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Old 07-16-2019, 7:33 PM
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Im not new to shooting but I am new to optics. I wanted to put a good scope on the 10/22 I recently purchased. So recently I still have 9 days to go before I can pick it up. Anyway I was wondering what magnification scope would be goon on a 10/22 for out to 100 yards. I want something that will be good for short distances of like 25 yards, but has enough magnification to get on target at 100 yards. I did a bit research and was thinking a 1-4 scope, but I wanted to see what people with a little more experience with optics thought.

Id like to keep it about magnification rather than get into brand and specific models. Everyone has their preference and I know specifics on brands and models can start a war over which is best. Ill just read reviews and watch videos to find out which brand and specific model I want.
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Old 07-16-2019, 7:36 PM
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3-9 is extremely common for 22lr
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Old 07-16-2019, 7:49 PM
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It depends on what you want to hit at 100 yards. A 1-4 X will work out to 100 yards but you're not going to be able to see the .22 caliber bullet holes at that distance. If you have really good eyes you could see them at 16X but I need at least 20X.
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Old 07-16-2019, 8:04 PM
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Being able to see your hits on a target 100 yards away largely depends on your eyes and the quality of the scope. Adjustable objective or side focus allow you to get sharp focus at various distances - some will focus down to 10 yards, some 25, some 30. I'm personally done with scopes that don't have AO or SF.
My 75-yard-and-under guns typically wear 3-9 magnification scopes, or more. I have 2-7, 3-9, 4-12, 4.5-14, 6-18, 6.5-20, and 8-32 scopes, depending on purpose. The most common are the 3-9, but at 100 yards I really like the 6-18s. Seeing a target isn't the same as seeing hits on a target.
Of course, if you are shooting a 10" gong at 100 yards, your requirements will (or may) be different than if you are shooting paper off a bench.
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:41 PM
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If you wanna shoot at the corners of the bar code at 100 yards get a 12X or higher with a super fine target reticle.

My favorite .22 scope is a fixed 3.5 or 4 power wide view, zeroed dead on at 30 yards.
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Old 07-17-2019, 4:30 AM
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Thank you everyone for you reply. 3-9 does seem to be really popular on 10/22 from what Ive read. I just didnt know how good it would be a closer targets like 25 yards.

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Being able to see your hits on a target 100 yards away largely depends on your eyes and the quality of the scope. Adjustable objective or side focus allow you to get sharp focus at various distances - some will focus down to 10 yards, some 25, some 30. I'm personally done with scopes that don't have AO or SF.
My 75-yard-and-under guns typically wear 3-9 magnification scopes, or more. I have 2-7, 3-9, 4-12, 4.5-14, 6-18, 6.5-20, and 8-32 scopes, depending on purpose. The most common are the 3-9, but at 100 yards I really like the 6-18s. Seeing a target isn't the same as seeing hits on a target.
Of course, if you are shooting a 10" gong at 100 yards, your requirements will (or may) be different than if you are shooting paper off a bench.
Ill pretty much be shooting at a paper target. All i really do is go to the range. There is really no BLM land around where I can go shoot. At least none that I know of and I dont know anyone with enough land positioned in a proper area to do any other kind of shooting. Im not looking for dead on precision here. I just want to be able to hit the target at 100 yards. As far as far as adjustable objective and side focus. I really dont know what that is. Ill have to do more research on that.
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Minute of critter, a 1-4, 2-7, or a 3-9. The advantage of the 2-7 is they're typically simple, light and compact, imho perfect for a 10-22. Plus bunch of good ones out there.

Punching paper, 4-12, or more. I like adjustable optics (ao) for anything over 10x. Easier to see the holes.
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Perhaps a shotgun style scope would work. Others will chime in on this, but, one could work for your intended use.
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You might want to go to a gun store and try out what they have. Look at the various options. Another factor you might have to consider is cost (if that is something important to you). For just hitting things (without seeing the hole that you make) a red dot alone or with a magnifier might be an option for the 25-100 yard range.
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2x7 or 3x9. I used Leupold 33 mm, very sharp and lightweight too. The 2x7 rimfire is fixed parallax at 100 yards, the 3x9 VX freedom 33 mm is adjustable and only 12 oz. $299.
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My 22LR & 17 HMR scope magnification sweet spot is 4X12X40 to keep the size/weight reasonable.

*No lit riticles or battery powered do dads and I get good scope covers. Butler creek is my "go to".

*I always choose beefy overkill scope mounts and spend accordingly. I blue Loctite the mounts on 100% the time.

*Hunting ground squirrels, plinking/target shooting etc. so slings are needed as well.
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I'm a big fan of the Leupold VX-1 rimfire scopes, the 2-7x28 and the 3-9 AO. But now they have discountinued those models and I guess the nearest thing is the Leupold VX-Freedom models they offer now.


I don't see the point of putting a big 12x or higher scope on a little rimfire rifle and on a "traditional" 22 ( like my old Winchester bolt action or a BL-22) the rimfire models with their smaller size make a lot more sense, are lighter weight, and are look better proportioned to the rifle. I prefer to leave the 24x stuff for my long range centerfire rifle.

But as someone said above -- and this is important -- make sure you get a "fine" reticle. Don't get a "firedot" or any of that stuff for your rimfire, leave it for the combat stuff. You want a reticle with really thin lines so you can aim precisely.

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I just put a Nikon P3 Prostaff 3x9x40 with the "precision" (i.e. a fine dot with fine crosshairs) reticle on a CZ457 Pro Varmint and it's awesome. Maybe I can't see the hole at 100 yards after the first shot, but after 5 or so it's just big enough.
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The Nikon 3x9-40 is a nice scope. Parallax adjusted for 100 yards. Typical, high quality Nikon glass. Does not have side or objective focus.

I was using mine on my .223 Savage, but recently purchased a Leupold VX3 4.5x14-40 from a friend. It's a very nice scope with a varmint reticle and objective focus.
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Old 07-21-2019, 5:32 PM
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3x9 scope ... Shoot and see targets are easy to see groups at 100 yards.. Hornady or Caldwell targets at Midway for a decent price..
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The Nikon 3x9-40 is a nice scope. Parallax adjusted for 100 yards. Typical, high quality Nikon glass. Does not have side or objective focus.

I was using mine on my .223 Savage, but recently purchased a Leupold VX3 4.5x14-40 from a friend. It's a very nice scope with a varmint reticle and objective focus.
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I'm a big fan of the Leupold VX-1 rimfire scopes, the 2-7x28 and the 3-9 AO. But now they have discountinued those models and I guess the nearest thing is the Leupold VX-Freedom models they offer now.
The 3x9 33mm VX Freedom is an excellent scope. It also has a very fine reticle so you can zero in better. My AR-22 and Cal Guns AR have them. Easy to see one .22LR hole at 100 yards.
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Old 2 x 7 Redfield-Widefield works well for me.
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I have a Simmons 4x32 scope on my 10/22. It's great up to 50 yards for small paper targets. Beyond that I would recommend getting one with 7 or 9 power.

Or maybe my eye sight sucks...
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If your only going to shoot paper a 24 or 36 power Weaver is the cheapest best setup you can buy.
If your budget is tighter than a $400 scope get a variable power Tasco 6-24 and avoid anything that has less than a 1 inch tube on it.
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I have this FFP scope on my slightly modified 10/22 and really like it.

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If you are punching paper get something like a Mueller 8-32x44. Especially if you modify your 10/22. If you leave it stock you won’t need that much power at 100 yds, wasted money. I use the Muellers on my CZ’s and splat flies at 50 yds
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If you are just shooting from a bench then go with a higher magnification. If you are going to shoot offhand you will want a lower magnification, in the 2 to 4 power ranger. I put a Leupold 3 X 9 on my wife and daughters 10-22s.
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