If you go to Weavers site (or Midways) you'll see that the old Weaver Tip-Offs are lower than any ring listed.
Here's a Weaver base with a Classic V-3 mounted in Low Tip-Offs.
Makes a nice compact package for less than 200.00.
Pretty hard to best this combo on a Marlin IMO.
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