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Old 06-06-2011, 3:38 AM
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Default Best scope (under $100) for 10/22?

Hi all. I have a stainless Ruger 10/22 which I've recently put in a Tapco stock, and was wondering about what's a good scope to put on it. I'm not looking for a scope that costs more than the rifle, just a good scope I won't be tempted to swap out for a better one later on.

I've tried a number of different scopes on the rifle (I have several cheapie scopes around) and the one it wore before was a Simmons 4x28 fixed power scope. That one worked fine, but I wanted a variable power one and so I put on a Simmons Prohunter 4-12x50 on it which is not altogether satisfactory because the reticle crosshairs are pretty thick.

I'm also thinking about a red dot, but I think I'd prefer a red dot with a little magnification on it.

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Old 06-06-2011, 7:29 AM
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You should be able to find many models available in Cabela's catalog. I bought one from them last year and it worked well.
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BARSKA AC10770. 1.5-4.5x First focal plane mil dot reticle. Can't be beat for $100.
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I like DD's choice and I have that scope, it works well on my 22.
I also have and like:
Bushnell Banner 3-9x40
Bushnell Banner 1.5-4.5x32 (on sale right now for $77 :-)
Nikon ProStaff 4x32 and 2x7

On a side note, I also sometimes buy used Leopulds on EBAY for under $100
Go to Opticsplanet and choose rifle scopes and choose the search for $70 to $120 and you will see some great choices.
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Wally World Center Point, have one on my Savage 93R17 rifle is a tack driver with it. About $70 if I remember right.
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Hi all. I have a stainless Ruger 10/22 which I've recently put in a Tapco stock, and was wondering about what's a good scope to put on it. I'm not looking for a scope that costs more than the rifle, just a good scope I won't be tempted to swap out for a better one later on.

I've tried a number of different scopes on the rifle (I have several cheapie scopes around) and the one it wore before was a Simmons 4x28 fixed power scope. That one worked fine, but I wanted a variable power one and so I put on a Simmons Prohunter 4-12x50 on it which is not altogether satisfactory because the reticle crosshairs are pretty thick.

I'm also thinking about a red dot, but I think I'd prefer a red dot with a little magnification on it.

Any suggestions?
Try a Mueller - they have very clear glass and alot of folks use them on the 10/22. You can get a lower power or a 6 to 24X for around $100.00. Maybe not under but around.
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Check out Primary Arms. Their stuff is chinese but it's good quality budget optics.
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Mueller APV 4.5-14x40mm. They can usually be had for a little over $100, but they're well worth it. I've got one on my 10-22, and it's a great budget scope for a rimfire rifle. I don't know that I'd trust it on a larger caliber rifle, but it does the job the well on a .22.

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Vortex Crossfire 6-24x44 from SWFA Here!

Great scopes and a bit big for what you're doing but it seems the route the smallbore guys go anyway. Has adjustable parallax down to 25 yards and out to infinity. I owned this and its a value scope at double this price.
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+1 on the center point at wallyworld. Flip up lens covers, Illum retical if u want. I have one on my winchester .308
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Mueller APV 4.5-14x40mm. They can usually be had for a little over $100, but they're well worth it.

I've had this scope. When mine arrived and was bad (zoom lever was stuck, I received GREAT customer service. The dealer I bought it from (OneClickShooting from eBay), asked that I cc mueller to let them know about it. I then mailed it back to him for a replacement.

Within 3 hours (no joke), Mueller wrote back and said if Alan (or whatever his name was, I don't recall) @ OneClick doesn't take care of me, they'll do it.

The second one arrived and I had no issues for 2 years.

The one scope I liked better was the Simmons Whitetail Classic Rifle Scope 6.5-20x 50mm Adjustable Objective Mil-Dot Reticle Matte

It has held up nicely on my AR w/o any fuss for ~2 years as well. The objective is visibly brighter (largely because of the larger objective lens) but you will need a riser to mount this on your 10/22.
~$100 when on sale @ midwayusa
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Vortex Crossfire 6-24x44 from SWFA Here!

Great scopes and a bit big for what you're doing but it seems the route the smallbore guys go anyway. Has adjustable parallax down to 25 yards and out to infinity. I owned this and its a value scope at double this price.
Its really a 6-24x50 and will look HUGE on a 10/22 (large objective) but if you like the look its a great value.
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Seems thats the route the rimfire guys are going anyway is slapping a giagantor scope on a little rifle with a .920 bbl.
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Try one of these - a Hawke 3-10x44 for $44 on clearance:

http://www.eabco.com/HawkeScopes02.html
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Center Point...

I have three, the one that has the AO is a much better deal (4-16X40 AO). Not big, I have one on a Marlin 60. I want to upgrade that rifle but the combination shoots so well that I can't bring myself to mess with it. The Center Point comes with rings for a standard dovetail and flip up lens caps, lighted reticle and the reticles are sort of a mil dot. Wally world... ~$70. I use one of these to test loads on several rifles and they have held up well.

My experience with cheap red dot's has not been good. Some had very large dots, some dots were blurry,some were prone to glare, some wouldn't hold zero.

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I really like my Simmons 3-9x32 22 Mag Scope.
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I just picked up the 4-16x40AO from Centerpoint. The rings seem a little high for my 1984 10/22 but I've never used a scope before. The one I have came with weaver rings, but you can also buy the dovetail rings for $5 from Crosman Centerpoint's website. Although the $12 shipping makes it not a very good deal.

I like the rings because it holds the tube down with four hex bolts screws compared to the Leupold rings that use only one.

I don't have long-term experience, nor have I sighted it in yet, though.

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Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40 duplex's can be had for $99 with just a little shopping around. They're pretty good.

Believe it or not, a cheap $39 BSA also works pretty well within the range limits of a typical stock 10/22. You don't need "a lot of scope" for such a rifle.
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Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40 duplex's can be had for $99 with just a little shopping around. They're pretty good.
Grabbed one of these from Cabela's a few weeks ago. It's mounted although I haven't been out to the range with it yet. Just adjusting it, it feels nice sturdy and has a very clean and bright image. It seems like a lot more than $99.
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I'm thinking that my current setup with the 10/22, being a sort of tacticool setup (it's in a FDE Tapco stock), I'm actually looking for a smallish, more svelte scope. 4x is plenty on a .22, methinks. My 10/22 is very accurate (10 round groups easily covered by a nickel at 25 yards) but it certainly isn't an insanely precise target model where 10 round groups could be covered by Nancy Pelosi's brain, so I don't think I need a huge scope with 12x magnification.

Something with small physical dimensions would fit the bill, and to me, "look better" with the setup as a whole. Maybe it's just me, but I find gigantic scopes on semi auto firearms kind of jarring - like those gigantic spoilers kids used to put on 4-cylinder Hondas.
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honestly i just got a barska 3-9x40 at wallyworld for 25 bucks! I had to order it online and get shipped to store (free) but i all the reviews on it that i read were very positive, and i have zeroed mine it and it works great! I dont know about puttin it on a bigger rifle but on a .22 it works and is cheap. Good clear glass, i have no complaints! and for 25 bucks it cant be beat...
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Can't beat the Bushnell scopes for performance and durability. They may not have as many sexy "bells & whistles" but they work! And, in the event you have problems with it, Bushnell has exceptional Customer Service!

http://www.opticsplanet.net/bush-rs-bnr-714124.html

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http://www.natchezss.com/Category.cf...eticle%20Gloss

Bushnell Sportsman 3-9x32. Looks like a "Normal" scope on a small rifle with the only 32mm objective lens, still has up to 9x magnification, and its on sale at www.natchezss.com under their closeout stuff for $23 bucks. Can't beat that with a stick. Check out their stuff under natchez closeouts and try and see what you come across. For under $50 you can get a lot for your money. I got a glass etched reticle Brunton scope, nitrogen purged, and made in the USA for under $50 bucks one day and put it on a rifle as a CHEAPO hold over scope and decided to just keep it because it took a LOT of abuse and kept a zero. Its been one of the best cheap scopes I've ever bought, and the glass is incredibly clear for the money.
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ill second the walmart centerpoint. Great scopes for a .22
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I have a Hawke 3-9x40 ill. mil dot reticle scope on a nice springer air rifle and it's held up well. Adjustable down to 7 yards and around $120. Maybe cheaper if you find a closeout.
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http://www.opticsale.com/tasco-targe...8_d_VAR624X42M

I have one for my 22LR and it works great. Find a 5% off coupon code online and came out to be just under $64 shipped. Review in Amazon said the scope tends to be blurry after 20X but for shooting at 50 yards, I have no problems and it's not blurry at all. I do have great sunlight though when I was shooting.
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