.22lr scope

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by Redneck90, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Redneck90

    Redneck90 New Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Ok now im down to getting a scope for a .22. I have tried to research what will be good for me but im unsure. The indoor range I go too is 25 yards long. Sometimes the range is dim if that makes any difference. I also found a new range that is outdoor and its 100 yards long. What is the best scope to fit my needs? This is a website that has a selection of scopes.


    I dont know if a $70 scope will be good for me or a $400 scope. What is the differene?
  2. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    Red, this is a often times asked question and there in no single answer and we of course all have our preferences. First I don't think you need a pricey scope for a 22. You will be shooting as stated at 25 to 100 yards so paralax is something you need to keep in mind when picking a scope. You should pick one that has an adjustable objective lens (marked AO many times in the model number) or a designated rimfire scope which should have the paralax set for 50 yards. Don't ignore the air rifle scopes as they have the options for the shorter distances you may be shooting. You really don't have to go any further than Walmart and get one of their Center Point scopes. They are inexpensive and will give you good service. But gees there are at least a dozen scopes or more that will give you good service, Tasco, Barska, BSA, Bushnell, Simmons, all make scopes in your lower price range. You will have to deside on fixed power or adjustable. A 4X scope is fine for hunting and so is a 6X, the 3x9 adjustables are very popular. Unless you are getting into some serious target shooting at distance I personally don't see the need for more than that 9X but we are getting into personal preference. If you like one of the higher power scopes or one of the more expensive then go for it as this is all about fun and what you want. Think on how you are going to use it and take the plunge.

  3. Kent Detective

    Kent Detective New Member

    Jul 18, 2010
  4. Redneck90

    Redneck90 New Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Very intersting I must say. The only time I have ever used a scope was on an Daisy air rifle that I got when I was younger. I was going to go all out and get a top of the line but now I see that I dont need to do that. Money is not the issue btw. I guess I wont worry about a very expensive scope until I get a centerfire.

    I think I will just settle for a simmons 22. If I still had my other scope I would use that. Is their anything else that I need to buy with the scope to mount it onto the rifle?
  5. G-Mann

    G-Mann Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Red: Had a cheap Tasco scope on my .22 some time ago that was accurate and held it's zero as well. But after using it at the range, I would start having a headache and head home. After looking at the more expensive Nikon prostaff scopes, I bought one. Now I can stay at the range longer without a headache.

    I would have to say that the glass in the Nikon is much better!
  6. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Redneck, you see that fourth one down on your link? That would be one that I would recommend. BSA seems to make some very good scopes, I have two Sweet 17s, a Sweet 22, and a Sweet 223. They are not the most expensive scopes, by any means, and neither are they the cheapest. They serve the purpose at a good price.

    BTW, welcome to TFF, Redneck90.
  7. Buffalochip

    Buffalochip Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Important to remember that an air rifle scope on a .22 is fine, but don't use a rimfire scope on an airgun--they can't handle the reverse recoil. I thought the RWS air rifle that I bought from a neighbor was a piece of crap because I couldn't get it sighted in using a decent 4 x 40 rifle scope--replaced it with a $30 Gamo and it drives tacks...
  8. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    Redneck I have the 3x9 Simmons and it works just fine. I shoot out to 200 yrds at the ramge and no problems.
  9. Redneck90

    Redneck90 New Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Very good to know. Thanks:)
  10. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I have the Simmons 22Mag scope in 4x on my 22 magnum. I am very happy with it, and have had it for 11 years now.
  11. J.D. Bass

    J.D. Bass New Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    I got away from using scopes but when I had the 597 I put a tasco pronghorn on it. I gotta say, it did the job. I may have to go back to a scope because I just had to get glasses and I hate to wear them. If I do, I'll probably get another cheap tasco.
  12. Kent Detective

    Kent Detective New Member

    Jul 18, 2010
    Beware of recommendations from people who don't have vast experience of a wide range of different scopes. Often people (in good faith it must be said) will recommend only what they happen to be using themselves.

    Above all remember there really is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on specialist rimfire scopes. An airgun scope is all that's needed.

    In my humble opinion LEAPERS scopes represent great value for money. :eek:

    If you want to spend a bit more then I have heard REDFIELD are good too.

    Here in the UK my top buy is a JSR scope. :D
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011
  13. intimidator3

    intimidator3 New Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    S/W Ohio
    Red, don't have a lot of exp. with scopes,but I had a Bushnell scope and my dad had a Weaver. There was a world of difference in the light pick up. I now buy only Bushnell. Their binoculars are great,too. Look to the sky on a dark night and you will see what I'm talking about. You will be amazed. Thousands of stars you can't even see with the eye alone. Hope this helps a bit.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011
  14. j3hill

    j3hill New Member

    I have a couple of old Weaver B4's that I use. I was thinking of getting something a bit newer and bigger, but the more powerful the scope the more movement on target, especially if you are shooting bulls at 100. I guess I need to find something a bit better than the B4 but not exactly a Trophy 3-9X 40
    If anybody on here is shooting .22 bulls eye I would be interested in the details of what you use.
  15. FW!

    FW! New Member

    Jun 21, 2009
    Auburn Hills, MI
    I would recomend an air rifle scope. It will focus down for shooting short range indoors and still focus for long range shooting. I have Simmons Pro-Air 4 to 16X It will focus down to 15ft
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