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Decent rimfire target scope?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Tim the student, Jan 24, 2012.

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  1. Tim the student

    Tim the student Member

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    What do you guys like?

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

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    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.
     
  3. MikePaiN

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    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.

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    The Mueller APV or the new APT is a great rimfire scope. These have been very highly regarded at rimfirecentral for many years now.
     
  5. wingman

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    The Mueller APV is bright and clear as more expensive scopes.
     
  6. pikid89

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    I have heard good things about the "Sweet" line of BSA scopes...one 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
     
  7. Fall Guy

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    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.
     
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    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.

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  9. CmpsdNoMore

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    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.
     
  10. Ghost Tracker

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    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.
     
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    Tasco World class 3x9X40 mildot....got it for $70 on ebay. It has been dropped a few times and it still holds zero. It sits on my Glenfield/Marlin 25
     
  12. Clipper

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    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...
     
  13. velocette

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    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.

    Roger
     
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    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.
     
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    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: http://www.riflescopes.webyshops.co...-Rifle-Scope-BDC-150-Reticle-Matte-Black-6725 :)
     
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    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.

    John
     
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    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 :)
     
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    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.
     
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    +1 on the Mueller APV or APT recommendation.
     
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    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
     
  21. Six-Gun

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    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.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/374668-REG/Weaver_849398_3_9x32_RV_9_Classic_Rimfire.html
     
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    I love all my Nikons.
     
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    "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.
     
  25. benzy2

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    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.
     
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