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Putting a Air-Rifle scope on a 22lr?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by cleetus03, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. cleetus03

    cleetus03 Well-Known Member

    I feel like I am asking a ridiculous question and it indeed might be, but since I know nill about scopes I gotta ask....Is it possible to use a (3-9x32) air-rifle scope on a 22lr rifle and it reliably hold up & be accurate at a least 3x?

    The gun in question is a el-cheapo Mossberg 702 Plinkster?
    So basically, I just wanted a cheap scope to learn with on my cheap .22 Plinkster:)

    Thanks for any advice yall can provide!
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Air rifle scopes are actually strongly built to take the double recoil of a spring piston air rifle... at least the good ones are. It ought to work fine on your .22.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Yes, it will work just peachy keen.

    Spring piston air-rifles have a far more viscous double recoil then a .22 RF, and any scope designed for an air-rifle will hold up just fine on a .22.

    They also have a closer parallax setting then a normal hi-power rifle scope, or even Adjustable Objective parallax settings.
    Either is desirable for the close ranges .22's are usually used at.

    With that said, I have had dismal luck with the cheap BSA & Leapers air-rifle scopes on air-rifles.
    Move up to at least Bushnell price/quality and I think you will have better luck.

  4. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Absolutely, but you may want to just bite the bullet and invest in a CenterPoint or a cheap Bushnell scope. :)
  5. HankC

    HankC Well-Known Member

    If OA, it will be fine. The issue with airrifle scope is not the strength but the parrel. setting. Airrifle scopes are set to 30 yds, not an issue if it is OA.
  6. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    here is a great air rifle scope; it is easily strong enough to take the recoil of a centerfire, I know personally. It can eat up a lightweight 308 recoil..." yum yum, gimme more..."
    plus it is adult air rifle rated, spring piston rated, break bbl rated.

    Air rifle scopes, that are adult air rifle rated, and spring piston rated, means they can take some punishment, as spring piston air rifles, are the hardest for recoil.
    this one also comes with rings/mounts, and has an Adjustable Objective, down to about 10 feet!!! awesome. AO= Adjustable Objective.

    it is not a 3.9.44, it is a 32mm objective front. and it is not called a titan.

    If you pick this scope up, and any other scope, you can feel the diff; this thing feels like it is made
    of heavy , solid steel, and will weigh much more in your hands than a centerfire scope, or even a larger scope, unless you get a really big scope, with a 50 or 56mm lens up front.
  7. GunTech

    GunTech Well-Known Member

    Most air rifle scopes are actually listed as rimfire/airgun. As noted, parallax is the issue, with most rimfire scopes set for 50 yards, and most airgun scopes set at 25-30 yards. If you have a good view and clear reticle, you are probably good to go.
  8. onegun

    onegun Active Member

    I went to walmart and got a centerpoint scope for 50 bucks. It comes with the rings and is for a .22... I put it on my marlin 795. Took me about 20 min to sight it in at about 75 yards. It wasa good out to 100 and the rings have held up for the last 3 times shooting.
  9. Legionnaire

    Legionnaire Well-Known Member

    I agree with rcmodel. But I'll add that I personally wouldn't buy a scope for a rimfire that didn't have an adjustable objective. Bushnell Dusk & Dawn air rifle scope is a good option.
  10. cleetus03

    cleetus03 Well-Known Member

    wow..........just learned something new and still amazed this is so!

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the help!
  11. GunTech

    GunTech Well-Known Member

    Try putting a standard scope on a spring gun and see how long it lasts. Spring guns have recoil cycles in both directions.

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