4X32 or 3X9X32 scope for .22LR?


March 25, 2005, 09:16 PM
I'm looking at scopes for my Marlin 7000 .22 lr. I really don't know whether to put a 4X32 or the 3X9X32 on it. I'm currently eyeballing the Bushnell Sportsman model in either one. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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March 25, 2005, 09:33 PM
Your choice, but I always recommend an adjustable objective for .22's. From 15 to 50 yards tends to be regualr shooting distance for me and I like to keep the parrallax down.

Bear Gulch
March 25, 2005, 10:00 PM
At .22 ranges of out to 150m, I find 4X adequate.

March 25, 2005, 10:10 PM
I'd put the 3X9 on it. MY 3X9 is usually set on 9 but you can turn it down if you want.

March 25, 2005, 10:35 PM
I've had both 4x32 and 3-9x40 scopes on my 10/22, but I prefer the 4x32. The 3-9x seemed like a bit of overkill. I've never had any problems with the 4x32 not being powerful enough. Having the variable power option in a scope the size of a 4x32 might be nice, though.

March 25, 2005, 10:39 PM
I think 4x is enough. I have a real old Herters on mine which is 3-9 but in fact 4x seems usually about right - in particular if holding freestyle. 9x just makes things too shaky! Most plinking is in 50 yard sorta distance.

March 25, 2005, 10:50 PM
4X32 on my Marlin 60 works great. Objective is set at 50 yards. 3-9X is usually set at 100.

kart racer
March 25, 2005, 10:51 PM
I put a 3x9 bushnell on my 10/22 after having a 2x7 weaver on it and the groups are very good. If I go shooting tomorrow I will take some photos.I put some leopould rings on it and it helped a lot.

March 25, 2005, 10:52 PM
I have one on my Ruger .22lr.
Love it.
Good for varmint hunting, go from picking off that chipmunk under that log 15 yards away, to loading some lead into that coyote 100 yards out, in one twist.
Bought mine last year for 50 bucks at wally world.
The only problem i had was when i took a header going down a icy hill.
Scope hit the ground first, tried sighting it in, first 10 shots missed the 12X15 piece of ply, aiming in all drections. Finally got it down to where it was missing 4", 2 o'clock, and wouldnt come any closer.
Was about ready to spend another fifty when i, as a last resort, hit the scope by the adjusting knobs, (dont no technical terms) with the back end of a screwdriver, it loosened something up, and in another couple min there was no red left on the target.
No problems since


March 26, 2005, 12:01 AM
It really depends on what you plan to do with it.

I think the 7000 has enough intrinsic accuracy to make target shooting a rewarding experience, so I don't think a high-powered variable (or fixed) would be out of line.
I enjoy a Bushnell Elite 6-24 on my target .22, and a 4x Leupold on my hunting gun. Different scopes for different tasks...

With the 3-9 you could dial it down for hunting purposes, and nock it up for sighting in/target shooting.

With the 4x you're limited to low power even for sighting in, but if you plan to do that once and then not do a lot of target shooting it should be fine.

March 26, 2005, 05:02 AM
I have a 3-9 on my bolt action 22. I leave it on 3 and crank it up when the situation demands it. You usually have time to crank it up but you never have time to crank it down if the critter is close.

I would look at a 2-7.


George S.
March 26, 2005, 10:43 AM
Bushnell has a 3-9x32 Rimfire scope that comes with a set of rings. Midyway has them in black or silver for $38.00

I have this scope on my modded 10/22 and it works great out to 100 yards. The parallax is set at 50 yards but I don't have any problem with shooting at longer distances although most of the shooing I do with it is at 50yds. Optics are very bright and clear for the price and the field of view is sufficient for taget and plinking use.

March 26, 2005, 05:25 PM
You are not going to go wrong either way but like others, I have a 3-9x32 (Sightron SI RFS) on my squirrel rifle and I really like having the additional magnification.

black bear
March 27, 2005, 12:06 PM
I like better the 3x-9x because I can use it in 3x for off hand shooting at rabbits moving thru brush, with plenty field of view.
Or I can dial 9x for precision shooting when the only thing I can see at 55 yards is the head of the squirrel way up in the oak tree.
black bear

Chuck Dye
March 27, 2005, 12:54 PM
I really like my Leupold 2x-7x Rimfire Special. For plinking, stand hunting, and ammo testing, it stays at 7x, for hunting rabbits and the like where fast target acquisition is a must, it stays at 2x. Given my experience with the 2x7, I would now like to have an even lower magnification range such as a 1.5x-5x.

By far the best bunny buster I have ever shot was a Ruger 10/22 with a pistol scope mounted scout fashion on the barrel with a frankly ugly home made mount. We hunted jack rabbits in the Utah desert. Jacks, when flushed, are definitely intent on fleeing the jurisdiction at speed. The 10/22 Psuedoscout was up and on target more like a shotgun than a rifle: vastly handier than my 77/22 and 2x-7x. Might be something to consider for your Marlin, especially if you can buy or make a clean mount.

March 27, 2005, 01:14 PM
I'd vote for the $60 BSA 4-16x40 mildot I put on my 10/22 (www.natchezss.com). Its also got adjustable objective. 16X rocks off the shooting bench, 4x with the AO set for 75 yrds would be a great field scope. The mildots are great for "Kentucky windage" adjustments while shooting.


March 27, 2005, 09:09 PM
I have a 3-9x40mm Loopy VX-II on my Kimber. I went with the 3-9 simply because sometimes I like punching paper or shooting reactive targets at very small targets. For example, knocking 9mm cases at 25-35ish yards is a ton of fun and the extra magnification helps you see the target better.

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