View Full Version : 10/22 scope recommendations

04-07-2012, 11:24 PM
I just bought my first 10/22 today. Black synthetic with the fiber optic sights. I am now looking for a scope to put on it. I have used the crap $20 ones from Walmart and I am looking for something better. Something that holds zero and can actually be adjusted to be accurate. Looking to spend under $150-200. Thanks for the help.

04-07-2012, 11:30 PM
Get the Vortex Diamondback 2-7x35 rimfire for $149 or less from opticsplanet - demo version but comes with box, full warranty....

04-07-2012, 11:42 PM
I've got a BSA 6-24x mil-dot on mine that is pretty good. Adjustments are done by hand and has held zero. The mil dots are useful between the 25, 50, and 100 yard targets I shoot. Got it on sale from opticsplanet for about $100. There isn't a whole lot of brightness at 24x but for a 10/22 its still a good buy for me.

04-08-2012, 9:13 AM
By anything NOT made in China and you will be good...

04-08-2012, 9:17 AM
The best 22 scopes that I've used in that price range are Classic Rimfires from Weaver. Weaver uses excellent fully muiltcoated Japanese glass and builds them rock solid. For a hunter/plinker I like their 4x28 (http://www.amazon.com/Weaver-Rimfire-4X28-Riflescope-Matte/dp/B0000V2DBS) and RV7 2.5-7x28 (http://www.amazon.com/Weaver-Classic-Rimfire-Scope-849431-2-5-7X28mm/dp/B002HS8QVS) Rimfire (review (http://www.chuckhawks.com/weaver_2-7x28_rimfire_scope.htm)) and either of those two should last you a lifetime. If you want something with an adjustable objective (AO) then at just over your budget the Weaver RV9 3-9x32 Rimfire (http://swfa.com/Weaver-3-9x32-Classic-Rimfire-Rifle-Scope-P3141.aspx) is a great scope. A non-AO scope will be faster on target but an AO scope will be a tiny bit more precise and the choice comes down to your intended use. I have not tried the new Nikon ProStaff rimfires but they look interesting if a bit big for a 10/22.

Chuck Hawks' Guns and Shooting Online scope rankings (http://www.chuckhawks.com/recommended_riflescopes.htm) will give you a good handy reference when comparing scopes. Missing from the rankings are BSA which I would rank as a 1-Star scope company. Barska and NcStar I would rank at 0-Stars.

This is a Weaver RV9 on one of my customized 10/22s.

Gringo Bandito
04-08-2012, 9:51 AM
I had purchased a Redfield Revolution scope 4x12x40 for my 10/22 and really like to so far. Made in America!


Your purchase through Amazon will benefit the Calguns Foundation as well. link to the thread below.


04-10-2012, 4:09 PM
+5 for the Redfield Revolutions......I own 5, 2 of which are on 10/22's

Mossy Man
04-10-2012, 6:34 PM
i've got a bushnell banner on mine, works pretty ok

04-10-2012, 7:28 PM
Can we list prices from Turners on a post?

04-10-2012, 7:40 PM

I use this scope for my gun

04-10-2012, 8:17 PM
There is a $50 rebate on Nikon Prostaff scopes right now.

04-10-2012, 8:28 PM
I guess I'm an oddball in that I like high quality optics on my centerfire rifles. Just put on a SWFS 5-20 FFP on a Savage bolt gun recently that I use out to 800 yards.

Having said that, I also appreciate inexpensive optics on less demanding calibers and guns for shorter ranges.

I've owned my fair share of crappy, Chinese scopes, but recently bought a Crossfire 4-16 scope from WalMart for $59. Put it on my 10/22 and the darn thing performed flawlessly. Zero'd quickly and easily and held it throughout a day of shooting over 500 rounds. Has a convenient parallax adjustment with accurate graduations and the magnification ring turns smoothly and easily.

About six months ago, I bought a Crossfire red dot for my son's 10/22. He prefers a little magnification, so for giggles, I put it on my AK. It too zero'd easily and has held it for many hundreds of rounds on the original battery.

We have a Tasco, Pronghorn 4X fixed on my son's 10/22 that was previously on mine for about 9 years and about 10,000 rounds. It still works perfectly, holds zero and you can buy them all day long for under $15 at WalMart and other places. Just got a Nathez cataloge that lists them for $6.95. :)

So, for this oddball who much prefers optics costing $1500 plus for some applications, I'm perfectly happy with my cheapo Chinese scopes on my 10/22 and AK.

04-10-2012, 8:45 PM
10/22= iron sights or cheap berska $30 scope.

Ask all the dead squirrels in the world how well a cheap $30 scope works.

Remington 5R, well that is a different story. That would be a Nightforce.

04-11-2012, 6:45 AM
If it's going to be for basic target shooting and varmint hunting, the smaller "tactical" 20MM scopes work extremely well, particularly ones with lower power magnification, like 2.5x. IMO, they fit the smaller frame of the 10/22 (40MM scopes look ridiculous on the little Ruger). A 2x or 2.5x are very quick to sight, give good magnification out to 100 yards and have an excellent field of view. 5 or more power magnification works but is simply overkill unless you like that sort of "up close and personal" thing. Also, these scopes tend to have a more generous eye relief so you don't have to hug up on it..

If you're willing to save up and spend a bit more (about $290), the Leupold VX-2 1-4x20mm (http://leupold.com/hunting-and-shooting/products/scopes/vx-2-riflescopes/vx-2-1-4x20mm/) is a great choice. With up to 4x, magnification, you can use it in the entire range of a 22 round.

If that is too rich, there is unfortunately not much else below this price point, until you get way down to the cheap $40 Barska 2.5x20mm Contour (http://www.opticsplanet.net/barska-2-5-x-20mm-contour-riflescope-ac10842.html). It's still good for basic plinking, but you get what you pay for. Note, if you're interested in the Barska, get the 2.5x20mm model, not their 2x20mm. That model has an extremely long eye relief for use on pistols, not rifles.

If anyone can recommend a lower power 20mm scope in the 100 to 200 dollar range, I'd love to hear it.

04-11-2012, 6:56 AM

I use this scope for my gun

+1. I also have this scope mounted on a Marlin Glenfield .22 bolt action. It's a fantastic scope and a great value.

04-11-2012, 7:35 AM
I am surprised nobody mentioned the Mueller APV or APT. It's a favorite on many rimfire forums.

I use the Mueller APT 4.5-14x40AO on my Savage TRR. It is excellent. Adjustable Objective, 30mm tube with exposed turrets. MilDot reticle. $169

http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Mueller_APT_4_5_14x40AO_Sunshade_w_Mil_Dot_Reticl_ p/mt451440.htm

Joebob is an outstanding dealer and Calguns sponsor too.

04-11-2012, 8:36 AM

I use this scope for my gun

Just ordered this for my 10/22 Take Down, its $50 after the rebate, great deal. I should have it in a few days.

I kept things cheap because it will be a backpacking/BOB gun. At some point I will likely build a nicer 10/22, and put a better scope on it.

04-11-2012, 9:00 AM
Simmons .22 Mag 3-9x 32 (http://www.amazon.com/Simmons-Truplex-Reticle-Rimfire-Riflescope/dp/B000INAEWS/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1334163547&sr=1-2)

04-11-2012, 11:08 AM
Hakko Scope...
Eagle Eye Optics Czech optics, very good quality!
Older Model Bushnell Scopechief, great quality!

04-11-2012, 12:35 PM
Nikon BDC.


04-11-2012, 1:18 PM