Need .22 Scope


Man With A Gun
August 11, 2007, 08:10 AM
Just got the new Browning T-Bolt .22 LR rifle. Sweet trigger and light rifle.

Want to use it for hunting. Need advice on scopes for the T-bolt. Price range $100.00.

Also, the reticles are very interesting. Anyone use the mil-dot?

Thanks for any help.

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August 11, 2007, 09:38 AM
Get a Bushnell from Wally world for $70. I use one on my 10/22 and love it. 4-12x40 AO.

August 11, 2007, 10:40 AM
I have a mueller APV.Its a great scope for the money. You can get a lot of info at rimfire central.

Essex County
August 11, 2007, 11:54 AM
The Nikon 4X rimfire Pro Staff. Excellent optics and adjustments. I haven't bought one for a couple of years, but $120 rings a bell. Essex

August 11, 2007, 12:06 PM
My last two scopes for rimfires are Weaver Classics. I have both the 2.5-7x (about $140) and 3-9xAO models (about $175) and like both with the duplex reticle. I would not choose any kind of a dot reticle for 22 shooting.

I also have one of the inexpensive Bushnell 3-9x rimfire scopes (around $40-$50) and it is not bad. I believe it has 1/4" MOA adjustments vs 1/8" MOA adjustements at 50 yds on the Weaver scopes. It just depends on what you are trying to achieve. Remember the larger power variables like the 4-12x or higher are larger and heavier scopes which you are going to have to lug around in the woods.

Leupolds are probably the best overall. The 2-7x Leupold is a standard that others are measured to. It runs over $200.

For years I used only 4x fixed power scopes (1"-tube diameter) on 22's as they were primarily for hunting or plinking. I shoot them just fine to 50 yds which is a fairly typical hunting range for 22rf's. Of late I have gotten more interested in punching paper and like to see the target a bit more clearly at 50 yds.

I have not used the Burris brand of scopes or Nikon but they should be excellent for the Nikon and good for Burris. The Bass Pro Redhead brand may be something to look at as they are pretty inexpensive overall. Cabelas brand same thing... and probably manufactured by the same folks.

Vern Humphrey
August 11, 2007, 12:59 PM
I have a Burris 4X on the Gae Bolga, my Kimber M82, and a Burris 3-9X on my Ugly Rifle (my all-weather Ruger 77/22M in .22 Magnum.) I have successfully competed in .22 Silhouette with the Kimber and have shot squirrels out to about a hundred yards with that rifle and scope.

For comparison, I have a Weaver 6X on my .22 Hornet (also a Kimber M82) and have killed crows out beyond 200 yards with that combination.

August 11, 2007, 02:33 PM
Tasco varmint series, mueller, weaver, are going to be the way to go here.

August 11, 2007, 02:36 PM
mueller apv hands down

August 11, 2007, 11:03 PM
mueller apv hands down

I just bought a Mueller APV for a Ruger 10/22, and had it out for the first time today. The adjustable objective on mine is kind of stiff, and uneven when turned. I bought the silver one for $124. This little rifle will just be a fun bench shooter, so the less than smooth focusing of the AO isn't that big a deal to me, but if I was hunting with it, I would have sent it back and bought a better scope.

On the plus side, the view through it is quite nice for a lower end scope. The FOV is pretty sharp all the way across, and the view is brighter than I expected. Overall, for my bench shooting out to 100 yards, this scope will do.


August 12, 2007, 06:40 AM
Sent it back and get another one, then. I have two of them and all of the adjustments on mine are smooth as butter. ;)

Ol` Joe
August 12, 2007, 09:14 AM
I`ve a few Weavers on my rimfires (2x7, 3x9 AO, and a 6x24 AO) and consider them as having excellent optics & adjustment for the price.
check them out here.

August 12, 2007, 09:30 AM
Not all scopes are appropriate for .22LR. Most centerfire scopes are factory-set to be parallax-free at 150 yards. At distances other than that, one experiences parallax. It is always best to have an adjustable objective, but those are most costly. For me, on a .22LR, I prefer a 4X with adjustable objective and target turrets. I have only seen 1 in my entire life, and I can no longer recall the name of it.

Conversely, .22LR scopes are generally parallax-free at 50 to 60 yards. So, to assume that you can grab an off-the-shelf centerfire scope for your .22 LR is not prudent. That is, unless you intend to hunt at centerfire distances (100 to 225 yards) which is precisely what I do with .22LR.

In closing, cost is the last consideration that I will address. In my experience, there is not a very high correlation between scope cost and scope performance. Determine your intended use, intended distance for that engagement and then buy what works best. Shepard scopes are considered the best 500 yard scopes on the .22LR market, but at $600.00, they had better be! I would not ask for advice at the sales counter. You need to research this one outside of the store.


August 12, 2007, 11:29 AM
Well, at the risk of offending the scope snobs, I recommend one of the BSA 'Sweet .22' scopes. I mounted one on my wife's Mossberg, and she loves it. With turrets calibrated for bullet weight, you can adjust for ranges between 50-175 yards with a twist of the wrist and hold point-blank. Three zoom ranges, and adjustable objective, they start about $50.00 at Midway.

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