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Old 12-28-2012, 18:44   #1
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Overkill - Is This Too Much Scope for 10/22?

I have no rifles but did recently buy a new 10/22 Target model with a stainless barrel for paper punching - no hunting. I would like to learn longer range shooting, etc. I realize it is no centerfire rifle but the significant drop in a .22 should help me learn mil-dot and compensate holdover, etc..

I have been looking at a very nice Hawke scope with a very nice reticle in the $460 range with AO, parallex down to 15 yds., etc.. Is it worth while to get the higher price scope although it is much more scope than rifle?

My choices:
  • Hawke 6.5-20x42 - very nice but overkill?
  • Hawke 4-24x44 (half price of the scope above) - decent reticle and would do the job nicely
  • Nikon rimfire - Passable reticle but should do the job on a .22.

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Old 12-28-2012, 19:35   #2
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buy what you want, nothing says you can't move it to another rifle someday.
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Old 12-28-2012, 21:44   #3
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I scoped my 17HMR with a Leupold VxIII 4.5x14. So I say use the scope you want. As mentioned by mj9mm, you can always move it to another rifle.
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Old 12-28-2012, 21:56   #4
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Obviously buy what you want. But that much magnification does seem a lot for a gun typically shot at 50 yards

What keeps you from buying a centerfire .308 to play with?

9x, 10x, 12x makes more sense. But that's just me.

Nothing wrong with the scopes you are considering. I'd like to try one on my AR Have a 9x now, and if money was no object, could use a 24x for fun at 300 yards. Had one on my 6mm, and that was nice. Have a 16x on my bolt-action .223.

Magnification without optical quality and clarity is a big mistake, as things get fuzzy fast. But with a good scope, and no heat waves, high magnification is awesome. Just not something I associate with a .22. Bullet drop and wind will be huge beyond 100 yards, in my opinion.

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Old 12-28-2012, 22:25   #5
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I use a leupold 4.5-14x50 mark 4 lr/t...I say buy the best glass you can, you'll never regret it. Remember the old saying you pay for a cheap scope every time you miss your target.

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Old 12-29-2012, 12:05   #6
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Obviously buy what you want. But that much magnification does seem a lot for a gun typically shot at 50 yards

What keeps you from buying a centerfire .308 to play with?
Shooting a .22 out to 200 will teach you a lot about reading the wind and knowing your distance.



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Old 12-29-2012, 12:24   #7
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Shooting a .22 out to 200 will teach you a lot about reading the wind and knowing your distance.



posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:48   #8
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As far as I'm concerned, there is no such thing as to much scope, for any rifle, no matter the caliber.

Your idea for practicing with a .22, is a spectacular way to become proficient, in technique, for centerfire rifles. Not to mention the money savings.
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Old 12-29-2012, 13:01   #9
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Shooting a .22 out to 200 will teach you a lot about reading the wind and knowing your distance.
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Yup, I think the OP is on to something

Gonna be a cool .22 with one of those big scopes on it. Go for it!
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Ok, it's settled - I'll get the better quality scope. Thanks for the input.
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Old 12-29-2012, 17:27   #12
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Now just don't forget turrets! Dopeing the scope is one really great way to learn angles and wind directions while giving you another option as opposed to hold overs. If your gonna go with large glass, might as well get something that will teach you a lot of other ropes.

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Old 12-29-2012, 22:32   #13
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:18   #14
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Old 01-02-2013, 23:03   #15
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I like 3-9x40 rimfire scopes
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:55   #16
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That is overkill for that gun.
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:34   #17
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buy what you want, nothing says you can't move it to another rifle someday.

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Old 01-05-2013, 00:45   #18
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If your going to punch paper and want groups like this, then you want GOOD optics period. I would suggest the Mueller 8-32x44 side focus target scope.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:43   #19
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Sir thats some good shootin. If you cant see the target, your not gona be able to do that....

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Old 01-05-2013, 17:16   #20
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Overkill is underrated.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:34   #21
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It is hard to explain quality, as it is hard to exlain clarity. The quality difference in optcis has to be seen to understand. This is even more important in a hunting scope, when shooting is done in less than perfect lighting conditions.

Good scopes are not cheap and can easily cost multiples of a quality rifle. I really enjoy a Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50 on one of my .22s and a 6x42 Swarovski on the second from top.

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:37   #22
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Agree buy what you want. On my 10/22 I have a 2x Tru Glo red dot. It's fine for the 10/22 and what I use it for. I also like it because of the weight. To heavy of a scope on such a light rifle for me anyway screws up the balance of the rifle by making it top heavy. JMHO.
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Old 01-07-2013, 14:30   #23
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The older my eyes get the more scope I want (so I can actually see the holes on the paper).
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Old 01-07-2013, 15:14   #24
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I would invest in a good trigger for that gun if you want to shoot it to it's potential with a good scope. It may just be me, but the trigger pull seemed too much on the 10/22 after shooting my Remington 700P.

Edited to add: My experience was with a regular 10-22, not a target model. The triggers could be night and day.

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Old 01-07-2013, 16:20   #25
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If that is overkill for a 10/22 I could introduce to to some Air rifle shooters LOL . After they spend a grand or three for the rifle and another on glass. Some with top of the line ATN nightvision for upwards of 3 grand... Buy the best you can afford !
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