Scope for 10/22

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  1. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

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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

    RunningOnMT New Member

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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

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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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.
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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
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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

    todd51 Well-Known Member

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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.
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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.
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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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    im a sand bag shooter,i think its awsome to shoot shotgun hulls at 100 yards and hit them everytime.so........................i shoot a tasco 6x24 power with adj objective.understand my 10-22t wears a fagen thumbhole target stock and the innerds have every whiz bang possible to install,barrel free floated and hammer forged.i have yet to have any problems with tasco scopes.
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    I've used several of the above mentioned scopes. I favor the Simmons 3x9 Mag. The cross hairs are finer than the Bushnell. For the money, the Simmons .22 Mag can't be beat.
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    I put a simmons 3x9 varible on mine it it does just fine. Thursday I put a Center Point 3-9x32 (red/green illuminated Mil-Dot Reticle) Parallax setting 50yrds on my 77/22 and talk about amazed, I was! $55 at Wal-Mart. I would highly recommend the scope for any 22lr!!!
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    campingjosh,

    i like the value simmons' scopes give me...i love leupold and have plenty of tascos, bushnells and burris's, but now purchase simmons almost exclusively for their quality and value.

    re. your 10/22's accuracy: it can be made into a tack-driver with a new barrel, stock and better trigger, but one no-cost option ought to make a significant improvement for your carbine...get rid of the barrel band. the single screw left holding the action to the stock is all that is necessary...that's all the ruger target model uses...and your groups will shrink.

    budman
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    Because the 10/22 is not much of a tack driver I think that you could choose any Tasco, Simmons, Bushnell kind of scope and be just fine with it. Just get whichever of those you like the feel of most.

    Hey, Semperfi, we play gun golf and shoot shotshell casings too, except we aren't sand bag shooters. We shoot in field positions mostly because we're all hunters. Those little .410's are fun! Not much margin for error there.
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