I just want to let you know that I am not trying to overshadow your idea on putting a scope on the bolt. I still think it is great idea. Hell, you've done it. ****, looks like I'll just have to go out and pick up another rifle.
I think I'll go with the scout mount for my Trapper. I'll have to find a nice little 20" barrel model for the scope on the bolt. All my levers have 16' barrels. I saw an used Antique model for sale somewhere. That would work just fine.
AO(now Express) also carries ghost ring sights. I can see that they are mounted on the receiver. I think that I would prefer the ghost ring sights be mounted on the bolt. It would look cleaner.
THE SCOPE MOUNTED ON THE BOLT CAME FROM A ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 1985 ISSUE OF GUNS MAG UNDER SCOPE SCENE BY BOB BELL. I JUST LIKED THE THOUGHT WELL ENOUGH TO GIVE IT A TRY AND AM VERY GLAD I DID. I LIKE YOUR IDEA BUT IT DOES NOT BELONG TO ME.
Wild West Guns of Alaska make a trim scout scope mount for Winchester and Marlin levergun. I have a 30/30 Trapper with this mount and a Burris scoutscope in QD rings. The sights have been changed to Ashley Outdoors (now Express Sights) ghost rings. A three point sling is fitted using the saddle ring as the center point. With a slicked action and some tailored handloads this little rifle is wickedly fast on anything out to 200 yards, and when just shooting for grins I've taken it MUCH further. Dewman, you still out there somewhere? How did your 30/30 improved project turn out?
I personally like the "scout rifle" idea. But I do not totally agree with Col. Cooper and others like him. I think the lever action makes a good "scout" rifle. Ever been on horse back or an ATV in the woods. I think the type of rifle you carry depends on the terrain you are in.
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