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Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by tressa on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:34 pm

Hi Steven. I just wanted to give you some professional feedback. You did a fantastic job providing me with helpful information, and I ended up purchasing my scope. Unfortunately there was a shipping problem, which I wouldn't have minded, but it lead to some Extremely bad customer service which caused me to cancel my order altogether and I will never make a purchase again, and from the looks of it I'm not the only one. It's unfortunate because you did a really good job on your end, thank you! You might want to let someone know though because people will gladly go somewhere else and pay a little bit more or pay for shipping in exchange for good customer service.

Thanks again for all the helpful info,

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by tressa on Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:13 pm

Thanks Steve, I really appreciate your help.
Teresa :D

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by Steven_L on Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:17 pm

The only way to see if you can use low rings is to physically try them. The issue will be with your heavy barrel and clearance with your objective bell. There's a chance they may work, but mediums will only be a tiny bit higher, and give you room to put scope caps on such as the Butler Creek flip up covers. Or you can order lows AND mediums and return the lows if they don't fit. It does give you a hassle shipping them back, though.

For medium rings I like the Weaver Cross Lock rings, but they don't come in low. They are very nice quality and look sleek and clean. You can choose Weaver standard detachable rings for the lows OR mediums. They are rock-solid, but are not as easy to install with a level reticle since they move slightly to one side when you tighten them. Not a big deal, you just may have to reposition and tighten more than once. I use them a lot.

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by tressa on Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:05 am

Thanks Steve. I did see the Redfield Revenge 3x9x42 and in the OpticsPlanet guide it says a 42 should use medium rings. If I need to keep the scope lower so that I can rest my head against the cheekpiece on my stock, is that going to be a problem? Are low rings and option or should I stick with a 3x9x40? Also, do you have a suggestion for rings?
Thanks again for your help. Teresa

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by Steven_L on Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:58 pm

Scopes from China can be decent quality, and the Simmons Prosport is adequate for your rifle and application. There aren't any scopes with all parts made in the USA. One of the closest you can come to in your price range is the Redfield Revenge series, starting at over twice the price of the Simmons. Several times the quality and performance, as well.

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by tressa on Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:41 pm

I am also trying to choose a scope for my Ruger 10/22 rifle. What do you think about the Simmons ProSport 3x9x40? I'm just using mine for the indoor range or Silhouette.
Also, I usually like to buy American made if possible and someone said this one was made in China, but I've heard Simmons is a good name. Do good scopes come out of China?

Thanks, Tressa

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by dmoneytt on Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:02 am

If you are just going to be popping tin cans or shooting only at one distance with a basically stock 10/22, then maybe you could semi-permanently adjust that 3-9x40 scope's parallax to work okay. Be aware that the scope you ordered is really for a hunting centerfire, so the parallax is Probably set at 150 yards. Anything under that (basically all .22lr shooting) will have some parallax error, and the target and/or crosshairs will be out of focus badly at close range at full power magnification. If you are keeping the factory stock, though, even in the lowest possible rings, you will have issues getting a good cheek weld. You can always add a cheekpad, but they are pretty ugly, and you would be better off spending that money on a better scope or better stock. If you are keeping the rifle basically stock, then the suggested super banner 3.510x36 is just about perfect. I had one on a heavy barreled 10/22 in a factory wood stock, and I was able to mount it low enough to work well with the factory stock. It offers enough magnification to produce decent accuracy, has good light transmission and image clarity, and offers the all-important adjustable objective. I wouldn't even consider a scope for a rimfire that didn't offer an adjustable objective, unless it was strictly for hunting and had a max power of 4-6x.

If you are building a TRUE target rifle on the 10/22 platform, I wouldn't settle for so little scope. If you're going to spend the money on a heavy barrel, target style stock, trigger work (or a new trigger group entirely), and all the tuning and bedding that goes into a true target gun, the last place to skimp is on your optic. You won't notice a few extra ounces from a larger scope once you put on a 4 lb match barrel. Hell, target rifles NEED to be heavy if you want the absolute best accuracy, especially an auto-loader like the 10/22, because of all the movement of the action upon firing. I have built quite a few target 10/22's and a few ultralight plinking/hunting 10/22's as well, and I can say that I've never thought, "I wish I had bought a crappier scope". For a scope that will keep up with the rest of a precision rifle without sending much money, I would go with either the bushnell banner 6-24x40 or the banner 6-18x50. They are both excellent scopes for the money and will help you to get the most from a target rifle. I would go no cheaper unless you really aren't talking about a serious target shooting rifle. I would lean more towards the 6-24x40 for a rifle with a lower comb so I could get a good cheek weld, and the 6-18x50 for a stock with a higher comb. I have 10/22's wearing each of these scopes and they deliver good results. If you have an adjustable cheekpiece, I would go to the 6-18x50. While it does not offer as much magnification, it is brighter and the image a little cleaner at all available power ranges than the banner with the 40mm objective.

One last thing to think about is the fact that you will not be able to consistently see your bullet holes at 50 yards, much less 100 yards if you don't have quality optics, enough magnification, and the ability to focus the image via an adjustable objective. With a scope more oriented towards target shooting, you will be able to accurately spot your own hits and misses, and with enough power at longer ranges you can use the mirage created by heat waves as seen through the scope to help judge wind direction and speed. Good luck with whatever you choose. 10/22's can be an absolute blast!

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by Steven_L on Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:17 pm

I like the Redfield Revenge scope a lot! I have a 3-9x42 Revenge on a favorite 22 magnum and it is just perfect for it. Crisp and bright and repeatable. A great bargain for a U.S. made scope! For an economical but sturdy choice, choose a set of the standard Weaver low rings. They have been proven for decades. You may have to level your reticle a few times to get it straight. I still do after mounting hundreds of scopes with them. When you tighten the top halves, the scope moves to that side. The trick is to have a slightly crooked reticle before tightening the screws. Use a proper fitting screwdriver so you don't bugger your screw heads and make them ugly. This package on your 10-22 will last a lifetime.

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by JD Sherman on Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:35 pm

How do you guys feel about a Redfield Revenge 2-7X34 for a 10/22 target? Can someone recommend rings?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by Warren Dallas on Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:46 pm

I, sadly, have had a good deal of experience with Tasco scopes. Getting right to the point, I wouldn't waste my time picking one up off the ground. They are unmitigated junk.

Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by Wirecounter on Thu May 19, 2011 12:49 am


I, too, am looking for a scope for this rifle. Does Bushnell still offer scopes with the BDC reticle? I do not care for their Multi-X reticle.

Please let me know if Bushnell Banner is still your recommended scope for this rifle, or is there another manufacturer/model that you now recommend. Please advise.

Also, I wish to purchase Butler Creek flip-open scope covers too.



Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by ki on Mon May 02, 2011 3:32 am

Hello, I am new on this forum and this is my first post.

I own a Remington 30-06 with a Weaver scope, dont know the model because its was a uncle gift, but both the rifle and scope are at least 20 years old.

Today I was shooting with the rifle, and after about 8 or 9 bullets, something really weird happened to the scope wich was fine: when I aimed at the target, everthing looked blurred, it was like when you look with a binocular out of focus. What can be wrong? Did something broke inside the scope?

Suggestion please?


Re: Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by kenspielvogel on Tue May 18, 2010 6:36 am

I just bought a 10/22 and it has on it a Tasco Pronghorn. The guy said it was a 3-9 but there is no power or numbers anywhere on the scope, how can I know what it really is? It seems like a real nice scope. Thanks.

Post by Jne_K on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:19 pm


The Tasco Pronghorn 3-9x40mm is a big game scope and though it can be mounted on a 22, it is parallax focused for big game ranges, not 22 rimfire ranges and is therefore not the best choice for a 22 rifle. For a 22 riflescope, try the Simmons 22 Mag or the Bushnell. For a target style 22 scope, try the Bushnell SuperBanner or the ultimate in a 22 scope, the Leupold Rimfire 3-9x33EFR.

Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by CAtherine J. on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:15 pm

Hello again, just brousing your site and I think the tasco ph3941D scope 3-x40 for 39.95

would be fine instead, I don't know much about scopes, but they look comparable.

Let me know if you need me to do anything further.

Would you recommend that size or the smaller 3-9x32 for my ruger 10/22 ?

Thanks CAt one more time.

Post by Jne_K on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:12 pm


I'd look at the Bushnell SuperBanner 3.5-10x36, if you are looking for a good 22 scope. It has a BDC for 22LR and also an adjustable objective (AO) which will prove useful for target shooting. Best 22 scope on the market under $100 and it is available.

Riflescope for the Ruger 10/22 target rifle

Post by Catherine J. on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:11 pm


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Can you all make any other recommendations with other brands, I am building a Ruger 10/22 target rifle, with weaver rail, and leupold 1" scope mounts. The one I ordered looks good, but I hope it's not too big for the gun for the simmons 3-9/40. I know there are lots of other brands that are just as good, but 40.00 bucks is a nice price taboot! Thanks CAt.