.22 hornet scope


fernie kazam
March 25, 2008, 11:08 PM
I'm looking to buy a new scope for a .22 hornet and need some suggestions.
i don't want the objective lens to be any bigger than 42mm and i don't want to spend more than $150. The rifle is used for plinking cans out to around 200m. What magnification should i get? should i get a fixed power or varible? do fixed powers really have brighter glass/better construction. It would it be cool it had a bit different recticle than standard duplex. I thought this was flash.
Trouble is its on a $1500 scope

any suggestions welcome

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March 26, 2008, 12:14 AM
22 hornet is very mild powered, and you could proly look through the scope as it is fired. i would go with a minimum 18 power if you wanna clearly see what you hit at 200 yds. Mueller , swift, or Tasco varmint series , should all get the job done for about 150 bucks, maybe less. I have two of the Tasco varmint 6.24.42, and they are great, clear, and hold zero.

March 26, 2008, 02:10 AM
I don't shoot my Handi Rifle 22 hornet that far out, usually stop at 150 yrds or so but a 4 power simmons works fine for me, a Tasco Varmint scope would be great though lol.

March 26, 2008, 02:30 AM
I have a 4-12 X w/AO Burris scope on my Kimber 22 Hornet. It cost more than you are planning to spend but saving for a better quality is worth it.

March 27, 2008, 07:23 PM
BSA Sweets .22

I put a 4x9 on my Remington 511, illuminated Reticle. It has 3 different turrets for different bullet weights, easy to adjust, clear and front focus adjustment for different ranges. Feels pretty solid and durable too.

Essex County
March 28, 2008, 12:19 PM
Years ago I had a Hornet topped with an old El Paseo Weaver K6. I felt that it was a good match of cartridge and optics. I used it for chucks in hilly farm land, where 175 yards would be a long shot. Nice to see folks shooting some of the older rounds. Essex

dagger dog
March 28, 2008, 04:05 PM
I had a 4X14 variable on my hornet and for my aging eyes it worked well. I have since switched to a 4X12 Simmons ProHunter side paralax ajustable. I have always wanted the feature of the saddle ajustable paralax, instead of the adjustable objective, just figured it would be easier with out a lot of extra movement that can be spotted by your quarry.
The 200yd distance is about max with the hornet, so 12- 14 power should be enough.The Simmons is a bright scope even at 12 power, you can mount it with most medium hieght rings.

March 29, 2008, 08:08 PM
$150 limits your options, but I would look for a 2-7x or 3-9x EFR. I'm partial to the little Leupold 3-9, but it's about double the price you quotes. The BSA scopes are absolute crap.

You can get a decent Nikon, or Bushnell elite close to your price range.

March 29, 2008, 08:13 PM
A 2-7 or 3-9 variable is all the scope you would ever need on a .22 Hornet.

More power then that, and you need AO, which quickly adds to the price of a good quality variable scope.

Buy the best 2-7 or 3-9 you can find in your price range, and you're good to go.


March 29, 2008, 09:54 PM
If you decide on a 3x9 (which is actually a pretty good choice) take a long look at the Nikon "ProStaff" version - which can be found on several websites on sale for $149.95 and usually no charge for shipping.

Here is a link to one site...



March 29, 2008, 11:32 PM
I've got a 4-12x 40mm on my Hornet. The combo has proved pretty lethal on praire rats to 250 yards using 40 grain V-max's.

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