scope or red dot for .22 Browning Buckmark
I am seeking advice as to what type of scope to mount on my .22 Browning Buckmark Contour. I will primarily be using it for both indoor and outdoor target shooting. The Buckmark has a 5” barrel and overall is 9.5” long. My budget is approx $200.
I’ve read and have been advised that a 2X optical scope is good for my application. I’ve also read that a red-dot is good for .22s.
My question lies mainly in that I’ve not found a pistol or rimfire optical scope that is around 7” long that will not be too long for my pistol. Most red-dots, if not all, seem like they will fit without any difficulty.
Can someone please steer me in the right direction? Right now I’m leaning towards a Nikon VSD, a Sightron 1x33 and an UltraDot 4 dot or MatchDot.
Thanks in advance for your help.
That being said, magnified pistol scopes are not quick nor necessarily easy to use, with the more magnification you have and smaller field of view making it decidedly harder to find your target and hold steady on it. If you choose to go this way, size doesn't have a lot to do with it except for how you think it looks asthetically. Red dots are like looking through a piece of glass with a bright red spot on it. Easy. Quick. Fun. Small. Wide field of view. For plinking at the range when group size is not paramount, teaching new shooters, putting holes in cans, and all around enjoyment, a red dot is hard to beat.
The red dot examples you provided are fine for plinking, and almost any quality or price over the very cheapest will suffice for a rimfire. Don't overlook the Tasco ProPoints which have been favorites of mine for years. For a short 2x scope this Swift pistol scope is fine, but a larger scope with variable magnification like this Bushnell Trophy makes the gun a lot more versatile, and at higher power will certainly let you see how small of a group you and your gun can shoot.
Decide how your optic will help enhance your favorite type of shooting, and have fun with your fine firearm.
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