That's the one. Works well for me, and bright enough for the squirrel hunting I do.I'm probably mostly going to use it for ground squirrels and close range prairie dogs. I saw the caliber specific scopes from Cabelas and am interested in them. Only $69 on sale now for a 3x9. Is this the sme scope you are talking about au218?
You definately won't get an arguement from me concerning spending money on a good scope. The Buckmaster 4.5-14 had served several years on a .223 varminter, without an issue. I bought the 17HMR for about 1/3 of what I paid for the Buckmaster several years ago. Since the scope looked out of place on that little rifle and I had a better use for it.... well that's where the BSA came into the picture.Well, I have been there and done that a few times over the years and this is where I'd come down.
I bought a cheap 4X12 w/A.O. - Trashco and it was just that.
I bought the scope to have the higher magnification with adjustable objective to take advantage of the rifle manufactures claimed grouping ability.
The scope was NOT clear or really sharp, no matter what the adjustments. In short I got what I paid for.
I also bought a used 77/22 on which was mounted a Bushnell Banner scope.
The paralax on this scope was over the top!! BAD!!!!
I replaced it with a 2X7 Leupold, Not a rimfire scope with paralax set for closer distance, but even with that, it paralax was night to daylight BETTER!!
Again, you get what you pay for.
On my current Clark Custom 77/22 I have a Leupold 3X9 EFR (Extended Focus Range) scope which is great.
If the scope is focused, the paralax is also set, meaning the scope is great for 50yd bench sessions or 100yds plus. Just change the Objective adjustment and your good to go.
And yes, paralax can be a big issue in well placed shots.
The only reason I could think of for replacing this current Leupold scope on the RIMFIRE would be to increase the power, but only if the scope offered the same clear/sharp and adjustable features provided by the Leupold EFR.
Take a trip to the Rimfire Central forum. Those folk take their rimfire shoot'in very serious and can give you the real scoop on what works or not on rimfires.
Keep em coming!
Crusty Deary Ol'Coot