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10/22/rimfire scope recommendations

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by safooma, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    Had a second scope fail this weekend on my ruger 10/22--second one in 1 year. First was a used tasco world class and the most recent was a used bushnell sportview. I realize both of these scopes are cheap, but I think I an about ready to buy one that doesn't suck so much with the hope that it will last a couple of years at least.

    So what do you think, keep throwing cheapo scopes at it or pony up for a good one? Anybody got any suggetions or had good experiences that would like to share?

    Thanks
     
  2. Orus

    Orus Salem Member

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    I have a BSA with a illuminated red dot, can't remember the model exactly, but works like a champ very accurate on my Custom 10/22:thumbup:
     
  3. cbzdel

    cbzdel Tacoma, WA Member

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    I got a Simmons 22mag 3-9x32 scope, great value for the money IMO
     
  4. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I found the bsa at optics planet for $30. Not bad. Another angle I am considering is upgrading the Tasco world class on on .06 hunting rifle with a new redfield, leupold or nikon and slappin the Tasco on the 10/22. Decisions decisions. Although I am starting to think the really good scope should go on the 10/22, as I shoot it tons more....hmmmm
     
  5. smurf hunter

    smurf hunter Auburn, WA Active Member

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    Nikon ProStaff 4x32. Just under $100 on amazon.com.

    Don't worry about zoom.

    Given the common purpose of a 10/22 - which is usually plinking or small game hunting, fast target acquisition should be criteria. The best custom 10/22 might be functional out to 200 yards, but in my (limited) experience inside of 100 yards is where most of your action is. Optimize for that.

    I think a lot of arguments about "accurate" are misleading. Get some solid rings, maybe even invest in an improved base mount. If your mounting is solid and the scope stays in one piece, it will remain zeroed until you abuse it.

    Provided all that, buy the best glass you can afford. I really like the 4x32 Nikon because of the 50 yard parallax and generous eye relief.
     
  6. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    Wow, that's a good deal on that nikon....i just may do that. Thanks.
     
  7. cbzdel

    cbzdel Tacoma, WA Member

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    the 3-9 is only about $35 more..

    4x is really all you need until you want more lol.. My first rimfire scope was a 4x... 6 months later i wanted a 3-9.. that way I can put it on 9 and see the holes in the paper :)
     
  8. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    I shot my brother-in-laws 10/22 with one of these on it last weekend and it was super nice:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=214873

    Not sure about quality/warranty though. It is a 3x9x40 with slick adjustments that really work.

    I have a 4x on it now--an old backup from who knows where--I think I will take it out to my usual shooting spot and see what I think of the 4x. This shooting spot has 30, 50 and 100 yards ranges, and I will admit that I usually prefer the 50 yard cause I am about 3 " low at 100 yards. Although with that bsa scope, a few clicks and I would be right on.....and then there's the 3x9 nikon....ugh ;-)
     
  9. smurf hunter

    smurf hunter Auburn, WA Active Member

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    Is it true that a cheap zoom scope might be more susceptible to moisture/fogging? Also slightly heavier?

    Something I did with my Nikon 4x32 was get the lowest profile rings that would fit. My thinking was it would (in theory) be easier to keep zero at various distances. That's the only scope I've used on my 10/22 so I can't compare. I'm not good enough to notice if the variations from 25-100 yards are weapon or shooter caused :)

    Minor downsides to the low profile Burris rings:

    Can't use a scope with a larger diameter eye piece
    Can't install the Ruger factory bolt lock

    Upside is it packs a bit easier, and carries on a sling a bit easier too.
     
  10. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    If you have a good gun, you only need optics that are better. Don't skimp on the optics. They are what gets you on target and make it work.
     
  11. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    you will enjoy your 10-22 so much more with a good scope on it. I have an old 3x9 Leupold vx2 on mine. I think I paid $125 (used) at a gun show.I would try to find an old Burris,leupold,redfield variable, or maybe a weaver fixed 4x to put on it. that & a trigger spring kit are the best bang for the buck mods you can do for the ruger IMO. good luck!
     
  12. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    A friend at work today informed me he had a barely used nikon prostaff 4x32 he would sell me for cheap. Very tempting. Now all I need to do is determine whether or not 4x will be adequate.
     
  13. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Get a Mueller APV or APT and be done with it.
     
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    jhc5 Seattle, WA Member

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    I second th Mueller. I have a Tasco varmint on mine and it's been good for about 2000 rounds, but my buddy's Mueller APV has much clearer optics in my opinion.
     
  15. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    Never heard of Mueller--looks pretty nice. Found that same scope through a reseller for $119. The 4-18x would be sweet. Are muellers rebadged from another manufacturer or are they built by Muelle?
     
  16. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    I also agree with the Nikon Prostaff .... I have four of them on 10-22's ...
     
  17. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Mueller been around for about ten years. They design the scopes and have them made. They use Japanese optics and the scopes are assembled in both China and Japan depending on the model.

    The Mueller APV has been the scope of choice for most the rimfire guys at rimfirecental.com for many years. They have a reputation for customer service and quality optics for the price.