The Best .22 Rimfire Scope Review
The .22 rifle is a staple in almost everyone's collection. When teaching beginner rifle classes, we always start off learning on the .22 long rifle since it's light weight and easy to use. I can think of so many reasons to like the platform, they're inexpensive, the ammo doesn't cost a lot, customizing is easy, and a complete build can be accomplished with aftermarket parts.
Hunting small game, training, competition shooting and recreational practice can all be done with relative ease on a .22 rifle
For this scope review, we looked at Fit and Finish: If the company can't pay attention to basic detail the rest wouldn't be that good. Warranty: If they wouldn't back the product why would I. Optic Clarity: the whole point of having a scope is to acquire the target with ease, otherwise there's no sense in having one at all. Weather Resistance: each scope on the list needed to be rain and fog proof at a minimum. Features: we weighed out each scope's dominant feature and performance then ranked them based on best value
Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x40 Side Focus Rifle Scope
Made in the USA, built by craftsmen with American pride, and backed with a lifetime transferable warranty, this scope didn't disappoint. Having used this scope for 1,000 rounds I can say the VX-3 is the real deal. It's 30mm slender, sleek body fits perfect. 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum cuts the weight down to 15.3 ounces. Adjustable 4.5-14x40 maginfication is ideal for long range targets. A great way to find out a scope's worth is to shoot at dusk. I've seen so many scopes look great during peak light hours and at dusk they fall off the map. VX-3i 4.5-14x40 diamond coat, abrasion resistance lenses, assisted by a twilight light management system, helped it stay true providing vivid crisp images with relentless performance, even in low light settings. Leupold & Stevens rigorous punisher testing makes it a bulletproof design. The VX-3 handles large caliber rifles effortlessly making it the most versatile but also the most expensive on the list. If your looking for a serious scope and have the extra cash this is your guy.
Nikon Prostaff Rimfire II 3-9x40mm BDC Riflescope
The BDC was designed specifically for rimfire and allows users to compensate for bullet drop. Sight in once and you're hitting center at 25 and 50 yards, use the 4x zoom along with the aiming circles and your still dead on at 150 yards. Nikon signature multi-coat glass provides 98% light transmission, giving it some of the most vivid, crisp images of any scope on the list. The Prostaff Rimfire II even comes with spring loaded, instant zero reset turrets, making adjustments some of the easiest and most accurate of any rimfire scope. It's not a good scope, it's a great scope and it won't break the bank.
Vortex Optics Diamondback 2-7x35 Rimfire Riflescope
Designed for the .22 platform, vortex has done a great job of marketing and branding their scopes, making then extremely popular. The company's based in the USA but this scope is made in china and other asian countries. Vortex has stepped up there game in the warranty department. They offer an unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty thats fully transferable. Made from one piece of aircraft aluminum and purged with argon, this scope comes in at 11.6 inches, weighing 14.2 ounces. It's a full size scope but not overwhelming. Adjustment graduation is 1/4 MOA and parallax is set at 50 yards. By itself, the glass looks amazing. I did notice small differences when side by with other scopes on the list, minor, but still noticeable.
Bushnell Optics Drop Zone-22 BDC Rimfire Reticle Riflescope with Target Turrets, Matte Black, 2-7x/32mm
One of the best looking scopes built with AR .22 platform in mind. Side mounted parrallax goes from 10 yards to infinity and has a BDC reticle. Magnification and parallax adjustments are stiff, but done intentionally. Designed with a tactical mindset if they get caught up on something, they're not displaced. This scopes very good in thick brush or on tactical applications
All of the scopes on the list are more than adequate for .22 application. Each scope has its pros and cons. All aspects considered, the Nikon Prostaff Rimfire II 3-9x40mm BDC Riflescope was chosen and bought. Consistently raking in the top of all categories, it's the most well rounded scope for the price.
It's import to note the leupold held the biggest advantages overall, but when you factor in the hefty price tag, it felt like you where paying a premium. After picking the Nikon, my buddy, having a bigger budget, ended up buying the Leupold. He liked the ability to reach further distances with precision and stated "it's not only a .22 scope but a high end precision scope for larger rifles like the .308 " which would gives it more versatility.