Good Scope for Buckmark


September 21, 2006, 07:39 PM
I purchased a Browning Buckmark a few months ago and I would like to get a good scope for it. My shooting will probably not exceed 30 yards. And suggestions would be helpful.

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September 21, 2006, 07:49 PM
If 30 yards is your max range, I would go with a red dot. I have a cheapo BSA 30mm and it does well.

September 21, 2006, 08:08 PM
I was looking at some cheap red dots today. They seem nice, but no magnification. Isn't 50 yards about max for good 22 target pistol?

September 21, 2006, 09:11 PM
Some advice for you to consider. Don't go over 2.5X on the magnification for hand holding. Scope maybe to large and any movement will be seem to make the cross hairs dance all over your target. A red dot seems to be faster onto the target than a scope, as eye alignment isn't as critical.(l to r, u and d) A scope will give you a bit more precision if only target shooting.( A red dot sights dot, will cover aprox. 1-2" at 50 yards) A red dot works great for either target shooting or game shooting out to most hand holdable distances. (30-50 yards) You do have to remember to turn on and off a red dot.. (batteries) I have had and shot both and prefer a red dot. Thats whats on my target pistol now (MP95E Benelli .22). Compare both at arms length, compare both cheap and more costly brands. Brands of scopes are pretty limited as to choices, red dots it seems everyone makes them. RD's range from about 40.00 to multiple 100.00's. The BSA on my Beeman air pistol was around 40-50.00, the Ultra Dot on my MP95E was aprox. 150-160.00. They both do very good jobs for what they are mounted on. Take your time in picking out what you want, thats part of the fun! But do get something thats nice and clear when you look through it, and seems to be well made. Get good mounts for it also, the best sight is worthless if it doesn't stay put..
Sorry about the long reply, just some things that I've found through the years.

Be safe, but have fun!

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September 21, 2006, 10:46 PM
I use an ATN red projection on my Buckmark for bullseye shooting at 50'. It's light and has 4 different sight patterns. Although I only use the dot in competition. Most bullseye matchs are 50' indoor or 25yrds outdoor. Our 22 steel pin shoots are at 30' so no magnification is needed. Good luck.

September 21, 2006, 11:27 PM
Thank you gentlemen. For my entire life, I have always wanted a good target 22 pistol that was very accurate. I don't mean one of the $2000 olympic target guns, but a good fun target 22. The first and only one I have ever owned is this Browning Buckmark that I bought just a few months ago. It's a bone stock Buckmark Standard and shoots very well as is. I bought a base which screws in directly where the stock rear site comes off. It is a Weigand Combat scope mount designed specifically for the BM. I would like to get a nice little scope to bring my target in closer and possibly get half-dollar sized patterns at 25 yards...with a bench rest of course. Don't know if I can do this with the standard 5.5 inch barrel, but I've been considering a Tactical Solutions 7.5 or 10" barrel. Possibly even a 7.25 Browning bull barrel.

The reason I'm here is to get feedback from the people who know a lot more than me about getting the best accuracy from my new gun.

I did see a $200 Weaver pistol scope which had a very clear view and was adjustable 1.5 - 4 magnification. It's somewhat expensive, but I think it's a excellent scope.

September 22, 2006, 10:06 AM
Like almost everyone else has said - get a red dot. Most are inexpensive enough that if you don't like it you can set it aside for another gun. Millet and Bushnell both make a decent red dot in the $100+ range.

Regarding magnification 1.5 is good but 2.5X will look jittery even at 25 yards if you're not rock steady or shooting from a rest. My recommendation is no magnification at all. Red dots work fine out to a 100 yards or so as long as you get one with a 2 MOA or smaller dot (hard to find, costs more in some cases). That said the standard 4 MOA dot is just fine for most use.

A a high eye relief pistol scope is also an option but for a .22 in my opinion is a waste. Put one on a .357 or .44 Mag and you can do some serious handgun shooting at range but it's overkill on a .22.

November 28, 2006, 06:21 PM
I have an Aimpoint 2x on my Buckmark. A bit heavy. Dot is barely adequate in bright light. But, it hasn't failed. I like a small dot for target shooting
so the Aimpoint does well for me.

November 28, 2006, 08:38 PM
Listen to everyone's advice, you should get a red dot system because it is fast on both target acquisition and follow-up shots. If you really want a optical scope, keep it at 2X or under.

I made the mistake of buying a 4-10X extended eye relief scope for one of my .22 pistols and my heartbeat & breathing would throw off the crosshairs and it was almost impossible to see the target let alone aim, useless for follow-up shots as well.

November 28, 2006, 08:48 PM
I was looking at some cheap red dots today. They seem nice, but no magnification. Isn't 50 yards about max for good 22 target pistol?

Not with the Tactical Solutions 10 1/2 inch fluted barrel I just put on my Buckmark.:D

But I use a holo no mag sight with 4 different reticles.

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