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What is the best small caliber rifle scope?

Question by djamesdavidson. Uploaded on January 31, 2012

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Rimfire or Centerfire?

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

If rimfire Bushnell 3-9x32,CenterFire Redfield 3-9x40
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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Rimfire or centirefire makes no difference- 3X9X40 Nikon Prostaff. The new ProStaff is a great scope. The write up in F&S was very interesting.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

I have a Simmons 22 MAG scope with adjustable parallax on my CZ 452. It allows you to adjust the picture so you can see clearly up close and far away.

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from djamesdavidson wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Nothing too intense. I won't be shooting at 500 yards with my .22 lol. And its a Henry .22 LR

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

It can make a difference in scope design. Of course you can use a scope designed for centerfire on a rimfire but not always the other way around. The lens on a rimfire scope are calibrated for shorter distances and do not need to withstand the recoil generated from centerfire rounds. Also, the eye relief does not need to be as much on a rimfire scope. All this makes the rimfire scope less expensive to produce.

I prefer a fixed 4x scope on my rimfires but others prefer variables. Here's some suggestions (Amazon.com prices):

Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 4 x 32 Black Matte Riflescope $110

Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 3-9 x 40 Black Matte Riflescope $150

Simmons .22 Mag 3-9x 32mm Truplex Reticle Rimfire Riflescope $62

Bushnell .22 Rimfire 4x32 Riflescope $40

Tasco Rimfire Series 3-9x 32mm 30/30 Reticle .22 Riflescope $49

Stay away from Barska and BSA

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

nikon best for the money

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

The thing to watch for in inexpensive .22 scopes is their paralax. Aim at a target about 25 yards away (or whatever distance you intend to shoot the most) and move your eye around behind the scope. If you see the cross hair move around on the target, this is high paralax at that specific range. Some have it; some don't but it will cause you to miss squirrels at 25 yards if you have it.

Most .22 scopes are set for optimum paralax at 25 or 50 yards. Most centerfire scopes are set for optimum paralax at 100 yards. This makes squirrel hunting with even an expensive 3-9x a little risky because you usually shoot way short of their 100 yard paralax setting.

The adjustable paralax control is mandatory for large magnification (above 10x) in any relatively inexpensive scope. Dynamic paralax adjustment is not good for hunting though because you normally don't have time to dial your scope in to a specific range before your quarry is gone.

I believe the current Nikons are the best glass you can get in their price range all the way through the lineup if you can afford one of those. If money is tight, I just bought a used one off ebay for less than half price and it is a beauty. Their warranty protects you from getting a dud too.

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from tybow99 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

simmons .22 mag is a good one

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

If rimfire Bushnell 3-9x32,CenterFire Redfield 3-9x40
Best of Luck

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

I have a Simmons 22 MAG scope with adjustable parallax on my CZ 452. It allows you to adjust the picture so you can see clearly up close and far away.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

It can make a difference in scope design. Of course you can use a scope designed for centerfire on a rimfire but not always the other way around. The lens on a rimfire scope are calibrated for shorter distances and do not need to withstand the recoil generated from centerfire rounds. Also, the eye relief does not need to be as much on a rimfire scope. All this makes the rimfire scope less expensive to produce.

I prefer a fixed 4x scope on my rimfires but others prefer variables. Here's some suggestions (Amazon.com prices):

Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 4 x 32 Black Matte Riflescope $110

Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 3-9 x 40 Black Matte Riflescope $150

Simmons .22 Mag 3-9x 32mm Truplex Reticle Rimfire Riflescope $62

Bushnell .22 Rimfire 4x32 Riflescope $40

Tasco Rimfire Series 3-9x 32mm 30/30 Reticle .22 Riflescope $49

Stay away from Barska and BSA

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Rimfire or Centerfire?

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Rimfire or centirefire makes no difference- 3X9X40 Nikon Prostaff. The new ProStaff is a great scope. The write up in F&S was very interesting.

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from djamesdavidson wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Nothing too intense. I won't be shooting at 500 yards with my .22 lol. And its a Henry .22 LR

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

nikon best for the money

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

The thing to watch for in inexpensive .22 scopes is their paralax. Aim at a target about 25 yards away (or whatever distance you intend to shoot the most) and move your eye around behind the scope. If you see the cross hair move around on the target, this is high paralax at that specific range. Some have it; some don't but it will cause you to miss squirrels at 25 yards if you have it.

Most .22 scopes are set for optimum paralax at 25 or 50 yards. Most centerfire scopes are set for optimum paralax at 100 yards. This makes squirrel hunting with even an expensive 3-9x a little risky because you usually shoot way short of their 100 yard paralax setting.

The adjustable paralax control is mandatory for large magnification (above 10x) in any relatively inexpensive scope. Dynamic paralax adjustment is not good for hunting though because you normally don't have time to dial your scope in to a specific range before your quarry is gone.

I believe the current Nikons are the best glass you can get in their price range all the way through the lineup if you can afford one of those. If money is tight, I just bought a used one off ebay for less than half price and it is a beauty. Their warranty protects you from getting a dud too.

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from tybow99 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

simmons .22 mag is a good one

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