In a recent thread, I posted about my completed Marlin 336 rifle/scope and sling combo. After weighing that combo on an older postal meter scale, I found out that portly combo weighed in at 8 and 7/8+ lbs.
After some consideration, and taking my hunting style into consideration ( I'm a stalk hunter, not a stand hunter ). I decided that a nearly 9 lb. 30-30 cal. Lever action rig was a bit too much to be hiking around with, on my shoulder, or at-the-ready all day with.
So, after a little research, and some online price comparisons, I decided on a Leupold 2x7 VX Freedom scope, Weaver bases and ring combo. Also pictured is the military surplus silent sling attached. This combo netted me about a one half pound weight reduction, which is acceptable to me, consider that the Marlin by itself weighs a svelte 7.0 Lbs.
About the optics: yes, I lose out on the red dot feature of the Vortex 30 mm optic. On the plus side, the Leupold is a much better piece of glass, and at 7x magnification, I can comfortably stretch out my shooting range to 200 yards, about the practical range limits of a 30-30 cal. Carbine.
With more pleasant weather on its way, I plan to provide a range report shortly.
Considering I only have a hair over $700 into this whole rig, I'm very happy with the project. Hopefully I'll have an under 2 MOA shooter when all testing is done.