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I just picked up my Christmas present from my wife (she doesn't know yet) and curious what optics everyone is running on their lever guns.  

This is the GBL model that has the pistol grip but conventional buckhorn sights.  I'll replace it with one from XS Sights with the ghost ring and rail.  I like the set up and use the ghost ring sight on a Rossi 92 and an original Guide Gun.

This will be a 150 yard gun.  The trajectory of the 45-70 looks like something coming out of a M198 Howitzer.  Definitely can lob rounds in to targets out to 300 yards, but drop is nearly three feet even with the +P 45-70 loads from Garrett and Buffalo Bore.

This will be a brush gun for pigs and for clearing the firing line at the range.  Expect most shots will be on moving targets.  Iron sights would work, but my eyes could always use some help.

Generous eye relief, illuminated reticle, low light capability and 1X/2X low end.

Leupold VX-R line looks like a good option, but giving strong consideration to the Aimpoint Hunter.  Capped version of the SWFA 1-4x or 1-6x would also work, as would most dangerous game scopes.
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I have a VX3 1.5-5x on mine.  I like it a lot.  I went wit the 4a reticle, so it is very bold in low light.

Buy the lever evolution bullets.  When I first started loading them at 100 yards they were hitting 8 inches higher than the flat points I was shooting.  They turn a 150 yard gun into a 300 yard gun.   
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Originally posted by Marine24 Marine24 wrote:

I just picked up my Christmas present from my wife (she doesn't know yet)

My wife is thoughtful like that as well!
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Originally posted by Marine24 Marine24 wrote:

I just picked up my Christmas present from my wife (she doesn't know yet) and curious what optics everyone is running on their lever guns.  

This is the GBL model that has the pistol grip but conventional buckhorn sights.  I'll replace it with one from XS Sights with the ghost ring and rail.  I like the set up and use the ghost ring sight on a Rossi 92 and an original Guide Gun.

This will be a 150 yard gun.  The trajectory of the 45-70 looks like something coming out of a M198 Howitzer.  Definitely can lob rounds in to targets out to 300 yards, but drop is nearly three feet even with the +P 45-70 loads from Garrett and Buffalo Bore.

This will be a brush gun for pigs and for clearing the firing line at the range.  Expect most shots will be on moving targets.  Iron sights would work, but my eyes could always use some help.

Generous eye relief, illuminated reticle, low light capability and 1X/2X low end.

Leupold VX-R line looks like a good option, but giving strong consideration to the Aimpoint Hunter.  Capped version of the SWFA 1-4x or 1-6x would also work, as would most dangerous game scopes.

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A very interesting article.  I can remember books on the 45-70 being used as an indirect fire round, where infantry lobbed rounds at area targets.  Sheer mass of rounds was similar to how they used archers during the middle ages.  Man portable artillery.

Always have been a fan of the 430gr LFNGC loads running at 1950 at the muzzle.  Even though it has dropped over 16ft at 500 yards, it is still carrying over 800 ft/lbs of energy.

Leverevolution ammo Supertool mentioned definitely extends the capability of 45-70 round and their 325gr round is enough for hogs.

Vortex 1.5-8x32 Razor HD LH has caught my eye, although illumination would be nice, as does the Meostar R2 1-6x, but pushes the budget.


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Handled a Burris XTR II 1-8x scope.  I have their 3-15x mounted on a 22-250.  Magnification range is good and illumination is well done.

Not sure about a 34mm scope on a lever gun and it is heavy at 24 oz.  Definitely a nice scope but it is a lot of scope and impact on balance likely.
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Leupold VX-6 1-6x looks like a very strong contender.  I'm a fan of their VX-6 line and like the FireDot Circle reticle.
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Any other recommendations?  Leupold VX-6 is the front runner and SWFA was very generous with their 110% price match.
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Although I'm often criticized for been a nut (guilty as charged BTW), I'd just put a straight 4x scope on it. 
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Originally posted by bugsNbows bugsNbows wrote:

Although I'm often criticized for been a nut (guilty as charged BTW), I'd just put a straight 4x scope on it. 


Agree!
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I had one on my original Guide Gun in a scout scope mount and worked just fine.

Is there such a thing as a fixed power scope with illuminated reticle?
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Opted for the Aimpoint 9000.  For 90% of the shooting I'll do with this rifle, this red dot will do just fine plus give me the option of setting it up as a scout scope or conventional eye relief distances.
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Good deal, Mike. Be sure to come back and let us know how it goes for you.    
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http://swfa.com/mounts-rings-and-bases/xs-sight-lever-scout-mount.html  mount
http://swfa.com/catalog/product/view/id/103880/category/12135/  scope
I have had a couple of the stainless models which already had the rail on them but the scope I used was the 2 moa Aimpoint model 9000L which mounts using two 30mm rings.  With the Aimpoint eye relief is not an issue and it works well in a scout configuration.  If I didnt use that I would probably use Leupolds scout scope .
http://swfa.com/optics/browse/leupold-2-5x28-fx-ii-scout-scope.html scout scope
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One other thought the 45-70 is a lot like running a 50 cal musket so a muzzleloader scope might be a really good match they tend to have longer eye relief also.  I have this on my muzzleloader and it works very well for me at the distances I hunt deer typically 200 yds and closer.
http://swfa.com/optics/browse/nikon-3-9x40-inline-xr-muzzleloader-riflescope-1.html
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I think you'll be happy with the 9000, so long as you don't have to guess at an extended range.
Great article KB.
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