For a hunting and plinking .22, I prefer either a low powered variable or a nice fixed 4X. I think the fixed 4X Zeiss Conquest 50 yard parallax model scope is a terrific rimfire scope! I also like a high quality variable topping out at 4X or 6X. One thing to remember is that a variable intended for centerfire use is usually parallax adjusted for 100 yds / meters, so it isn't the best choice for a rimfire. However, if you use a low powered variable, it's not really an issue. If you use consistent head placement with your eye positioned in the center of the scope all the time, it's not really a huge issue anyway. It's really a bigger issue if you're target shooting and/or using higher magnification. If you are using a high magnification variable, make sure it has parallax adjustment at least down to 50 yds / meters and preferably lower.