like to find a video or two about mounting one. I’ve looked at Redfield and Nikon. Can you provide any reviews?
Marlin lever-action rifles, from which the Marlin 336 evolved, have reigned supreme in the West for generations since the inception of Marlin Firearms Company of New Haven, Connecticut well over 150 years ago.
The rifle’s simple but ingenious cocking mechanism – pulling a cocking handle downward and pulling it back up will expel the spent shell casing and chamber in a new round – is truly remarkable.
For this legendary lever guns to be most effective, you need to mount the appropriate riflescope for long-range shots with pin-point accuracy. So, we have pulled out some of the best scopes available in the market to go with your Marlin 336 for you to choose from.
Nikon ProStaff 2-7×32 Black Matte Riflescope (Nikoplex)
Nikon ProStaff 2-7×32 Black Matte Riflescope (Nikoplex) is the epitome of a sturdy and compact riflescope with 2-7 times magnification and 32-mm objective lens.
This combination works well for short- to medium-range shooting. This is a small-sized scope but full of high-performing features you’d expect from much larger scopes usually available in the market.
This 11.5-inch quick-focus eyepiece with thick outer-lined Nikoplex reticle is designed with fine cross-hairs that are perfect for rapid target acquisition.
It has a fully multi-coated optical system that emits over 95% of available light for maximum brightness from sun-up to sunset. The 3.8-inch eye relief provides generous comfort – effectively preventing recoil, although the Marlin 366 rarely kicks hard.
Designed for durability and high-performance, the ProStaff is nitrogen-filled and supported by an O-ring-sealed casing for fog-proof and water-proof performance.
It has an integrated zero-reset turret with a spring-loaded adjustment knob and parallax setting at 100 yards for pin-point shooting accuracy.
For the price of less than $150 you also get a lifetime warranty on the unit. The choice is yours.
Burris Scout 2-7×32 Ballistic Plex Scope
What separates scout scopes from other types are their preference for low magnification, exceptionally long eye relief, rapid target acquisition, and protection against violent recoils.
And the Burris Scout 2-7×32 Ballistic Plex Scope is definitely one of them, which provides mega-fast target acquisition with both eyes open. This durable, easy-to-mount, and well-built scout scope is designed to resist fog, water and shock.
For optical excellence, Burris offers fully multi-coated lenses that transmit crisp and clear light for maximum brightness, even when it’s dusk or dawn.
Other great features include: a ballistic-plex reticle, which work best with lever-action rifles; an 11-21 inch-long eye relief to protect against violent recoils; steel-on-steel adjustments; and low mounting capability.
The scope’s weight may be light at 13 ounces, but with a price tag of not less than $400, it can be heavy for your budget. Anyway, there’s the benefit of a full lifetime warranty.
Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm 4-Plex
The Revolution by Redfield 3-9x40mm 4-Plex features cutting-edge technology you’ll find in other equally or more priced scopes.
It has a 3-9 x 40mm power variability with a fully multi-coated illuminator lens system that provides unparalleled image and light transmission superiority for long-range precision shots. It is one tough scope that’s 100% fog-proof, water-proof and shock-proof, the perfect riflescope for extreme weather conditions.
The eyepiece provides generous eye relief with full-field vision. It has an exclusive Accu-Range reticle for easy shooting and with deadly accuracy at 100 yards. With its stainless-steel ¼-MOA finger-click adjustments, you can zero in on your target quick and easy.
For a tad less than $200 you can own this excellent scope that comes with a Full-Lifetime Warranty. It’s also made in US!
What is the best scope for Marlin 30-30 in 2023?
The Nikon Prostaff has really good exit pupil diameter of 16mm at 2x magnification, and 4.6mm at 7x magnification. At 100 yards, the FOV is 33.4 feet at 2x magnification, and 9.5 feet at 7x. It has standard 1-inch diameter tube; 3.8-inch eye relief; adjustment calibration is at ¼ MOA per click; maximum adjustment at 80 MOA; parallax setting is 100 yards.
The Burris Scout has about the same specs as the Prostaff – same power and objective diameter. Its exit pupil is also 16mm at 2x and 4.6mm at 7x. It has a really generous eye relief at 11-21 inches; standard 1-inch tube; FOV at 100 yards of 21 feet at 2x and 7 feet at 7x; adjustment graduation at ¼ MOA per click; and 66 maximum windage and elevation adjustment. Its price is twice more than the price of the Prostaff.
The Redfield Revolution has slightly higher magnification at 3-9x and more than adequate objective diameter of 40mm. Let’s look at the other numbers. At 100 yards, FOV is 32.9 feet at 3x and 13.1 feet at 9x; exit pupil is 12.1mm at 3x and 4.7mm at 9x; eye relief is 3.7-4.2 inches; 1-inch tube diameter; ¼ MOA finger clicks at a range of up to 56 MOA for windage and elevation. The price is close to that of the Prostaff.
The choice is actually between the Prostaff and the Revolution, unless you’re shooting in the range of 400 yards and higher. They are highly compatible with the Marlin 366 especially when trailing a moving target – you’d need the high field of view that they offer. The Prostaff has the edge in terms of its MOA range which is higher than that of the Revolution.