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Old 02-13-2017, 11:06 AM
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hello,i am new to shooting. i have a ruger 10/22 which i upgraded to compete in 50 & 100 yard 22 bench rest matches and just plinking for fun. i changed the stock to a boyd's thumb hole, i changed the barrel to a green mountain 920 bullbarrel. i performed a trigger job, took to much off that my safety quit working, then replaced the trigger with a competition one. i bought a friends rifle rest and didn't like it, i am currently shooting off a bipod.

i have enough cash to buy a expensive scope but i am picky and am trying to save money.
last year i settled on a BSA platinum Scope 8-32x 44mm which i picked up on sale for about $80.

i went to a local park with a range yesterday in the evening about 2 hours before sunset and had trouble seeing where my bullets were hitting the target at 50 yards.

i was reading online, and watching youtube videos and it seems like alot of people recommend the Weaver T36 rifle scope..
it looks like i can pick one of those up for around $400. i found a local gun shop that has a few in stock i plan to go visit and take a look through one to see if i like it.

But i also saw a few other scopes online which had greater zoom but i had not heard of them or seen what the crosshairs look like.

what do you guys think? should i consider one of these other scopes?
i appreciate any feedback or suggestions

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I have a Leupold 3-9x33mm rimfire scope on my Kimber 82 22LR and the combo will shoot 1 hole 10 shot groups at 50 yards with Eley Tenex. I've never felt the need for more power scope-wise. Plus, I'll take clarity over power any day. The Ruger 10/22 is a short, light rifle and a bigger scope would seem cumbersome and unaesthetic in my book. I once owned a BSA 4-16 and discovered the old saying was right - you usually get what you pay for. Good luck with your decision.
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No offense, but you may want to rethink a little on the choices you posted. Your concern should not necessarily be trying to get the highest power. I have at least 1 cheap scope that is up in the 30 power range that struggles to see 22 bullet holes at 50 yards, another at 20x that shows clear at 100 yards and under the right light will let me see the bullet come in the last couple of feet before it hits the paper.
For 100 yard bench rest 22, I like to see 18x-24x, anything more just sucks up light and eye relief and doesn't do anything for my groups. Clarity is king.
Next is turret repeatability. You can hold over for 100 yard silhouette, but when you're competing with your buddies to see who can kill the most Bayer aspirin at 100 yards, holdover sucks.
Fingertip turrets are nice, but if you get a good scope, you can usually add them later.

Look at Burris fullfield 2 for under $500 in the 25x range or Leupold for $600-$700 in the same power. Weaver is good too, maybe 18x, just stay away from the cheaper stuff unless you plan replacing it with something better later when you figure out that you want something more. If your going to do that, look at the Nikon P-22. Fantastic for plinking, silhouette, etc. Just a little underpowered imo.
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I'm with Purist, those two scopes you linked are dog food. When you get to those massively high magnifications, the quality goes out with the bath water.
If you want enough mag to see 22 holes at that distance, you will need to spend far more than $400.
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You dont need high magnification to see 22 cal holes at 100 yards. You need good glass and thin crosshairs. I rarely use any of my target scopes on my 223's and 22-250's past 14 power and you can pick which part of that 22 cal hole you want to aim at. Fine crosshairs with or without 1/8" target dots and an adustable objective.

Even out shooting prairie dogs I rarely take them up past 12 power and we shoot a ton from 300-600 yards. Im using 6.5-20's , 6-20's , and 4-16's. Weavers Leupolds and Vortex scopes mainly. Vortex has become my new favorite line of scopes and you don't have to spend over $400 for a good scope but you can spend a bit more to get a great scope. You can throw Nikon's in the trash as far as Im concerned. Last I had was a Monarch 3 , 5-20 power and the crosshairs were so thick they about covered up the bullseye at 100 yards. Gonna have a hard time shooting itty bitty groups with a scope like that. Clarity wasn't even close to my Vortex' either.
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Look for a good quality fixed power with adjustable objective that goes DOWN to 50 yards. Most big game scopes without AO are adjusted parralax free at 100 yards.
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thank you guys for the help. i think from what you guys are saying.. maybe my BSA scope isn't working correctly.. maybe it's zoom is stuck too low.

so i am still considering the Weaver T36..
i looked at other scopes that were similar in price and i am having a hard time finding one with a fine reticle like the weaver.

any suggestions or do you think i should settle on the T36?
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thank you guys for the help. i think from what you guys are saying.. maybe my BSA scope isn't working correctly.. maybe it's zoom is stuck too low.

so i am still considering the Weaver T36..
i looked at other scopes that were similar in price and i am having a hard time finding one with a fine reticle like the weaver.

any suggestions or do you think i should settle on the T36?
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Download the spoton app. Use it for a few months untill you've had a chance to see what others are using and maybe look through a few of their scopes. Then sell it on ebay for half of what you paid and consider the loss a rental fee and a learning experience.

Or you could buy the fixed 36X scope you are looking at only to figure out that you cant find the steel chickens at 40 yards because you have a 12-14 inch field of view. Then sell it on ebay for half of what you paid for it....
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I don't even use a variable power spotting scope above 30X. Most of my target guns have 6.5-20X Leupolds on them and are set on about 16 to 18X.
Parralax at 50 yards is the problem with most scopes and most don't adjust that low.
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