View Full Version : Scope for 10/22 on a budget

June 17, 2009, 08:40 PM
I was wondering what the best budget scope, <$100, would be for a Ruger 10/22. Shooting would be 50-150 yards. Do the BDC reticles work?

June 17, 2009, 08:46 PM
Cant go wrong with the BSA Sweet .22

June 17, 2009, 08:54 PM
I have a little bushnell 3-9X40 on mine I'm quite happy with.

June 17, 2009, 10:00 PM
^^ Yup. Inexpensive Bushnell 3-9x40 that Wally World sells fits the bill rather nicely. I think I picked up mine for $50, IIRC...

June 18, 2009, 04:29 PM
I would doubt the BDC would work on a .22 rifle. Many believe it truly only works on fixed power scopes, like the Super Sniper series etc.. I have a simmons on my Ruger and it fits the bill very well. You can get them at Academy for under 50 bucks. Mine has never lost zero.

June 18, 2009, 11:26 PM
This scope will last you and is pretty clear, bushnell banner fixed 4x. They are known for being affordable and dependable. Here is an example of one...

June 19, 2009, 02:29 PM
I've got the Bushnell Rimfire 3X9 on my 10/22... More than good enough for a .22.

June 20, 2009, 09:21 AM
I put a $30+/- fixed 4x BSA from WalMart on my 10/22 last year. Sighted it in once and it's still right there. Nice clear / bright picture too. Bought another one for my muzzle loader.

James R. Burke
June 21, 2009, 12:49 PM
Bushnell, BSA, a better type Tasco.

June 21, 2009, 02:18 PM
for optic scope on my hunting 22's I run these

not the best scope in the world but they hold up to being hauled around in my military trucks and hold zero well.

A few select 22's have the truglo TG8030MB2 but that is more $'s than your were asking about.

June 21, 2009, 05:28 PM
Mine sports a Bushnell 3x9 that has held up very well.

June 22, 2009, 09:42 AM
A bushnell banner 3-9X40 will run you just under $100 and is a decent scope for a plinker .22 rifle. I have three of them and never had a problem with any of them.

June 22, 2009, 10:01 AM
I'd agree with the Bushnell Banner or their fixed power rimfire series.

June 22, 2009, 09:24 PM
I'm finally going to beat sholling to the punch ;) and recommend the Weaver 4x shotgun scope (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=we849421). It's a $250 scope that's been discontinued and marked down to $80. I ran it against the (similar fixed-4x, 50-60-yard-parallax) Leupold FX-I Rimfire (http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-shooting/products/scopes/rimfire-riflescopes/fx-i-4x28mm-rimfire/) scope and liked it much better, personally, and I would prefer the Weaver even if it cost $200-ish like the Leupold. Rimfire scopes are generally parallax-adjusted for shorter ranges, but they look fine as close as I care to bring a target and I've used a loose one as a monocular to check things out as far as 200 yards. The depth of field is very, very wide on a fixed-4x.

Every couple months I go back and order an extra, ever since I lent my CZ-453 to a first-time shooter at the range and got a chipped lens for my trouble. All you guys need to order up the rest so I can stop doing that. :D

Prof Young
June 24, 2009, 10:06 PM
Pentax makes a range of scopes and they are all gauranteed for life, even against accidental damage. In other words if you drop it, you can send it back to them and for a nominal fee, I think it's $20, they send you a new one. The can be hard to find. I got mine from Midway.

Live Well, be safe
Prof Young

June 25, 2009, 05:37 AM
i love my BSA Sweet .22

June 25, 2009, 06:01 AM
Mueller APV can't be beat for $115

Big Ugly Tall Texan
June 25, 2009, 10:58 AM
BSA scopes are good choices for .22s and won't hurt your pocketbook.

Also Tasco.

srt 10 jimbo
June 26, 2009, 12:15 PM
I have a Simmons 3x9x32 22 mag on my Savage 93fv 22wmr. reason I picked it was It has the dial adjustments for elevation dials. I hate using a screwdriver to adjust them. and It works pretty well, got a 90:)lb hog at 50 yards with it. I paid like 89 bucks for It.

June 26, 2009, 02:26 PM
I'll second Adrian's recommendation of the 4X Weaver. I just received mine yesterday and it is an EXCELLENT value.

srt 10 jimbo
June 26, 2009, 08:52 PM
I had a Simmons and a savage, just sold em both for $325.00:)

June 30, 2009, 11:39 PM
asking what is a good cheap scope sounds like how ugly of a girl would you pick up. You don't want the ugly girl/cheap scope but sometimes that is all you can get at the time.

Big Ugly Tall Texan
July 1, 2009, 03:10 PM
I have a BSA 6-24 X 44 on an 8mm Mauser and so far it has held zero. I found it on sale and paid about $80 for it six or seven years ago.

Midway USA has a good selection of less expensive scopes.

This one would be a good choice as a general purpose scope for a .22


July 1, 2009, 07:33 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'l try to find one of those that I like.

Regular Joe
July 9, 2009, 04:45 AM
Keep in mind that cheap scopes all have almost nothing inside but plastic, and the BSA and Bushnell will have plastic lenses as well. Everything in that range. I may not have done any better, but I really like my $100 Nikon 4x that I got from Walmart. I wish the makers were more forthcoming about construction, as Burris was, back when they were making their case against Leupold.
I think the prudent thing to do is to get the BSA or Swift for now, and look around at garage sales and the like for the really right one. If I could find a Burris 6 x 24 at a garage sale for $100, I'd mount it on one of my .22 rifles within one hour.

July 9, 2009, 09:52 AM
Natchesz has the Nikon Buckmaster 4x40 on sale for $99. I already got one for my model 60.

July 9, 2009, 02:16 PM
I know it's been said already but, I put a $30 BSA fixed 4x from wal-mart on my 10/22 five years ago and it's still dead on. plenty of light gets collected for spotlighting at night or just shooting in low light. I was surprised by the performance of this little scope and i'm sure u will be too.

July 12, 2009, 01:11 PM
I would go with the Simmons 22Mag 3x9x32 with adjustable objective about $60.00:)

July 13, 2009, 12:52 AM
Simmons 22 mag 3x9 on my 10/22. Love it, I think I paid 50 bucks for it

Dallas Jack
July 13, 2009, 04:12 AM
I second the Nikon Buckmaster 4x40 on sale at Natchesz for $99. Should be a bright scope with accurate tracking. That's something you can't say for most of the cheap scopes.
Dallas Jack