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Old 09-23-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
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What is the best optic for a lever action 22? I am leaning toward the BSA sweet 22 scope but would consider a dot or even upgraded irons.

I will be shooting steel silhouettes at 25 to 50 yards gallery style. A whole lot of em.

What do you think is the most fun optic to run with a lever action rifle?

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Old 09-23-2012, 02:59 AM   #2
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Bushnell TRS 25 red dot. I run one on my 10-22 and it sits low enough that I dont have to pad the stock. 3 moa dot with up to 3000 hour battery life. I also have one on a 22 pistol. About $85 on Amazon.

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Bushnell TRS 25 red dot. I run one on my 10-22 and it sits low enough that I dont have to pad the stock. 3 moa dot with up to 3000 hour battery life. I also have one on a 22 pistol. About $85 on Amazon.
+1. Just bought another Bushnell TRS25 to be put on my M&P15-22. With an UTG medium mount riser $10 from Amazon.
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What is the best optic for a lever action 22? I am leaning toward the BSA sweet 22 scope but would consider a dot or even upgraded irons.

I will be shooting steel silhouettes at 25 to 50 yards gallery style. A whole lot of em.

What do you think is the most fun optic to run with a lever action rifle?
You didn't mention what kinda lever-action...

If it is a Marlin 39A, you can go Skinner Peep, whichever of their line you prefer...
or a Marbles Tang Peep (even better, but more costly) or Creedmore sight (even more pricey, but the best you can buy)
Since the Marlin can be easily scoped as it is side-eject & pre-Drilled & Tapped, its pretty wide-open as far as scope options go...
I personally hesitate to scope older cowboy-style rifles unless with a cowboy-period Malcolm scope...


If its a Marlin Levermatic, no tang area, so no tang sights...however, they're D/T'd for scope mounts,
and perform quite well with a decent scope like the Sweet, and look period-correct, as they are a modern lever-action.
Since mine was from the 1960's, I went with a 1960's scope...


For the 1970's Winchester 250, went with a more modern look...


Winchester's and their copies (Mossy/etc) are angle-eject or top eject...special considerations there for scope-users...
Malcolm's are particularly nice on an old Winchester

Creedmore sights you can get from Marbles or Uberti...either way you go, they're REALLY precise,
mostly due to having a TINY little aperature...and great adjustments for range...
but ya better know how to tell yardage...so you can set it properly...
many users will put a tape on the side worked out for a particular load for precision...
Remember the movie "Quigley Down Under"?? That's the sight used, a Creedmore-style peep.
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=23126/Product/-CREEDMOOR-REAR-TANG-SIGHTS
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You didn't mention what kinda lever-action...
Henry. And thank you for the ideas. I really like the peeps but I think I want a magnified optic. I like the period style scopes and I am leaning toward something like that but large tubes are more comfortable to shoot.
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Ah, a Henry...won't have purists jumping on your back for using a modern optic on a Henry!!

Unless its a Golden Boy...then they'll flay you alive...lol

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I would shoot it as is - worry about optics when your arms aint long enough to read the paper. When you have to sit on the toilet to read the paper you need optics.

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That's me now. Can't focus on both sights and the target anymore so need optics. My Henry has a Bushnell on it made for .22. At 60 yards a golf ball doesn't stand a chance. To date it is my favorite .22 set up. I'm off to the toilet to read the morning news.

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On my lever action .22 I have a nikon monarch and I love it perfectly sighted in.

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I think a tang sight is ideal for a lever rimfire

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