The only thing I dont understand is why you would consider paying $200 for a temporary scope until you can afford a $400 scope. There are several good $200 scopes out there. I don't know how the Atec compares to a Leupold Rifleman, VX1, Nikon Prostaff, Buckmaster, or the Bushnell in the same price range but there are plenty in the $200 range that I would not consider temporary. A temporary would be a scope less than $100 like tasco, BSA, or the low end models of Simmons.
Actually, you might find that you actually shoot better with lower quality optics which might be why the initiator of this thread did so well out at the range. The better the optics, the more you will notice scope movement from things like your heart beat. I put a $25 bsa on my 300 win mag and took it to the range and was getting consistent groups of .5 inches at 100 yards. I went out and got a $600 Nikon Monarch Gold and I now my groupings are right around an inch, a little less on a good day. Sounds to me like a $35 simmons was the perfect scope for a 22 mag rifle that would be used at the range or for plinking or maybe shooting at groundhogs or something. I know I would not be going out and spending hundreds of dollars on it. I would love to have a marlin 22 mag with that scope on it. Of course, I would not put that scope on a rifle that I was going to use on an alaskan hunt where I have to pay almost $1000 for the plane ticket alone either.
- Ron Spinner
If you can borrow some one elses more rugged scope for some testing, that might be a good thing to try. That Simmons may not be able to handle the back and forth shock pulses as it just may not have that rugged of a erector set holding the reticle. So it may be dropping position with every return jolt of the bolt. Its something worth looking into. Especially if you get the scope back and it does the exact same thing the third time.
You get the initial recoil of the rifle then a split second later you get the bolt crashing rearwards into the receiver or recoil buffer which I have now since fitted. None of these scopes had been abused and only marks on them were the usual ring marks but all three suffered the same problem of the reticles moving within the scope body.
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