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559luke
03-10-2011, 9:04 PM
In general, what power of magnification is appropriate for .22LR? The rifle is a Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22. Used mainly for plinking.

pennys dad
03-10-2011, 9:09 PM
1 x4 will do you just fine out to 100 yards, plus on the rifle it will add only a little extra weight

WDE91
03-10-2011, 9:44 PM
1-4
2-7
3-9

Rebellious
03-10-2011, 9:52 PM
1-4
2-7
3-9
^good choices

I have the ruger 10/22 target tactical w/16" barrel so I went with a red dot to keep it more tacitcal...:rolleyes:

Two of my buddies have the target model with 20" barrel and they both have the 3-9 el cheapo scopes. Works great I always enjoy using it. If I end up buying another 10/22 I will definitely go with a 3-9 el cheapo.

NapaPlinker
03-10-2011, 9:52 PM
This is what i got on my 15-22...

http://www.millettsights.com/scopes/dms/

Mstnpete
03-10-2011, 10:02 PM
3x9x32 works well.

Droppin Deuces
03-10-2011, 10:21 PM
This is what i got on my 15-22...

http://www.millettsights.com/scopes/dms/

Wow, doesn't it make that gun really top heavy? I had one on an AR for a while and it always made the gun feel like it was going to capsize in my hands.

Kryptyde
03-11-2011, 11:03 AM
I think it depends on how accurate your rifle is.

I use a Mueller APV (4.5x-14x) on my CZ 452 Style and ordered a Mueller Eraticator (8.5x-25x) for my full KID 10/22 build (this one is still in jail...and the waiting is killing me!)

stockranger
03-11-2011, 12:17 PM
For plinking its up to you.

For hunting 1-4,2-7,3x9 are all good.

Targets atleast 14x.

For plinking any magnification you want. No reason not to run 24x for plinking if you like to read the ingredients on the soda can. For myself plinking is hunting practice so I use the low power scopes. If I did not hunt and just wanted to shoot cans or whatever for fun I might get a 4.5-14.

I like small light weight scopes on sporter weight guns. For heavy guns you might aswell run a big heavy scope too.

Izzy43
03-11-2011, 2:08 PM
A good 3-9x32mm will be excellent for plinking and hunting out to 100yds. For target work, no less than 24x if shooting out to 100yds. Don't go cheap on the scope. Look at Weaver, Burris and Nikon. You won't be sorry and they hold their value. BSA, Barska, Tasco and house brand scopes are throw away scopes when they quit working.

kgcabs
03-11-2011, 2:34 PM
Leupold 3-9 x 33 EFR

davek8s
03-11-2011, 3:46 PM
I use a 3-9x on my tricked out 10/22. 4 power scopes on my standard 10/22 and henery H001t. Then red dots on my gsg5 and 15/22.

I like red dots on fun plinking guns. Plus when i take people shooting for the first time a red dot is easier for them.

Fish-n-Shoot
03-11-2011, 4:11 PM
On my good accuracy marlin 22 i have a 3-9 which is perfect because its lightweight and low profile. On my superb accuracy 1022 i have a 4-16 because i normally shoot this one prone with a bipod and very long distances so 16 is a big plus. A little heavy though for standing position shooting but if uve got the muscles to hold it steady its not a problem

Fish-n-Shoot
03-11-2011, 4:13 PM
Oh forgot to mention that for your rifle a long scope will ruin the appearance so i recommend a compact 3-9 power scope. Bushnell has a prettyo good one for around 100. Other than that a good compact 4x will serve u just fine in most situations

Flyingpootang
03-11-2011, 5:05 PM
A fixed 6x scope is good for 100-125 yard on a 10" target easy. At 50 yards most .22 will shot flat. At 100 yards it has @ 5.6"-6.0" drop. I like Mildots personaly, but preferance is really up to the shooter.

donw
03-11-2011, 6:45 PM
any 2-6 fixed power with rimfire adjusted parallax should do just fine. as a good "rule of thumb" (NOT an ironclad rule, though) the .22lr is a 100 yd OR LESS cartridge...

where i have many adjustable power scopes, i prefer the fixed power for closer ranges as you still need to make RE-ADJUSTMENTS at every adjustment made...i found that to be especially true in close in air rifle shooting.

X-NewYawker
03-11-2011, 10:11 PM
a 4-12X scope with an adjustable objective

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/22%20rifles/22actions.jpg

AlbcAlbrr
03-12-2011, 7:55 AM
Find the highest variable magnification with adjustable objective and the longest eye relief that you can afford to buy. Now determine how large and heavy a scope you are willing to lift and carry. Mix those two things until you find your sweet spot.

It's for a 22LR, so you don't need to worry much about recoil knocking out your zero settings.

shadow65
03-12-2011, 7:58 AM
I think it depends on how accurate your rifle is.

I use a Mueller APV (4.5x-14x) on my CZ 452 Style and ordered a Mueller Eraticator (8.5x-25x) for my full KID 10/22 build (this one is still in jail...and the waiting is killing me!)

Same for me if I'm shooting for accuracy.

CmpsdNoMore
03-12-2011, 11:45 AM
I love my 4x32 Nikon prostaff on m 10/22. It's not great for really accurate work out to 100 yards, but I normally shoot at 50 yards and have no problems making a quarter size group.

Big E
03-12-2011, 2:25 PM
I got myself one for X-mas for my Marlin 60. Did about 2 months of research (American-made, cost, size, everything). Finally went with a Nikko Sterling, I hadn't heard of them before so I had to really check them out. I got the 3-9x40AO w/ Illuminated Reticle for <$100 at Turner's (couldn't get the link to work so see below). Between work and the weather, I've only had it out once to zero the scope. So far I like what I've got and it was definitely in my price range. I'm not cheap, just frugal; and there was no reason to get more scope than I need (it's a new scope on a 30-yr old Marlin).

http://www.nikkostirling.com/Images/Riflescopes/Mountmaster/3-9x40%20with%20AO%20and%203-8mounts%20recoil%20stop.jpg

maderashooter
03-14-2011, 1:51 PM
Got a 3-9 x 50 rec Simmons that works fine if had to do it again would go 40 rec or 30 had to take iron sights of to fit right on savage 64

Quickdraw Mcgraw
03-18-2011, 12:38 PM
3-9x40 leapers or utg are both affordable and have mil dot rectrs. I love mine on my full custom 10/22!

azlester
03-18-2011, 3:58 PM
Simmons 22MAG 3-9-32AO for less then $60. Good glass and nice rectile too. My only complaint is the new ones seem to be shipping with the tall turrets.

VictorFranko
03-18-2011, 4:05 PM
I just put a Weaver Classic Rimfire 3-9 x 32 on a Ruger 10-22.
Took it out last Sunday for the first time, nice, seems to be good quality Japanese glass.

Izzy43
03-18-2011, 4:17 PM
Simmons 22MAG 3-9-32AO for less then $60. Good glass and nice rectile too. My only complaint is the new ones seem to be shipping with the tall turrets.

I just ordered one of those on a whim and it arrived yesterday. The good: Small scope that looks great on a rimfire rifle. Glass is just as clear as my Mueller APV. Reticle crosshairs are finer in the center than the Mueller. Target turrets are nice and positive. 1/2 the price of the Mueller. The AO adjustment and ocular lense adjustments are firm but not really tight as I have read about in reviews. Focuses really well at all magnifications with no lose of brightness or clarity.

The bad: The rings supplied with the scope are just adequate. The hold down scres for the rings are phillips head, cheesy in my opinion and will be replaced. Don't know about zeroing or holding zero yet as I have not had it at the range.

Overall opinion is that it is a decent scope for the price, primarily due to the clearness of the lenses. I was not expecting them to be as bright as they are.

I have a 44may 7-21x44 Ao on the way. HOpe it is just as good.

By the way this is not meant to degrade the Mueller in any way, it is overall a much better scope but for the money the Simmons is a good scope in my opinion.

xxINKxx
03-19-2011, 6:10 PM
Walmart sells a nice Center Point 4-16x40 scope for 69$ Ive read nothing but great reviews when doing my research on it. I ended up buying one. Nice and clear, you can adjust it for 5 yards, to 100 or infinity if your going beyond 100yds. I was messing with it in my backyard and it focused nice and clear when adjusting it through short range to max range.

For a 22 it seems like its a good bang for the buck since you can adjust it for short range, and if you plan on doing a bit of prcision its got the power to do so.