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I would like to add a scope to my M&P 22 rifle. As many of you know, this is not an expensive gun ...
January 9th, 2013 10:33 AM
I would like to add a scope to my M&P 22 rifle. As many of you know, this is not an expensive gun ($500 or so), and my friends say to get a really good scope (of course), but really good scopes cost almost as much, or several times, the cost of the gun. I'm on a budget, so I can't really justify that kind of splurge at this time.
Are there any out there that are respectable at a lower price point that you can suggest? Say $150 maximum? Suitable for target plinking up to 100 yards or thereabouts?
January 9th, 2013 10:33 AM
January 9th, 2013 10:36 AM
A Bushnell 4X will work fine. Get the 1" tube for better optics.
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January 9th, 2013 10:43 AM
Go to WalMart and get a Nikon P-223 scope specifically made for AR's for about $150.
Should work for your 100 yard plinking fun.
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January 9th, 2013 10:45 AM
The glass is fair, but a Simmons "22 Mag" scope is a good value, 3-9x32. Don't bother with the AO model (adjustable objective) for casual plinking use. Around $50 from various retailers.
A compact, 4x power scope would look pretty good on that gun. Check out the low-end Chinese stuff like NC Star and Barska. They should be OK until you can invest in better glass.
Another alternative is a modest red dot, like the Bushnell TRS-25. I put one of those on my tactical-game 10/22 and it's a hoot for under a c-note. If you're decent with the trigger you can hit soda cans at 100 yards in spite of the 4 MOA dot.
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January 10th, 2013 02:16 PM
Folks, i have a contact at Carl Zeiss where I can get a discount on scopes. Does anyone have any ideas on what models might work with this 22?
January 10th, 2013 02:22 PM
Just make sure your objective is adjustable down to rimfire range distances. IMHO, it's foolish to have a high-end scope on a rimfire when you can't adjust the objective down to 25 yards. 25-75 yards is the sweet spot of rimfire distance.
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January 10th, 2013 03:00 PM
One problem with cheap scopes on centerfire rifles is they aren't designed to handle the recoil,with the M&P22 you don't have to worry about recoil so any reasonably priced 4x or 3x9 variable should work just great as long as the ring bases fit the width of a picatinny rail,some cheap scopes have attached rings for mounting to the narrower bases like on 10/22 rifles
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January 14th, 2013 05:19 PM
So I picked up a cheap laser scope over the weekend. It's fun, but we'll see how it stands up under fire. It fits well on the rail.
My problem is that I don't know how to remove the front fixed site, which is blocking the laser line, lol! There is a little screw on the side that does not loosen up. Any ideas?
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