How to choose a rimfire rifle scope?

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    For really good info on this go to rimfirecentral.com, there's some stickies on how to pick and a lot of feedback on scopes. The BSA Sweet and Simmons .22 Mag have been talked up a lot over there.

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    I've got a BSA sweet 22 on my 10/22.

    I don't like it. The set screws on the turrets are cheesy. They don't hold the turret in place very well, and are prone to working out and getting lost.

    One could loctite the screws in place, but then that would make it difficult to change the turrets for different bullet weights.

    For all the fuss, I'd rather get a regular 3X9 and learn the appropriate holdovers.


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    I used to pop ground squirrels at 100yds with my cheesy little el cheapo Weaver 4X .22 scope. A nicer one would have better optics, but the squirrels wouldn't have been any deader.

    Decent .22 scopes can be had. They get the job done.
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    For a .22 you don't need anything huge or variable. I would invest in a fixed 4 power scope. It will give you some better glass at a lower price.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/564...-reticle-matte

    ^^^^^ This is a very nice rifle scope that will last a lifetime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    For a .22 you don't need anything huge or variable. I would invest in a fixed 4 power scope. It will give you some better glass at a lower price.

    Nikon Prostaff Rimfire Rifle Scope 4x 32mm Nikoplex Reticle Matte

    ^^^^^ This is a very nice rifle scope that will last a lifetime.
    a read a very wise statement about buying a scope for a rimfire rifle: don't buy a scope that costs half as much as the rifle.

    no, i won't be spending $100+ on a scope for this thing.

    fancy scopes will be for long-range shooting...if i ever do that.

    this scope will be for targets..and maybe....just maybe...squirrels.

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    I do wonder about these hard-kicking .22's where the scope can't hold zero.

    I'd say if you spend over $40 - $50, you're getting lavish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    I do wonder about these hard-kicking .22's where the scope can't hold zero.

    I'd say if you spend over $40 - $50, you're getting lavish.
    indeed, good sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pythius View Post
    question #1. What is a "parallax set"?

    question #2. What does it mean to be "zereod" as a certain yardage?

    I was under the novice impression, that like binoculars, a scope needs to be focused whenever you're looking at something at a different distance, and there is some sort of up-down adjust for "windage", to compensate for greater distance hence greater bullet drop.

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    Zeroed at a certain yardage means that if I put the cross hairs on a pinpoint target at that distance and I do my part, the bullet should strike that point.

    Parallax is set or focused at a set distance in fixed scopes. Rimfire scopes are set at 50 yds, Centerfire scopes are set at 100yds. or you can find Adjustable Objective scopes that allow the shooter to adjust the distance. You can find inexpensive scopes that are adjustable but the more options they put on a scope and still hold the price down the less they are spending on important things like lens coatings. Parallax it self is the focus error, or the distance it is focused out.

    I don't change my scope settings for different distances unless I'm shooting targets at a known distance. On plinking guns I hold over for distance.
    If I were shooting in a competition where I had one target at 40yds, one at 60yds, one at 77yds, and one at 100yds, You can bet Id be adjusting my scope to each of these distances. [and under these conditions the inexpensive scopes will fail.]

    Inexpensive scopes especially at lower power do work. But if you want to make constant adjustments You will need a well made adjuster. DR
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    I have a nice scope on my pellet rifle...1 inch tube with weaver mounts...
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    I've had a cheap 4 X on my 10/22 for years (may 8?) with no complaints. I didn't spend $45 on it new. Don't drop much, just follow the ideas above that keep it reasonable.
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    Simmons Truplex .22 Mag Riflescope (3-9X32, Matte) $42.05!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000KO...0455973&sr=8-1

    I have a Simmons on my 10/22. Decent scope and a good value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pythius View Post
    a read a very wise statement about buying a scope for a rimfire rifle: don't buy a scope that costs half as much as the rifle.

    no, i won't be spending $100+ on a scope for this thing.

    fancy scopes will be for long-range shooting...if i ever do that.

    this scope will be for targets..and maybe....just maybe...squirrels.
    Well my choice may be out of your price range but I still stand by my fixed 4 power advice. You will get more scope (better glass) for the money buying a fixed power scope.

    How about this one:

    Simmons 22 Mag Rimfire Rifle Scope 4x 32mm Truplex Reticle Matte Rings

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    Timmy, I have the same Nikon on my Daisy .22lr bolt action.

    OP if you keep your eyes open and are willing to wait for the right deal the Pro Staff scopes can be had for much less than $100.0. IIRC I paid$79.00 for mine.
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    I have a little Bushnell Sportview 4x20 wide angle I bought back in the 80s for my Winchester 9422. If memory serves me. I don't think I paid more than 40 bucks new back then. It's a tip-off so I can easily remove it for shooting with sights, and every time I pop it back on, it's been right at zero. I've popped many a squirrel with this set up. I love the wide angle view in this scope.

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    Lens coating Being extremely processed, a cup contacts not only builds up mild... it also shows it away. And the more that is shown away, the less you can see through the opportunity.whats you opinion??

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