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Old 11-13-2018, 10:00 AM
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I'm going to be doing some benchrest shooting at 25 & 50 yds with my CZ 455 Varmint .22 caliber rifle and am looking for some optic recommendations.

My considerations/wish list includes, in no specific order, the following:

* best magnification for 2 1/4" bull @ 25 & 50 yards
* variable magnification preferred
* side focus
* second focal plane
* as always, cost

I don't need and can't afford the 'best' optic made. However, I know that often 'saving money can be very expensive' and I want a quality, well made scope with a solid warranty.

Too much to ask for???

Thanks for your input!
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:41 PM
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What is your Budget?
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:57 PM
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My thoughts

I too have a CZ 455 Varmint. I am shooting at paper from a bench at 50 yards; that's pretty much all I do with this rifle.

After looking around this forum I was becoming interested in a Weaver T-36. You mentioned wanting a variable power scope and this one will not provide that feature. Further lurking on the forum and eventually asking for help, the Mueller 8-32 x 44 was suggested. It has side focus, variable power and a fine cross hair reticle. Additionally it is considerably less money than the Weaver. I purchased one and so far I am very satisfied with it.

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Old 11-13-2018, 01:58 PM
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What is your Budget?
I'd like to stay under $300 if possible. Probably $400 tops. Less is better but, as I said, I want a dependable, quality piece.
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:01 PM
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I had a weaver T24 that I really liked for bench use, used T24s & T36 are $300-$350 all day on here..Not a fan of side focus on bench scopes because the AO's give you much more fine focus capability compared to a SF scope.

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Old 11-13-2018, 02:51 PM
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I'd like to stay under $300 if possible. Probably $400 tops. Less is better but, as I said, I want a dependable, quality piece.
In my opinion, it will be very difficult to purchase a quality optic with the $300 budget.

The main issue is that the variable power option bumps the price significantly.

You can shoot a 2 1/2” bullseye with a 6x scope, but what I want to see is the bullet hole at 50 yards...which requires greater magnification.

If the rifle is going to be used primarily from a bench, I would start out with a used, Weaver T36. This is what I had, before upgrading to a Vortex Golden Eagle, which zooms up to 60x magnification, but is four times the price. If you don’t like the Weaver, you can likely re-sell it for exactly what you paid.
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If you're shooting at 50 yards exclusively, a Weaver T-24 should be more than adequate. Will the T-36 get you "closer"? Yes, but at the expense of how bright the image is in the scope (especially when light is not ideal), and there are other optics sacrifices going from 24X to 36X. The T-24 will be bright and sharp and your can readily see the bullet holes at 50 yards. Oh, and it costs less than a T-36 too. Just my 2˘.

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For 2 1/4" bull @ 25 & 50 yards 24x would do the job.

As other RFC members have stated, if shooting 50yd BR targets, you will need at least 36x to see the little target dot.

50 odd scopes for sale here on Trading Post, some suitable and within your budget limits.

Weaver, Sightron (my current choice) and Mueller are three popular choices.

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Old 11-13-2018, 08:54 PM
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Have a good look at the recently released Mueller 40 x 56 Reviews are very good, in your price range and I think the one I have is as good as a Weaver t36 I used to own.
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For 2 1/4" bull @ 25 & 50 yards 24x would do the job.

As other RFC members have stated, if shooting 50yd BR targets, you will need at least 36x to see the little target dot.

Giz
Then I must have the eyesight of a hawk (not really ) as I shoot 50 yard BR targets frequently with my Leupold VX-2 6-18x40 AO, my Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x40 EFR, and a few of my Bushnell Elite 4500 6-24x40 SF scopes and have absolutely NO trouble seeing that little dot with any of them.

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50 yards with a 20X Unertil. No problem seeing .22 rimfire holes. Even .17 is easily visible. Lighting has to be decent. It would be dicey as the sun starts to set.
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Then I must have the eyesight of a hawk (not really ) .......Doug
Eagle eyes Doug .

Old age and have to wear glasses myself, struggled with Tasco 6/18x, could see the holes ok but not the target dot. Now sorted with Sightron SII 36x.

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If you're shooting at 50 yards exclusively, a Weaver T-24 should be more than adequate. Will the T-36 get you "closer"? Yes, but at the expense of how bright the image is in the scope (especially when light is not ideal), and there are other optics sacrifices going from 24X to 36X. The T-24 will be bright and sharp and your can readily see the bullet holes at 50 yards. Oh, and it costs less than a T-36 too. Just my 2˘.

Doug
Ditto, the brightness of the T24 over the T36 is why I bought one. Still easily able to see my bullet holes as well. I really feel like its darn near the perfect BR rimfire scope. On a somewhat relevant side note, the one thing I can brag about myself is my eyesight as I recently went to the Optometrist for the first time ever @ 40 yrs old and passed the 20/10 vision test quite easily. The Dr was visibly surprised and said I'm part of the 3% of the US population with 20/10 eyesight. Ill take it! cuz everything else on this body is going downhill...especially my physique and more disturbingly my hair which seems to be leaving my head & migrating southward to my back and A $ $!!

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