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Old September 14, 2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Good scope for .22?

I over the past year have acquired two Marlin model 60s. I have decided to take up small game hunting and need a good, rugged scope which will not break the bank. I noticed Walmart has some CenterPoints for around $70. Are they any good? If not, any suggestions? Also, what should I look for in a scope ie eye relief, parallax, etc.?

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Old September 14, 2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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If you don't own any scopes already, I'd suggest a look at the rimfire scopes (4 power is fine, as is 2-7 variable) that are available. Cabela's sells one or two, I believe, that have BDC lines or dots for shooting out to 100 yards. With the rainbow trajectory of the 22 LR, those BDC lines/dots could come in handy at times. Or you could cruise a few gunshows and pick up a used 4 power centerfire scope from any of the major scope makers. And I even have a couple of inexpensive BSA 4 powers that I got at Walmart and they've held up fine.
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Old September 14, 2012, 07:40 PM   #3
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I also recommend a BSA. I had one on a 17 hmr, and I had no complaints. It was made for the HMR, but I don't remember the power. Hard to believe, but it really was good.
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Old September 15, 2012, 02:00 AM   #4
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I've used a few different inexpensive scopes ($40 or less) that were plenty good for the small game hunting I do. The brands were Tasco (2-7x), Bushnell (3-9x) and Simmons (4x). All were parallax free at 50 yards.

Of those, I like the Simmons best because it provides the most generous and forgiving eye relief, and it holds zero very well. From one fall (hunting season) to the next, I haven't had to adjust the sights at all.

I also have a Simmons shotgun scope on a .22 rifle. That may sound odd, but it has the same 50-yard parallax, the same 32mm objective lens, and weighs only an ounce or two more. I got it, because it has a 1.5-5x magnification, which I really like, but isn't very common for .22 scopes.
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Old September 15, 2012, 05:48 AM   #5
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I have a Leupold 2-7 on my Remington 541 and it is very good. Your right there are some nice scopes at Wal-mart that will work fine and not break the bank.
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Old September 15, 2012, 07:23 AM   #6
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I have a Weaver K6 on a Marlin 39A and a K4 on a CZ452.

I recently added a picatinny rail to the CZ so I could take a 4-16 Nikon Monarch off my M1A and try it out on the CZ.

I may change the rings out on the Weaver K4 so it is easier to switch scopes back and forth. I don't care for the CZ rings much.

For those who have not tried one, the CZ 452 Trainer is a pretty decent bolt action .22.

I shot quarter size groups of 10 at 100 yards with the rifle yesterday and the wind was blowing like a banshee from the right.

To be honest, the wind probably blew a couple into the target

I am really pleased with the rifle.

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Old September 15, 2012, 07:40 AM   #7
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One of the best low cost and yet has excellent clear optics is the Mueller APV,
4-14x40, low power for hunting higher power for target about $129.
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Old September 15, 2012, 09:00 AM   #8
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I have had 2 centerpoints. One now sits on my brothers ML. The other came with my Nitro Piston pellet rifle. I'm about 1500 shots through the pellet rifle. The scope is shot. Won't hold zero, won't even hold between shots.

I have the Nikon Pro staff 150 on my 17 hmr and love it. Under $200, crystal clear and dead nuts on target.

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Old September 15, 2012, 10:51 AM   #9
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I have next to no experience with scopes as a whole, but my first scope on my first rifle was a Nikon Prostaff (3-9x50) on a CZ 452 and I have been very please with it.

Easy to zero, clear, solid and the BDC system is nice and intuitive to use.

You could do far worse than one of those!
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Old September 15, 2012, 12:17 PM   #10
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The cheap scope that came with my savage markII was a Tasco. It held zero until my 10 year old son dropped the rifle on a hunting trip. I replaced it with a Simmons that came to me on a used 243 win. Not sure which model but it works. Paralax will be best if you get one that is set at 50 yards unless you plan on longer range shooting. Most people don't notice paralax problems unless they are shooting small targets at ranges vastly different from the paralax setting. You can spend more and get an adjustable objective if you want it. But I would only recommend that if you are shooting at very short and very long range.
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Old September 15, 2012, 02:47 PM   #11
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As you asked center points work real well on .22s. I own 3 centerpoints , the best is the 3x9x42 mil dot
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Old September 16, 2012, 01:50 AM   #12
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i dont think the centerpoints are too bad for what they are, and they do have a lifetime warranty. They are popular among the airgunner crowd, the weird recoil from the springers can cause the scope to break so its nice to be able to take them back for another one. I also like the mueller apv, with the lit reticle for hunting especially.
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Old September 16, 2012, 07:09 AM   #13
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[QUOTE-wingman]One of the best low cost and yet has excellent clear optics is the Mueller APV,
4-14x40, low power for hunting higher power for target about $129. [/QUOTE]


Mine has been 100% for the past 6-8 years. Having AO is a must for rimfire, matches can be 20yds out to 100yds and everything in between. The new Mueller APT with a 30mm tube looks interesting, should be great for long range rimfire shooting.
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