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I'm still looking for a good scope for my new .22LR. As usual, I often wind up with something better than what I really need but it's hard not to justify good optics. Rarely would I need to shoot over 50 yards but you never know. 
 
But I'm concerned if I get a standard rifle scope with the paralax set at 100 yards, what's it going to do when I shoot 25-50 yards? I'd really like to mount a fixed 6 power - vintage or new model - or maybe a 2-7 and never move it off 6x-7x. I'm not sure if the inexpensive scopes with the adjustable objective would suit me better or not. I wear glasses and just want to buy a decent effective scope the first time around. Thanks for any help.  
 
 
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The only Real problem you will have with a 6X "centerfire" scope at 50 yards will be the fact that the target ( squirrel ....whatever...) will be slightly out of focus.  The Parallax phenomenon will not really affect you at that magnification---even if you are wiggling your head all over the place.   It is Better to have everything in focus....but at that range and at that power setting.....it is not really a problem.   If you can find yourself a parallax adjustable scope that would be great.  If not,  don't worry about it. 
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Hmm. I have a bunch of fixed 6x centerfire scopes, ranging from a steel-tube Weaver K6 to several very recent models, and all of them have a very sharp view at 25 yards, much less 50, and some are sharp at 20 yards. This is with the scopes focused conventionally for centerfire shooting.
 
Generally there is only a little bit of parallax out to 50 yards, certainly not enough to matter even for head-shooting squirrels as long as the shooter's head is reasonably centered behind the scope.
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I have a Tasco World Class 3-9 on an old .22.  Works well, have not noticed any issues with parallax and focus seems ok at 50 yds. 
 
Have shot this in my bsmt at 50 ft and while a little blurry image is still usable.


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I have a Redfield Traditional scope 6X that is pretty focused at about 35 yards...any closer than that and it's not in focus....at least not in a photographer's sense of the word.  I also have an older Weaver K6 and it is fine at about 50 yards but any closer than that and it's only focused when you deliberately look beyond the crosshairs and then the countryside looks focused but the reticle is now fuzzy....but when your eye comes back to the reticle then the world goes slightly out of focus. 
 
I used to use the Redfield on my 22 and it worked fine. 
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I shoot a couple of 10/22 Rugers that have big game scopes on them. One is a 2-7 and the other a fixed 4X. I have never had problems shooting the heads off squirrels or raccoon at twenty yards.
For extreme precision on mice under the bird feeder, I do use focus and parallax adjustment. Those shots are at twenty feet, though.
I wouldn't worry about  AO or parallax and mount a good fixed big game scope.
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In generaly newer 6x scopes have fewer focus and parallax problems at shorter ranges. I have used them not only to shoot the heads off of blue grouse at 20-25 yards, but shoot running deer at the same ranges.
 
Most of the negative stuff abvout 6x scopes comes from older scopes. Modern scopes are great all-around scopes for those who want a fixed power, whether for small or big game.
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