Scope for my new Henry 45-70

A207X2

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I'm going to be putting a scope on my new Henry Classic 45-70 rifle. I'm planning on using the rifle itself for < 200 yard shooting. With that as the background, I'm going to go with another Leupold scope. I currently have a VX-5HD 3-15X44 CDS-ZL2 SIDE FOCUS HTMR on my Browning 30-06. What I'm going back and forth about is whether to put the same scope (except this time with a Firedot reticle) on the Henry, or to put the VX-3HD 3.5-10X50 CDS-ZL ILLUM. FIREDOT TWILIGHT HUNTER on it.

I'm leaning towards the VX-5 vs the VX-3, but would like to hear from others on what you would recommend. Is the 50mm objective on the VX-3 worth the trade off vs the better overall optics of the 40mm objective on the VX-5? Thanks.
 

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I'd go with something like this, https://www.leupold.com/vx-5hd-1-5x24-metric-illum-firedot-4-fine-riflescope. If you plan on limiting your shots to <200yds, this would be ideal and look pretty cool on a Henry lever gun.
Yeah, I looked at that one really hard. One thing I was taking into consideration is that in a pinch (i.e. something happens to my scope on the Browning) I could use this scope as a backup, and the 1-5 might not be enough glass in that role. Another person made a good point similar to yours: the 50mm objective would look like a telescope on the lever gun. After thinking about that, I'm backing off of the 50mm and considering the VX-5HD 2-10x42 Firedot. I really like the VX-5HD glass.
 

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Don't think that would be a worry for me at all. Priority for me when setting up a rifle is balance and esthetics. In a pinch, that scope would work great on your '06, many, many animals have been killed with the '06 with straight 4x scopes.
 

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MAKE sure you have plenty of eye relief!
I have 5 stitches over my eye to prove the statement.
I have a Marlin and shoot buffalo bore and hot hand loads.
A good limb saver is recommended too.
Wow! That’s quite the recoil. I love BuffaloBore ammo. Use it in my 30-06, and my .45 ACP as defensive loads. Will be shooting it in my Henry when moose hunting.
 

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I’ve got the skinner peep sight on my 45 Colt Henry. Works well out to 100 yards.
 

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This is the one I was originally going to put on.

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Skinner Peep Sight
Nice & clean.
I was thinking more the quigley type...but I don't even know if I could use one of those these days. I need reading glasses now & that really screws with up close things,like the rear peep. Now, I think I could see with a duece sight still....lol 2" ring with a crosshair.
 

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UPDATE: I got the Skinner Express sight in brass and it looks beautiful. I also got the Talley Quick Disconnect Scope Rings and decided to go with the Leupold VH-5HD 1-5x24 with the Firedot reticle. I just ordered the scope today. It was a little more than the VX-3HD, but from all accounts the glass on the 5HD is much better than the 3HD. Pay once, cry once.

I took the rifle out to the range and it shoots great at 100 yards with the Skinner peep sights, but I really do need a scope on it. And boy, does it kick!

Terminator T3B muzzle brake is getting installed as we speak.
 
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UPDATE: I got the Skinner Express sight in brass and it looks beautiful. I also got the Talley Quick Disconnect Scope Rings and decided to go with the Leupold VH-5HD 1-5x24 with the Firedot reticle. I just ordered the scope today. It was a little more than the VX-3HD, but from all accounts the glass on the 5HD is much better than the 3HD. Pay once, cry once.

I took the rifle out to the range and it shoots great at 100 yards with the Skinner peep sights, but I really do need a scope on it. And boy, does it kick!

Terminator T3B muzzle brake is getting installed as we speak.

Looking forward to seeing pictures when it's all together
 

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I wanted to get the Firedot reticle for this one.
 

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