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Old 04-19-2019, 08:12 PM
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Purchased 512x. scope advice?



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I want to build a squirrel gun out of a 512x I purchased. I tried the iron sights but it shots to the right and is maxed out on adjustment. So I'm going to remove the irons and put a scope on. Ive never really hunted with a 22lr so was looking at a 2x7 or 3x9 or more? Which would be better for squirel hunting? I do like going to the range some times both indoor and out so was thinking efr may be good to have? Any advice and comments I would appreciate thank you.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:13 PM
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Leupold 3-9x33 efr

Either Leupold freedom 2-7 or 3-9 efr scopes would work well. I have both, buy the one with the best deal.

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Old 04-19-2019, 10:37 PM
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The Remington 512-X Sportmaster - the very first rifle I ever purchased as a young farm boy. When I hunted with it on the farm, it had a fixed power 4x28 scope that had a 3/4" tube and I used it in that configuration for many years. The scope finally gave up the ghost a few years ago, so I looked for a replacement for a long time but found it challenging to find any 3/4" dovetail rings. I finally mounted a spare Nikon 3-9x40 scope and it now makes an occasional trip to the range just for .

While that 3x9 would work for hunting, I have convinced myself that AO "should" be a requirement on any rimfire. A 2x7 is a good fit for hunting as well however, the parallax is usually set @ 50 or 75 yards for those scopes. Nikon makes a great 3-9x40 EFR AO scope that would make a great hunting setup and actually have a couple on CZ 45x Americans with that configuration.

Leupold has offerings in a similar configuration as already mentioned.

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Old 04-20-2019, 07:48 AM
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I have a 512-X that I had a 40mm objective scope on it for a while. Looked big for the rifle so I put a M8-4 Leupold on it and I set the parallax at 55 yds. and it works great and looks nice in my opinion. I have engraved Millett rings on it. I rarely hunt with this one and usually just gets shot off my back porch. This rifle is very accurate but a little hard on trigger pull. The new Freedom rim fire series are nice scopes for 22's.

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Old 04-20-2019, 09:49 AM
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Do you find the 7x scope limits your ability to shoot a squirrel in the noggin? I watched guys hunting on you tube and they where using scopes that looked bigger then 3x9s.
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Old 04-21-2019, 07:53 PM
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I would get a 3-9 or 4-12 power if your just a typical hunter. A variable power will serve you the best. The range of magnification will have you covered for when things are too close or reaching the end of your effective range.

Personally, I find I like more magnification than less.

There's no trophy for shooting squirrels (or whatever) with 3X versus using 10X or any other power. You will need to look through some scopes and see what your eyes prefer.

Magnification is not the sole guide to what makes an optic "good". Is the glass clear? Does the reticle supply adequate ability to refine your aim or hold off or hold over? Does internals track repeatedly? Does it hold zero well? Does it have parallax adjustment?

Guys running bigger or fancier optics aren't do so solely for more magnification. Some need the optic to be reliable and repetitive in its tracking.
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:32 PM
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:01 AM
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Leupold was available also by the 512X introduction, nice gloss rifle scopes, and will still be warrantied.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:19 AM
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My go-to scope on my squirrel rifles is the Leupold 3-9 EFR w/AO, with one exception. I have a 513SA with a Kohlmorgen 2.5x in Stith mounts which is my mostest favorite.
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For what it is worth ( and likely very little) my rule of thumb for scope power for hunting is to go low while keeping in mind if you can't see it you can't hit it.

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Thank you for all your responses and your take on a the scope guys. I have a little more insight then i started with. I have cheap 4x scope on it for now I'm going to see how that does but I'm thinking one with more magnification and better glass in future if the gun will group. I have few different ammo brands to try should be fun till I figure out what scope to go with.
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