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Hello,

Will a 22 rimfire rifle damage my VX II rifle scope.  Should I use it or by a rimfire scope?
Any advice would be appreciated.
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Brian
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Well I got a chuckle out of the way that was worded - why yes a 22 rimfire will put nasty holes in the scope.  However I'm sure that the answer you are looking for lies more along the lines of what is the difference will it function OK.   It will function OK but will be more uesable at lower powers which tend to have a broader depth of field as far as parallax is concerned.  Scopes for centerfire rifles often have the parallax set to 100 yds or 150 yds where scopes for rimfire rifles would have parallax set for 50 yds possible less.  What that means is that things at 10 to 25 yds may appear out of focus or rather a soft image.  Ideally scopes that are used for shooting targets would have adjustable parallax.  I really dont know how much money you are willing to invest in an optic  or if trading in your scope would be of interest to you however SWFA will take scopes in trade toward other purchases. http://www.samplelist.com/TradeInForm.aspx 
You will not harm your scope by using it for a 22 but you may find that it is better suited to a high power rifle. There are some 22 scopes that are fairly reasonable and this is the one I use
Weaver 2.5-7x28 Classic Rimfire Rifle Scope Dual-X Weaver 2.5-7x28 Classic Rimfire Rifle Scope
Stock # - 849431
  • Matte
  • Dual-X
  • 1"
$139.95
Add Weaver 2.5-7x28 Classic Rimfire Rifle Scope to Cart 
If you wanted a scope with really nice glass and adjustable parallax and target knobs which could be really fun you might consider trading toward this scope which has very nice glass and would be a lot of fun on a 22 or other rifle.
Leupold 6x42 FX-3 Competition Hunter Riflescope Target Dot Leupold 6x42 FX-3 Competition Hunter Riflescope
Stock # - LEU66825
  • Matte
  • Target Dot
  • 1"
  • Adjustable Objective
  • Xtended Twilight Lens System
$469.95
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No, a rimfire will not damage any scope that is decent in the first place.  There is no class of  firearm that's easier on scopes than rimfires.  The only reason there are dedicated "rimfire" scopes is what Wes mentioned about parallax.  Most scopes intended for centerfire use are parallax adjusted to 100 yards / 100 meters.  You can use a centerfire scope on a rimfire, but you will experience some parallax error at the typically closer rimfire shooting distances.  This isn't much of an issue with lower powered scopes.  Also, if you choose a scope with parallax adjustment (adjustable objective or side focus) that adjusts down to 50 yards or under, you can dial out the parallax at rimfire shot distances.
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