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CZ LONG ARMS => CZF RIMFIRES => Topic started by: Jiva on August 23, 2018, 09:20:50 PM

Title: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on August 23, 2018, 09:20:50 PM
Once again I’m looking at scopes and was wondering what folks here prefer for punching holes in paper.
Title: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: wagon on August 23, 2018, 09:37:26 PM
Depends on shooting distance.   I like my Leupold VX2 6-18x AO for up to 50yds.  Some may prefer to go up to 24x or even more to shoot for accuracy.

I also have two 12x that I also like them a lot:   Diamondback 4-12x AO, and weaver Grand Slam 3-12x SF.   


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Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Blackwatch on August 23, 2018, 09:47:48 PM
I put BKL 1 inch rings (medium, 11mm dovetail) with a Leupold VX 1 2-7 x33 scope on my CZ 455's...ample clearance for the bolt.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: DeltaPapa on August 24, 2018, 08:13:00 AM
I'm very satisfied with the Weaver Classic V-series in 4-16 x 42, fine cross hair dot.
The view is so very bright compared to my rimfire Leupold hunting scope.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: M1A4ME on August 24, 2018, 08:48:39 AM
I use whichever scope I have on the center fire rifle that the .22 is the sub-caliber trainer for.

I want things to be as similar as possible.

Maybe I wasted money putting a scope calibrate (BDC) for 7.62X39 on the SIG 522 but it operates the same as the SIG 556R and that was the idea.  Consistency between the two rifles.

I don't really have a sub caliber rifle for the AR's since I use a .22 conversion kit, so that means I use the same optic whether .22 rim fire or .223 ammo is used.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: jameslovesjammie on August 24, 2018, 08:52:44 AM
Nikon Prostaff Target EFR.  It's designed for Rimfires and has an adjustable objective from 10 yards to infinity.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: bman940 on August 24, 2018, 01:27:10 PM
I do like Nikon's PROSTAFF Target EFR a lot but I think one of my new favorites is Nikon's P-Tactical Rimfire 2-7x32 MOA reticle scope. Unlike the Target EFR it has a fixed parallax but being able to dial in my longrange shots will be a lot of fun. I haven't seen them in my local Big box store yet but the should be arriving any time. Sub $180 too.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: John A. on August 24, 2018, 02:52:44 PM
Given what I use my rimfires for, and typically within 50 yards (*mostly hunting small game), I generally use a 1.5-5x32 on them.  I also try to keep the scopes as near to the bore as I can while still getting a decent cheek weld.

Matter of fact, I have a lot of my centerfire rifles set up in the same manner because that works for what, where, and how I hunt.

I also really like the reticle on most shotgun scopes too.  The circle or diamond around the center of the cross hair really helps pick up on a target pretty quickly.  And another reason why I like a scope that has little magnification.  Better sight picture.  Especially on moving targets that aren't really too far away.

But I could understand why one would want more magnification when they're staring at a small static target.  Just realize that more isn't always better.   Too much magnification is worse than not enough in my humble opinion.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on August 24, 2018, 09:16:05 PM
Just realize that more isn't always better.   Too much magnification is worse than not enough in my humble opinion.

I think this is an extremely valid point. After trying out friends’ rifles with high magnification I’ve found that my “normally acceptable wobble” can get out of control pretty quickly. Granted, I shoot 3 position with a lot off hand and perhaps it’s not as big an issue from the bench but definitely factors into my choice of scope.

Thanks for weighing in on this.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: John A. on August 25, 2018, 10:18:42 AM
You're very welcome.

It's just something that I too have noticed over the years.

As I mentioned, I hunt with mine a lot.  That's mostly off hand.  Sometimes supported by a tree limb or fence post, but usually off hand.

Not the same as bullseye shooting, but from a practical standpoint, I don't want to wound an animal either.  I want good shot placement and a quick 1 shot kill is ideal.

Headshots on squirrels isn't terribly uncommon.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: 60DRB on September 09, 2018, 11:52:32 AM
To piggy-back on this relevant question,

I'll soon be getting a 455 in .17 HMR (maybe the American combo) and was wondering what would be a good (single/shared) scope for .17 HMR and .22 LR. I haven't bought a scope for a rim-fire in over 30 years. I should say I am much of a traditionalist and not interested in illuminated or "busy" reticles.

Thanks, Greg
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Phlyers13 on September 09, 2018, 02:09:43 PM
I have vortex crossfire 6-18 on my 455. Perfect for target shooting at 50 but gets pretty yellow at 100. I’ve been considering stepping up to the weaver T-36.  For hunting it’s hard to go wrong with any 3-9.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: John A. on September 09, 2018, 02:15:25 PM
To piggy-back on this relevant question,

I'll soon be getting a 455 in .17 HMR (maybe the American combo) and was wondering what would be a good (single/shared) scope for .17 HMR and .22 LR. I haven't bought a scope for a rim-fire in over 30 years. I should say I am much of a traditionalist and not interested in illuminated or "busy" reticles.

Thanks, Greg

I would recommend buying a dedicated scope for each.  Zero'ing and rezeroing all the time would get old after a while.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Wiley Coyote on September 10, 2018, 04:56:18 AM
This is "just me" but the three guns I hunt and plink with all wear (the now out of production) Leupold VX-II 3-9x33mm Rimfire EFR A/O models with the Fine Duplex Reticle. The two I use strictly on the bench both have Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x40mm A/O, (Varmint Hunter's Reticle). The 452 G/F is wearing a 1995 version of these same optics.

And you are right Sir about too much magnification. More isn't always better.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on September 10, 2018, 06:44:42 AM
This is "just me" but the three guns I hunt and plink with all wear (the now out of production) Leupold VX-II 3-9x33mm Rimfire EFR A/O models with the Fine Duplex Reticle. The two I use strictly on the bench both have Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x40mm A/O, (Varmint Hunter's Reticle). The 452 G/F is wearing a 1995 version of these same optics.

And you are right Sir about too much magnification. More isn't always better.

I have been lusting over the 3-9x33 EFR for several months, there's a new version, the vx freedom, that would be perfect for my needs. So far that and the V16 are my top two choices.

BTW, Wiley, a little birdie told me you'll be needing a new scope sometime soon, yes?  ::) Looking forward to hearing (seeing) more on that.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: M1A4ME on September 10, 2018, 08:09:36 AM

Headshots on squirrels isn't terribly uncommon.

When we got our .22's (as kids) we were not congratulated for putting a hole anywhere in a squirrel/rabbit except the head.  Hunting was for meat and no one in my family ate squirrel brains, so the head was the preferred (should I say, expected) aiming spot.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Wiley Coyote on September 10, 2018, 12:27:58 PM
Several guys over on Rimfire Central have bought the VX Freedoms and I haven't heard or seen anything bad about them. Most are impressed with the clarity of the optics. Optics Planet right now has a good deal going on them. Not sure if this is the right one, but you can start here https://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-vx-freedom-3-9x33-riflescope.html (https://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-vx-freedom-3-9x33-riflescope.html)


"BTW, Wiley, a little birdie told me you'll be needing a new scope sometime soon, yes?"

Hate to rain on your parade, but I have one of the VX II models setting just waiting for the new rifle to come in.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on September 10, 2018, 01:28:04 PM
Several guys over on Rimfire Central have bought the VX Freedoms and I haven't heard or seen anything bad about them. Most are impressed with the clarity of the optics. Optics Planet right now has a good deal going on them. Not sure if this is the right one, but you can start here https://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-vx-freedom-3-9x33-riflescope.html (https://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-vx-freedom-3-9x33-riflescope.html)


"BTW, Wiley, a little birdie told me you'll be needing a new scope sometime soon, yes?"

Hate to rain on your parade, but I have one of the VX II models setting just waiting for the new rifle to come in.

Not at all, just a nod to your new baby on the way :D
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Z400acdc on September 11, 2018, 10:13:36 AM
I have bought several Mueller scopes. They have been very good scopes at a reasonable price. For range work, I use a couple of Mueller 8-32x44. They run about $225 at Amazon.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on September 11, 2018, 11:20:45 AM
I have bought several Mueller scopes. They have been very good scopes at a reasonable price. For range work, I use a couple of Mueller 8-32x44. They run about $225 at Amazon.

I have also heard positive things about the Mueller scopes in regards to quality for price paid, in particular their APV series.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: OMCHamlin on September 12, 2018, 06:49:30 AM
It won't get a lot of respect, but I have a BSA Sweet 22 6-18, with those 3 bullet weight dials and it actually gets good hits at range once dialed in at a known (50yd) distance.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: GeoW on September 17, 2018, 11:07:01 AM
I've had good luck with the Japanese made Weaver Classic scopes.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on September 17, 2018, 01:36:30 PM
I've had good luck with the Japanese made Weaver Classic scopes.

Yes, I hope to get a V16 one day; I've heard lots of good reports on those for sure.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on November 01, 2018, 10:27:24 AM
I just received my Leupold 3-9x33 EFR and am very much looking forward to sighting it in this weekend  ;D
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Wiley Coyote on November 01, 2018, 09:09:52 PM
Favorite is the Leupold VX-2 3-9x33mm Rimfire EFR A/O, Fine Duplex Reticle on the four rimfires I use to hunt and plink.

In second Place is the Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x40mm A/O, #66560, Varmint Hunter's Reticle on two paper punchers.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on November 02, 2018, 08:11:42 AM
Favorite is the Leupold VX-2 3-9x33mm Rimfire EFR A/O, Fine Duplex Reticle on the four rimfires I use to hunt and plink.

In second Place is the Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x40mm A/O, #66560, Varmint Hunter's Reticle on two paper punchers.

What's nice for me is that I'm new to scopes and although this is on the "budget friendly" spectrum of the Leupold family, compared to my current BSA air rifle 4x fixed, it's quite an upgrade and one that I believe this CZ 452 Varmint deserves :D
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Wiley Coyote on November 02, 2018, 08:03:08 PM
The VX 2s are no longer in production. Replaced by the VX Freedom line that's getting great reviews from buyers using them. I'm probably foing that route with my next Rimfire.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Catdaddy2 on November 04, 2018, 09:02:48 PM
Another vote for leupold vxII 3x9x33 efr. Liked it so much bought another one as a spare before they went out of production. Use it on my 452. Went the other route with a weaver t36 for the 455. I have monitor my coffee intake when I use that at 50 yds.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: nettle on November 04, 2018, 09:13:27 PM
Leuplold 2x7 rimfire.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: oxbow on November 14, 2018, 07:35:21 PM
I have this scope on my 455 and love it.  I've never heard of Tract Optics till recently but really like this 4x12.  The glass is very very nice.

https://www.tractoptics.com/products/riflescopes/22fire-4-12x40-bdc
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: J Lee on November 15, 2018, 10:50:56 PM
Looking at an Athlon 4-16x44 Midas TAC 30mm on maybe a SWFA SS 12X42 Mil-Quad for a Black Friday buy.  Whichever one I get will be my favorite.
Title: Re: What’s your favorite scope on a rimfire rifle?
Post by: Jiva on November 16, 2018, 09:29:25 AM
Looking at an Athlon 4-16x44 Midas TAC 30mm on maybe a SWFA SS 12X42 Mil-Quad for a Black Friday buy.  Whichever one I get will be my favorite.

I'd also like something 4-16 or 24 and have seen many good reviews of Athlon. I definitely need AO/EFR on whatever I choose.