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Scope for 10/22

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by CampingJosh, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Moderator

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    I was recently given a Ruger 10/22 (basic carbine model), and I'm planning to put a scope on it. I know the gun isn't the most accurate by itself, but I've never had a scope on anything I've owned, so I figure this is a good enough starting spot.

    As I've never had a scope before, I don't know much about which brands are worthwhile and which are just junk (and remember, I'm shooting a 10/22 with the factory barrel, so let's not get carried away).

    Are there any scopes in the $30 to $50 range that are better than the others? Tasco vs. Bushnell vs. BSA, etc.
  2. mjpchief

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    Tasco 3-9x40. Nothing else needed.
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    This would be my choice bearing in mind your price parameters:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=887219

    I just scored a 10/22 myself, its gonna be a fun rifle. There is a little bit of a trick when reassembling... the spring/bolt handle assembly has to be pushed up against the receiver for the bolt handle and the bolt to mate up. This took me a little while to figure out. You will see what I mean.

    Enjoy your rifle. :D
  4. RunningOnMT

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    I've toyed with the idea of a scope for my 10/22 also but decided that since I don't use it for hunting it would be needless addition. One thing I read when researching the possibility was that supposedly the Ruger mounts that come with the rifle aren't very good and you should pitch them. I'm sure you can find a good enough scope in your price range but you might spend a bit more by the time you buy mounts and rings.
  5. raydcarter

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    I'm prejudiced in this area because of my airgun field target background, but - I'd stronly suggest you look for a scope with adjustable objective - to reduce/eliminate parallax. There are quite a number of air rifle scopes out there that will meet your needs and focus down to 10 yards. That is a really nice feature. If a scope will stand up to a spring air rifle, it will have no problems on anything else. The recoil on my RWS 52 air rifle is much more noticeable than on my .22 Savage. I suggest you check out your local WalMart. They'll have a variety of scopes that would work for you. You haven't indicated a preferred power level, but they have a very nice Centerpoint 4-16x mil dot scope with illuminated center dot for around $70. I'm currently using a BSA 3-12x airgun scope I got from Sportsmans Warehouse for about $80.
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    Josh, I can only tell you that I have a cheap BSA "Deerhunter" 3x9 on mine and it has worked so well through the years that I find no need to upgrade.

    Good luck in your search...


    Crpdeth
  7. gdmoody

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    Josh, PM your address to me and I think I can fix you up. I have a BSA 22 scope that I am not using that I would be glad to send to you. Had it on my 10/22 until I changed it to a .17Mach2 and upgraded to a Sweet 17 scope.
  8. CampingJosh

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    PM sent. Thanks, gdmoody.
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    I love this forum! Thanks for being a stand up guy Moody!


    Crpdeth
  10. tonygrz

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    I started out with a 3X9 scope on my 10/22 but really didn't work for me. I put a set of ghost ring sights and now I love my 10/22. Fast, easy target aquisition. It's become my "over the back door" go to gun out on our farm. Sort of reminds me of an M-1 or M-1 carbine sight.

    tonygrz
  11. todd51

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    I have had good luck with the low cost Tasco and Simmons scopes for fun shooting. I like the 3x9 variables. One suggestion, dump the Ruger base and go with a Weaver style base and rings. I will save you some hassles that come with the rings moving on the base of the Ruger.
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    I got a 4x fixed power made by Weaver designed for rimfire rifles. I think it was around eighty bucks, but it works great to about a hundred yards.
  13. Sandman

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    I have a 4x Simmons 22Mag scope on my 77/22 and I really like it. IMO anything over 4x for a .22 is overkill. The Simmons is reasonably priced and performs very well.
  14. todd51

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    Sandman, I won't disagree with you 4x but with my 70 year old eyes that 9x makes those golf balls hanging at 100yds. a whole lot easier to hit. Hang them from a pipe on about 18 inches of cord and watch'm spin.
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    I understand. It has a lot to do with application. My .22 is almost strictly for hunting, and not many shots past 50 yds. If you are using it on small targets at 100 yds, I certainly can understand the need for higher magnification.
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