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Have a new T_Bolt on the way to me and I need some help in choosing a scope for it.  It will be used occasionally for squirrel hunting, general plinking around and casual target shooting at 25 and 50 yards. I want a varible power scope no larger tha 2 or 3 power on the low end.  I have considered both Weaver rimfire scopes and the Vortex Diamondback rimfire.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks    Shelby Chastain 
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The T-Bolt is a really nice rifle. Stick some quality glass on there if you can afford it. Of SWFA's offerings, I'd go with the Weaver RV9 personally ($$$). It has great optics for the price.
Other alternatives:  the new Nikon 3-9x 40mm rimfire classic prostaff($$) and the the Sightron S1 3-9x-32mm($), the Leupold VX1 2-7x 28mm($$$),or the VX-II 3-9x 33mm ($$$$). There's also a contract built scope that is essentially an RV9 with Bushnell 4200 target turrets,that is popular on Rimfire Central, but which is not sold by SWFA. I have one of those on an Anschutz 1416 and am pretty pleased with it.

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Thanks for the reply.  I have discounted the Nikon as I want smaller bell than 40mm.   How much of a minus is the friction adjustments on the Leupold, and does Leupold have fully multi coated optics?  I think I am leaning strongly toward the RV9 unless I come across something pretty impressive in the next couple of day.  Thanks again.
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Neither VXI or VXII are fully multicoated. Both are multicoated only (not all lenses are multicoated).
 I assume their coatings are of good quality, but of course the main thing you are paying for with a Leupold is quality control, USA assembly, possibly some unseen assembly advantages (screw retained lenses rather than epoxied lenses?) and the outstanding warranty.
Friction adjustments are completely inferior to my knowledge. I can't see how a friction lock-over time and given much use- would retain zero better than a click adjustment system. There's no reason for Leupold to continue to have them on their scopes, yet they still exist on VX1s. Why the VX1 and Rifleman lines continue to exist when the Redfields offer the same warranty and similar performance with better features, I have no idea. The Leupolds VX1 and VXII scopes seem inferior, and cost as much as 2x more than their competitors with similar features, quality levels, and warranties (Sightron,Vortex and Weaver namely). Personally, were I to insist on a Leupold rimfire scope, I would buy a standard 3-9x 40mm Redfield, and send it to Leupold for parallax adjustment to their 60yd rimfire standard ($10+ ship last I checked).

The RV9 is hard to beat for features, quality and warranty at its particular price point.

 
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+1 for the Sightron S1 3-9x32
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