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pistol scope for Ruger 10/22?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ryanrichmond, Jan 8, 2011.

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  1. ryanrichmond

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    I need a scope for my 10/22 but I like short scopes. I was wondering if a pistol scope would work ok for this little .22
    I can't imagine why it wouldn't work unless I'm missing something. Is there a difference between a pistol scope and a rifle scope that would keep me from using one on the Ruger?

    Any insight? Budget is $70 or less
     
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    The more I look at it now the more I'm thinking the eye relief would be far too great for a normal mount.

    So can anyone suggest any short scopes I could use for this purpose?
     
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    A red dot seems the most obvious. But, if you don't like them any more than I do, there should be several 3x, 4x, etc fixed power that are pretty small. My smallest is a Simmons 4x on my 30/30, it's probably still larger than you'd like, but it's smaller than a 3-9x40. :)
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  4. CraigC
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    No, the eye relief won't work, usually even in a forward mounted "scout" setup.

    $70 won't get you much and I can't, in good conscience, recommend anything cheaper than Mueller. Get some Tech Sights instead or save up a little more for a Weaver or Nikon 4x rimfire scope.
     
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    Find a current issue of Shotgun News, there are a bunch of scopes like you are talking about in their, cheap imports, so what. Scout scope is what you want.
     
  6. ryanrichmond

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    yeah but a scout scope will have to be mounted towards the middle of the rifle won't it?

    I've *heard* of people using those cheap-o $30 Tasco scopes for 10/22's with no problems at all since the recoil on the .22 isn't enough to knock it out of zero. I don't want to spend a fortune on the scope since all I'll be using it for is plinking and squirrels/rabbits.
     
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    Try the Cabelas .22LR trajectory-specific, 3-9x, CS22LR scopes.

    I have one on my Marlin39A and it's good. The reticle has two lower tick marks - 75 and 100 yards, when sighted-in at 50 yards. They also have them for other calibers. Mine works fine for all three ranges.

    They may still be on sale for about $70.
     
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    I don't know about the short scopes. I have a 2X pistol scope that used to be mounted on a MKII pistol. I gave thought to using it on something else, but the eye relief is a bit screwy for anything other than a pistol hold.

    Personally I recommend the basic Simmon's scopes for 22LR. A 3-9X 22 Mag scope and rings can be had for $35-40 or you can drop another $30 to get the adjustable reticle. The basic Simmons are good enough for me. I just can't justify spending more than half the price of the rifle on a scope, especially for 22LR.
     
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    Just purchased a walmart special. Bushnell 4x32 .22 rimfire scope. Really nice, cost 29.99, and came with dovetail rings (which I switched for some normal weavers). Seemed like a good deal.
     
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    Any standard scope will fit on the 10/22 with the right scope rail and rings... not really that complicated since the 10/22 comes with a combi rail that allows most scopes with regular rings to work... that's the good news... the bad news is that usually a 10/22 is used out to 50 maybe 75 yards and most scopes including the one listed above has it's paralex set at 100 yards.... most scopes sold for rimfire have a 50 yard paralex.... not really that big a deal other than you need to teach your self to hold your head and eye at the exact same place on the rifle everytime you shoot....
     
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    Mounting a forward mounted pistol scope is such a compromise. The eye relief starts at 11" to 12" which makes you put your cheek on the stock so far back it's unnatural. The forward mounted scout scopes are usable with 9" eye relief, but they are a pricey scope class and still not as good as a standard scope on a 10/22. Just my experience and opinion.

    I do have a tube style red dot on a .22 bolt rifle, that is short and works well. That AIM JTDX3940G you're lookin' at seems to be the size you are looking for. I just don't have any experience with that AIM scope. :eek:
     
  13. ryanrichmond

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    I picked up an AIM 3-9x40 at the gun show this morning. $50 for the scope and $15 for rings.

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    And this one is to show it's size
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    It's right at 7.5" long
     
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    And a pistol scope would have to be mounted even further forward.


    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt and a box full of cheap scopes that gave up the ghost.....all mounted on rimfires. Good luck, you'll need it.
     
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    Yes I figured that out on my own very early on in this thread. thanks

    I don't believe in luck


    so does anyone know anything about AIM scopes?
     
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    some guy upthread knew enough to buy one and mount it on a 10/22
     
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    from what I gather, it's just another cheap scope. $50 ain't bad so if it's junk, I'll have learned my lesson and and just do different next time.
     
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    I hate to say it but rimfire 22 rifles and the 10/22 are pretty much made for cheap scopes like this.... normally I'm not a fan of 'cheap' in that you get what you pay for... but the whole 22lr system is geared toward low cost... from ammo to rifles and aftermarket parts.... for me most of the joy of owning and shooting 22lr in 10/22s is just that...
     
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    I totally agree. It's an inexpensive gun that's cheap to accessorize and I love that about the 10/22.
     
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    That's what I thought until I had to replace a half dozen cheap scopes....on rimfires. On one Tasco, the reticle broke on the first shot, on a 10/22. On another, a $150 Tasco High Country model, the point of impact started shifting wildly, on a 77/22. On another, the point of impact always shifted wildly, on a 10/22. On another, the objective lens rattles loose, on a 94/22. Etc., etc., etc. Live and learn. Like the wise man said, "cheap is too expensive". The sad part is that folks will buy $50 garbage all day long when a good scope is only $100. It's a .22 rifle. It's the rifle you will shoot the most and probably get the most enjoyment out of. Nowhere else will you fully get your money's worth out of good optcis. But I grow tired of begging folks to learn from my mistakes.
     
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    I have to admit... Craig is right on this one. I took it to the range today after work to sight it in. The range is 25 yards and at 9 power, the image was blurry. I can tell the AIM scope isn't going to be that good for squirrel/rabbit.

    I'm going to slip this scope on my plinking rifle (1973 Ruger 10/22) and get myself a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 for my hunting 10/22. I've had the Nikon before on a Marlin .22 and loved it...and it was only $160.
     
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    Are you sure there isn't a focus adjustment? My cheap bushnells can be adjusted

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    yeah i figured it out. it was the focus ring on the back of the scope
     
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    How is it now? Would you recommend it?

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    Tasco World Class scopes are usually a notch or two in quality above most cheaper scopes, plus they come with a lifetime warranty. I have a compact model 2-8 x 32 on my 10/22. I sighted it in 5+ years ago and haven't had to mess with it since. The model number is DWC28x32. It is an older scope and isn't made anymore, but still can be found online. FWIW, it does not have a painted finish. It is rubberized.
     

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