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ThE_LoNgShOt
02-10-2012, 7:01 PM
so, I've got a 3-12X40 scope on my rifle right now which I really like, but I'm sure greater magnification would help tighten up my groups beyond 100 YDS. I'm wondering about maybe a 6-24X40? is 24X overkill?

sholling
02-10-2012, 8:17 PM
I have a Weaver Classic V24 6-24x42 (http://swfa.com/Weaver-6-24x42-Classic-V-Rifle-Scope-P588.aspx) on my favorite target 10/22. But even more important is the quality of the scope and the quality is there with the Weaver. The last thing you want a foggy view or a point of impact shift when zooming. I have an even better Weaver T24 24x40 on my Anschutz. A good compromise between what you have now and a 24x is a V16 4-16x42 (http://swfa.com/Weaver-Classic-V-Rifle-Scopes-C1813.aspx).

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/22s%20-%20800dpi/IMG_0145a.jpg
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/22s%20-%20800dpi/IMG_0250a-1.jpg

pennys dad
02-10-2012, 8:31 PM
what kind of moa are you looking at?

CSACANNONEER
02-10-2012, 8:41 PM
Obviously the answer is it depends on what type of shooting you are going to do. Since it looks like you are doing some form of precision shooting off rests or a bipod and bags, a 24X would work. But, magnification is not as important as clarity. I'd rather shoot with a 16X optic that is crystal clear than a 30X that is dark and blurry. I've been tempted to put my 8-32 NXS on my stock (waiting for me to figure out what my next 10-22 project will be) 10-22 just to see how well it can really shoot and to get looks from others at the range.

ThE_LoNgShOt
02-10-2012, 8:51 PM
[QUOTE=sholling;8015938]I have a Weaver Classic V24 6-24x42 (http://swfa.com/Weaver-6-24x42-Classic-V-Rifle-Scope-P588.aspx) on my favorite target 10/22. But even more important is the quality of the scope and the quality is there with the Weaver. The last thing you want a foggy view or a point of impact shift when zooming. I have an even better Weaver T24 24x40 on my Anschutz. A good compromise between what you have now and a 24x is a V16 4-16x42 (http://swfa.com/Weaver-Classic-V-Rifle-Scopes-C1813.aspx).

that weaver on the 10/22 is really nice! I'll definitely check those out...

Biigg50
02-10-2012, 9:04 PM
I currently have a Leupold BR36 on my custom 10/22 and I love it. When I can see a dime at 100yrds and put a bullet through it, then I'm happy.

llamatrnr
02-10-2012, 11:15 PM
I have a NIB Simmons Blazer 6-24 x 50; pm with offer if you like.

ThE_LoNgShOt
02-11-2012, 1:14 AM
I have a NIB Simmons Blazer 6-24 x 50; pm with offer if you like.

thanks, but I think I'm going to save some money for a while and drop it on a higher end scope...

Izzy43
02-11-2012, 6:28 AM
Sholling said it all.

Ogre8472
02-11-2012, 7:09 AM
Has anyone else tried Center Point scopes? I love my adventure class 6-24x50. Its a great choice for the price. I know there are better scopes out there but its hard to beat this kind of performance on a budget.

MaHoTex
02-11-2012, 7:53 AM
Has anyone else tried Center Point scopes? I love my adventure class 6-24x50. Its a great choice for the price. I know there are better scopes out there but its hard to beat this kind of performance on a budget.

I have 3 of them: One on my AR .223 and 2 on a couple of my 22's. They hold zero and are good to about 75-100 yards, but honestly, the reason I am even looking at this thread is because now I want something more clear with a brighter sight picture and I am seeing what the recommendations are here.

For the $50 it is a good little scope. I only got them because I wanted something on my rifles. I will leave the 2 on my 22's, but I want something much better on my AR .223 now.

sholling
02-11-2012, 8:37 AM
I am even looking at this thread is because now I want something more clear with a brighter sight picture and I am seeing what the recommendations are here.
I find this scope ranking (http://www.chuckhawks.com/recommended_riflescopes.htm) a useful comparison guide to where scopes fit in the quality food chain. All but one of my scoped centerfire rifles sport 4-star level scopes and 4 of my 22s carry 3-star scopes with the rest to be upgraded as money allows.

ThE_LoNgShOt
02-11-2012, 10:55 AM
I find this scope ranking (http://www.chuckhawks.com/recommended_riflescopes.htm) a useful comparison guide to where scopes fit in the quality food chain. All but one of my scoped centerfire rifles sport 4-star level scopes and 4 of my 22s carry 3-star scopes with the rest to be upgraded as money allows.

that scope ranking page is really cool.... I'm going to save for at least a three star scope.

mkane
02-11-2012, 11:53 AM
Weaver T36http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll58/MKane63t/002-8.jpg

sholling
02-11-2012, 1:28 PM
that scope ranking page is really cool.... I'm going to save for at least a three star scope.
That's smart thinking. A good scope is a lifetime investment. For rimfires I'm really partial to and highly recommend Weaver's Classic V and their rimfire scopes.

covingtonhouse
02-12-2012, 5:22 PM
I have a Nikon buckmaster 6-18x40 w/ target dot crosshair. Side- adjustable paralax, target turrets, Pretty clear, and fit my profile of spend at least as much on your optic as the rifle. I've been happy with it so far.

JNunez23
02-14-2012, 5:35 PM
What do you guys think of Vortex scopes? Any good?

Izzy43
02-14-2012, 5:58 PM
What do you guys think of Vortex scopes? Any good?

I have a Vortex Crossfire 8-32X50MM AO with a very thin duplex reticle. As with most high magnification scopes, particularly inexpensive ones, it starts to get a little dark around 28X but much, much better than a BSA of the same magnification that I had. It is also a 30MM tube but UTG has some decent priced ACCUSHOT rings that work great (less than $15).

I got the scope on closeout for $179 but they have since dropped to $129 (if still available). I was hesitant at first to buy another inexpensive scope but with the Vortex lifetime warranty I felt I couldn't go wrong. I have been pleased with it for the $$$. It has nice tall target turrets with crisp clicks and has held zero for a couple of months now on my .17HMR after at least 1000 rounds. Makes seeing the little 17 holes easy @ 100yds (but not on a black background). I have not shot beyond 100 so don't know. I have old, old eyes by the way so your mileage may vary.

The other Vortex scopes, Diamondback etc.. are well thought of but are higher in price by a bunch. Good luck with your choice. Also the Mueller 8-32X44 (I think) with side focus parallax is well reviewed over on rimfirecentral.com (around $229) but I have no personal knowledge of the scope. I did have one of their APV scopes and the glass was very clear and bright, just not enough magnification for my purposes. They have excellent customer service as well.

Izzy43
02-14-2012, 5:59 PM
I have a Nikon buckmaster 6-18x40 w/ target dot crosshair. Side- adjustable paralax, target turrets, Pretty clear, and fit my profile of spend at least as much on your optic as the rifle. I've been happy with it so far.

Nothing but great reviews and comments on that scope everywhere you look.

covingtonhouse
02-14-2012, 7:42 PM
What do you guys think of Vortex scopes? Any good?

I also have a Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 with the EBR MOA reticle on a Remington 722 w/ an SPS barrel. Again, I spent as much on the scope as I did the rifle. It's not the first focal plane version, but it suits my purposes perfectly as an entry into precision high-power. My brother has one of their red dot scopes on a Camp 45, and the quality seems to be in line with my Viper. There are higher priced, better quality scopes out there, but I like the value of the Vortex for the money. I would consider the Viper line to be overkill for a rimfire as far as cost, but there are some cheaper offerings from Vortex.

covingtonhouse
02-14-2012, 7:48 PM
Nothing but great reviews and comments on that scope everywhere you look.

It is a great scope, I'm kinda wishing I'd gotten the mil-dot reticle instead of the target dot. It would make the adjustments from 50 to 100 yards a lot easier being able to calculate come-ups from the reticle.

JNunez23
02-15-2012, 8:07 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys.

I see this model on Gearhog.com every few weeks. Worth picking up for the price? Throw it on the .22 rifle?

http://www.gearhog.com/?did=12655

Izzy43
02-15-2012, 8:55 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys.

I see this model on Gearhog.com every few weeks. Worth picking up for the price? Throw it on the .22 rifle?

http://www.gearhog.com/?did=12655

That has the same specs as the one you have. Look at this one instead. http://www.cameralandny.com/optics/vortex.pl?page=vortexcrossfire8-32x50ao

Its a larger scope but it has some features that you may want to consider especially for long range shooting. It has a whooping 75 MOA of internal adjustment in both elevation and windage. Means you can shoot at longer ranges without using holdover. The reticle is a very fine wide duplex crosshair which I like for target shooting. Useless for an "in the woods" hunting scope. A Weaver or Burris at this magnification would be better but if you are budget limited this one might work.

LoadedM333
02-15-2012, 11:53 AM
Got Leupold 10x40 fixed on mine, works pretty good.

JNunez23
02-15-2012, 6:55 PM
Nice, will do. Thanks Izzy.

22popnsplat
02-16-2012, 5:53 PM
I shoot alot of 22s and for my bench rifles i like the weaver t36 , You will find it is accepted as a fine entry level bench scope .

cudakidd
02-17-2012, 7:24 AM
In a quality scope you should also consider, 1/4 or 1/8 clicks, size of Objective, 1" or 30mm tube and Mildot over post...

Here is mine, routinely shoot out to 175 yards with it...Hakko scope this model same as Nikon tactical 6-24 56 mm objective, 30mm tube, 1/8" clicks(OEM for Nikon, among others)

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/cudakidd/ruger/CIMG4883.jpg

My secondary, excellent Czech made scope, glass optices, illuminated mil dot reticle 6-32 56mm Objective...

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/cudakidd/ruger/CIMG4885.jpg