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"Rimfire" scopes vs. general purpose scopes

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by gunsrfun1, Sep 19, 2017.

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  1. 444

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    I own three of the Leupold 2-7x rimfire scopes. They are far better than average rimfire scopes........but they ain't a gold ring. Not even close.
     
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    To the OP; your thinking is almost correct, Leupold's fixed parallax on non-AO 4-12Xs is 150 yds. 100 yds is a fair piece for .22 lr though so I tend to agree with an adjustable objective and more magnification if you're simply using it as a dedicated 100 yd range rifle.

    If you look at the (this) Long Gun Sights and Accessories subforum, I just finished scoping a 452 with a Leupold 4-12 AO which might provide some tips on what to expect. Even I was tempted to go with more magnification but the current plan is to shoot 25 and 50 yards. While Leupold states my model (VX-2) will focus to 25 yds it actually did fine a bit closer than that.

    Leupold claims their entire line-up is now air rifle certified which should alleviate any concerns about build quality. The only rimfire specific scopes Leupold advertises are in the VX-1 and VX-2 line.
     
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    Is there not a thin gold colored ring around the objective of your scopes? If not please post pictures.
     
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    From the Leupold site, under the Custom Shop options.


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    ive got two 2x7 rimfires. Both have gold rings and are the exact same size as the 2x7 compact centerfire leupold I have. What would they possibly do to make them less durable. Use cheaper glue to hold the lenses? Ive had a 2x7 rimfire (I bought because of the different parallax setting) on my custom 475 linebaugh marlin 94. Its been on that gun for about 10 years and well over 10k of full power loads and if its cheaper made it sure hasn't showed it to me. If your claiming there built weaker or with less quality show some proof!!! Not just someone elses opinion you picked up off an internet fourm.
     
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    Regular scopes are just fine to use on rimfire rifles. However, the features that one would desire would be an adjustable objective (AO) and a reticle that has a very thin crosshair. You need the AO to keep the crosshairs sharp at varying distances and the average duplex or mildot is usually too thick for the precision that one is trying to achieve with 22LR.
     
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    I have "general purpose" scopes on all my rimfires. They work great. Used to have a 2-7X Leupold on a 22 I sold, but sold it along with the rifle. As I recall it was a very good scope. My Bushnell Elite 3200 4-16X AO works very well as a squirrel scope because the adjustments can be made quickly. By the way, all of these scopes have a duplex crosshair. I really don't like the find crosshair.
     
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    Sadly, the dakota, the best (and only for a while) of the mid size trucks is no longer made to any standards :(
     
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    Interesting discussion with lots of opinions.

    I have two Leupold scopes for rimfire. One is a 2x7 with the parallax custom set to 50 yards instead of the standard 60 yards, the other a 4x custom set at 25 yards. I also have an old and no longer made Beeman Blue Ribbon 4x with adjustable parallax. I have had zero problems with any of them including the Beeman that I bought in the early 80s.

    I also thought most centerfire scopes were adjusted to 150 yards not 100 yards as stated and repeated earlier.

    I have also looked into the Primary Arms 22LR ACSS Reticle 6x. I still haven't made up my mind about this one yet. I have eliminated Vortex and Nikon but have heard good things about the Hawke VANTAGE 4×32 AO MIL DOT but the low price scares me, and I haven't found one person outside of the UK that even owns one.

    Obviously, my opinion favors parallax as an important consideration. One of the reasons some people may disagree is because their group expectations are different than mine. Parallax is real and it isn't just being out of focus. That said, a well trained and well disciplined shooter can, with concentration, overcome the problem in slow fire shooting or fixed target shooting to some extent. However if the goal is an active target, it becomes much more difficult. Since I prefer moving targets, I choose to eliminate the issue so I can concentrate on following and leading the target.

    To each their own. We all use our equipment differently. :uhoh:
     
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  11. redneck2

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    The idea of AO is spot on IMO.

    I’ve got a CZ 453 Varminter with a 4-14x40 VX-3 AO. I set the parallax for the particular range I’m shooting and it does make a difference. With Wolf Match Extra, sub 1/2” groups at 50 yards are pretty common.

    Most guys shoot a .22 more than anything else they’ve got. Seems it should have the best scope if it gets used the most. You can only shoot as well as you can see, and as accurately as your equipment allows
     
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  12. Odd Job

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    Another vote for the Bushnell Elite series.
    Mine has a side parallax adjustment that will take it down to 25 yards.
     
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    Sure it will, just not very fast, and only until the transmission pukes out......:p

    As for scopes on .22's: Except for the vintage 3/4" on my Mossberg. I've always used regular rifle scopes on them, I usually have one or two around anyway. I had to scour gun shows to find the vintage one and mount for the Mossberg.
     
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