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Old 09-25-2011, 03:07 AM   #1
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Default Very low power to moderate power scopes

Im looking for suggestions for a scope that goes from say two power to say maybe ten power. Im going to put it on a marlin 882 ss 22 mag to use for varmint/small game hunting. I squirrel hunt in some places where my 3-9 scope is just way to much wen set on 3. Its got to be under $500 though.

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Old 09-28-2011, 06:58 PM   #2
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I know what you mean about having to much power and the limited field of view to rapidly pickup a target. I recently bought a Leupold 2x7x28 VX-1 rimfire scope for one of my .22's. It is a nice compact scope and weighs only about 8 ozs. Size wise it looks fitting on a .22 rifle. It costs about $200-220. I am not an advocate of mounting big scopes on .22 hunting rifles. Target rifles yes, hunting rifles no.

My favorite .22 scope is an old Weaver V4.5 which is 1-4.5 power. Set at 1 power it is easy to find a squirrel in a tree and once found the power can be increased. Set at 1 power it is also easy to track a running rabbit. The parallax is not set for .22 ranges, but I have never had a problem getting half inch or less 50 yd groups with my rifles. If I were going to buy another scope specifically for a rabbit/squirrel rifle I would buy the Weaver 1-3x20 ClassicV which is only about $160.

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I bought a redfield 2.5-10x 40 for $200 off from a pawn shop not 2 far away from my house. Its used but they let me take it outside to look through it and for that amount I got a ammo crate thrown in plus a little trade in value off from a bow I had laying around. The ammos a hodge podge of off brand stuff that the guy said he hadnt sold much of and just wanted to get rid of. The "reaper" as one of my friends labeled it will shoot just about anything good......so I think I got a hell of a deal lol

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So far iv been shootn at 50 yards and getn a groupn that u can cover w a nickle. Im going 2 move it out to 100 and 150 yards tomorrow and see how it does. Im shootn the rele cheap wolf 40 grain jhps rite now so id say with winchesters or any good ammo itd be shootn a ragged hole at 100 which is wat it shot w the cheap tasco off hand at the same distance.

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Actually,Wolf 22lr ammo is pretty good stuff.

Wolf Target 22lr will hang right with most other brands.

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Im shooting a 22 wmr though. I know the lr is good stuff but iv heard they are spotty in the magnums

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Just stay away from Winchester Dynamax 22mag. It shoots 1' lower than the Maximag at 100yds in my rifle. I like the 1.5-6x range on a hunting rifle. 2-7x is a great choice also.

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My marlin likes the dynapoints oddly enough but they do foul kinda badly and im well known w my friends for shooting out to 200 yrds on stuff w my mag so I wanted something w a little more lower range of power and yet wld give me enough power at the top end to see stuff that far off clearly

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