Good 10/22 scope


Rolling Thunder Bob
February 15, 2013, 09:45 AM
Greetings one and all:

Just got a Ruger 10/22 for my b-day and was tossing around a few scope options and was hoping for some insight on choices, i.e.- red dot, fixed scope etc.. I'll be target shooting and plinking for the most part and don't need a high ticket item. I have looked at Barska's 22 Plinker as well as the Simmons Magnum scope and some red dots all in the $40 - $60 range.

Also, the kids and grand-kids will participate now and then, so what might be the best option for sight acquisition?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and input.


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February 15, 2013, 10:39 AM
IMO: Teaching kids to shoot should be done with open sights.

Once they learn how to shoot with iron sights, they can shoot anything from that point on.

Optics teaches them pretty much nothing about the need for proper sight alignment, or what that is.

I would go with the Simmons .22 Magnum over the Barska all day long.
And I would go with the same over any cheap red dot too.


February 17, 2013, 04:41 PM
Agreed, I'd learn to shoot iron or open sights first. It's like learning math with a calculator first.

FWIW, I like my Simmons. Great for a 10/22.

February 17, 2013, 04:44 PM
I've got a $20.00 Tasco on mine that seems adequate.

February 17, 2013, 05:24 PM
If you do get a scope, the Mueller APV is great.

February 17, 2013, 05:47 PM
Nothing worse in the long run than cheap glass...About the minimum I would go is a Nikon or Redfield rimfire scope.

February 17, 2013, 11:37 PM
I had a $40 simmons 22 mag 4x scope on a $35 10/22 from ~1995 until ~2005 when I lost that rifle.

It always worked perfectly.

Not that I am advocating cheap scopes.
In the 1990s, a friend of mine had a web page called "The cheap scope page".
In the FAQ, one question was "What to do with a chap scope?"
One of the funny answers I liked was, "Give it to someone you don't like."

But on a 22, with almost no recoil, if you never adjust it, and never get wet, and never bump into stuff...... I went 10 years and killed zillions of ground squirrels and a few big marmots [rock chucks].

Now I have replaced it with two expensive 10/22s with 2x7 Leupolds. One has a Shilen select match barrel with Benz chamber, or something. Those rifles I don't like as much. Maybe I am just getting old, but I miss my cheap rifle and cheap scope.

February 18, 2013, 11:22 AM

I agree that learning to shoot first with open sights is a good idea. But, the 10/22 has pretty basic, to be kind, stock sights. The CZ452's were excellent, but that's another class of firearm.

For glass, I'd go with the Nikon 4X rimfire. And I've put my money where my typing fingers are. It's decent glass & still, I think, available for under a hundred dollars.


February 18, 2013, 01:16 PM

I too am a big fan for teaching and using iron sights. When I owned a 10/22 I did change the rear sight out, and that rifle spent more time with a scope off it than on it. I wish these sights would have been around back then:

With a .22LR and this style of sight, I would trully see no reason for a scope. Having trained in the military, I could cut my group size probably in half with this style of sights over what comes on that rifle. This style sight is just shy of peep sights, and my Win 52B with peep sights will out shoot an out of the box scoped 10/22 reguadless of the glass.

They are easy enough to swap open sight and scope back and forth reguardless. For a .22LR, I like a 2.5 to 4 power; but that is just me. At the shorter ranges with higher power scopes, I tend to start chacing everything I see going on in the scope, and my fundamentals can suffer. In my mind, there is another level of training required to get over using them.

Best of luck Bob, the 10/22 is a hoot of rifle and you and your kids/grand-babies will have many hours of fun shooting it.


February 18, 2013, 08:54 PM
I like a skinner lo-pro or a williams peep on a 10/22.

that said, for low end scopes I have been pleased with simmons and tasco's offerings. Not so much with barska and some other scopes.

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