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Old 03-05-2013, 4:41 PM
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I have a Marlin xt 22tr on the way. Can anyone recommend a decent scope set up that won't break the bank? Thanx Calgunners
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Any one of 4 Nikon Rimfire scopes.
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Old 03-05-2013, 5:10 PM
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Mueller APV adjustable objective 4.5x14 40mm clear glass, lifetime warranty and 129.95 shipped with a free sunshade.
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Any one of 4 Nikon Rimfire scopes.
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Probably the best quality/lowish priced (+/- $100) scopes out there.
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My Simmons 22MAG scope works. My UTG 5th Gen scope works. My Bushnell Rimfire scope works. All were between $40 and $80. The UTG is currently on my XT-22R.

If I went to the $100-$200 range, I'd be looking at some of these:
Mueller Optics 4.5-14x40 AO - $130
Nikon Prostaff Rimfire 3-9x40 - $170
Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44 AO - $210
Vortex Diamondback Rimfire 2-7x35 - $179
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I have several of the Millett scopes that work well for me.
They stay zeroed and work when I need them to.
Check out Optics Planet web site
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Nitrex. Google them (or rimfire central) now, thank me later...
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I have a Nikon Rimfire BDC & it's been great. I do like it, but I'd recommend you look at both the Mueller & Nikon. My scope was about 140 otd & I got a deal, Turners lists them for 179+ Muellers are well liked, my next build will likely have a Mueller 4x16x40.
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Get something with adjustable objective. All the rimfire scopes are very similar.
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Anything 4 power 1" tube is OK for .22
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Wally World Center Point 4x16 44mm $70 I have one on my Savage 93R17 shoots great, zero problems. I did use different rings then the ones that came with it.
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Get something with adjustable objective. All the rimfire scopes are very similar.
I have several rimfires and they are all sporting AO version scopes.
Simmons With AO
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I have a Marlin xt 22tr on the way. Can anyone recommend a decent scope set up that won't break the bank? Thanx Calgunners
It really depends on what you plan on doing with your new rifle. For general plinking and hunting I use a Barska 3-9x32 Plinker. It's under $50, and for me it's worked out great on my Glenfield Model 25. For precision target shooting you might want something that can zoom in a bit more, but for field use I'd go with a 3-9x32 scope.
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It really depends on what you plan on doing with your new rifle. For general plinking and hunting I use a Barska 3-9x32 Plinker. It's under $50, and for me it's worked out great on my Glenfield Model 25. For precision target shooting you might want something that can zoom in a bit more, but for field use I'd go with a 3-9x32 scope.
Just plinking. I like the price of yours for sure. You don't think AO is a necessary feature?
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I was wondering what price range you were in. Weaver makes some good choices like the 2-7 power. I like my Redfield Revolution 2-7. I also have several of the Simmons 22 MAG 3-9's that work good. BSA makes a reasonable 4-14 power. So a little of this depends on your budget. I know guys who wouldn't want anything less than Leupold, but they know quality and want every rifle to be dependable. After all, you can plink all you want, but if you need to defend yourself or you need to feed your family, then why would you risk inexpensive optics that might break? In a dire situation if you have a scope mounted and it does not zero or otherwise breaks etc, then you have a useless rifle.
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Just plinking. I like the price of yours for sure. You don't think AO is a necessary feature?
Depends on two things: 1. is the scope made for centerfire or rimfire rifles and 2. how far out do you plan on shooting. If the scope is for a centerfire rifle or you plan to shoot farther out than roughly 75 yards, you will want an AO scope regardless. Centerfire scopes come with a 100 yard parallax. Not good if you are shooting 75 yards and in. Rimfire scope have a 50 yard parallax. Not good for 75+ yards. Having an AO scope will allow you to avoid not having a clear picture of your target.

If you are shooting within 75 yards, I really like my Simmons 22 MAG Scope. It is rimfire specific, so you don't need AO when shooting your typical .22LR distances.
Simmons 22 MAG 3-9x32mm - $50
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Before you decide take a look at the Mueller Scope line. Pretty good reviews and a even better price range.
I just ordered this one, some people say it's over kill for a rimfire but I never listen to "some people". I chose this one becauuse of the 50mm objective lens, it will definately allow more light. I need the light for my old eyes more then I need to magnification.

http://www.amazon.com/Mueller-Sport-...=mueller+scope
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Mueller is a nice scope for the money. I have http://www.amazon.com/Mueller-Rifle-...ef=pd_sbs_sg_1 on my 10/22. Clear glass and lifetime warranty.
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OP,

There has been some great advice and some not so great advice and the first thing to do is stop and figure out what you're going to use it for. If you're just going to use it for hunting and plinking then in my opinion speed on target trumps fine accuracy and I'd go with a fixed focus scope like a Weaver RV4 4x28 rimfire (~$125), RV7 2.5-7x28 rimfire (~$140), Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 rimfire with BDC (~$150) or a Sightron S3 3-9x32 rimfire (~$120). Not all rimfire scopes are created equal and these are all good solid scopes with very good optics for rimfire scopes.

If the goal is target shooting then an adjustable objective is a must and the cheapest solution that I can recommend is a Mueller APC 4.5-14x40 w/AO (~$130). It's not in the same league and a Weaver V16 or V24 but it's $100 or more cheaper.

Not all scope are made equal and quality counts so buy the best quality scope that you can afford.
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Mueller is a nice scope for the money. I have http://www.amazon.com/Mueller-Rifle-...ef=pd_sbs_sg_1 on my 10/22. Clear glass and lifetime warranty.

I think I'm going to order this one for my 10/22
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The mueller APV is alot of bang you your buck. I love mine.
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Bushnell 10x can be had for about $200.
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Just plinking. Nothing serious. I was hoping to scope it for <$75!
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Just plinking. Nothing serious. I was hoping to scope it for <$75!
Go with the Simmons 22 MAG then, IMO. Good little scope for $50. My 8 y/o daughter can hit the small 2-3" steel rimfire targets 50 yards out every shot with it at Sac Valley. Can't be that bad...
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