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Hmmm... I have a Marlin bolt action .22 that seems to have been put here on earth to make me do stupid things. I bought it by mistake on GunBroker. Seriously, I bid on the wrong item. I asked the seller if he’d get my bid canceled or relist the gun, but he didn’t. I was the only bidder, and soon owned a nice new old stock JM Marlin (pre-Remington) from 2005.

A friend at the range had a new Vortex scope he didn’t want. It came on a new rifle he bought, but he wanted a more powerful scope. So, since throwing good money after bad is always a good idea, I bought it from him for cheap. I was never thrilled with the scope (or the rifle), but it worked fine. Until the other day my friend wanted it back. :) So... naturally, I sold it to him at a loss.

Now I’m without a scope for the rifle. I went online, and looked around for a bit... and found a Weaver-Kaspa 3-9x40 scope for about $35. With tax and shipping it’s under $50. Hmmm...

About 5 years ago, an LGS I used to frequent was selling those scopes for $99.99. They are a good store, and said back then that it was a good deal at that price.

So, we shall see. Hopefully this lunacy ends soon...
 

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ditto1958, That's a good price for a decent scope ….. but it is NOT a rimfire scope so parallax is factory set at 100 yards, not 50 yards like it should be.
 

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ditto1958, That's a good price for a decent scope ….. but it is NOT a rimfire scope so parallax is factory set at 100 yards, not 50 yards like it should be.
For some reason (don’t ask me why) my friends and I at the range like to shoot .22’s at 100 yards. Actually, I think it’s because of our layout at our range. On one end we can sit and shoot at 25 and 100. On the other end, 50 and 100 yards are available, but that’s where the younger guys like to sit with AR’s and tacticool muzzle brakes. If you sit too close, and they shoot, it tends to knock you off target. Those guys seem to have a lot of fun, but I wish I has their ammo budgets. :)

My “serious” .22- CZ452- has a Leupold rimfire scope. That little 2-7 has been worth every penny I paid for it and then some.
 

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I have a Remington 552 Speed Master, circa 1972 with no optics on it. I’ve been kicking around the idea of getting a cheap Tasco, the one that rides in the grooves on top.

I don’t care how it shoots, I’m more interested in it looking “correct” for the time the rifle was made.

Probably a silly idea, right??
 

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Mark204, Back in '72, I don't think there was any such thing as a "rimfire scope" in a 1" tube, however Weaver and Tasco (others too) made scopes for 22s that had 3/4" tubes. A Weaver 4X with a 3/4" tube and a "tip off" mount would be period correct.
 

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Iowegan, something similar to this (see link). I remember these type of scopes mounted to/gripped the dove tail on top..........I want to say it was 3/8" wide through there..............I don't remember much, (old age, lol) but I do remember seeing them back then.


https://www.amazon.com/Tasco-Rimfire-Crosshair-Reticle-Riflescope/dp/B0006A4BEU/ref=pd_sbs_200_6/142-2974284-3121227?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0006A4BEU&pd_rd_r=83d607de-2c9d-4db1-bf66-f22474def583&pd_rd_w=nKqC2&pd_rd_wg=cbCCI&pf_rd_p=5873ae95-9063-4a23-9b7e-eafa738c2269&pf_rd_r=B2SYFBD5453D7T3A7374&psc=1&refRID=B2SYFBD5453D7T3A7374
 

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Iowegan, something similar to this (see link). I remember these type of scopes mounted to/gripped the dove tail on top..........I want to say it was 3/8" wide through there..............I don't remember much, (old age, lol) but I do remember seeing them back then.

https://www.amazon.com/Tasco-Rimfire-Crosshair-Reticle-Riflescope/dp/B0006A4BEU/ref=pd_sbs_200_6/142-2974284-3121227?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0006A4BEU&pd_rd_r=83d607de-2c9d-4db1-bf66-f22474def583&pd_rd_w=nKqC2&pd_rd_wg=cbCCI&pf_rd_p=5873ae95-9063-4a23-9b7e-eafa738c2269&pf_rd_r=B2SYFBD5453D7T3A7374&psc=1&refRID=B2SYFBD5453D7T3A7374
Oh yes, I remember those. They fit the dovetail grooves on the rimfire receivers. I had them on my Glenfield .22lr and Crossman .177 pellet rifles. I hated those scopes. They were dark, cloudy, had a small field of view, and offered extremely critical eye relief. I took them off and used iron sights. If you want the look, get the best quality you can find. At least it will be shootable.
 

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That’s the one I’m talking about nga.
 

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Might want to look at Grubee scopes. They are making very high quality rimfire scopes that doesn't look huge.
 

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Mark204, Back in '72, I don't think there was any such thing as a "rimfire scope" in a 1" tube, however Weaver and Tasco (others too) made scopes for 22s that had 3/4" tubes. A Weaver 4X with a 3/4" tube and a "tip off" mount would be period correct.
I think your right about that being period correct.

My first rifle was Remington 522 in 1960. My Dad bought it for me and he put a Weaver 2.5x scope on it, but no tip off mount. It was, and is, a dandy little .22, and I sort of wish I hadn't given it to my Daughter-in-law. I miss it. Completely reliable and a one of the best 22's ever built IMO. I have been seriously considering buy a new 522 BDL to soothe my pain.
 

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I bought the very same Weaver Kaspa scope from CDNN, I think. Same price.
I tried it on an AR and on a 10/22. It's a disappointment for me.
Eye relief is very short and I have trouble getting a good sight picture with it on both rifles. This is not the Weaver of old.
It works, it's just not what I was hoping for. Maybe it's just me as others have received them with bolt rifle combo deals and find it useful. I now have it on a Mauser Model 96 with high mounts and will try it there just for fun.
 

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My “serious” .22- CZ452- has a Leupold rimfire scope. That little 2-7 has been worth every penny I paid for it and then some.
You might want to look at the Weaver RV7 2.5-7x28 Classic Rimfire scope that Natchez has on sale now for $110. Yes, they're getting out of the scope business too, just like Nikon, but I have the both the Weaver and the Leupold rimfire 2-7x28 scopes, and in practical terms they're essentially identical. Except the Weaver was noticeably cheaper than the Leupold.

https://outdoors.natchezss.com/search?format=brand&isort=price&lbc=natchezss&method=and&p=Q&ts=custom&uid=753169721&w=rimfire scopes&af=brand:bushnell brand:vortex brand:weaver brand:simmons brand:leupold brand:nikon itemtype:riflescopes itemtype:rimfirescopes instockonly:instock

I also have the Nikon P-Rimfire 2-7x32 scope on another rifle, and that is nice too. Natchez has it for sale as a Refurbished item; I did buy a refurbished Nikon rimfire 4x32 scope from them a few years back, which I gave to my brother. No problems with that scope either, it just came with a much shorter warranty.
 

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My new scope arrived yesterday. I went to the range today to try it out, but did not get a lot accomplished. It came with rings installed on it, and I figured I’d be able to mount it on my Marlin .22 and get it zeroed today. I didn’t look closely, though, or I’d have noticed the rings are for Weaver mounts. I didn’t have a Weaver mount handy but I had rimfire rings available.

It was cold today and I was able to get the scope sorta close before I decided to pack up and get warm.

The scope seems pretty nice. At least as nice as the Vortex it’s replacing. Turrets have distinct clicks. Covers are metal.

I’ll try to post a pic tomorrow if I go back.
 

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I have a Remington 552 Speed Master, circa 1972 with no optics on it. I’ve been kicking around the idea of getting a cheap Tasco, the one that rides in the grooves on top.

I don’t care how it shoots, I’m more interested in it looking “correct” for the time the rifle was made.

Probably a silly idea, right??
A Weaver with 3/4" tube would be period correct, and the Grubee 3/4" tube scope is a modern copy of the old Redfield Cub.

You'll have a much larger selection with 1 inch tube scopes.
The Weaver RV-7 is leaps and bounds better than a cheap Tasco, good Japanese glass, whereas the Tasco is Chinese made. They don't look too big on a rimfire and are very clear.

Natchez Sports was selling the Weaver RV-7 (rimfire 2-7x) for $109 a couple months ago, not sure if they still have them on sale or not. Normally they sell for about $180 to $190.
The Weaver was my first choice to put on my 1957 Speedmaster.
For a bit over $100, nothing else comes close for a nice little rimfire scope.

 

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Thanks. It looks to have been fired very little for a first year production 552.
It will group RWS Subsonic HP's in a dime size group at 50 yards, and under an inch at 100 yards.
Trigger is a bit heavy at 6 lbs. One of these days when I take it apart for a good cleaning I'm going to try to fix that.
 
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