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Q:Recently got a 30-30 lever Marlin from an auction. Had a POS scope mounted, and I wanted to get back to iron sights so I pulled the scope and base off. There are 3 holes tapped into the receiver (all the way to the bolt) and 1 above the chamber (not all the way through). The problem is the screw length for the holes on the receiver are longer than the metal is thick, so placing the screws back in these holes blocks the bolt from sliding when working the action. Is it safe to shoot with out the screws in place? Should I find shorter screws so the holes are filled but not blocking the action?
Q:Thanks to everyone who commented on my Tikka T3 Lite versus Savage Weather Warrior question. I've decided to go with the Tikka and a Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm scope. What is the best way to attach the scope to the rifle? I was thinking I would just get Leupold rings but I found out that I would have to add bases with them so I have been looking at other options. Would it be better to get rings that will attach directly to the mounting rail on the Tikka? I also saw a picatinny rail for the Tikka. Would there be any need for a picatinny rail on a hunting rifle? Has anyone tried the Optilock rings on the Tikka website?
Q:Scope question. I have a Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x42. I notice that a thin film of what looks like oil forms at the seam where the ocular lens attaches to the bell of the tube. I wipe it off and it eventually returns. Any chance something is leaking there? I do not know much about how scopes are constructed.
Q:Anyone else have any problem with proper eye relief when hunting with heavy clothing on? My favorite rifle is set with the scope as far back as it can go which is perfect for "normal" sighting in conditions and when hunting with mid weight clothing on. When it is bitter cold and I have on thick coveralls I have to really stretch my head forward to get a proper sight picture. I usually accomplish this by leaving my coveralls unzipped and sloping the stock under my coveralls when I shoulder it to shoot. My newest solution for this is a Ruger M77 compact which has a short length of pull. It almost seems too short without heavy clothing on but the sight picture is perfect with heavy clothes. I have had this issue with most normal length of pull stocks once you throw some heavy clothes into the equation. Just wondering if I'm the only one.