I also have the Bushnell Banner 6x18x50 and it performs verry well on my .223 cal. :bthumb:I don't believe in spending anywhere near that much on a basic .22 rimfire scope. I'm very happy with my 6-18x50 AO Bushnell Banner. They go for about $120. I would pay a bit more than that to get target turrets - but not much. I think an AO is essential for a rimfire. If I was hunting a lot in the 100 yard range, I would also consider a mildot reticle or ballistic reticle such as the one here:
The ballistic reticles have a bit of an advantage over the standard mildot as the graduations are not linear and perhaps are more suitable for estimating holdover. The mildots on the other hand (providing you can remember the numbers) are better for compensating for wind.
The only other nice feature would be a side focus/parallax adjustment. In your application they would work, as they only go down to about 25 yards for focus, and that seems ok with you. A side focus is a lot more conventient to use in the field especially with a long scope.
In short for a higher powered rimfire scope, I think AO or Side Focus is a must, and if you have extra $$'s to spend, I would look for useful features and not just an expensive scope -- Target Turrets, & Ballistic or Mildot reticle considering you are planning to shoot at longer ranges (for a .22).
Edit: I looked at the scope you are considering after I wrote this -- dumb. Looks like it has all the features I talked about. The ballistic reticles appear to be an option. I would consider it. It would be nice to find this package at a lower price. Perhaps others can suggest - Bushnell Elite 4200? I have not looked at the SF too seriously due to the minimum focus limitation.
If you look on ebay hard enough you can get that Buckmaster Scope for mid 200's..22 rimfire application
Very little 25yd application
Mostly 50-100yd applications
I'm leaning toward the Nikon 6-18x40 Buckmaster @ $350.00
Any other Sub $500.00 6-18x40 scopes I should consider?