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Regardless of what you end up using the Marlin for, the purpose of the mount is the same. While the scope may vary depending on your application, the mount ensures that you are able to use the scope in a consistent and accurate manner.
With numerous mounts available, deciding which one is right for you can be difficult. As such, we have gone ahead and listed the 5 best mounts that you can find for Marlin 30-30. By the end of this list, you will be able to determine which mount to get depending on how you plan on using the Marlin model 336.
- 1 5 Best Scope Mounts for Marlin 30-30 Reviewed
- 2 What a Marlin 30-30 Scope Mount Should Have
- 3 Conclusion
5 Best Scope Mounts for Marlin 30-30 Reviewed
Before we get started with our favorite mounts, you can take a look at this YouTube video to figure out how you can change the scope mount on a Marlin 30-30 without the help of a gunsmith.
Here are our 5 favorite mounts for Marlin 30-30 keeping the aforementioned criteria in mind.
Best Overall: Weaver See-Thru Mount
There are a lot of hunters out there who believe that the Marlin 30-30 should not be used with a scope. The Weaver See-Thru mount will allow you to get the best of both worlds by providing you with rings for your scope and a way to access the iron sights as well.
You have the option of purchasing the mount with aircraft-grade aluminum or steel. Personally, I prefer it to be made of aircraft-grade aluminum as I have found them to be slightly more durable.
The small size of the mounts makes them perfect for holding scopes with low magnification range. The Marlin 30-30 is accurate only to about 200-yards. As such, you do not need a scope that goes higher than 7x. As such, the lightweight and compact nature of the mount will be of advantage to hunters.
Sadly, due to the way the mount is built, it may not be the best mount for holding the zero. While I did not find this to be a problem when using 125-grain rounds, heavier rounds can easily knock the scope off its place, making you adjust it once again after only a few rounds.
Best Two-Piece Mount: Warne M864/864M
The M864 is one of the most versatile mounts around. It has long been held as one of the favorites of lever-action rifle users, and with good reason.
The M864 is machined from extremely durable steel, which means that it is able to hold its zero even when using 175-grain rounds. Add to that the fact that it is also fairly cheap, and you start to see why it is so common.
The best part about the M864 is that if you have a little bit of extra money, you can get the Maxima Quick Detach Rings. These rings will allow you to utilize the iron sights on your rifle just like the Weaver See-Thru mounts. If these rings were slightly less expensive, the M864 would be a much better option than the Weaver See-Thru mount.
As it currently stands, you can save a fair bit of money if you opt for standard rings with the M864, or go for the premium option for a versatile hunting experience.
Best One-Piece Mount: Leupold Quick-Release Base
If you are someone who likes to use a lot of different scopes, then the Leupold quick-release base is for you. Due to its one-piece construction, it is able to hold zero even after numerous rounds.
The base was specifically crafted with the Marlin 336 and 1895 in mind. As such, it is generally very easy to set up. That said, there are a few models that will require fitting (most shooters will have to take those models to a gunsmith).
I recommend using the base with Leupold Quick-Release rings. They are designed with this base in mind and will facilitate the changing of scopes quickly. Sadly, it is a well-known fact that the lever to release the scopes can get loose after extended use.
Best High-Profile Mount: Game Reaper Marlin High Mount
All of the other mounts on this list are low or medium-profile. However, we understand that certain shooters like to mount their scopes higher than usual. The Game Reaper Marlin mount is perfect for them.
The mount is famed for its durability and its ability to hold zero. This is because the scope is locked firmly in place and it does not wiggle at all.
On top of that, the rings are built into the mount, removing the need for additional ones. This means that the Game Reaper Marlin Mount is actually quite cheap. Other mounts might be cheaper, but with the addition of rings, they will probably end up costing you a bit more.
Sadly, the one problem with this mount is that it is not ideal for scopes with a larger objective lens. If your objective lens diameter is 50mm or higher, then chances are that you will need to remove the sights to make it work.
Best Budget Option: Leupold Standard Base One-Piece
On the outset, the Leupold standard base does not look like a budget mount. However, once you consider the quality that it provides, you begin to understand just how much of a bargain it really is.
Shooters who like the Leupold Quick-Release mount but do not have the budget to pay for it can find a decent replacement using this mount. Apart from the quick-release feature, the mounts are quite similar.
You still get to experience the sturdy construction of the base which holds its zero even after an entire day of hunting. Setting the mount is easy, although making sure that the scope is straight will be slightly tricky due to the use of scope rings.
Of course, there are cheaper mounts available, even on this list. However, unless you want those mounts for a specific purpose, using the Leupold standard base is a good idea. This will service shooters of all types, and is ideal for novice hunters looking for an easy-to-use scope mount.
What a Marlin 30-30 Scope Mount Should Have
The Marlin 336 is quite a versatile rifle. If you use 170-grain rounds, then the recoil can be immense. However, 125-grain rounds provide a manageable recoil at the cost of less stopping power.
Here are the factors that we took into consideration when creating this list. To put it simply, we tried to come up with mounts that would work for the most number of people.
Ideally, you want a scope with a profile as low as possible as it has a smaller footprint and can help you utilize a cheek pad. However, it is also worth remembering that a scope with a low-profile mount may not clear your barrel, thus making it much harder to aim.
The Marlin 336 has a lot of variants for you to choose from. However, it predominantly exists in 2 different barrel lengths, 20” and 24”. With a 24” barrel, it will be difficult for you to clear the barrel using a low-profile mount. However, those who have a 20” barrel will have a lot more leeway with the mount that they choose.
That said, remember that we do not recommend getting a 20” barrel just so that you can get a low-profile scope onto it. A shorter barrel length will mean that your shot has less velocity. It is also a commonly held belief that a shorter barrel length leads to less accuracy from the rifle.
We stated at the start that the recoil of the 30-30 depends on the round that you use. As such, it is possible to get by with a mount that is not too strong if you are using one of the smaller rounds.
However, we still recommend going with a mount that is extremely durable. Even if you are planning on using 125-grain rounds, a durable mount will last longer before breaking than a weaker one. Of course, it will also absorb the kickback from the rifle in a much better way, and help your riflescope hold its zero for longer periods.
Picatinny or Weaver
This is an important consideration for the Marlin 30-30. Both of the aforementioned rails have their positives and negatives. Thankfully, many riflescopes are now designed to work with both rails. These rails are very easy to attach to the 30-30 and can be done without the help of a gunsmith. On top of that, the longer the rail, the more versatility you have as you can adjust the scope to place it on a comfortable eye-relief.
Picatinny and Weaver rails have different measurements. In general, the Picatinny rails are a little bit heavier than Weavers, whereas Weavers do not allow you a lot of additional adjustments apart from the riflescope itself.
If you are using the 336 primarily for hunting, then both Picatinny and Weaver should work perfectly.
One-Piece or Two-Piece
One-Piece mounts are usually much stronger and hold the zero better than two-piece mounts. They also require lesser adjustment when compared to the two-piece mounts since the rings are held in place. However, they are also usually a little bit more expensive.
Two-piece mounts, on the other hand, are much cheaper. They are also generally preferred by hunters since they allow more clearance between the receiver and the body. While adjusting the rings on a two-piece mount can be painful for novice shooters, learning to use them will be beneficial in the long run (not to mention they are much lighter).
Our list has both one-piece as well as two-piece mounts so that you can weigh their pros and cons against one another and make the decision for yourself.
Due to the short-range of the Marlin 30-30, I would recommend going with the Weaver See-Thru mounts if you are looking for a ‘one size fits all’ kind of solution. The fact that you can use the iron sights while still having access to an extremely well-built mount puts it above the rest of the scopes on this list.
Still, we have mentioned the best use of each scope mount in the title. If you want a mount pertaining to a specific situation, then feel free to prioritize it over the Weaver.
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