Simmons Prohunter 3-10x44


August 16, 2010, 05:43 AM
After finding one of these on special I bought one as a stopgap measure until I've got the money for something decent, and have a couple of questions.

First of all, is it likely to be okay with a .30-06 or should I stick it on my air rifle instead?

I'm planning on getting something with a bigger objective lens at some point, so I was thinking about buying high rings. Is this likely to have any adverse effect when using the Simmons, or would it be better to buy medium rings?

Sorry for the dumb questions, but this will be the first time I've fitted a scope to a rifle (my other hunting rifle came scoped when I bought it).

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August 19, 2010, 03:11 PM
The Simmons was meant for centerfire rifles, so I would not baby it by asking less of it than it was intended for.

I would stick with one set of rings that will be adequate for the scope you intend to be permanent of the rifle. The Simmons sitting a little higher than necessary isn't a big deal. If you find the scope is sitting too high for you to comfortably use, at least it would give you pause for what shooting with a higher/larger objective scope will be like.

I see you're in Europe, where you guys hunt at night. Otherwise I was going to question the larger objective lens idea.

August 20, 2010, 06:18 AM
Thanks for the answer Art. Yes, though hunting after sundown is illegal here in Denmark, I'm hoping to use it on trips abroad.

August 28, 2010, 01:52 PM
Mount the scope as low as you can. You need to be able to have a good cheek weld to the stock and be able to see through the scope. You might find that this is not possible with that scope. What you should do, is get another scope with a smaller objective. On most hunting rifles, I find that a 44 mm non adjustable objective is as large as I can go and be able shoot with my face on the stock and even then that's marginal. A 40mm non A0 is about right in my opinion (I have a big head and thick face too).

Any theoretical gains in optical performance because of a larger objective are more than offset by poor shooting form.

By the way, it is easy to determine what height rings you need. If you already have a set of rings, use those and measure. Basically what I do is use a set of high ring that I know how tall they are. I measure how much of a gap I have (generally to the barrel). The height I need is = known height of test rings- measured gap + how much of a gap I want. I then go and find the closest rings to that height.

In my experience, Simmons scopes are complete and utter crap. I won't even use them on plinker 22 rifles.

September 6, 2010, 01:02 PM
Ok this guy above me has no idea what he's saying to be honest with u I have the same Simmons on my Remington 03-a3 30-06 sporterized and have used it for 4 seasons without a single problem I have a nikon sitting In my cabinet not being used becAuse I love the Simmons u made a good choice

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