View Full Version : What is a cheap 1-4x scope to run on a .22?

07-26-2012, 7:28 AM
I have a st-22 upper from spike that I haven't put on a lower yet because all it has is the front post sight.

Do any of you shooters with a .22lr upper have any recommendations for a scope or a red dot?

I stuck my aimpoint on there and i felt like it was an overkill. I rather have the aimpoint on my .223. Any cheap recommendation would be great?


07-26-2012, 8:57 AM
I have a Spikes M4 upper.

I put a RDS on it and was fine. Put a Nikon M-223 1-4 and the FSB was really distracting. Installed a YHM folding front sight/gas block on it now. YMMV!

For whatever reason, a 1-4 does not come inexpensively. I thought the Nikon M223 I got, w/canted base, shipped @ $270 was a great deal. Not a Nightforce but...I guess cheap is relative!


07-26-2012, 9:12 AM
It's not a rimfire scope but I like the Weaver V3 1-3x20 (http://www.natchezss.com/brand.cfm?contentID=productDetail&brand=WE&prodID=WE849400) a lot and Natchez has it on sale for $145. SWFA has a better price on the QD P.E.P.R. (http://swfa.com/Burris-AR-PEPR-QD-1-Scope-Mount-P48181.aspx) mount that I wanted so I just had SWFA price match so I could combine shipping and saved almost enough to pay for the lens covers. The Nikon M-223 1-4x20 would be my 1st <$300 choice if the rifle was a 5.56 but the V3 is darn good scope.


07-26-2012, 9:20 AM
Sadly, there just aren't many 1 - 4X scopes that don't cost an arm and a leg. Bushnell has a Banner 1 - 4 x 32 that runs about $80, but the Banner series isn't known for being very high quality. Other than that, Nikon and Burris make some tactical 1 - 4X scopes that run $300 - $400. If you're looking for something in-between those prices you might want to just go with a Nikon Prostaff 4X or Redfield Revolution 2 - 7X.

I know a lot of people that would buy a Bushnell Elite 3200, Nikon Buckmasters, or Vortex Diamondback if they made them in 1 - 4X.

07-26-2012, 10:09 AM
I just got the Primary Arms compact 3x and it seems well built, glass is clear. I'll be shooting with it over the weekend and will be able to give more info then. BTW it was only $170 +shipping. I figure I'll use this on my 5.56 upper until I save up enough for an ACOG and then I'll throw it on my .22lr upper.

pennys dad
07-26-2012, 10:16 AM
I have a few 22lr dedicated uppers and a few 22lr 795 and 10/22's.
My current scope selection ranges greatly. I have a a few Leupolds 1-4 and 2-7 models. I also use Nikon M223 1-4 and Redfield 2-7. At first I went with the concept that my 22lr could have the lower cost stuff, but I use the 22lr's as practice for the 223's. So I just gave in and equally outfitted them for the short range optics.

07-26-2012, 11:33 AM
Swift has a neat little 1 to 4X for about $90.00. Burris Timberline series has a small fixed 4X that's very nice too.

07-26-2012, 12:06 PM
I think I will try a cheap red dot 1x Parallax (w/quick detach and see-through riser) for mine.

Scouring eBay before even reading this.

My friend's son had one and it was a neat experience(, rimfire w/ red dot).

07-26-2012, 12:08 PM
I use the 22lr's as practice for the 223's. So I just gave in and equally outfitted them for the short range optics.
That was my reason for going with the Weaver V3. I have a Burris XTR 1-4x24 on my 6.8SPC and it just makes sense to use the 1-3x20 Weaver equipped M&P15-22 as a stand-in.

07-27-2012, 7:54 AM
i have the ST-22 i run a Vortek, strike-fire, red/green dot. works just fine with a 4 MOA dot that is parallax adjusted to 1" within 50 yds.

the beauty of this optic, is it comes with the correct mount for the AR15 to co-witness the open A2 sight (from the Optics Planet) but you have to order high or low...the high works just right for correcr eye alignment with the optic sight on the A2 buttstock i prefer, but it's a personal preference. it also comes with a 2x magnifier that works beautifully.

i haven't put regular optics on it yet when and if i do, it will be a rimfire rated Leupold or something similar.