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down under 01-26-2009 11:12 AM

newbie help with scopes
:)hi my name is rick and i just got my first rifle and am quite new to shooting can anyone tell me what kind of scope i will need for a .22 magnum its a norico jw 23 from what i have read they are not the best guns out but i have to start somewhere so any help will be appreciated

big shrek 01-31-2009 02:09 AM

Best inexpensive scope for a .22 WMR is................the Center Point 4-16x40 at Walmart for $69.98. Period.

Regular .22lr scopes will end up failing over time simply because they were never made to handle the extra oomph that the Magnum round carries. I can give ya a double handful of dead Tasco's & Bushnells that have died to 'em.

There are many scopes that will "do" for a .22 Magnum, and a few more that were made specifically for it & the .17, but for all the Center Point does you'd pay a LOT more to get the same features...IF you could find one that does have all the bennies. . Mil-dot thin-line reticle, Scope Rings, green or red internal lighting for those dusk/dawn shots, variable Objective, zero-locking windage & elevation settings, & flip-up dust covers included.

Main benefit of 4-16x40 over a 3-9x30 or 3x9x40 is simply UP CLOSE VISION. More power simply means more accuracy. It's the reason the Army puts a two-man team in the field, one with a 3x9 scope and another with a More Powerful Spotting Scope to tell the nugget with the 3x9 WHERE TO AIM TO GET A HIT, because at long ranges all the rifleman sees is a black blob. Since most folks don't go to hunt or to the range with a spotter with a bigarse spotting can do it yourself with a 16 power (or more powerful) scope.

Besides, as you get older, you'll need that 4-16 cause yer eyes won't enjoy that 3-9 after age 40 ;) Might as well get a good one up front.

Not to mention that it just plain looks good :)

big shrek 01-31-2009 02:12 AM

Oh, yeah, being a Norinco, before firing it, clean the living daylights out of it...and when you re-assemble it from cleaning, make sure everything is nice & snug, especially the bolts that hold the action to the stock.

cpttango30 02-01-2009 05:45 PM

You get what you pay in the optics world. Now that being said you don't need a a $900 scope on a 22lr. I have two and one has a BSA and one has a weaver. The weaver set me back $200 on ebay a few years ago. You can get them for about $170 now. Do you need a $200 scope on a 22 I don't know. I had it, as it came off of my 223 and was replaced with a Leupold.

There are so many decent low cost brands out there. After looking threw a bunch of them the centerpoint included I would not spend money on the centerpoint, Baraska, and many BSA, Simmons, Tasco scopes.

Spend a decent amount on a good scope once and it will last for ever. If you buy the cheap scopes you wont cry one but every time you have to buy a new one.

I am not a rich man my most expensive scope is $500 and that is the Bushnell elite 4200 6-24x40mm that rides on top of my 308. So my advice is to buy a decent scope and roll with it.

medic52 02-02-2009 10:28 AM

Friend as it has been mentioned you get what you pay for, trust me stay away from Barska, BSA. For around 125.00 you can get quality scopes two for you to look at again good luck...

R-BOLT 02-02-2009 08:42 PM

I have had a Simmons 22 Mag scope on my Marlin .22 mag for more years than I would like to guess. Has had tons of rough miles put on it being carried in a pick up and ATV. Rifle has had lots of rounds through it and is fairly beat up - The Simmons scope works great to this day! Also have a Simmons white tail classic that was on a 7mm Rem Mag, held up for years, is now on my Savage .17 HMR works great.

dragunovsks 02-03-2009 06:15 PM

I have a Savage Model 64 semi-auto with a Simmons 3-9x32 scope on it. I had a cheap airgun/22lr scope on it that was 4x but upgraded for the zoom capability. I got the Simmons for $49.99 about 5 years ago and it's helped me kill many a squirrel and stray dogs. It's currently sighted-in well enough that I can hit a roofing cap nail at almost 100 yards.

mrm14 02-03-2009 11:44 PM

Leupold VX1
I use a Leupold VXI 2-7 X 30mm. It cost $180.00. I had a Burris 2.5-9 X 30mm which I paid around $80.00 some years ago. As I am 53 YO I found the last few years that light is become more critical for me with scopes and resolution of image. After looking through several brands of scopes in this range of magnification and size, the Leupold had better brightness and resolution of target. If I had younger eyes, however, I dont think this would be a issue, and a lesser expensive scope would probably be perfect.

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