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Hello from Maine,

I recently developed a lot more love for the 22lr on account of raising ammo costs. I pikced up a Savage Mark II and it is so accurate, I have been hitting brass off the berm! Those are very small targets!

I have a range report and pics here, if it interests you. (there are lots of pictures on the 3rd post down)

http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=59299&p=415631

Anyway, I had trouble seeing the tiny targets with my crappy Millett optic. I was thinking of finally buying a "real scope", like a refurbished Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40.

Granted I will have to sell a couple rifles to afford it, but I think it will be worth it. Quality  rather than quantity.

I am curious what you optics-gurus would recommend for seeing tiny targets at 25, 50, and 100 yards with a budget of $250.

Thank you,
Craig

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Stretch that budget a little and put a 16x or 20x Super Sniper on the rifle for $299.  The other scope I would recommend would be a Bushnell 4200 4-16 x 40 but that is more money, and  those are way less than the really good stuff.   As long as you are talking shooting on a range in daylight I'd go with the 20x but it is really a daylight only scope.
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I see, I have found the Nikon BuckMaster 4.5-14x40 for $199 and I think I will go for that unless there are strong objections... Spending $300 on my first "expensive" scope might make me dizzy! I have never spent triple digits on an optic before.

Do you think the SuperSniper has much better glass that the BuckMaster ?

Do you think the 20X is much better than 4.5-14X ?

Hmmmm ... $300 on a scope .... I will have to think about this ....

Do you think they would let me have it for $200 ? Like a refurb ?

One nice thing about the variable is, when the ambient light is low I could decrease the magnification to increase the exit pupil. I get the impression that on cloudy days and at dusk the 20X scope is fuzzy viewing?

Cheers,
Craig

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The Bushnell 4200 is a VERY GOOD RECOMMENDATION. You are getting QUALITY. GOOD GLASS AND GOOD GUN= HAPPY SHOOTER....you will be amazed when you start to use better glass. The only draw back is now you will want to keep upgrading to better optics, you will be spoiled....
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At the ranges you're looking at I'd keep the Nikon on my list and add the Weaver V16 4-16x40. It's a bit more money but a darn good scope. Also keep in mind that the Nikon refurbs only come with a 90 day warranty. The Weaver will have a lifetime warranty.The big thing with a rimfire is you want a scope with either an adjustable objective (AO) or side focus (SF) to eliminate parallax errors. A straight non-AO centerfire scope won't cut it.
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OK, you'll all be proud! I've decided to buy a SS20X42 :)

I've already contacted SWFA

Cheers,
Craig
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Good Let us know how it does.........GOOD PICK TOO!!!
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