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I'm looking for a scope for my son to mount on a Remington semi-auto .22 rifle (597 I think). The Simmons 3-9 rimfire scope looks good on paper for around $60, but I'd like to hear from others who have owned or used one. I looked at Simmons scopes years ago when they first came out and I wasnt impressed with the quality. The reticles looked like they had jagged edges, etc. I'm brand new on the forum, so I hope to get some honest feedback.
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I can't speak to Simmons rimfire scopes other than it is what it is a cheap disposable 22 scope. It may be fine or it might not based on luck of the draw. My own preference is to spend more for a good quality rimfire scope like a Weaver RV7 or RV 9. That rifle deserves a quality scope. If you can't swing a Weaver then you might want to look at the cheap Bushnell rimfire line. They're cheap $50 scopes but the optics in the one I looked through were surprisingly decent for the price. 

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Thanks for taking the time to reply to my posting.  I had a feeling Simmons scopes had not improved by that much over the last 20 years.  I'll take a serious look at the Weaver scopes.  I've also heard that Bushnell makes a fairly decent scope for the price.  If I could bother you again, are there any other rimfire scopes under $200 that you reccommend? Again, thanks for your advise.
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I'm afraid that the only rimfire scopes that I've used in years are Weavers. Weaver rimfire scopes are made by a top quality Japanese vendor that builds quality scopes for a lot of big names. I've read good things about Sightron's SI and SII rimfire scopes but haven't tried them out. Hopefully somebody that has can chime in.

Depending on what he's going to use the rifle for you could go with a centerfire scope as long as it has parallax adjustment (adjustable objective or side focus). For example Mueller's APV is popular with beginning rimfire target shooters on a very tight budget. They aren't in Weaver's league optically or mechanically but they don't cost as much either. I don't own one but from what I've read main knock on the APV isn't the glass, it's repeatability of the controls. I've been experimenting with a Simmons ProHunter with with side focus as a low cost target scope. Optically it's decent but it's huge and so lightly built that I'm not sure how well it will hold up. Unfortunately the only decent rifle range within 50 miles closed for repairs 6 months ago and I haven't had a chance to really test it.


One of my custom 10/22s with a Weaver RV9.


One of my custom 10/22 target builds with a Weaver V series centerfire scope.


Simmons ProHunter 6-24x44 o one of my 10/22s - she's an unfinished experiment.
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Thanks a bunch for the information.  Those are three really sweet rigs you have there. That stinks that your rifle range closed.  I'm lucky in that regard because there are several places I can go in my neck of the woods. Keep 'em in the X ring.
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I have a Simmons 3-9 mounted on my Marlin 882ss 22mag. It's not a great scope, but it's serviceable. My biggest criticism is that the power barrel is very stiff. Optically, it's OK and it holds zero well.

My best experiences have been with the Weaver Rimfire line. They're excellent.
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