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Hello all.

I'm looking for a moderate priced varmint scope to pair up with a Browning A-Bolt Micro in 22 Hornet.

Preferably Mildot without an illuminated reticle.

This will be used for a combination of small varmint/target shooting.

Currently I'm looking at a Mueller 8.5-25×44AO Tactical and I'm curious what else is out there in that price range that is comparable and
appropriate for a maximum range of 200 yards (I made this selection based on some forum hunting).

This is my first scoped weapon so I'm not terribly savvy when it comes to scope selection (i.e. I know 8.5-25 is variable but I don't know what
range it is appropriate for). If someone has a link to a good primer on such things it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

-Bill

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 I really don't know much about that scope, but i do know that it will somewhat overwhelm that sweet little rifle, size-wise. A decent quality compact 3-9 or fixed 6x or 8x or something on that order would be more useful within the Hornet's somewhat limited range capabilities. Unless your rifle is capable of consistent dime-sized groups at 100 yards, anything over about 12x is kind of unnecessary. 

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  You want a to put a what on a hornet?  How about this... You can get a Bushnell 4200 3x9 for the money you are talking about and you can see through it.  The Hornet is great round, but it has some real limits.   The scope you are talking about is too many bells and whistles and not enough clarity.  It will also be too bulky for a mirco bolt. 

 

As a practical matter a high quality fixed 4x or 6x scope would be my first choice.  A 3x9 or 4x12 would be my second choice.  My first pick would be the 6x IOR with the 4a reticle, but that is a bit more than your budget.  The 10x Super Sniper will get you the mill dot.  I don't under stand why you want that feature on such a short range gun.

 

 The Hornet is a good round in suburan areas for varmits.  It is not extra loud.  It drops off quickly.  It has more power than the .22lr.  In those built up areas, clarity is a big plus!  You have to see what is going on around you before you can take a shot.  There are lots of cheap scopes that offer lot of magification, but all you get is a blurr.  Seeing what is behind your target is very important. 

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Silver/Ronk,

Thanks. That is exactly the sort of advice I'm looking for.

I shoot a CZ527 LUX (fixed sights) in 22 Hornet.

The Browning A-Bolt Micro in 22 Hornet is for my father-in-law who is a bit older and doesn't have quite the eyes I do, so I'm looking for some
optics that will be workable for him out to 200 yards.

I figured the Mildot would be nice to approximate drop as the Hornet is down a few inches at 50 and 100 yards when sighted in for 200 yards with
the light 35 grain V-MAX bullets driven to 3000 or so fps, but if it is difficult to find in a range that is workable for the Hornet that isn't a deal
breaker.


-Bill
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Taking into account the advice I received I ended up going with a Weaver Grand Slam 4.75 x 40mm fixed.

Thanks again.


-Bill
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 Keep us posted on how it works out for you. A picture of it all mounted up would be nice, too!

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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 Keep us posted on how it works out for you. A picture of it all mounted up would be nice, too!

 

Amen!!

We LOVE gun pics around here....

 

Welcome to The OT, wblodgett

 

As an aside, I had a terrific baby sitter named Linda Blodgett (super nice lady) and her husband was named Joe.

You don't happen to know them, do you??  

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RONK hit the nail on the head when talking about scope size. That is a nice little rifle and it would be a shame to overwhelm it with the scope. A 3-9 like the Bushnell 4200 would be a nice fit as would a 4 or 6x fixed. The Kahles 4x is another good choice. There is one left and they have warranty.

 

http://www.samplelist.com/default.aspx?display_num=10&mf g_selection=5&prod_type=1&hide_sold=false

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Well I got it all mounted up.

My current setup is a Browning A-Bolt Micro in 22 Hornet with a Weaver Grand Slam 4.75x40 scope.



Cheaptrick, most of my Blodgett relatives are in Idaho.  I don't know a Linda or Joe Blodgett though.


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That looks like it might just work!  Thanks for the pic, and let us know how it shoots,

and how well you like the Weaver.

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Well the first report is in.

My Browning A-Bolt Micro in 22 Hornet with a Weaver Grand Slam 4.75x40 scope is turning in 3 shot groups of 3/4 inch at 100 yards on the first range outing.

My load is once fired Winchester brass trimmed to about 1.393, 35 Grain V-MAX bullet (seated to 1.725 OAL), and 12.5 grains of Hodgdon Lil Gun powder (middle of Hodgdon published charge range).

I'm very pleased with the Grand Slam scope, the optics were bright and clear (I'm seriously considering buying another one for my CZ).

The whole package seems to be working out very well and I hope to shrink the groups a bit more on the next outing (need to bring the trigger pull down a bit).


-Bill



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Good deal!! Can you post pics of your new set up??
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Good deal!! Can you post pics of your new set up??

 

 He already did, Mark, at the bottom of page1. Looks decent, don't you think?

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My bad. LONG day!!

 

Nice rifle!

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you should think about getting it "k" out get a little more performance from it
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