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Old 11-19-2008, 05:50 PM
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I just bought a Marlin 1894 44 mag. My problem is that I wear bifocals. If I tilt my head up to use the near range of my glasses then the front sight is a blur, if I look through the top part the rear sight is blurred. My question is, what is the best scope for this gun? I will probably never shoot at anything over 100 yards.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:20 PM
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Welcome to the forum h2. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.

Yup, I've the same problem. Scopes are great, but I've got to take my glasses off to shoot them. You might think about a red dot sight. Got an Aimpoint 5000 that seems to work very well for me both on a handgun and the turkey shotgun. You can get a 2 minute dot that is very fine, but still easy to see.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:48 PM
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I decided not to scope my 1894 44 mag. I have shot it at 100 yards and am able to keep it in the kill zone with open sights. The little gun is just to handy to put a scope on. My bifocals also cause me grief with open sights but I have learned to look through a certain spot to get a clear view of the front sight.
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:42 AM
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You could also try a peep sight.
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Same problems here with the same kinds of eyeballs and gun. First solution: get some glasses that have my regular prescription plus a "reading glasses" correction but at a long range - the target's still fuzzy, so I have to have actually seen what I'm shooting at first, but with the glasses on, I can see the front sight clearly, as well as the somewhat fuzzy target. Second solution was to get a peep sight - got one from Skinner Sights, and I have to say, it's one of the best made, and best designed pieces of equipment I've seen - but it required a slightly taller front sight, and in the course of "fixing" that problem, I knocked the front sight ramp off the gun, with the threads of the rear screw with it. So, solution 2 is on hold until I drill and tap those holes for a larger (8-32 rather than 6-30) screws and make a new front ramp. Solution 3 is a Weaver fixed power 4x riflescope, actually made for use with rimfire rifles. That, it turns out, works great (regardless of what glasses I'm wearing), and I may stick with it. I was avoiding putting a scope on the thing, because I thought an extra bit of sticky-outy equipment was inconsistent with the "brush gun" application I had in mind, and I thought the hammer extension was a cludgey sort of thing I didn't want to have to mess with. (Anything that requires adapters or adaptation of some sort in order to work properly is a problem to me - I like elegant solutions.)

The Weaver scope, I'm sure, is pretty much the same as others designed for rimfire applications, but, fyi, here's some data on that: model number 849430, 4x28mm, field of view at 1000 yards: ~22 ft. Hence, at the 75 - 250 yard range I'm contemplating, it's perfect and requires no adjustment in the field.
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:52 AM
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I can relate.
I am far sighted and getting 'older' so the peep sights are out of the question,
My 1894 wears a 1 X 4 Leupold. On 1 X you can shoot with both eyes open. At 4 X you have more than enough magnification for the 'longer' (44 mags don't make long shots) shots. It is a 'small' scope which fits the personality of the gun.
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:57 AM
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My mom was wearing bi-focals until the office whe was working in started using computers. Then she started having problems reading the computer screen. She told her eye doc and he switched her to tri-focals and she said there is no way she will ever go back to bi-focals because the tri-focal gives her the mid-range vision she needs. You might measure how far your rifle's front sight is from your eye when you have it shouldered and ask your dr. about making a tri-focal that is focused at that distance.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:56 AM
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The problem with special glasses for shooting is:
1. Having them on when you need them.
2. Getting use to them.
3. Your eyes changing and requiring you to 'maintain' another pair of glasses.
4. Getting the 'location' of the 'special' lens just right for ALL of your various applications and guns.
Been there, did that, and TRIED to see it!!!
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:38 AM
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I have the progressive bifocals so I can usually find a spot where I can see the sights. I just have to remember where it is when I aim.
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the little Weaver 1-3 gets consistently good recommendations
true 1X allows for up close and fast shooting, 3x is good for big game at typical lever gun distances
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Old 11-27-2008, 04:51 PM
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I just put a fixed 4x leupold on my new 1894, and am very pleased with it. I too have bifocals, but they are the progressives. I haven't been able to shoot irons for some time. A good clear scope with duplex crosshairs in a 4x or 1-4x will do you just fine.

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Old 11-30-2008, 09:46 PM
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I don't know about the Marlin but this year I used a Winchester Trapper in 44 mag. For the scope I used the Bushnell Banner 1 X 4 circle x. It is incredible. Last year I used it on a Savage 99 308. I cranked it up to 4 and took a large 10 pointer in the neck. He was standing still about 75 yards away but I never got a body shot.

This year I took two running bucks. One, a large 9 pointer screaming down the side of a steep hill at about 20 yards away. So much brush I could only see his head and rack. I shot 3 times and he went down. Hit im right behind the head in the neck.

The other was a large bodied buck with a single 3" tine that I thought was a doe. He was also at a dead run about 15 yards away. I shot once and thought I missed. He went down in a gulley and I waited for him to come out but he didn't. Went in a few ribs back and came out his front shoulder.

I have a hard time seeing my sights any more but the fat scope crosshairs with the circle make it easy to line up even on moving targets if it is set on 1 power.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:22 PM
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Leupold straight 2.5 power. Have had a few of them on various Marlins. Variables are not needed and a pain when you leave them set too high. With the 2.5, you just go hunting!
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My 1894 wears a 1 X 4 Leupold. On 1 X you can shoot with both eyes open. At 4 X you have more than enough magnification for the 'longer' (44 mags don't make long shots) shots. It is a 'small' scope which fits the personality of the gun.
I have the Leupold VX-II 1-4X20 on mine also. But I also took the back hole off of the Weaver base and put a Skinner Lo-Pro peep sight in the rear hole, which mounts low to the top of the receiver, but over the base, and still utilizes the factory front sight. I can pop the scope off for the peep/ghost ring sight. I can even zero them for different loads. Both work well with with my 53 year old eyes and trifocals!
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h2 never came back. peeps work for old tired eyes as long as you can see to pick a spot on the target. The sights are not the problem.
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