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Need recommendations for a 22 scope that focuses to 15 yards #8232067 04/10/21 06:18 PM
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Under $500, prefer 1" tube, doesn't need to be high-mag (prefer at least 12x, but required). Struggling to find something for my Annie 54 sporter.

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I don’t know if this floats your boat but I saw the leupold 3i 3.5-10x for $399.

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Athlon Talos BTR. 4-14, FFP, Illuminated reticle, focuses to 10 yards. $300. But not 1” and only comes in mil.


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Sorry, I saw need recommendations earlier and didn’t even process the .22 and 15 yard part. I have no idea if that scope will do that.

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It's going on a small annie 54 sporter, so a 30mm tube would look pretty funky. I also have $70 rings that are 1" and have no interest in buying new rings.

I looked into the vx-3i and it won't focus that close I think. They have an EFR version, but only in the 6.5-20x variety and that's a bigger scope than will fit on my rig.

I'm considering the Bushnell 4-12 Prime as my #1 target. Looks like a good fit for my requirements.

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Leupold VX-Freedom Rim Fire.


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Re: Need recommendations for a 22 scope that focuses to 15 yards [Re: patriot07] #8232772 04/11/21 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by patriot07
It's going on a small annie 54 sporter, so a 30mm tube would look pretty funky. I also have $70 rings that are 1" and have no interest in buying new rings.

I looked into the vx-3i and it won't focus that close I think. They have an EFR version, but only in the 6.5-20x variety and that's a bigger scope than will fit on my rig.

I'm considering the Bushnell 4-12 Prime as my #1 target. Looks like a good fit for my requirements.


I think you're spot on with the 4-12 power & AO (focus/parallax) - I use the same and the 12x is nice for shooting out letters on targets at 100y.
One other thing to consider is the reticle - does it have/do what you want/need, & not too thick.

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Originally Posted by oldoak2000
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It's going on a small annie 54 sporter, so a 30mm tube would look pretty funky. I also have $70 rings that are 1" and have no interest in buying new rings.

I looked into the vx-3i and it won't focus that close I think. They have an EFR version, but only in the 6.5-20x variety and that's a bigger scope than will fit on my rig.

I'm considering the Bushnell 4-12 Prime as my #1 target. Looks like a good fit for my requirements.


I think you're spot on with the 4-12 power & AO (focus/parallax) - I use the same and the 12x is nice for shooting out letters on targets at 100y.
One other thing to consider is the reticle - does it have/do what you want/need, & not too thick.

The reticle is probably my biggest concern - it looks a bit thick, but can't really tell online...

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Originally Posted by patriot07
Under $500, prefer 1" tube, doesn't need to be high-mag (prefer at least 12x, but required). Struggling to find something for my Annie 54 sporter.


Not sure what you seek even exist. Most anything that will parallax down to 10 yards is a tactical type scope and most are going to be a 30mm-34mm tube. The crimson trace at midway on sale for 325 will go down to 15 yards and is 34mm 6-24x

I wouldn’t think a one inch tube has enough range to zero at 10-15 yards, it may but I had trouble getting a nightforce benchrest scope to zero at 20 yards with a flat 0 moa base.

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Under $500, prefer 1" tube, doesn't need to be high-mag (prefer at least 12x, but required). Struggling to find something for my Annie 54 sporter.


Not sure what you seek even exist. Most anything that will parallax down to 10 yards is a tactical type scope and most are going to be a 30mm-34mm tube. The crimson trace at midway on sale for 325 will go down to 15 yards and is 34mm 6-24x

I wouldn’t think a one inch tube has enough range to zero at 10-15 yards, it may but I had trouble getting a nightforce benchrest scope to zero at 20 yards with a flat 0 moa base.

Bushnell prime 3-12 and 4-12 both fit the bill. I missed one on ebay this week for $125...trying to find another

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look at the hawke line of scopes. glass is pretty clear and most will focus clear at 10 yards at full power. I used a 6.5-20x42 dor air rifle competitions and it is clear at 10 yards on 20 power


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Re: Need recommendations for a 22 scope that focuses to 15 yards [Re: patriot07] #8244274 04/21/21 12:42 PM
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We bought a Mueller APV for my wife's 10/22 a few years ago. She was shooting at an indoor league and needed something with a parallax range that would get down below 50 yards. The Mueller APV costs less than 150.00 new, has parallax adjustment that goes down to 10 yards and gets good online reviews. For the money, it's hard to beat for a .22 scope.


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After shuffling a bunch of scopes off and on my Tikka T1x, I put an extra Leupold VX3 4.5-14x40 (1” tube) with the Varmint Hunter reticle on the rifle. The fine crosshairs of that reticle let me shoot tiny groups, and the BDC lines let me shoot longer known distances accurately. The only problem, which rarely affects me but might be a deal killer for the OP, is that this scope won’t focus down to 15 yards. That said, maybe newer versions of the scope will allow it.

The neighbor was recently over to my range to shoot his 22, and then he shot mine. His comment after looking through the scope was “wow”. And after shooting the Tikka a few times, he said “wow” about the groups at 50 yards.


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Our family has a Leupold 4X Rimfire with adjustable objective that dials down to 10 yards or so. My students used it to win a couple national championships at 50 ft on that little target with 10 bullseyes per page. It's a nice scope, but I'm not finding it new on internet searches, so perhaps they don't make it any more.

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