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brentfoto
February 1, 2013, 03:15 AM
Can anyone here recommend a traditional scope for under $100 for a Marlin 60 (.22lr) rifle?

Will be shooting out to 100 yards-mainly for target practice.

At my age, I am finding it difficult to focus looking at the front sight, even with my glasses, which are progressives.

Looking for a 'best buy' or 'best bang for the buck' and do not want to exceed $100, but want to be reasonably accurate to 100 yards.

Thanks in advance!

sarge1967
February 1, 2013, 05:06 AM
I got a Bushnell 4X scope at Walmart designed for .22 rifles. It works fine on my 10/22. I paid like $35-40 for it.

brentfoto
February 1, 2013, 11:37 AM
Sarge, do you have the model number?

Also, on another forum it was suggested by someone that I get a 3-9...

I don't know if a 4x would be good for out to 100 yards or not, to be honest.

Thanks, and more suggestions requested from other posters.

PawPaw
February 1, 2013, 01:02 PM
I've got a Nikon fixed 4X that I like a lot. It's a .22 scope, so the parallax is set at 50 yards. The scope is very bright, with nice optics. I paid $100.00 for it last year.

jmhyer
February 1, 2013, 04:48 PM
My Simmons 3-9x32 .22 mag rimfire scope has been perfection on my model 60.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Simmons-22-Mag-3-9X32-Rifle-Scope/6340061

Hawg
February 1, 2013, 05:59 PM
I got a Bushnell 4X scope at Walmart designed for .22 rifles. It works fine on my 10/22. I paid like $35-40 for it.

I got the same one before Christmas on sale for 25.00 Unless you're shooting for tiny groups the fixed 4 will do whatever you need it to.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/rebel727/Marlins/0037.jpg

brentfoto
February 1, 2013, 06:05 PM
I believe that I will get the Simmons or that Bushnell.

Is AO important for a Simmons or any other scope? I'm not even certain what AO is all about...

there's a lot I'm not certain of...for instance, I can't or don't have a 'quote with reply' function on this forum...:confused:

So, please reply, guys, and thanks for the photo and for your combined input thus far.

I would have to say that I'd like to attempt tiny groups as target shooting is all that I'd be doing for most of the time, though I may do some hunting in the future.

brentfoto
February 1, 2013, 06:12 PM
Hawk-your rifle's stock is identical to mine but mine is the blued version of the rifle.

Also, I believe the Simmon's referenced above does NOT have the AO, but curious about AO anyway.

jmhyer
February 1, 2013, 07:06 PM
For my purposes, I have never had a need to worry about parallax. Therefore, I have not missed the absence of AO.

brentfoto
February 1, 2013, 08:44 PM
jmhyer-

Thanks for getting back to me.

Since you have a Marlin 60 and the Simmon's can you tell me:

(1) what do I need to securely mount this on my 60 given the mount(s) provided/rings are supposedly inadequate?

(2) Should I mount medium or high rings?

(3) could I successfully use this scope on a Savage .30-06?

jmhyer
February 1, 2013, 11:08 PM
I have mine mounted with the supplied rings and mount. And, as mentioned, have had no issues. Admittedly, I handle all my firearms with kid gloves.

I honestly don't know if it could withstand the recoil of the 30-06, though.

sholling
February 2, 2013, 01:04 AM
I wouldn't put any sub-$100 scope on that rifle but you can pick up a very good quality Sightron S1 3-9x32 Rimfire (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/147249/sightron-si-rimfire-rifle-scope-3-9x-32mm-fine-crosshair-reticle-matte) on sale for $100 right now, or an excellent Weaver RV4 4x28 Rimfire (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=WE849430) for $120 at Natchez. An RV7 2.5-7x28 Rimfire (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&brand=WE&prodID=WE849432) is $20 more. I just don't believe in wasting money on disposable Chinese junk.

brentfoto
February 2, 2013, 01:52 AM
sholling-

Thanks for your input. I was aware of the sightron on sale.

I will look into the others you have mentioned-appreciated!

brentfoto
February 2, 2013, 02:06 AM
PawPaw-

Thanks, seriously considering the Nikon Prostaff Rimfire.

sarge1967
February 2, 2013, 08:55 AM
Sarge, do you have the model number?

Also, on another forum it was suggested by someone that I get a 3-9...

I don't know if a 4x would be good for out to 100 yards or not, to be honest.

Thanks, and more suggestions requested from other posters.

Sorry but I can't find a model number on the thing anywhere. I find 4X fine out to 100 yards. Of course more is better just make sure it is a rim fire scope. They have the parallax set for 50 yards instead of 100 yards like a center fire scope does.

sarge1967
February 2, 2013, 09:04 AM
I got the same one before Christmas on sale for 25.00 Unless you're shooting for tiny groups the fixed 4 will do whatever you need it to.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/rebel727/Marlins/0037.jpg

Yup that looks just like mine. I had to buy rings that would work on the rail that came with the 10/22 but the supplied rings will work on the receiver groves of a Marlin 60.

brentfoto
February 2, 2013, 06:15 PM
"Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawg Haggen
I got the same one before Christmas on sale for 25.00 Unless you're shooting for tiny groups the fixed 4 will do whatever you need it to.


Yup that looks just like mine. I had to buy rings that would work on the rail that came with the 10/22 but the supplied rings will work on the receiver groves of a Marlin 60."
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---Sarge and Hawk-
Well, I went to local Walmart today to purchase Weaver 'tip-off base and rings' in anticipation of purchasing online a more expensive scope but that Bushnell you referenced, e.g., the 4x32 Rimfire, was one of the few scopes that he had...on a whim and also remembering posters like yourself, I ended up buying it! Hopefully it will mount directly on the Marlin 60 as you asserted. It was priced at $29.97.

Wish me well and THANKS for the comments, guys!

On another matter, I don't know why I am unable to quote posts...does it have to do with anything related to paying for a subscription?

p.s. Will post photos when mounted on my 60.

Hawg
February 2, 2013, 08:13 PM
It will mount. As for quotes there's a row of icons at the top of the reply screen. The second to last is quote tags.

sarge1967
February 2, 2013, 08:15 PM
"Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawg Haggen
I got the same one before Christmas on sale for 25.00 Unless you're shooting for tiny groups the fixed 4 will do whatever you need it to.


Yup that looks just like mine. I had to buy rings that would work on the rail that came with the 10/22 but the supplied rings will work on the receiver groves of a Marlin 60."
===========================================
---Sarge and Hawk-
Well, I went to local Walmart today to purchase Weaver 'tip-off base and rings' in anticipation of purchasing online a more expensive scope but that Bushnell you referenced, e.g., the 4x32 Rimfire, was one of the few scopes that he had...on a whim and also remembering posters like yourself, I ended up buying it! Hopefully it will mount directly on the Marlin 60 as you asserted. It was priced at $29.97.

Wish me well and THANKS for the comments, guys!

On another matter, I don't know why I am unable to quote posts...does it have to do with anything related to paying for a subscription?

p.s. Will post photos when mounted on my 60.

Cool! Let us know how it works for you. It does great on my 10/22. I use it for pest control mostly. I have taken many coons opossums and squirrels with it.

Colokeb
February 2, 2013, 08:21 PM
I have a Leapers UTG Airgun medium mount from OpticsPlanet with a 1 inch Bushnell Sportview AO 4 x 12. These can be found used on ebay. Makes for an excellent stick tight varmint rig. Scope could also be an older Bushnell 2.5x8 Scopechief. One on ebay for $79 now.

This setup will not slide off the rifle. These $13 rings are one piece with three hex nuts. Regular rings often slide backwards on a Marlin 60... believe me.

I have this on two M60 22LR rifles, and a more expensive Sightron scope on a third.

brentfoto
February 2, 2013, 09:26 PM
from Hawg Haggen:
It will mount. As for quotes there's a row of icons at the top of the reply screen. The second to last is quote tags.


Thanks, Hawg!

double bogey
February 3, 2013, 01:03 PM
Its low priced, but has a lot of features. I have 3 of them on .22's, never had an issue.
http://swfa.com/BSA-3-9x40-Sweet-22-Riflescope-P42505.aspx

brentfoto
February 3, 2013, 04:01 PM
double bogey-

Checking it out right now at that price. I haven't opened the Bushnell and just may return it today and order the BSA. There are a number of those on Amazon at much higher prices-apparently the BSA you referenced also has AO and BC.

Amazon reviews, however, appear less favorable than those on SWFA.

Looks like I could use this on my .30-06 as well.

Update: Decided to stick with the 4x32 Bushnell bargain scope. It's received very good reviews, and for price and purpose, going to give it a try.

Thank you, glad that you posted!

double bogey
February 3, 2013, 10:59 PM
It has adjustable objective, and bullet drop compensation, with 3 different adjust caps for compensation. Pretty neat scope, and I have no problems with any of the 3.

9mm
February 4, 2013, 04:14 PM
BSA sweet 22lr, find it on amazon for $60< great scope, great reviews.

brentfoto
February 5, 2013, 12:39 PM
Well, I shot with the inexpensive Bushnell 4x32 scope from Walmart. Besides having difficulty with the rings coming loose/scope walking, I had to do an inordinate amount of windage adjustment to the right but I still missed targets at 50 yards. Will give it another try today, but I've also decided to go with the following:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000INAEWS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

Want to get in closer as I'll be shooting a lot @100 yds. and also want the AO.

Mauser8mm
February 25, 2013, 05:35 PM
Simmons .22 Mag 3-9x32- $48.89

http://www.opticsplanet.com/simmons-22-mag-3-9x32mm-rifle-scope-with-rings.html

Colokeb
February 25, 2013, 08:43 PM
Brent

Did you read about the Leapers rings? They solve the slideback issue. I shoot 3000 rounds a year with two Marlin 60's.