Decent rimfire target scope?


Tim the student
January 24, 2012, 12:58 AM
What do you guys like?

FWIW, I've been impressed with the Weaver T-series, but haven't owned one myself.

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January 24, 2012, 02:31 AM
I just got a Marlin XT-22VR and I put my 4-12 Nikon Prostaff on it.
I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but I think it's going to work well.
It will focus at very close ranges, and the multiple elevation markings on the BDC reticle
should be useful considering the substantial drop you get with a 22LR at longer ranges.

January 24, 2012, 06:26 AM
I recently put a Bushnell Trophy 3-9 on my Model 60ss. Took it out Sunday and am very happy with the setup. Sight in was a snap, excellent clarity at all magnifications and zero held with no issues. I also liked the finger adjustable turrets and the smooth controls.

January 24, 2012, 07:50 AM
The Mueller APV or the new APT is a great rimfire scope. These have been very highly regarded at rimfirecentral for many years now.

January 24, 2012, 08:26 AM
The Mueller APV is bright and clear as more expensive scopes.

January 24, 2012, 08:30 AM
I have heard good things about the "Sweet" line of BSA of the Appleseed Instructors I work with here in Florida has one on his 10/22 and it has performed admirably through many shoots...(for those of you who don't appleseed, that means It has survived thousands upon thousands of rounds, being re-zeroed several times, at least once by each new shooter that uses it)

My appleseed 10/22 has an Aimpoint 7000SC-2x Midway USA has them on sale for 200 bucks...quite a deal for an Aimpoint

Fall Guy
January 24, 2012, 08:35 AM
I put a Bushnell Trophy 4-12X AO on my heavy barrel 10/12 and am very happy with it. If I ever buy another scope with parallax ajustment I will look for one with side focus even though they might be more expensive. Kind of a pain to have to pull the gun down and look each time you need to adjust.

January 24, 2012, 08:37 AM
I have a 40+ year old Weaver K-4 on my equally old Marlin that has been wonderful. If I ever find another one at a decent price on a used rack, I'll jump on it.


January 24, 2012, 08:46 AM
I love my Nikon ProStaff 4x32 on my 10/22. I usually shoot 25 or 50 yards and it's light weight and clear glass are amazing.
I think they sell for a little for $100 now.

Ghost Tracker
January 24, 2012, 08:54 AM
At what distance do you plan to predominately shoot? How serious are you about "target" shooting. What kind of rifle? What's your budget? Nothing at all wrong with the Weaver T-series, but a few more details will help us suggest an ideal match.

January 24, 2012, 09:08 AM
Tasco World class 3x9X40 it for $70 on ebay. It has been dropped a few times and it still holds zero. It sits on my Glenfield/Marlin 25

January 24, 2012, 09:16 AM
If you're shooting standard high-speed ammo at varying ranges, the BSAs are great. They come in 3 flavors, 2x7, 3x9 and I think 6x18. I think they also are AO...I can't remember for sure and I'm too lazy to get my wife's rifle out of the safe to make sure...

January 24, 2012, 10:04 AM
A target rifle scope, particularly used for an RF .22, must have good reticle adjustments and an adjustable objective (AO / parallax) regardless of its magnification.
On my target .22 RF rifle used in NRA smallbore prone competition, I've tried the cheap variable power imports from Simmons, BSA and Barska on different occasions. These have had maximum power from 14 through 20 X. I was wanted a scope with REPEATABLE windage & elevation adjustments and consistent windage & elevation adjustments, that is each click will HAVE an effect and always the SAME effect. None of the above met those needs. They would not move the reticle until 3 or 4 clicks were applied or move far more than they were supposed to, they would not return to exactly the same zero when adjusted, or they would change zero after a shot or two.
I then installed a Weaver T-24 with the 1/8moa dot. The Weaver met all the above needs precisely. I set up a 50 meter zero & know that 57 clicks up & 2 clicks right is my 100 yd zero. From 50 meter zero again, 4 clicks down is my 50 yard zero. every time, all the time. Then returning to the set zero (scope has turrets that can be reset to zero) I know that I am at my 50 meter zero. Every time all the time.
Glass is clear and without noticable distortion. The adjustable objective (focus) / parallax adjustment is smooth and very nearly exactly marked for the distances.
At just over $400.00 it is hard to get a better TARGET scope for a rimfire rifle for even a lot more money than the Weaver.
Please note, that the Weaver T24 is NOT a hunting scope or even a plinking scope, but it is a great moderately priced TARGET scope.


Ghost Tracker
January 24, 2012, 10:23 AM
That's a roger, Roger. I was wondering why all the hunting scopes were being suggested as a target solution. And I unsuccessfully tried the "value-priced" route as well. T24 is a fine pick.

January 24, 2012, 11:29 AM
Double roger, Roger. You will see T series Weavers at all 22 target meets. Never been to a meet where somebody did not do well with a Weaver. That said, you are right - they are not hunting and plinking scopes.

IF (?) hunting and plinking are also on the table, you can look for an older Weaver non-T series with adjustable objective (AO) and Micro-Trac or Micro-Trac II suspension systems. Very repeatable and rugged enough that you will likely break either self or rifle before you break their scope :)

More modern equipment at basement prices - you might look into Vector Optics side adjust parallax scopes? Moving up would be the Muellers and such. There are many who shoot BSA Sweet's in small bore.

If you want a real good general purpose 22 scope that will support some target shooting and build real skills in using sighting systems, you can go for something like this: :)

January 24, 2012, 11:59 AM
I have 2 Weaver T-36 scopes for shooting rimfires at 50 yards. I also have a Leupold 6.5-20x EFR and a 3-9x EFR. And a Weaver 2-7x and a 6-24x.

My eyes really appreciate the lens quality of the Leupold scopes, but the T-36s work well for staring at targets for a couple of hours.


January 24, 2012, 12:27 PM
CJ, I suspect that one needs service? I'll bet the internal grease is getting hard? Cleaned and lubed, with a recollimation and it should perform as expected. Some of these Weavers have been out in the sun getting hot for decades. About time for some clean and lube :)

January 24, 2012, 12:41 PM
Mine are not "target" scopes, but I have had Weavers, Redfields and Leupolds on several .22s My absolute favorite is my current Leupold 2.5X8. It is crystal clear and far superior to a Redfield that had much higher magnification.

January 24, 2012, 08:03 PM
+1 on the Mueller APV or APT recommendation.

January 24, 2012, 08:17 PM
I have several rimfire rifles I would call target rifles. Scoped with everything from a $70 scope to a Nikon Monarch that's over $500. The one I like the best...

Nitrex TR One 6-20X50mm Rifle Scope AO Matte Finish Fine TrexPlex Reticle

These scopes cost about $200 from Natchez and rate my best bang for the best in scopes costing up to $500.00

January 24, 2012, 08:25 PM
What do you guys like?

FWIW, I've been impressed with the Weaver T-series, but haven't owned one myself.
I have a Weaver 3-9x32 RV-9 Classic Rimfire on my CZ-452 American. It's an excellent deal at all for an adjustable Objective rimfire scope. My only lingering wish with this one is for click adjustments, but considering that this is on a rifle that isn't going to get sighted in constantly, I can live with it considering the price vs. the quality of the optics.

January 24, 2012, 08:34 PM
I love all my Nikons.

January 24, 2012, 08:46 PM
:) You will like the Weaver "T" series scope. Don

January 25, 2012, 08:07 AM
"It will not move when I turn it a few clicks then it will jump all at once."

Have you tried always setting the scope by turning the knob from the same direction everytime? Say you need to go down 4 clicks. Go down 8 and then come back up 4 to where you want to be. That way you're always pulling against the spring.

Or maybe it's when clicking up. Of course it's too early and I'm still drinking coffee at the office and I can't recall if I do it when adjusting up or down. I do it out of habit.

January 25, 2012, 12:02 PM
Weaver makes a good target scope, and one that can focus down to 25 yards (a bit less). I shoot a little in a 50ft indoor position match that allows optics. The vast favorite optic is the T24 though a few T36 models and others do show up. I really like the Nikon Buckmaster I have but it will not adjust down closer than 33 yards (even though it's marked 50 the dial will turn closer). That's fine for many rimfire matches but some I shoot in it doesn't cut it. Sightron has a few models as well that are rimfire friendly. Never cared much for Bushnell optics on a target rimfire. If you shoot at a single distance they will be great, but if you shoot from say 50ft out to 200 yards you may be out of elevation. They are a bit limited on their travel compared to many other similar optics. High quality, just limited turret travel.

January 25, 2012, 04:47 PM
I've got two scoped .22's, ones a Henry, the others a Remington 511, both have BSA Sweets .22 scopes and I absolutely love them. Multiple turrets to co-incide with the bullet grain and I've found them reasonably accurate when adjusting for longer ranges. Took the 511 to the 150 yard range, simply adjusted the dial to read 150 and was just on the edge of the 9 ring, six o'clock on the first shot. Illuminated reticle is also a nice feature and pricing won't break the bank.

511 I also use to train new shooters and show others how to properly walk a scope in on target. I reset it before I put it away and can bring it back to the X-ring each time usually in 5 shots.

dagger dog
January 25, 2012, 06:07 PM
The Bushnell Sportsman 3X9 with target turrets and an adjustable objective , is a reliable economical scope.

I have one that does duty on a Beeman R9 spring piston air gun. The reverse recoil of spring piston air guns are known for being hard on scopes.

The Bushnell Sportsman scope on my R9 is dead accurate from 11 yards, out to 75 yds, I shoot about 1 tin full of pellets at a setting, that's 500 pellets a tin, it is dead on as far as tracking with the vertical turret, I have probably ran through 20-25 tins, and it is still dead on with its vertical tracking.

I do shoot in some wind but try not to as the little 7.5 gr pellets get blown off pretty easy, but the tracking on windage is dead accurate too.

It is a bargin for the money!

January 27, 2012, 04:12 PM
In no particular order:

Nikon P-22 (2-7x32 BDC reticle) - tactical turrets, 98% light transmission
Nikon Prostaff (3-9x40 BDC reticle)
Mueller Tactical (4.5-14x40) - tactical turrets
Mueller APV (4.5-14x40)

I prefer the Nikon scopes because those scopes have return-to-zero turrets.

January 27, 2012, 04:52 PM
Weaver V series with fine reticle

January 28, 2012, 07:48 AM
Look for a Old Made in Japan Tasco Target Scope. often found on rimfirecentral
good ones dont last long in the classifieds. typical cost of $125
find a good seller representing a good scope, and you should be more than happy.

I have used these on a silhouette range, where the day's shooting has you adjusting elevation some 60 1/8min clicks. the scopes return to target and windage is barely, if at all, affected.
you can find them with upper power in the 24 to 30-ish range. all focus very close.

look for the "full" target sized Knobs. some are semi-target sized knobs.

January 28, 2012, 07:49 AM
FWIW, weaver V's will quite good, do not have micro-trak and windage can move with elevation adjustments.

January 28, 2012, 09:32 AM
Some years back, I purchased Weaver 36X with the fine crosshair. My intent, was for long rang application, and varmint. For varmint, I quickly learned that the crosshair was simply too fine to find quickly. For target applications it would be perfect. I ended up selling it to a fellow THR member. I do like the Weavers, but would opt for a low power than I had.


January 28, 2012, 11:48 AM
By hot, I don't mean that the rifle got the scope hot, I meant that they have been in the sun on the line with dark tubes baking away. I've grabbed one of my often enough off the line rack and been surprised at how hot the tube was in my hand from just sitting. Imagine that cycle 6 times a year (casual shooter) X 40 years and you have 240 heat/cool cycles. That will get to the grease eventually, for any scope.

For scope repair, I trust Larry at L&K Scope Repair. He's done a couple of Weavers for me, now that the El Paso shop is closed, and he's first rate :)

January 28, 2012, 11:56 AM
I will add a +1 for the BSA Sweet series. I have a Sweet 17 on my .17HMR. With the BDC turrets, it is dead on for drop, and holds zero. My first shot last year (really cold bore, no range sight in, pull it out of the safe after the winter and go gopher hunting) was a headshot at 125 yds. My buddies with the 10/22s laugh when I do some basic range estimation and take time with my shots. 'Course I get'em on the first shot, every time, and they are chasing them all over the field when they miss on the first shot.

I also have a Sweet .223 on one of my ARs, and it works great also. Scored that one for $99 on a black friday sale.

January 28, 2012, 12:52 PM
Mueller APV. Best rimfire scope for he money anywhere.

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