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Old 03-22-2020, 07:53 PM
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Im aware that Leupold makes a base that bridges over the folded down rear sight on a Browning SA-22.
I prefer not to remove my sight.
Are there any other good scope base alternatives?
Thinking of a Leupold 4X, or 2-7X.
Open to recommendations.
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Old 03-22-2020, 08:10 PM
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Sounds like you answered your own question as the 2-7 Leupold would work pretty well.
I would probably rather have a small red dot on the little Browning to keep the weight down but that's just me as I have other scoped 22s.
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My understanding is that he Leupold base only works with Japanese guns.It will not accommodate the large single screw found on Belgian sights.
Eye relief can be an issue with these short bases, so no less than a 2-7.
I like the early slender Browning/Redfield bases, but they can be hard to find at a reasonable price.
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I would like the older 3/4" scopes but never can find one at the glass is clear enough. I did not want the bigger 1" scopes I feel they kind of over whelm the rifle. So I ended up going with the Tasco 2x7-20 3/4" tube scope. Yes they are very cheap but mine works very well on this rifle. I also have one on a 1955 Marlin 39A Mountie.

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Old 03-23-2020, 09:06 PM
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I went to the NRA convention in Dallas a few years back and the was a guy there that had nice 3/4 tube 4x scopes for the SA-22. They were a replica of the old Weavers or Redfields (cant remember). I tried to buy one but their CC machine was down. It was the perfect size for an SA-22. Him and his wife were real nice. I believe they were out of Oklahoma. The name of his company was Buzz-Bee or something like that. My be worth a look.

I found the website: https://www.grubee.net/collections/riflescope
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I went to the NRA convention in Dallas a few years back and the was a guy there that had nice 3/4 tube 4x scopes for the SA-22. They were a replica of the old Weavers or Redfields (cant remember). I tried to buy one but their CC machine was down. It was the perfect size for an SA-22. Him and his wife were real nice. I believe they were out of Oklahoma. The name of his company was Buzz-Bee or something like that. My be worth a look.

I found the website: https://www.grubee.net/collections/riflescope
If I were to re-scope mine, I'd probably buy one of these.The only gloss offering out there. It will require one of the older style Redfield/Browning grooved scope mount bases.
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Old 03-24-2020, 08:34 PM
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I'm not aware about the problems with the Belgium-made rifles that Camster referred to, but I have the Leupold base, dovetail rings, and scopes on both of my Japan-made SA-22's; one a Leupold 2-7, the other a 4X32 Bushnell. Eye relief is fine for both.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:31 AM
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Some of these cantilever mounts are shorter than others. My Weaver is too short to get proper eye relief and I had to go to the Browning one
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I went to the NRA convention in Dallas a few years back and the was a guy there that had nice 3/4 tube 4x scopes for the SA-22. They were a replica of the old Weavers or Redfields (cant remember). I tried to buy one but their CC machine was down. It was the perfect size for an SA-22. Him and his wife were real nice. I believe they were out of Oklahoma. The name of his company was Buzz-Bee or something like that. My be worth a look.

I found the website: https://www.grubee.net/collections/riflescope
FWIW: If you go to the site, you'll notice that they also have a good selection of 3/4" and 7/8" scopes rings for 3/8",11mm,weaver,etc.bases and they're not near as costly as finding an original set of 3/4" Redfield rings.
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I ended up with the cantilever base that bridges the rear sight, Leupold dual dove tail low rings and a Leupold rimfire 2-7. Have not had a chance to shoot it yet. Wish the scope was 1-2 rearward.
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I ended up with the cantilever base that bridges the rear sight, Leupold dual dove tail low rings and a Leupold rimfire 2-7. Have not had a chance to shoot it yet. Wish the scope was 1-2 rearward.
I tried the same and found the eye relief to be a problem. If i tried to gain the needed eye relief, the front ring wouldn't allow the bell clearance. My solution with the Leupold base and rings was a Leupold VX-1 1-4x.

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I ended up with the cantilever base that bridges the rear sight, Leupold dual dove tail low rings and a Leupold rimfire 2-7. Have not had a chance to shoot it yet. Wish the scope was 1-2” rearward.
I tried the same and found the eye relief to be a problem. If i tried to gain the needed eye relief, the front ring wouldn't allow the bell clearance. My solution with the Leupold base and rings was a Leupold VX-1 1-4x.

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If I were to re-scope mine, I'd probably buy one of these.The only gloss offering out there. It will require one of the older style Redfield/Browning grooved scope mount bases.
I read the reviews in the scope section below.
....I won't be buying one. Better optics than the originals and some design improvements, but some quirks and less than wonderful build quality.
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Question SA-22 scope mounting solution for 58 wheel model?

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My understanding is that he Leupold base only works with Japanese guns.It will not accommodate the large single screw found on Belgian sights.
Eye relief can be an issue with these short bases, so no less than a 2-7.
I like the early slender Browning/Redfield bases, but they can be hard to find at a reasonable price.
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SO, for the earlier model SA-22, do you just find rings that mount directly to the groves on top of the receiver? Surely it cannot be that simple, can it???
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SO, for the earlier model SA-22, do you just find rings that mount directly to the groves on top of the receiver? Surely it cannot be that simple, can it???
Yes, for the earlier ones with a grooved receiver, it is that simple.
You might lose zero after take down, which is why they moved scope mounting to barrel circa 1966- 1967.
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