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Hi, I have never purchased a scope before. I was looking to purchase one for a ruger 10/22. Its the stainless steel , synthetic stock, part number 1256.

I think too much so I'm having issues of where to start. I have researched scopes and get the gist, and I am looking between the 100 to 250 dollar range.

All the lists of scopes I look at are almost exactly the same, which i find odd, are scopes limited on the 10/22? I have no clue if you can put any scope on any gun. Brain implosion number one here.

Brain implosion two and three.....

I have the impression when you buy a scope, thats all you get. Meaning I still have to buy the proper rings and proper mount. I've seen different names for different purposes. It looks as if I need to decide on the scope I want first and get the proper rings and mount? And are rings and mounts interchangeable? Or is that just a dumb question.

The quick release rings look very appealing.

Thanks for your time,

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Welcome to the forum. You will love the 10/22. Your scope choice will be determined by what you want the rifle to do. Are you a squirrel hunter? Will it be a range toy? Do you plan on shooting at 25, 50, 100yds, or farther? Your budget allows you to get a good scope. Rimfire scopes typically have parallax fixed at 50yds. Scopes intended for center fire rifles are usually set to be parallax free at 100yds. Adjustable objectives or side focus allows you to set the distance yourself. Magnification depends on use also. Twenty five yard plinking is great with a fixed 4x. The 2-8x32 compact variable on one of my 10/22's is great out to 100yds. A 3-9x40 with BDC reticle lets me shoot accurately to 150yds on another. Serious target shooting will call for higher magnification. Bases and rings will depend upon the scope chosen. You want the scope as low as possible normally, though I have a 10/22 with See-Thru mounts so I can use iron sights if a squirrel is 12 feet away in a tree or switch to the scope for a 25yd head shot. Decide on what you need, but $ 250.00 should get you set up. Happy shooting!
 

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ah, i've seen this comment before. "A 3-9x40 with BDC reticle lets me shoot accurately to 150yds on another" I was definitely looking at target shooting on it from 50 to 150 yds. I think from what I scanned what people have said i was going to go with the Leupold-VX-Freedom-3-9x40mm
now i just have to make sure i have the right rings and mount. Thanks again
 

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ok, last dumb question. i went and purchased the scope i mentioned. This comes with it free leupold-battlezone-2-piece-1-inch-ims-riflescope-mount. I'm assuming I am good to go now? I would post links but I am new and cant. Thanks in advance for your time.
 

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Just put a Bushnell 3.5-10x36 on a RAR 22lr with a see thru picatinny rail. Loving it so far on paper.

Another wears a BSA Sweet 22. On medium rings to put her in a comfortable squirrel height.

Have had Simmons 3-9x32 with high see thru rings. Worse of both worlds, but I could make it work. Kept it until it broke the crosshairs. Recently my wife got the same thing for her 22WMR bolt action, she tries it tomorrow for the first time, I like it, but I set it up for her.

As well as a off brand 4-12x56 on a 22lr, fixed at 50 yards made me leave it as I wanted it for early/late small game.

And then the reflex sight, still undecided, works great close up, need to take it squirrel hunting, putting it on a stainless 10/22 from the 90's with a picatinny rail tomorrow while my wife is playing with her new rifle.

Now, I was iron sights for years. Then got into peep sights. Progressed into scopes. And finally into red dots. Have never gotten into the whole laser pointer game.

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Nikon's rimfire scopes area good value. I personally swear by Leupold though. I would get a 2x7 instead of a 3x9. Lower bottome power.
 

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I have both Leupold & Nikon scopes both very good. I had a Nikon 3-9x40 BDC rimfire Scope very nice clear optics. What the OP needs to figure out exactly the use you want your scope for. Good luck!!!
 

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doman26, What you will likely find …. targets 100 yards and beyond are quite a challenge for a factory 10/22. In fact most 10/22s won't hold decent groups past 60~75 yards.

Because game or targets are typically smaller than what high power rifles are used for, the standard magnification for a 22 LR is 1X per 10 yards. Most 22 LR rifles are fired from 20 to 70 yards so a 2~7X scope is a good match. The concept being …. if you adjust magnification to match the distance, you should maintain about the same view as a "naked eye" 10 yard view. Nikon makes an excellent 2~7X32 rimfire scope. Here's a link: https://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-prostaff-2-7x32mm-riflescope-matte-w-nikoplex-reticle.html?msclkid=5c874adbf16f10dad44f162b7456e046&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Nikon>Shopping&utm_term=4584757330974902&utm_content=Products
 

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And here I was picking off clay target fragments with me 10/22 and the RAR in 22LR this morning. I can get them 6 out of 10 times with the 10/22 and 8 out of 10 with the RAR. The RAR is topped with a Bushnell 3.5-10x36 and the 10/22 is topped with a cheap red dot sight, when the 10/22 had the Simmons 3-9x32 on top I was holding 8 out of 10. The ranges are from 10 yards to 125 yards. Gets kind of boring waiting for others to finish getting ready so I just play.

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If you are hunting at three hundred yards you may need an optic that allows you to hit a small target with boring regularity. I use my hunting optics day and night wherever I am. I say a small target because the game you are hunting maybe be big, but their vital organs are often still small. Even the massive elk has a vital spot only about 12 inches in diameter. A twelve inch vital zone on an animal that is potentially moving, in a wooded environment is a tough shot to make with shoddy optics.
 

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I think it's time to get this thread grounded again. First, everyone has their opinion on accuracy. Hitting clay pigeons at 100 yards is not my idea of accuracy but shooting 1" groups is. Not to say everyone has to share my opinion. Second, it's a 10/22 22 LR not a high power rifle, so you won't be hunting any elk or shooting at 300 yards!!!

Here's a couple profound statements that are very true: "The best scope in the world can not improve accuracy beyond the capability of the rifle!" "No individual scope can possibly cover all shooting needs!" Unless you get very lucky, most factory 10/22s will not hold a 1" group at 50 yards, let alone at 100 yards, no matter what scope is used.

By now the OP has already bought a Leupold scope, rings, and hopefully a scope base so further recommendations are NOT going to do any good.

Wouldn't it be nice if members actually read the thread BEFORE they post???
 

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lowegan, just my thoughts, (agree, disagree, either way I fine with it), a scope/rifle combination is only as good as the person behind the trigger.
 

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Mark204, I agree but would also add …. "The best marksman in the world can not shoot better than the rifle, sighting system, and ammunition's capability."
 

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Iowegan, that’s a good way to sum it up, all four parts, (shooter, rifle, scope and ammunition) have to be in tune. Throw a wrench into any one of the four and............well, you know how the story ends.
 

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Wouldn't it be nice if members actually read the thread BEFORE they post???
Nice...ABSOLUTELY! Unfortunately, would also be the ONLY forum on the 'ol interweb to have it.

Should be a great big banner that you have to read before a response is posted that asks....DID YOU READ ALL POSTS PRIOR TO DECIDING TO MAKE YOUR POST? Or something like it. Still wouldn't solve the problem though....they wouldn't read it! :D
 

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...Rimfire scopes typically have parallax fixed at 50yds. Scopes intended for center fire rifles are usually set to be parallax free at 100yds...
I believe more hunting-style centerfire rifle scopes are factory set for 150 yds. With typical variable power scopes up to 9x, parallax is minimal out to around 250 yds. The 50 yds setting for rimfire scopes is usually good out to 100 yds. Higher powered variable scopes often have objective adjustment for parallax at long range.

The 2-7x variable scopes are usually ideal for most typical centerfire and rimfire hunting ranges. Two issues in the field with higher magnification settings is reduced field of view, and any slight movement of the rifle is greatly accentuated in the sight picture. Another thing about higher powered variable scopes is their increased bulk and weight.
 

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So after reading ALL this twice I find myself a tad confused. And BTW I DO have the same question but will word it in 2 parts differently.

If the sun the moon the stars all line up, am I to understand that it is NOT a good idea to expect any sort of accuracy from a 10-22 at 100 yards?

I recently bought the same rifle as the OP for the sole reason of plinking targets primarily and varmint hunting if one is stupid enough to cross my path at close range.

SO if it is true the effective range is NOT 100 yards out, what can I expect out of my rifle for reasonable accuracy and "What scope would you recommend hat doesn't take all my social security check lol
 

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I wish I had paid attention to the close focus / parallax spec before I bought mine.

I bought the VX-3 #66530 for my 243 varmint rifle.
This is a 6.5-20x40 scope with a 75 yard parallax adjustment.
It is a very nice scope, and works perfectly at its intended long distances.

The out-of-production #55152 was the same specs, but a 10 yard parallax.
There was still a few available when I bought mine.. but I succumbed to the "newer is better" illusion.
 

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So after reading ALL this twice I find myself a tad confused. And BTW I DO have the same question but will word it in 2 parts differently.

If the sun the moon the stars all line up, am I to understand that it is NOT a good idea to expect any sort of accuracy from a 10-22 at 100 yards?

I recently bought the same rifle as the OP for the sole reason of plinking targets primarily and varmint hunting if one is stupid enough to cross my path at close range.

SO if it is true the effective range is NOT 100 yards out, what can I expect out of my rifle for reasonable accuracy and "What scope would you recommend hat doesn't take all my social security check lol
The answer to your question sort of depends on what you call "accuracy". A good part of the problem is the relative inaccuracy of 22 LR ammunition. The cartridge does not have a very large powder charge, so it is pretty much running out of steam at 80-100 yards. The projectile has a lousy ballistic coefficient and it can be dramatically affected by wind. Moreover, commercial 22 LR ammo is often not precisely loaded wrt powder charge. Relatively small differences in powder charge from cartridge to cartridge are going to make a significant difference if you want to shoot at 100 yards or beyond. You might have a rifle that can shoot 1/2" groups at 25 yards, but that doesn't mean you can expect to consistently get 2" groups at 100 yards.

With standard velocity ammunition, if you zero your scope somewhere in the 25-50 yard range, you are probably going to see a greater than 6 1/2" drop at 100 yards. With high velocity ammo you might reduce that to 5 1/2" or a bit more.

I can certainly hit 6" steel plates at 100 yards with my scoped Ruger 10/22 with some regularity shooting decent commercial non-match ammunition, but I would never expect to shoot 2" groups or better.

As for scopes, I think that variable magnification scopes in the 2-7X or 3-9X make sense for most applications, or if you want something a bit more compact, a fixed magnification 4X scope. If you plan to shoot at shorter distances of 25 yards or less, as most 22 LR rifle owners do at some point in time, I think a scope with an adjustable objective or side parallax adjustment capability at the erector is definitely worthwhile as it will allow a much sharper target focus, in addition to reducing parallax error.


I have 2 Hawke Sport Optics Vantage scopes with adjustable objectives that have worked very well for me. One is a fixed magnification 4x32 for which I paid less than $100. The other is a 3-9x40 for which I paid a few dollars more than $100. I also own several Nikon scopes and I judge them to be a good deal. Although I do not own it, I have heard many praise the Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 EFR rimfire with adjustable objective.
 

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Thank you very much for the comprehensive answer.

The answer to your question sort of depends on what you call "accuracy". A good part of the problem is the relative inaccuracy of 22 LR ammunition. The cartridge does not have a very large powder charge, so it is pretty much running out of steam at 80-100 yards. The projectile has a lousy ballistic coefficient and it can be dramatically affected by wind. Moreover, commercial 22 LR ammo is often not precisely loaded wrt powder charge. Relatively small differences in powder charge from cartridge to cartridge are going to make a significant difference if you want to shoot at 100 yards or beyond. You might have a rifle that can shoot 1/2" groups at 25 yards, but that doesn't mean you can expect to consistently get 2" groups at 100 yards.

With standard velocity ammunition, if you zero your scope somewhere in the 25-50 yard range, you are probably going to see a greater than 6 1/2" drop at 100 yards. With high velocity ammo you might reduce that to 5 1/2" or a bit more.

I can certainly hit 6" steel plates at 100 yards with my scoped Ruger 10/22 with some regularity shooting decent commercial non-match ammunition, but I would never expect to shoot 2" groups or better.

As for scopes, I think that variable magnification scopes in the 2-7X or 3-9X make sense for most applications, or if you want something a bit more compact, a fixed magnification 4X scope. If you plan to shoot at shorter distances of 25 yards or less, as most 22 LR rifle owners do at some point in time, I think a scope with an adjustable objective or side parallax adjustment capability at the erector is definitely worthwhile as it will allow a much sharper target focus, in addition to reducing parallax error.


I have 2 Hawke Sport Optics Vantage scopes with adjustable objectives that have worked very well for me. One is a fixed magnification 4x32 for which I paid less than $100. The other is a 3-9x40 for which I paid a few dollars more than $100. I also own several Nikon scopes and I judge them to be a good deal. Although I do not own it, I have heard many praise the Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 EFR rimfire with adjustable objective.
This is a VERY helpful summary of many posts. BTW my idea of accuracy is getting it on paper in some semblance of closeness lol
 
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