Which scope for my 10-22 rifle?


December 25, 2007, 06:37 PM
I cant decide what kind of scope to put on my 10-22 Ruger. It is stainless and and has a wood stock. I really dont use this rifle much. I think if I put a scope on it i would use it much more. I looked at the BSA sweet 22 I believe its called, but I really am not fond of BSA. I had one of there scopes fall apart on me. Thanks for any input. Probably would shoot it some at the range and use it for squirrells and small critters. Thanks

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Dave Markowitz
December 25, 2007, 07:19 PM
Nikon 4x32 Prostaff. They run about $110 at Natchez Shooter Supply, and they're worth every cent.

December 25, 2007, 07:32 PM
I threw a little 3x9 Bushnell on my stainless 10-22. quite adequate

December 25, 2007, 07:42 PM
I threw one of these on a few months back. Less than 50 and does the job for me


December 25, 2007, 07:47 PM
You could mount an NCstar scope for cheap. I have both that and a BSA Sweet 22 and they seem to work perfectly.

December 25, 2007, 11:00 PM
If you ask this question over at rimfirecentral.com, chances are the most recommended scope will be the Mueller APV (http://www.swfa.com/pc-10570-1505-mueller-45-14x40-apv-riflescope.aspx). It's a great scope for the money. Another good option is the Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn (http://www.swfa.com/pc-2040-183-bushnell-4-12x40-banner-dusk-dawn-air-gun-scope.aspx). Whatever you do, though, make sure you buy a scope with an adjustable objective. Very important on a .22 you want to shoot accurately.

December 26, 2007, 12:06 AM
How much do you want to spend? What kind of shooting are ya gonna do? At what distance? A decent cheap scope is the simmons .22 mag 3-9X32 AO at about $60. If you want a IMO $300 scope for $114 go with the Meuller APV mentioned above. Both come in silver to match your stainless rifle. If you're gonna use it mainly for plinking a set of peep sights or a red dot makes for lots of fun.

December 26, 2007, 07:57 AM
Im gonna mostly use the gun for plinking/hunting. I will take a look at some of the scopes mentioned above. Price wise I would like to stay under $200 I guess. Thanks

December 26, 2007, 08:01 AM
I put a Leupold M8 4x on mine and my wife's. got them off e-bay. Usually find them under $150 or so

December 26, 2007, 08:29 AM
I use a 3 x 9 Bushnell too, works fine.

December 26, 2007, 09:07 AM
6 X 24 Tasco on mine. I like to see the holes in the target.

December 26, 2007, 07:00 PM
New ones: BSA Sweet 22 3-9x40 A/O. It is now number 1 for 22LR. There is turrets for BDC with 36-. 38- and 40gr bullets.

December 26, 2007, 09:34 PM
For around $200 The 2x7 Leupold Rifleman from Walmart would be a good choice. A Nikon Prostaff at around $150 would be a good choice as well. I think the 2x7 is a good compromise on this size rifle.

Ben Shepherd
December 26, 2007, 10:01 PM
If you are into the go-fast gear at all I have a suggestion:

A millet red dot. My 10-22s run them. It's a 1X 5MOA red dot set up with 11 brightness settings. Will it put them all in one hole at 25 yards? Not quite, as the dots a little too big for that much precision.

BUT: Anything the size of a soda/beer can I OWN out to 100 yards.

December 27, 2007, 12:51 AM
My plinking/hunting 10/22 is set up with an el-cheapo sight mark holographic red dot from sportsmans guide. Best $40 I ever spent. Very fast target acquisition for when you come up on a group of tree rats and a nice small dot that don't cover the target. You really don't need a scope on a .22 unless you are trying to put tiny holes in paper or you have bad eyes.

December 27, 2007, 01:40 PM
A 3x9 Bushnell on mine and a Dot scope on my wifes.

December 27, 2007, 01:43 PM
Mueller APV. Around 120-150

Snapping Twig
December 27, 2007, 01:53 PM
For $100, I put a Simmonds Pro Hunter 3 X 9 on my 10-22. I use Leuopold for my other weapons, and a couple Nikons, but with the minimal recoil of the 10-22, the Simmonds should last a lifetime. Bright and accurate.

Essex County
December 27, 2007, 02:18 PM
Another vote for the 4X Prostaff. I have three, all on .22 rimfirers..

December 27, 2007, 02:21 PM
I have a Weaver 2x7 rimfire scope on my 10/22 and really like it. Very good, made for a .22 (proper parallex) and in your price range.

December 27, 2007, 09:08 PM
Thanks for the input guys. I made me a list of different ones to check out. I am hoping to pop a few squirrels here real soon.

December 27, 2007, 11:42 PM

Check out the Sightron 3-9X rimfire S-1. They can be found on special nowadays for something right around $100.00 before S&H. I've got one on a 10/22 & it's just fine.

If you want more magnification, the Simmons 6-24X also seems to be on special several places & also in the same ballpark price-wise. However, for me, that'd be either on a specific purpose gun or not bought. The 3-9X is far more useful for general all-round use.


December 28, 2007, 12:05 PM
The 10/22 is not accurate enough to justify a scope imo.

December 28, 2007, 12:33 PM
The 10/22 is not accurate enough to justify a scope imo.

How do you figure? :uhoh:

December 28, 2007, 02:27 PM

I've seen bone-stock 10/22's perform very well indeed. I always advise anyone contemplating a barrel swap on a new 10/22 to do the ammo testing first. Given the right fodder, I have seen stock 10/22's make some very nice, and repeatable, shots in the gopher shooting fields of Montana.

That's not to say every 10/22 gets a good barrel, but it's not out of the question either. And, every .22 is picky about ammo. Don't feed yours what it likes & yes sir, accuracy might just be in the toilet. But, do the range work & find what it wants, and that crappy 10/22 just might turn into a sweet little shooter.


December 28, 2007, 02:44 PM
My 10/22 will give me dime size groups at 50 yards. Of course I installed a 16 in. bull barrel, new target style stock, Power Custom trigger group including new springs, shims, hammer, sear and trigger and a few other goodies I can't remember. The only thing really left stock is the bolt and the receiver. :D

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