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do you guys have on your lever action rifle? I had a cheap little 3x9x40 Bushnell sharpshooter mounted on it with see through mounts and all was fine but lately it has become a problem to put a decent group on paper at 100 yards. The only reason I used the low end Bushnell was because it was lying around unused and there wasn't a problem intitially. After removing the scope and re-applying some loc-tite to the mounting screws my problem still exists. So I'm in the market for a new scope and I'm figuring either a Leupold or a Nikon. I've got that part covered, I'm just wondering if I need a 3x9x40 powered scope or can I get away with less?
 

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I've got an inexpensive 1.5x4.5 Bushnell Banner on my 336. Like your 3x9, it is something I had sitting around the house. It has been on that gun for 8 years without a problem. I also have had several Stevens and Savage bolt action 30/30s pass through my hands and I have found a fixed 4x scope to be a good choice for this caliber. My personal Stevens has a 1.75x5 Bushnell Trophy on it as it was sitting around too. Anything under 4x I think works fine for close range and the less expensive scopes seem to work decently on guns of 35 caliber or smaller.
 
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Thanks for the replies. I went with the Nikon Prostaff Scope 4x 32mm Nikoplex. I got it at Academy for $99.00. It is a fixed power scope but it should perform fine where I hunt (max 100yd shot).
 

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I also went with the Nikon Prostaff. I put it on my marlin 45-70 and haven't had any problems.(yet)
 

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I have a Leupold VXII 3x9x40 on my .270 (I know it's not lever action) but I've been very pleased with this scope. It may be a bit much but you can't go wrong with the VXII series of scopes.

Personally I prefer open sights on lever guns. Have never really had the need for a scope on one.
 
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