The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old December 30, 2012, 11:39 PM   #1
Deja vu
Senior Member
Join Date: March 14, 2010
Location: Border of Idaho & Montana
Posts: 2,532
Best scope for a 22LR?

I have been building my dream 22LR for hunting ground rats. I have most every thing picked out (not bought yet other than the suppressor).

I need to know what scopes work best.

Also how would one of those Holographic sights work? I have seen them with 3MOA and smaller dots. Would those work well at 60ish yards? I am trying to keep the gun really light.

If the holographic sight is out of the question what glass would you recommend? I looking for some thing less than $400.00

I understand that typically subsonic ammo is the most accurate? Is that true?
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.

all 26 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple. Wish my wife did as well...
Deja vu is offline  
Old December 31, 2012, 12:29 AM   #2
Staff In Memoriam
Join Date: October 31, 2007
Location: Western Florida panhandle
Posts: 11,069
I am a fan of these air rifle scopes...

Being able to handle the abuse of spring powered air rifles makes them very solid performers on rim fire rifles...

Mine was on a savage bolt action .22 when I rolled an SUV several times... all of my weapons were thrown VIOLENTLY out the broken windows... My .22 synthetic stock was split from the bolt handle cutout to the trigger guard and the thing was still dead nuts on zero...

Cannot say the same for the scope that was on the Marlin 336 it was never a tight grouping scope after the crash...

There is an identical scope labeled as Daisey since Daisey had bought the air rifle rights to the Winchester name...
hogdogs is offline  
Old December 31, 2012, 10:18 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: February 20, 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,080
This is a nice one!
i have one that I am thinking about listing for sale or trade soon.
For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, But to us who are being saved, It Is The Power Of God. 1Corinthians 1-18
Gbro is offline  
Old January 1, 2013, 01:24 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: February 2, 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 2,676
Reddots work like crap on small game beyond short range IMO. Tried one a hunting gun and while great for fast moving coon it sucked for squirrel hunting. Other than that "best" is gonna be defined by your budget. I like 2-7x scopes in the $150 range on my rimfires and avoid AO like it's the plague. My main hunting .22 wears a 2-7x Redfield.

L_Killkenny is offline  
Old January 1, 2013, 01:54 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: June 4, 2006
Location: NE FL.......
Posts: 1,081
Mount a EER Handgun scope in a Scout configuration. You get the fast aquisition of a Red Dot and the finner aiming point of a traditional scope.

The Lupold 1.5 is a champ...........

Not exactly what I had in mind but you can get the idea from the pictures in this thread.............
bswiv is offline  
Old January 2, 2013, 02:27 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: June 15, 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 9,275
A 2-7X or 1-4X on the low powers is just as fast as a red dot up close without the downsides. The 2-7X Redfield is a good choice. This would work well enough to 60 yards and is around 8 oz. if you are trying to go light. No reason to spend much more for the recoil and ranges you will be shooting with a rimfire.

If you really want a red dot, consider a conventional scope with an illuminated reticle. More than I'd pay, and a bit over your $400 budget, but a good scope.

I understand that typically subsonic ammo is the most accurate? Is that true?
Usually, but not always. My CZ shoots subsonic target ammo more accurately, but my Ruger 10-22's like the CCI Mini-mags better. At least better than the Wolf or Ely ammo that I shoot through the CZ. You'll just have to experiment with your rifle.
jmr40 is offline  
Old January 2, 2013, 03:41 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: February 2, 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 2,676
EER and scout scopes are a bad idea tossed around by otherwise intelligent people. Oh, and a bunch of kool-aid drinkers too. For all practical purposes they are not any faster than LOW POWERED scopes mounted in the traditional fashion and they suffer from poor feild of veiw.
L_Killkenny is offline  
Old January 2, 2013, 04:30 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: July 30, 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,318
My two favorite .22 LR scopes are a 2-7 and a plain old fixed 4x. nothing to fiddle with just zero and shoot it.
Panfisher is offline  
Old January 2, 2013, 06:25 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: August 25, 2008
Location: Potatoes and Hops
Posts: 11,395
For most of my life, I've used 3-9x40mm scopes on .22 LRs and .22 WMRs. They work, but I almost always set them at 4x or 5x, and leave it there.

Last year, I ran a 2-7x33mm Redfield on my 77/22 for a little while. It was nice... but not quite what I wanted. And, I still set it at 4x or 5x, and left it.
(I like the scope, just not on that rifle.)

In the end, I went for simplicity and clarity.
I wouldn't recommend the brand, but I am becoming a bigger believer in fixed-power scopes.
The 77/22 now wears a Tasco Pronghorn (centerfire) 4x32mm. When I have some spare change, it'll be replaced by a higher quality fixed-power scope (like a Leupold FX-3, if possible).

Hogdogs mention of springer-rated air gun scopes does open some other options, though.
Don't even try it. It's even worse than the internet would lead you to believe.
FrankenMauser is offline  
Old January 2, 2013, 08:09 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: December 9, 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 103
Im a huge fan of Mueller scopes ( Decent selection, super high quality, good prices, fast to ship. For sure worth spending a few minutes on their website to check it out.
Mezzanine is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:55 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2018 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.10850 seconds with 10 queries