Suggestions for rimfire scope

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Suggestions for rimfire scope

Post by JimTom » 21 Jul 2019, 8:26 am

G’day Gents

I am looking at a new scope for my .22LR.
Leupold VX Freedom 3-9x40 or the Bushnell 3-9x40 rimfire.
Obviously the Leupold is a bit dearer, circa $350 compared to $250 respectively. Hoping to spend somewhere around $400 or less.
Anyone have any pros or cons for either of these or any other suggestions?
The rifle is a Lithgow and is used for a bit of plinking at the range, and the odd bunny.
Any suggestions sincerely appreciated.
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Post by Bill » 21 Jul 2019, 10:48 am

Burris 3-9 rimfire

Cheap but of reasonable quality

Have a couple spare
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Post by No1Mk3 » 21 Jul 2019, 11:07 am

I use a Bushnell Custom 22 scope, 4x18. It is 44 years old and as good as the day I bought it. It has a fine crosshair which suits target work and is small, light and unobtrusive which makes it great to carry in the field. I don't know if a modern equivalent is available but I would not hesitate to buy another if they are, Cheers.
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Post by Kelsey Cooter » 21 Jul 2019, 11:08 am

I've got the leupold. Its bloody great.
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Post by JimTom » 21 Jul 2019, 11:08 am

Thank you for the suggestion fellas. I shall do some more research into these two option.
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Post by JimTom » 21 Jul 2019, 11:09 am

Thanks Kelsey Cooter. Don’t think you can go wrong with a Leupold.
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Post by Baronvonrort » 21 Jul 2019, 12:29 pm

Nikon Prostaff rimfire
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Post by JimTom » 21 Jul 2019, 1:22 pm

Thanks mate. Will check this one out also.
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Post by TassieTiger » 21 Jul 2019, 1:47 pm

Vortex diamondbacks(4-12x40) are reasonably cheap and have decent glass - but they have very average eye relied, making them well suited to .22 as well. They retail around 420 but I’ve seen them for 200+
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Post by JimTom » 21 Jul 2019, 2:04 pm

Thanks Tassie. I hadn’t even thought of vortex.
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Post by bigpete » 21 Jul 2019, 6:13 pm

Straight 4x
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Post by Shootermick » 21 Jul 2019, 6:45 pm

I’ve got the Leupold 3-9 x 40 on my Savage 22, and a Vortex 3-9 x 40 on my Ruger 22 mag. Have used the 22 with the Leupold more, but can’t complain about either one and would find them hard to split really. Vortex was maybe $40-$50 cheaper is all.
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Post by JimTom » 21 Jul 2019, 7:07 pm

Thanks gents. Good to hear your opinions and suggestions.
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Post by Stix » 21 Jul 2019, 7:18 pm

If youre mostly doing range stuff...what about higher mag scope...should be able to get something sort of half reasonable for that money with bigger mag... :unknown:

If only doing the occasional bunny can always wind it back...& bigger mag means you can challenge yourself with long range rimfire targets... :unknown:

Im a fan of having the option of bigger magnification on a scope as well...
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Post by on_one_wheel » 21 Jul 2019, 7:49 pm

Iv had a few different scopes on my .22lr

My favorite scope for it (hunting & plinking) is the
Leupold FX-3 6x42mm ... I especially like the warm fuzzy feeling it gave me buying it from one of those round eyed western countries.

I'venever felt the need for a variable powered scope on a .22lr and the 6x seems to be the right balance.

The retical is perfect for the .22lr especially if you like reaching out to 100m. Those 2 milldots are pretty handy. :thumbsup:
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Re: Suggestions for rimfire scope

Post by JimTom » 21 Jul 2019, 7:57 pm

Looks good mate. Definitely a contender.
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Re: Suggestions for rimfire scope

Post by CAVEMAN » 21 Jul 2019, 8:25 pm

I run the Leupold vx freedom on a Ruger american rim fire 22" 22lr. Its a great little tack driver and the markings on the scope are great. I zero at 50 and the main cross hair is dead on from 25-75m shooting cci mini mags. Then at 100m i just drop down to the first large hash mark and i'm bang on and then to the bottom of the cross hair where it transitions to the thicker line to reach 200m. Being able to hit a steel bowling pin silhouette at 200m with relative repetition.
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Post by solarpak » 21 Jul 2019, 9:32 pm

Any good optic built for a riimfire (with parallax set at 50 or 75m ) or a scope with an adjustable parallax side focus are ideal candidates.
The Burris rimfire scope is great as is the Hawke Vantage range of scopes with the calibrated rimfire reticles ....and lots more out there.....

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Post by JimTom » 22 Jul 2019, 8:53 pm

Seems we are somewhat spoiled for choice. Think I will go with the Leupold. Thanks everyone for their input. Sincerely appreciated.
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Post by Mr48Volts » 23 Jul 2019, 9:00 pm

I’ve got a Leupold 2-7x33, that was on my 17HMR during run in only and it was great. I’ve got it for sale cheap as I came into some other top end scopes fir my bigger rifles so I put a 4.5-14 on my 17 that I had laying around. The 2-7 is a great rimfire scope.
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Post by meawls » 24 Jul 2019, 8:03 pm

A lot probably comes down to pricing mate, and whether you have the time/inclination to fiddle with turret dials. We have two Bushnell Rimfire Optics in the family - a 3-9 on son’s CZ and a 3-12 on my Lithgow. Both rifles are in 22LR. The son’s not that fussed on long range stuff, but I’ve done a bit of experimenting with the Lithgow, and have been pretty impressed with the outcomes. The Bushnells use a custom elevation dial - they come with 22LR and .17HMR in the box. You simply sight using the standard dial at an arbitrary range as specified , then swap out the dials. Then you dial up the range, there are settings for 75, 100, 125 and 150 yards. I shot a cracking 1.75” group at 150 yards using el cheapo Federal 745’s that the rifle likes within an inch and a half of bullseye, but I’ll bet I’ll never be able to repeat it. 150 yards is the longest range we’ve tested it at. If you dial down below the 75 yard setting and ignore the 100 in front of the 150 and 125 yard range, the settings are reasonably useful then at 50 and 25 yards respectively, but if you do this you’ll need to remember whether you’re sighted at say 50 or 150 yards! The Bushnells have focus/parallax adjustments, and optical clarity is pretty good for the money. Don’t get me wrong, we are very staunch supporters of the Leupold brand, but I reckon for the $ these are pretty good. As others have mentioned, you need to find sighting references on the reticle for the Leupold that hopefully match your ammo, in the apparent absence of a rimfire CDS system for the Freedom model. This may well be much quicker, but perhaps not as precise. Incidentally we bought both scopes for well under $200 on special. I’m sure you’re well aware of the Leupold’s pricing.
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Post by JimTom » 24 Jul 2019, 10:12 pm

Thank you mate. That is good information. I appreciate you taking the time.
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Re: Suggestions for rimfire scope

Post by Bugman » 03 Aug 2019, 12:50 pm

I treated myself to a 6 x 42 Schmidt and Bender for my Lithgow LA101. Excellent.
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Post by Ricochet » 24 Aug 2019, 12:22 pm

Hi guys, I'm looking at getting a savage B22 for the bunnies once my licence is approved, and grabbed a Bresser Trueview 4-12x40 with illuminated reticle. I haven't shot with it yet but. Took it outside to have squiz through it, the reticle looks fantastic and the image through it is crystal clear, magnification looks good. I looked online for reviews on the scope but now I'm wondering if I should have got a Bushnell Banner or a Nico Sterling or something like that. Has anyone here had any experience with Bresser Scopes, or know a mate with one?
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Post by SCJ429 » 24 Aug 2019, 2:21 pm

If you already have it, why not use it? Could it be any worse than a Nikko Sterling?
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Post by Ricochet » 24 Aug 2019, 4:29 pm

Oh Ill use it before i make a decision to chuck it, i was just wondering how good or crappy they might be after not finding any reviews....anyway Ill try to remember to update the thread and let you all know.
Edit, After s long wait the Bresser Trueview 4-12x 40 has been tested and is pretty decent for the price. It might not be as good as some of the more expensive scopes it is certainly good value for the $90 price tag.
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