Picked up my first lever gun the other day. The Marlin 336Y (or "Compact" as they seem to be marketing it now) met a lot of the specs I had in mind for a field gun... it's compact, lightweight, and utilizes the 30-30 cartridge, which is readily available and relatively cost efficient compared to some of the newer specialty cartridges in addition to being a ballistically capable round.
I plan on adding HPG's Stock Cuff and XS Sight Systems Lever Rail Ghost Ring Sights as an improvement to the buckhorn sights that come standard on the rifle as well as providing a mounting base for a scout scope. This is where I need some help... I'm looking for a scope and mount combo that will keep the scope as low to the rifle as possible. I also want QD mounts that will allow me to remove the scope and use the XS Sights if needed. I've looked through the 13 pages of this forum and seen a few suggestions. I'm between the Vortex Crossfire II 2-7x32mm and the Leupold FX-II 2.5x28mm. I'm leaning more towards the Vortex due to the cost difference, variable power, and their fantastic warranty, but I'm looking for some insight on the matter. Also looking at the Warne QD Low Mounting Rings but I'm not too sure if they would allow enough clearance for the bottom of the scope. Anyone here use the Warne QD Low mounts?
Also, while I really like the compact size of the 336Y, I feel that the length of pull could be extended just a bit. I've looked at the Limbsaver rubber recoil pads and as much as they seem like they would solve the LOP, they seem to have quite a bit of fitting issues. Does anyone have experience with Limbsaver or any other rubberized recoil pads for the 336?