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Old 10-15-2020, 10:41 PM
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Folks, I'm 48, I've owned 22 long rifles for years. I've just bought my first left-hand bolt rifle. I'm looking to top it with a scope that can track well, FFP, open turrets, clear glass, and of course other characteristics of a fine scope. My budget for the scope is $500. What do you recommend? It will be used to hunt small game, target shooting and probably some rimfire competitions.
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:49 PM
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Well welcome to the forum! I have little experience with FFP scopes, but hopefully someone will come along with some suggestions.
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:46 AM
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Folks, I'm 48, I've owned 22 long rifles for years. I've just bought my first left-hand bolt rifle. I'm looking to top it with a scope that can track well, FFP, open turrets, clear glass, and of course other characteristics of a fine scope. My budget for the scope is $500. What do you recommend? It will be used to hunt small game, target shooting and probably some rimfire competitions.
There are sooo many choices; which is great for us consumers. I have used 2 models that are close to your description. And there are probably 10 more I haven't used. The Vortex Diamond Back and the Athlon Argos, both 6-24X, have served me well for target shooting, NRL & PRS matches. I gotta tell you that I would not want to carry these in the field for hunting- just too heavy (34 oz +/-). If your maximum range is 200 yards, I think 16-20X will be OK and can be found in a lighter scope.

Of the 2 I mentioned the Athlon is my preference. But both good scopes; kind of a Ford vs Chevy thing. You can get more scope for less $$$ if you buy used. This is my first choice- but I usually can't find what I'm looking for very easily.
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Iím a SWFA guy my self.

I hunt and target shoot to 300yds so far, with the 22lr with a 10x Mil/Mil side parallax scope.

Yes more power the tighter you can hold.
I have pretty good eyes.
Iíve shot groups in the .1s at 25yds so the more power thing doesnít bother me.
Of course Iím not shooting for serious competition or money.
Something I could get away with In the field and at the range.
I run 12x on my centerfires and commonly shoot to 750yds no problem at bang MOA plates.
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The diamond back tactical is a really good scope for the money.
Any company that replaces their scope no questions asked is where I would go.


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Old 10-16-2020, 09:06 AM
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Iím a SWFA guy my self.

I hunt and target shoot to 300yds so far, with the 22lr with a 10x Mil/Mil side parallax scope.

Yes more power the tighter you can hold.
I have pretty good eyes.
Iíve shot groups in the .1s at 25yds so the more power thing doesnít bother me.
Of course Iím not shooting for serious competition or money.
Something I could get away with In the field and at the range.
I run 12x on my centerfires and commonly shoot to 750yds no problem at bang MOA plates.
Cheers
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The diamond back tactical is a really good scope for the money.
Any company that replaces their scope no questions asked is where I would go.
Ditto - Standard (rear parallax) 10x SWFA on the .22 (front) and 12x on the CF -



The Vortex Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 First Focal Plane might work for you as well.
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:26 AM
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It will be used to hunt small game, target shooting and probably some rimfire competitions.
For me, that list of requirements for the use of a 22LR shooting device, requires 3 different answers, not one.

A low power scope is perfect for small game hunting,, maybe even 2-7X

Once you find the right one, a zero power optic is almost impossible to beat for plinking,,
( I purchased at least 4 zero power red dots before I found the right one for me )

Rimfire competition? I think that optic starts at 16X,,
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:57 AM
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Imho: A ffp scope is difficult to use at low magnification. The reticle gets so small it ends being useless and up cluttering or obscuring the view. An xmas tree reticle on a ffp imho is the best to not do this. An ffp scope on a 22 is a bit of an overkill ho far can you really shoot them.

A 25 moa rail and a scope with 60 moa of adjustment should be fine. But that nixes the 4x scope and the red dot. The arent going to zero so easily at 25 yards on a 25 moa rail.
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Folks, I'm 48, I've owned 22 long rifles for years. I've just bought my first left-hand bolt rifle. I'm looking to top it with a scope that can track well, FFP, open turrets, clear glass, and of course other characteristics of a fine scope. My budget for the scope is $500. What do you recommend? It will be used to hunt small game, target shooting and probably some rimfire competitions.

Best one you will find for that money. On the heavy side but a real optic.

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Another vote for swfa.

I've had great luck with swfas. Yes they're fixed but for the price imho they cant be beat.
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After a lot of research, my most recent purchase was a Vortex Diamondback Tactical 6-24. Is FFP, external turrets, side parallax, excellent reticle for my purposes. While I've generally used a 3-9 for years on centerfire rifles, a 22 sometimes calls for different power.

My thinking was that I could use 6x for Rimfire Sporter competition and up to 24x for Rimfire Silhouette (usually at around 18-20x as a personal preference. Cost was $299 through ExpertVoice. It is working well.
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Old 01-06-2021, 08:17 AM
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After trying a couple Simmons I bought a Weaver T24 for my Sav MII. 've had that on many rifles and it still tracks and holds zero. It ois just not a hunting scope,
I bought a Couple Muellers, Tactical scopes for my 17s. They are holding up, even on the 243. The tactical Reticle is great in the field.
Just bought two Monstrum FFP scope w side AO .I will be test them out in the next weeks. The first one was very fun to shoot thru on my 25-20.
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After a lot of research, my most recent purchase was a Vortex Diamondback Tactical 6-24.
What height rings are you using? My setup is very similar and just bought this scope.
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Old 05-15-2021, 10:07 AM
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I would say the HBR in Leupold or Burris is the right choice. They can be had on ebay for around $300.
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Old 05-16-2021, 10:20 AM
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The athlon I use can be set up with a zero stop by removing the elevation turret and shimming the inside with plastic or rubber washers.

Can the vortex also be done this way?

I had read the diamondbacks did not have a zero stop?
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