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I recently purchased a 1956 Model 70 Featherweight in .270 and I'd like to put a scope on it. I don't plan on shooting at anything past 250 yards, and I'd like to have it at least look classic. I was thinking a 2-7 or 3-9, definitely don't want to hang a hubble telescope on it. What does the Sigforum braintrust recommend? Which rings would you pick? I generally like Talley products if that helps. Thanks in advance.

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Even though I was raised on Lyman Alaskans, I'd go with a 3-9 Leupold as minimum.

Recently I sent 2 scopes in to Leupold. Both had funky power turn rings. One came back repaired as new. The other was replaced with a new scope.
I usually use regular Weaver rings. They can be removed on the field and use the barrel sights, or even pop in a WJS peep if you set it all up correctly and have means to remove the rear base.

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I'd go with a set of older style Redfield rotary dovetail type mounts, either one or two piece, with split rings. I think they are a little classier than the Weavers, but those are good too. For a scope, if you want a vintage look, an older steel tube Weaver K4 is a good choice, and pretty inexpensive too. Not up to the standards of a modern Leupold, etc. but still a decent scope. For a variable, an older Redfield 3-9 is a good choice.
 
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I would look at a used Leupold VxII 2-7x33. It is a great scope for around $200. Perfectly at home on your rifle. Some Leupold rings too. You would a have a perfectly outfitted rifle. Good luck.



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Hell, I don't know. One of mine has a BalVar8,and its from maybe 1937. The other doesn't have a scope, its #202, and I'm not messing with it.

So how much and what kind of hunting do you plan on doing with it? I think it matters if you plan on shooting tree rats at 50' or deer at the 250 yards mentioned. Most of us over power our scopes. I do have a 4x20 on a non-winny and its too much scope. Are you planning on shooting at dusk or mid-day. Thick brush or open country? If you answer those questions, we can maybe give a better answer, or maybe not.


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Thanks for the replies so far. I was leaning towards a Leupold 2-7x33. I plan on really only shooting whitetail with it, maybe once a year, on my farm in VA. I won't stretch it out past 250, and generally don't shoot past 5:30pm, just too dark for me even with my Swarovski on my Sako. Definitely not a brush gun.


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I live the look of the Leupold VX-III 1.5-5x20. I recently bought a VXII 1-4x20 which looks similar for a classic 7x57 Ruger.

If you're looking to keep it under 250, you should be fine with 5x.



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Back in the 60's, my Dad had a 3x9 Weaver on his Rem 700 .243. He liked that scope, but said if you have the money...get a Redfield. Just suggestions if you want to keep the time frame.


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Leupold builds quality products period. I would not consider any less. You can spend more, but why?



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