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What’s the Best Scope for Target Shooting with a Ruger 10/22?

By: John Smith

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If you’re looking for a ubiquitous .22lr rifle in America, it’s likely the Ruger 10/22 would be your first choice.

This rifle is so popular that Ruger launched different models to satisfy all needs from distinct niches. There are a few aspects of the Ruger 10/22 that make it truly one-of-a-kind: it requires inexpensive ammunition, it’s easy handling, and customizable; it offers negligible recoil, the firearm’s light weight is another of the major attributes that add value alongside the gun’s famous brand name.

For the sake of this article, let us assume you’re already a proud owner of one of the most popular rimfire rifles in history. Now it’s time for you to get the best scope for your Ruger 10/22.

If you’re a newbie in the scope game, there are certain things you need to consider in purchasing a scope, namely: magnification power, level of light transmission, durability, build quality, and quick target acquisition.

I’ve developed a list of what I consider to be some of the best scopes for your dear Ruger 10/22. Let’s dig in.

Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Rimfire:
Vortex is always on target when it comes to manufacturing high-quality scopes. The Rimfire version of Crossfire II appears with a V-plex reticle that makes it more suited to a wide-range of shooting applications.

The Fantabulous Build Quality: Accompanying its hundred-yard F.0.V and 3.9 inches of eye-relief, Crossfire II is crafted out of a single piece of anodized aluminum tube.

In addition to this aircraft-grade feature, this scope boasts of O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged scopes – something that ensures incredible durability with resistance to water and fog.

The Vortex Crossfire II ticks nearly all the boxes. With a rugged build and excellent optics, it comes with a simple yet effective reticle. What else should you ask from a scope?
If you’re looking for a scope that is ideally made for close to mid-range shooting, you definitely need to check the Vortex Crossfire II 2-7x32 Rimfire out.

Simmons 3-9x32mm, 0.22 Mag(R) Matte Black:
Who doesn’t love true ingenuity? This scope has some flagship technology in it developed by Simmons themselves. It has a hydro-shield lens coating to prevent reflection and glare.

This scope is also crafted by the steel-on-steel true zero system that locks in True Zero after each hunt while improving elevation and windage. In addition, the SureGrip rubber surfaces let you handle your scope in any kind of struggling condition.

Simmons Stellar Quick Target Acquisition (QTA):
Much like Simmons’ other inhouse innovative technologies, Simmons ceases the heavy recoiling sufferings by its QTA technology.

The eyepiece of the scope has a larger optical view that ensures a more in-focus vision for you. While shooting from awkward and uncomfortable positions, it saves time from repositioning. With this in your Ruger, you won’t be wasting even a second.

From the company perspective, Simmons pours all its heart and soul into this excellent scope for you. With an amazingly low price, it offers a terrific deal for any of the close to mid-ranger hunters out there.

Nikon 3-9x40mm ProStaff Rimfire w/ BDC Reticle:
With a BDC reticle that shoots out to 150 yards, The Nikon Prostaff Rimfire offers plenty of power for your Ruger 10/22. Brilliantly precise adjustments offer a definitive shot for every pull. It also has a generous eye relief of 3.6 inches.

While chasing small targets, the quick zero-reset turrets ensure that you don’t have to mess around. Zero-in and enjoy a locked-in target through several rounds.

Tremendous 98% (almost 100%) light transmission:

This is the place where Nikon’s Prostaff really glitters on its own. It literally does!

Where most scopes can only offer up to 90%, Nikon reaches 98% and beyond. That’s something you can expect from industry leader Nikon, ain’t that true? In fact, it really justifies their efforts to give such light transmission, as it helps you see quick, small targets.

One can hardly find a single, solid complaint about this sleek scope from Nikon. It offers almost everything you expect from a budget-friendly scope with some serious amount of light transmission.

Bushnell Optics Drop Zone-22 BDC Rimfire Reticle:
One thing can be said about Bushnell: they generally aim to deliver a perfect package for their customers. When it comes to Bushnell’s Optics Drop Zone-22, this statement holds true.

The caliber-specific reticle of Bushnell is as always precise and bright.
With Bushnell Drop Zone-22, all your shots are bound to be pain-free and comfortable.

Amazing Multi-Purpose Magnification: When you’re moving quickly, the magnification will follow your needs. It’s perfect when you’re on the range or long-distance shooting.

John Smith is a lifelong hunter and rifleman writing from Kansas. Contact him at gunkitpro@gmail.com.

Photo courtesy of Ruger.com.

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