New toy needs a scope


December 26, 2011, 12:09 AM
I just got me a 10/22 for my christmas present to myself, its a 10/22 LVT stainless, i wanted to get some input on scope options, its gonna be a split 50/50 plinking/target shooting and hunting gun(squirrel/rabbit/woods gun), i was thinking a Adjustable objective 3x9x40 scope, please give brand suggestions, money is not really and option(under $500) also note that its gun spend alot of time riding in trucks so durability and zero hold is very important. And advise would be great. Thanks Brent

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December 26, 2011, 12:18 AM
Winkey, As my old German Jager teacher used to say "spend more on your optics that the basic weapon (he said rifle)"...... With quality optics (Not a $29.95 Chinese scope) you can get those rugers to shoot great. Buy a 30mm scope ,of the recticle you like best, and press on. Good Luck, and many squirrels and rabbits to your hunting pouch!

December 26, 2011, 12:19 AM
I would go with a lower power variable, maybe 1.5x6 or something.

December 26, 2011, 12:21 AM
10/22 truck gun. 50 dollar Walmart High point.
I have a 3X9-32 on a Rem 597. It gets knocked around a lil bit when we are pheasant hunting. Its been a good scope for 5 years. Never have had to re-zero it.
Shot plenty of pheasants out of the ditches with it.

December 26, 2011, 12:49 AM
I think a 3-9x40 is ideal even a 2-7x32 is a good fit. In that price range I think a Nikon Prostaff, Bushnell 3200, Weaver, etc anything with good glass. It's been a while since I've had a scope not hold zero even el cheapos seem to work okay but many el cheapos have left me wishing for better optics, repeatable adjustments, fast focus eyepiece etc. 3-9x40mms are so basic may as well have quality.

December 26, 2011, 01:54 PM
Either AO or parallax set for 50 yds. I'd just put a 22 rimfire Nikon on it and go from there :)

December 26, 2011, 02:16 PM
No need for a 30mm tube on a 22. Something along the lines of a 2-7X32 variable is all you need. 3-9-40X at the most. The Nikon Prostaff series or Redfield Revolution can be had for around $150 or so and is plenty of scope.

December 26, 2011, 09:42 PM
im torn on this choice as a target scope and a hunting scope are on opposite ends of what id be looking for in a scope. For hunting a 2-7 or 3-9 would do everything youll ever need with a 22. For target shooting i dont mind extra weight or size and prefer a high magnification optic. Plinking can use either end and be fun. I would need to know how serious the target shooting would be to know how much id compromise on the hunting side of the.scope.

December 26, 2011, 09:49 PM
Nikon now makes a rimfire model in 3-9 x 40 that would be a good all round scope. It'll be on the large size but decent in both areas. For squirrels a fixed 4 power Nikon .22 scope is as good as it gets. For pure target then a 14 power or higher makes a big difference.


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December 26, 2011, 09:54 PM
I would consider a fixed power scope, say 4X. For the accurate distances the AVERAGE PERSON can shoot a .22 LR, personally I don't see the necessity for a 9X.

Also, consider this. You are more likely to get a good fixed-power scope for the same money as you would use to purchase a variable power, as the fixed power is much simpler, which also translates into less potential problems over a variable.

December 26, 2011, 10:27 PM
Here's a bit to read, but it helped me decide to go with the Vortex Diamondback 2-7x35 has a parallax setting of 50yds and is very good glass... it sits on my 10/22 nicely.

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