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Old 02-23-2017, 2:27 AM
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Wanted to know what a good power for a .22 rifle would be?
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Old 02-23-2017, 3:59 AM
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depends on what your going to use the rifle for...lotta guys run 3-9s...3-15s...6-24s and some of the BR guys even more power.
i have a 6-24x50 on my CZ455 and a 3-15x42 on my kidd...it just depends on how well you want to see your target which leads into the quality of the glass...then do you need or want a FFP or SFP scope and last how much money do you want to spend.
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I know there are better, more expensive scopes out there but for around $50 you can pick up a Simmons 22 Magnum Scope 3X9. I liked it so much I bought three of them. For most people shooting a 22 is limited to about 150 yards so you don't need anything more powerful than that. Even a fixed X4 is good enough at that distance.
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I know there are better, more expensive scopes out there but for around $50 you can pick up a Simmons 22 Magnum Scope 3X9. I liked it so much I bought three of them. For most people shooting a 22 is limited to about 150 yards so you don't need anything more powerful than that. Even a fixed X4 is good enough at that distance.
Same. The Simmons works for me and is cheap! 3x9 is good but I know I don't use that much power. I agree that an x4 would be just fine.
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If it's semi-auto get a fixed power, if it's a bolt get a variable.
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Old 02-23-2017, 7:39 AM
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I bought a Bushnell pronghorn 3x9x36 and it's a great scope for the price

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I will add a lot of folks like very high power scopes on .22's. This is so they can see the bullet holed on paper.

I just ask you to please not be that guy at the indoor range with a 8-32x scope. Shooting at 15 yards.
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Old 02-23-2017, 8:46 AM
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I will add a lot of folks like very high power scopes on .22's. This is so they can see the bullet holed on paper.

I just ask you to please not be that guy at the indoor range with a 8-32x scope. Shooting at 15 yards.
Haha, no. I'd like to shoot paper around 100 yrds, and the occasional gong out at 200. I use a red dot on my .223 AR.

The rifle is a 10/22 with bull barrel.
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For standing, shooting 25, 50, and 100 yards offhand with my CZ 512 and 455, I like 3-9 and maybe 3-12 because they are lighter than the giant scopes.

For my CZ452 I like 8-32 because I usually shoot it off bags.
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I like the Mueller APV AO Rifle Scope, 4.5-14 x 40mm comes in either black or silver I have a silver one on my SS Savage great scope for the money.
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On my .22, assuming I don't decide to use one of my more expensive target scopes for kicks I really like the fixed power SWFA stuff for bench/target shooting and really like the Weaver 1-3x scope for general purpose stuff... like on my 10/22.

The SWFA have adjustable parallax that goes down to about 25 yards or so which is why I really like them for target use, plus they track well and have really decent glass.
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Get a 3x9, and a pair of binoculars to see your holes on paper

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Get a 3x9, and a pair of binoculars to see your holes on paper

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You are better off just spending more on the rifle scope in the first place than trying to supplement it with another optic just to see your shots.

Spotting with binoculars is a miserable experience unless its supported by a tripod and has good glass.
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I just bought two Vortex Diamondback 3-9x40mm scopes for $300 shipped. I'm mounting one onto my CZ 455 and one on my dad's Savage A17. I'll report back after range day.
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I recently got a Nikon Prostaff II 3-9x40.

Like it so far at the indoor range, have to decide when to fight the traffic and get to Angeles for 100 yard gong noises.
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I have a 2-7 Redfield on my 10-22. Excellent shooter and carries easy.
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I'm also a fan of the 3-9 magnification choice for a 22 LR. I have found that stepping up to the distances you want to shoot at, 100 and 200 yards, you might be happier using a 4-12. Nikon just happens to have the PROSTAFF 4-12 BDC on sale for under $190. I do some freelance work for Nikon but no sales at all. I just thought this might be a money saving option for you and using the BDC reticle can be a useful tool as well. At a recent event we shot steel crows at 200 yards using 10/22's and Nikon's BDC reticle. It was a blast for everyone as most folk's do not think of a 22 LR's use past 100 yards. Definitely worth chacking out and if you have any question's about using the BDC reticle drop me a note.


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3x9 is a good general purpose scope, you wont go wrong.
Unless you have a special purpose which would require more or less power.
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Hawke makes some awesome scopes for the money.

2-7, 3-9, 4-12, or 6-24. Nice and clear, hold zero, great etched reticles.

The new bugbuster from UTG is another great option.
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What ever you decide, stay away from Made in China, you will not regret it. Any thing less that a NIKON will eventually disappoint. Buy something once that retains some value if you decide to upgrade later. Only decent scope I have ever had was a Mueller made in China, they are the exception. And they have a lifetime warranty.
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Great input everyone! The wife gave me the greenlight to get a 10/22 takedown. Now I'm in the market for a scope
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Vortex currently on sale. I just got 6-18 44 AO for 140
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Vortex currently on sale. I just got 6-18 44 AO for 140
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If it's semi-auto get a fixed power, if it's a bolt get a variable.
Why ??? Please explain more .
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I have used .22s with cheap glass and they are a disappointment. I used a good quality Leupold on a .22 back in the late 70's and never again will I use cheap glass. I like Leupold scopes because they have a lifetime guarantee, that is passed on to those who buy them used. One of my favorite scopes for a .22 is the Leupold VX-II 3X9. You can find them on ebay for $150-200. You can buy with confidence because Leupold will repair any damage for free. You can also have Leupold adjust the parallax to any range that you select (this service will cost you).
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All of my 22's have peep sights that work great even with my bifocals.

What are these scopes on a 22 that you speak of
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When shooting with a .22 I like to see what I'm aiming at just as well as when I'm using a centerfire rifle. I also seem to shoot at smaller targets with rimfires than I do with centerfires. So I want decent optics on a Rimfire. With my eyes a decent Rimfire scope starts at $100.00.
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I have a couple Vari X III's I'm not using. I bet they would be fun on a .22........
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Besides joking around, I like Leupold and Nikon scopes.

- Leupold because of experience with them while hunting

- Nikon, slightly expanded reason; for work have used Nikon microscopes. They make really nice microscopes. And, from years of experience with Nikon cameras and lenses; they make excellent camera bodies and lenses.

My brother put a Nikon 2-7 Rimfire scope on a Savage bolt action. That is a really nice setup for the ranges 22lr is typically shot at.

Realize, when you look at any optics, all the manufactures including Leupold and Nikon, have different "levels or grades" of scopes. When you are comparing scopes, be sure to compare the same grade from the various manufacturers

Also keep in mind, there is no replacement for good glass. I have taken pictures, made shots, and found defects on silicon wafers with high grades lens and scopes, that I would not have been able to do with lower or entry grades of glass.

You're putting it on a 22lr, but keep in mind, using a better grade scope, like using a better grade ammo, will give you more enjoyment and ability to hit your target.

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Wanted to know what a good power for a .22 rifle would be?
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One(1.0X).

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I recently got a Nikon Prostaff II 3-9x40.

Like it so far at the indoor range, have to decide when to fight the traffic and get to Angeles for 100 yard gong noises.
It's on sale now at opticsplanet (less than $90, free tax, free shipping).

http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-pr...iflescope.html

(I am not affiliate with opticsplanet nor nikon, I just pass the info).
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I know there are better, more expensive scopes out there but for around $50 you can pick up a Simmons 22 Magnum Scope 3X9. I liked it so much I bought three of them. For most people shooting a 22 is limited to about 150 yards so you don't need anything more powerful than that. Even a fixed X4 is good enough at that distance.
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Spend more and pick up a better optic.

If you're like me, and find yourself putting a firearm away in the safe for awhile, it's nice to have that extra optic and being able to put it to use on something else.

I really should find a nice scope calibrated for .22lr, but having nice optics on everything else I can't push myself to cheap out. Actually looking to pick up an NXS for my .22lr
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a nice 4x scope has served me well over the years. Just make a good scope so it tracks.
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3x9 works well for general use. I have a fixed 36x on a CZ455. Great for target shooting, useless for anything else. Field of view is too small. Don't make the mistake of going cheap on glass. Buy quality names like Nikon or similar.
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I use a fixed 6x $30 chi-com "Sniper" scope I got for $30. Works great to 100 yards, my typical .22LR limit. I have binoc's for viewing.

Past 100 yards, it's the AR-47. Past 400 yards it's 5.56 or Grendel.
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