8 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Willmar, MN
Joined: 01/23/2009
Posts: 17
optics for my rifle

Hello. I am 14, and I am going to buy my first rifle in about a month. I am almost sure that I will get the Marlin XL7 in Realtree camo, in .270 Win. This gun does not come with optics and I know that you can't cheat out on optics. I know next to nothing about scopes and my price range is about $150-200. Any advice is great!
Thanks alot!
-Preston-

Offline
Location: Montana
Joined: 10/24/2006
Posts: 448
optics for my rifle

you can get into either a prostaff nikon or buckmaster nikon both 3x9x40mm for well under 200$

Offline
Location: Mobile County, Alabama
Joined: 09/09/2007
Posts: 310
optics for my rifle

That rifle is fairly light so recoil (not a big problem on a .270) should be taken into consideration. Do plenty of research by looking at the manufacturers specs. Find what they call eye relief (this is the distance between the eye piece and your eye). You will want this to be as long as possible. 3.4 to 3.7 inches is a good number. If your eye relief is too short the scope could hit your face on recoil.

The next measurement you have to look at is tube length. This is how long the tube of the scope is measured from the power ring to the shoulder of the objective. This is important because if it's too short it will not fit into your scope rings. If you buy a muliple slot base like those offered by Farrell and Millett you can mount your rings anywhere along the tube that you need to. These are a bit pricey but will save you a lot of aggrevation and time if your scope won't fit into the rings. The other measurements to consider is tube diameter and scope height. Tube diameter is the o.d. of the scope tube. It will usually be 1 inch or 30mm. Both are good, just have to make you get the right rings. Scope height is a hard one to measure because of how different the rifles are made. Basically, you have to determine what hieght the rings will need to be. They will need to be high enough to allow about 1/4 inch of clearance between the objective and the rifle. A little bit higher won't hurt. This is were a good gun store comes into play. They can mount the scope scope for you in the correct height rings and you don't have to buy a bunch of rings to try out. Many times this service will be free if you the scope from them.

If you have good eye sight you will not need the big objective scopes like the 50mm. 40mm objectives are fine and allow the scope to sit lower on the rifle, therefor being more comfortable to shoot. You also won't need a lot of magnification. The standard 3 - 9 X40 or even a fixed 4 or 6 power scope will do everything you need it to.

For brands and models I would suggest the Leupold VX2, Burris Fullfield II, Nikon Monarch (maybe Buckmaster), Bushnell Elites, or Sightrons. The Weaver fixed power scopes are good too.

If you are not in a big hurry or want a specific scope you can sometimes find good deals on scopes during the spring.

Offline
Location: Willmar, MN
Joined: 01/23/2009
Posts: 17
optics for my rifle

Thanks for the input. I did a little looking and tell me what you think of this scope. http://www.nikonhunting.com/riflescopes-team-realtree-team-realtree- 3-9x40.html

I hope that link works!sad
When I want to get a scope, I really want a gun shop to mount it for me. Should I contact a shop and see if they can get the scope for me, or what should I do about that? Thanks

Offline
Location: Willmar, MN
Joined: 01/23/2009
Posts: 17
optics for my rifle

This one should work.

http://www.nikonhunting.com/riflescopes-team-realtree-team-realtree-3-9x...

Offline
Location: Mobile County, Alabama
Joined: 09/09/2007
Posts: 310
optics for my rifle

Link works.

It looks like a good scope. I think it might be a bit short on the tube length. Unforfunately, Nikon does not say what the tube length is. Anyway, as stated before, a multi-slotted base will solve that problem.

Is that the same camo your rifle will have?

If that is the scope you want all you have to do is give the product number/model number to the dealer you buy the rifle from. He will then give you price on it. Again, ask around about free scope mounting.

Once it is mounted (will probably be boresighted also) you'll need to get it zeroed. That's another discussion in itself.

Offline
Location: Willmar, MN
Joined: 01/23/2009
Posts: 17
optics for my rifle

I am 90% sure that the camo is the same. I will need to be 100% before I do any buying though.
Thanks a lot for the advice and any other advice is also useful! Thanks!

Offline
Location: Mobile County, Alabama
Joined: 09/09/2007
Posts: 310
optics for my rifle

You are welcome. Thumbs up

Offline
Location: Willmar, MN
Joined: 01/23/2009
Posts: 17
optics for my rifle

Well, got the set up last Sunday! It matches and its pretty sweet!

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Minox 3-9x40mm Rifle Scopesgr8fuldoug006/29/2010 05:28 am
Advice Wanted on Optics for .375 H&Hjohn rawlings404/12/2013 11:19 am
BSA opticscjohnson3006303/16/2009 09:45 am
the right scope?PapaSzakal901/19/2013 04:45 am
Optics Choicenwhntr509/28/2006 13:31 pm