1895 SBL optics

Discussion in 'Other Marlin Rifles' started by JMac, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. JMac

    JMac New Member

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    Hey guys, new to the forum. Looking for any suggestions for optics on a new 1895 SBL using hornady lever evolution 325gr loads. This is my first lever action rifle and I am not sure what would suit me best. It will be used as a bush gun, 200 yrd shots at beat. Iv been considering the nikon prostaff in 3x9x40 BDC??
     
  2. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    Hey ya JMac. Welcome to the Marlin Forum and congrats on your first Lever Gun. The 1895 is an excellent choice. I really like the looks of a stainless rifle with the salt & pepper laminated stock.
    As for the scope, opinions will vary and I'm sure will be forthcoming. The Nikon Pro-Staff is a good choice and the 3X9 would be suitable for 200 yard shots.
     

  3. oldbrass

    oldbrass Well-Known Member

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    I have a prostaff on my 30-06, its a nice scope
     
  4. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    Welcome to the Marlin Firearms Forum JMac !!

    Nikon optics are some of the best out there...
     
  5. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

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    Ditto on welcome to the forum!! Don't be bashful like I am!
     
  6. oldbrass

    oldbrass Well-Known Member

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    You Bashful, this is Gumpy right ??
     
  7. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    Gumpy - sir - you are a class act.
    Glad to have you as a part of our group. ;)
     
  8. DUTCHS

    DUTCHS Well-Known Member Supporting

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    I put a Bushnell XLT shotgun scope on my 1895 GBL....it gets out as far as I need easily , it lays almost directly down on the barell for very low profile and being a shotgun scope it has never had a problem with the 45-70 recoil. IMG_20120808_190407.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013
  9. JMac

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    Thanks for the warm invite gents. I was looking at several shotgun scopes due to the fact the the nikon I want is back ordered and impossible to find up here in ontario. I'm not worried about a low profile because I was thinking of keeping ghost ring on the SBL and running high quick release rings so the optics clear the ghost ring.
     
  10. Thamac15

    Thamac15 New Member

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    I have the pro staff on my 22' 45-70. Love it! The BDC is dead on.
     
  11. JMac

    JMac New Member

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    I can not find a prostaff up here, they are so far backordered it almost a 6 month wait. I can not wait that long, iv been looking at the burris timberline in a fixed power 4x. I'm thinking that will suit my needs
     
  12. oldbrass

    oldbrass Well-Known Member

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    Try Cabelas, they were on sale a few weeks ago..
     
  13. jbaker30

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    First try shooting your SBL with the stock peep sights. They are very nice and very capable out to 100 yards. If you shoot 200 yd shots frequently a scope would probably be prudent. These guide guns have a tremendous bullet drop past 150, so practice and you will be good to go for those 200 yd shot. Buy the way that's a bad a--- gun.You will love it.
     
  14. browndog

    browndog New Member

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    bushnell elite

    I have a bushnell elite 6500 1.25-8 om my 1895sbl. It has 6 inches of eye relief and is mounted so low I have had to remove the ghost ring sight.
    regards Browndog