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Old 11-29-2011, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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.22lr Rimfire Scopes

I am pleased that my wonderful fiance wants her own rifle now. She learned how to shoot on a Browning T-Bolt .22lr while at the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Camp. She wants one bad. Santa and I have collaborated and gotten the Whisper model with a threaded barrel that will work with my SWR Spectre. Extra bonus: Browning is running sales tax rebates on almost all of their stuff till the end of Dec.

I just need to get some rings and a scope to go with it. Was looking at Nikon, Weaver, Burris, and Leupold. Here's a couple I found on Midway USA.

Nikon Prostaff Rimfire Rifle Scope 3-9x 40mm BDC 150 Reticle - $150
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/184...-reticle-matte


Leupold VX-1 Rimfire Rifle Scope 2-7x 28mm Fine Duplex Reticle - $220
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/435...-reticle-matte


Weaver Classic Rimfire Rifle Scope 3-9x 32mm Adjustable Objective Dual-X Reticle - $240
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/771...-reticle-matte


Burris Fullfield II Rifle Scope 4.5-14x 42mm Adjustable Objective Ballistic Plex Matte with 3-9x 40mm Rimfire Scope - $380
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/596...re-scope-matte


Any recommendations on rings? Better deals? Definitely going to get some Butler Creek scope covers too. What say the almight OSR? I am so stoked to get this for my fiance. Thanks!

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Old 11-29-2011, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't spend that kind of money for a scope on a .22.

I have one of these on my Puma PPS and it's fine.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/simmons-...pe-510514.html

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Ive got a couple extras in the closet if youre interested...
BSA Sweet 22 3-9. New in the box. $50 shipped
Weaver Classic 2-7 ,Was on a 22 for a few hundred rounds and now just sits in its box. $100 shipped.

The Weaver is a great little scope.
The BSA has the adjustable AO and the target ( Tactical ) turrets. Decent for a 22 especially for how cheap they are...

If interested let me know.
If not they can stay in the closet awaiting the next project 22...lol
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Take a look at the Mueller APV scopes as well. I've got them on two 10/22s and they have been great. They have quite the following in many of the rimfire circles.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Japanese made Weavers always get my vote for bang for your buck. I have never ever had a problem with the mechanics on one. They hold zero and the adjustments work. Glass is never the best (Zeiss, etc. are better), but definitely adequate.

That little Weaver you listed looks interesting. No too big, not too small. Has an AO.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I wouldn't spend that kind of money for a scope on a .22.
If I was spending the $$$ on the Browning T Bolt Whisper, I'd spend more than $30 on a 22 scope.

For what it's worth, that cheap Suoww!S is a nice scope, for a $30 scope. I have one on my $90 22.

That Nikon looks pretty solid to me, out of the scopes in the OP.
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My vote is on the Nikon. I really like their scopes. Looking to top my FAL off with one.
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Take a look at the Mueller APV scopes as well. I've got them on two 10/22s and they have been great. They have quite the following in many of the rimfire circles.
+1, I have one on my 10/22 as well. Good scope for the money. Plus a little higher magnification than the 3-9x.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have never understood "Its just a 22, a cheap scope is fine." Of course, this comes from the same folks who have a Simmons or a Tasco on their main rifles.

I used to be a HUGE Nikon fan, but I feel they have slipped in recent years. I like Leupold, but the VX1 series is not much to write home about. I used to hate Burris, but I am warming back up to them, I just dont have the experience with them as I do the rest. Of your options, the Weaver is probably my choice.
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Take a look at the Mueller APV scopes as well. I've got them on two 10/22s and they have been great. They have quite the following in many of the rimfire circles.
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+1, I have one on my 10/22 as well. Good scope for the money. Plus a little higher magnification than the 3-9x.
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http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Muel...mapv451440.htm

I own two of them, one on my CZ-452 American, the other for my .22mag Marlin 882-SS.
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I wouldn't spend that kind of money for a scope on a .22.

I have one of these on my Puma PPS and it's fine.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/simmons-...pe-510514.html
Never heard of people complaining about having too nice a scope on a 22. But then again I have a nightforce on my 22 savage right now till I sell it.

OP I have one the Muller APV scopes, its up for sale now so I can upgrade. PM me if you are interested.
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Best bang for the buck, Simmons .22 mag scopes!

I have about four of them, they are a super deal for the price, I think they are very clear.

http://www.simmonsoptics.com/riflescopes/22_mag.cfm

The rings that come with the scope are super uber cheesy, buy some better rings.
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What is the effective range of a .22? I wouldn't just use a 4x on a .300 win mag, but with a .22 if you can't hit something with 4x, a higher power scope probably won't help.
I only have a 4x on my .30-.30 for same reason.

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I have never understood "Its just a 22, a cheap scope is fine." Of course, this comes from the same folks who have a Simmons or a Tasco on their main rifles.

I used to be a HUGE Nikon fan, but I feel they have slipped in recent years. I like Leupold, but the VX1 series is not much to write home about. I used to hate Burris, but I am warming back up to them, I just dont have the experience with them as I do the rest. Of your options, the Weaver is probably my choice.
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I have a fixed 20X on one of my .22 rifles....I have a variable power that goes to 32X on a 10-22.


How much power you need is determined by what you want to do with it.


If you have a $2000 rimfire rifle, do you put a $100 scope in it because it is a 22?
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What is the effective range of a .22? I wouldn't just use a 4x on a .300 win mag, but with a .22 if you can't hit something with 4x, a higher power scope probably won't help.
I only have a 4x on my .30-.30 for same reason.
What does power have to do with anything? I am huge fan of fixed power scopes, with a Leupold M8 4x on my go to 30-06. What I was trying to express was my inability to understand why someone would use a cheap scope, like the Simmons, etc, when there are very decent scopes available for not much more money.
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I would either go with the Weaver or Nikon. Weaver scopes are the best kept secret in optics in my opinion.
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I have that Nikon. It's a badass scope for the money. It is crystal clear compared to $90 scopes. I have it on some Weaver tactical mid-height rings, I had to take off the rear iron sight on a 10/22 for it to fit.
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I've been really happy with a couple Sightron scopes on my guns. I would consider something like this a great scope for a first rifle.
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Mueller APV's have been good scopes for the $. I definitely prefer the Varminter reticle and the glass on my Weaver V24's, but it's a more expensive scope.

I always go with scopes that have AO for rimfires.

Burris Signature Zee rings have been very good to me so far.

While I'll agree that one doesn't "need" anything over a 4x for a rimfire, having more power is nice while trying to hold relatively tight groups at 50 yds....at least it helps with my old beat ass eyesight .
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I've been really happy with a couple Sightron scopes on my guns. I would consider something like this a great scope for a first rifle.
I have that same scope on my .22 Savage. Great scope for a great price. OpticsPlanet runs them on sale often and free shipping as well. I would recommend the Mueller or Sightron. They both get good reviews on RimfireCentral.
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Sightron makes very good glass for the money. Their S1 series is a very good alternative to the Prostaff and Rifleman scopes. I use an S1 3-9x40 on my muzzleloader. They are definitely worlds apart from Simmons, Tasco, BSA, etc..for not much money.
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Mueller APV's have been good scopes for the $. I definitely prefer the Varminter reticle and the glass on my Weaver V24's, but it's a more expensive scope.

I always go with scopes that have AO for rimfires.

Burris Signature Zee rings have been very good to me so far.

While I'll agree that one doesn't "need" anything over a 4x for a rimfire, having more power is nice while trying to hold relatively tight groups at 50 yds....at least it helps with my old beat ass eyesight .
Specs on this little fella?

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Got the Burris 4.5-14 Fullfield II. I like it on my muzzleloader but have always had better luck with .22 specific scopes on .22 rifles. I have a Nikon on one 10/22 and like it.
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