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FCross7 09-30-2009 03:23 AM

Rimfire Scopes
In the near future I'm planning on getting a Marlin Model 917VT for mostly target shooting at 100 yards(because there are no longer ranges near me), and maybe a little bit of varmint hunting. Now I hear people say that Rimfires need a certain type of scope, but have never heard anyone say why. Is this just with .22s because of the short ranges that they are shot at compared to Centerfires, or does it have something to do with bullet weight or something different entirely?

Any help would be appreciated.


Yunus 09-30-2009 11:39 AM

Any scope designed for a centerfire should work fine on a rimfire, the opposite may not be true because of the larger recoil of the centerfire rifle.

From what I have read airguns require a special scope because the recoil is backwards.

RL357Mag 09-30-2009 12:38 PM

I wouldn't waste my money on rimfire scopes. They have too narrow a field of view, too small an exit pupil, and are generally inferior as far as quality, to standard 3x9x32 scopes. About the only exception I have found are the BSA "TV" view 2-7x scopes at Wally World.

stalkingbear 09-30-2009 12:47 PM

Please see my post on 10/22s for advise on .22 scopes regarding MY opinion.

cpttango30 09-30-2009 01:54 PM

The long and the short of it is this. Parallax on centerfire scopes without an adj objective is 100 yards. Parallax on a rimfire scope is 50 yards again unless you have an adj objective. Many people think of the cheap plastic tasco 20mm obj tiny little cheap scopes when refering to rimfire scopes. There are rimfire scopes out there that cost as much and more than some centerfire scopes.

You state that you are shooting a 17hmr at 100 yards. You can use and should use a centerfire scope. I would look into a scope with an adjustable objective and be done with it.

I have two centerfire scopes on my rimfires and they are both adj obj.

stalkingbear 09-30-2009 05:10 PM

Thank you tango-you said it better than I could have.

FCross7 09-30-2009 07:09 PM

Thanks again guys, that's the answer I was looking for.


FCross7 10-01-2009 03:49 PM

I think I'm gonna end up going with a Nikon Prostaff because Bass Pro has them on sale down to $150 from $210.


agoetz2005 11-10-2009 01:00 PM

Give the Mueller APV a good hard try. you will never be dissapointed.

Persuasive 11-10-2009 02:14 PM


Originally Posted by FCross7 (Post 168599)
I think I'm gonna end up going with a Nikon Prostaff because Bass Pro has them on sale down to $150 from $210.


I think that's a better decision for your eye's sake. Less strain comes with better glass. Opticsplanet has demo's of those scopes for $130

Nikon ProStaff Waterproof 3-9x40 Riflescopes Rifle scope 6320 6311 6310 3-9x40mm

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