Discussion in 'Hunting Equipment, Gear & Optics' started by Rick Cox, Feb 13, 2020.
Nikon is definitely on my list.
I would suggest looking at the BSA Sweet 22 3-9x40 with Parallax. I put one on my Ruger 10/22 and really like the fact that I can go from 50 yards to 100 yards and keeping on focal plane. The glass is fine for me and I have been very happy with it. They're about $100 on Amazon. My use for my 22 LR is to practice squeezing while I'm shooting my hunting rifles. I had the trigger replaced on the rifle and adjusted to match my other rifles so they all break at the weight.
Any scope with a screw on objective (most evening but Burris) can be parallax adjusted by you at home. I’ve done it for several scopes.
The only one that’s given me a problem is a Leupold. It’s on there tight like red Locktite.
If you find an illuminated reticle scope you like just dial in the parallax by removing the objective bell.
I prefer the old Leupold rimfire scopes. The new ones are too big. 2-7 or fixed 4 is about right for squirrel hunting.
What is the main purpose are you going use the scope for - hunting or target shooting?
If I were using it for hunting, then any decent 3-9x variable (or a fixed 6x), on 1" mounts, will do the job nicely: these being fairly light in weight and low in profile for hunting purposes.
I used to own a "Turret" fixed 6x power scope on my Brno 22lr. It had thick horizontal and vertical outer crosshairs, which ended in a thick circle, within which were the finest of crosshairs I've ever seen! The beauty of this optical set-up was that it was perfect for normal daylight use, but in low light conditions, that thick circle truly came into it's own! It was then that I realised why that thick circle was there! It was there to be used like a peep sight to sight in on, to place the bullet on the game. I bought this scope for $40 - and the guy who designed it was an absolute genius, and knew precisely what he wanted that scope to do!!
For competitive benchrest target shooting I'd mount a Tasco fixed 36x scope with a fine crosshair. The Tasco gives excellent optics, with the crosshairs not interfering with bullet placement on the target.
I read about the Clearidge Ultra RM 3-9x32 AO rimfire scope on Rimfire Central a number of years ago. The reviews were so positive I decided to try one when I got a CZ 512. I’ve had it for eight years and haven’t been disappointed. They are made by LOW in Japan which makes top notch stuff.
To me the VX-2 EFR 3-9x33 was the ultimate rimfire scope. It morphed into the VX-Freedom EFR 3-9x33. To my eyes the Clearidge is just as good when compared apples to apples.
Since you're getting a Tikka, I'd skip the cheapo scopes. The Leupold EFR 3-9x33 with adjustable objective makes a great lightweight 22 scope. I wouldn't buy anything without an adjustable objective. You'll never get top accuracy that Tikka is capable of without it.
I have a Leupold VXIII 3.5-10X40 on my Kimber K22
I have a little Vortex on mine. Affordable & clear. I normally look through Leupold.
I went with a larger power scope for my 22. It’s an Athelon 4-18 with the Mill reticle and lit. I think it was about $270. If you could find a leupold that is used in larger power you can have a lot of fun with it. I bring my 10 yr old to the range tell him to put the 7 on the reticle on the plate at 200 and he hits it. All with regular 22 ammo.
I use a Leupold rimfire scope. Works well for me on my Sako 22.
I like the Leupold EFR 3-9X33mm for general hunting, but prefer something in the 4-12X or slightly higher for informal paper punching with quality 22lr's.
Leupold & Vortex makes plenty of excellent options
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