Rimfire Scope Review: The Nikon Pro-Staff BDC 150

_by David E. Petzal _ When I showed up at the Kittery Trading Post to buy a used Anschutz .22, … Continued

_by David E. Petzal
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When I showed up at the Kittery Trading Post to buy a used Anschutz .22, I was saddened to see that this peerless piece of Teutonic precision (one with a $1,000 price tag, new) was saddled with a piece-of-junk scope that you might use to hold a window open, or throw at an armadillo if one particularly annoyed you.

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There is no abundance of good rimfire scopes–in fact, there are damned few–despite the fact that that the .22 is the foundation of any serious shooter’s gun collection. I guess most people feel that when they’ve bought the gun they’ve shot their wad (as it were) and look for something cheap and rotten to use as a sight.

This brings us to the new Nikon Pro-Staff BDC 150 3X-9X-40. It is a very, very good scope, and it comes with Nikon’s BDC reticle, which will enable you to shoot out to 150 yards. This particular reticle is calibrated to work only at 9 power, and only with hyper-velocity (1,600 fps) ammo, but with a little experimental shooting, you can adapt it to just about anything.

For example, I found that with high velocity ammo (1,200 fps) I could sight dead on at 25, which still had me dead on at 50 yards, and that, using the scope at 4X and sighting with the topmost BDC aiming circle, I was dead on at 100 yards. And that’s all I need.

Aside from that the BDC 150 is a full-sized scope (You’ll almost certainly need high rings.) that has brilliant optics and superb adjustments. Indeed, the adjustments are among the most accurate and positive that I have used on any scope, rim- or centerfire.

And now, you’re thinking, we come to the part where he says that the price is $1,098.35, but that it’s a great investment. No. This is the part where I tell you that the MSRP is $169.95 and that I see it on the Internet for $126. This makes it one of the great optical bargains of the year, or perhaps the century. www.nikonhunting.com