I am looking for a scope for my Ruger 10/22 Sporter that is lightweight, SFP, and low magnification, e.g. 1-4x or 2-7x. Mainly used for general utility and plinking. Max range will be 100 yards (maybe 200 just for fun). I have it narrowed down to these:
Leupold VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20 MOA-Ring Riflescope 180590
Leupold VX-Freedom Rimfire 2-7x33 Matte Rimfire MOA 174179
Vortex Crossfire II 2-7x32 Rimfire Riflescope with V-Plex Reticle (MOA) CF2-31001R
I really like the 9.4oz weight of the Leupold VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20! And these scopes go up in weight from there. I am concerned, though, about its fixed 150yd parallax setting of the 1.5-4x. I've read that parallax is really no big deal at all, especially at these short rimfire ranges. I also like the versatility of the 2-7x scopes. But those are heavier, especially the Vortex.
I'd like your feedback on these scopes. For example, what am I getting for the $299 price of the Leupolds that I am not getting with the $129 Vortex. I looked thru a Leupold VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20 scope at my local store recently and was very impressed with the clarity, field of view, and reticle.
Thanks for your time!
I can't give you a comparison as I don't buy Vortex in the lines that are made in china. But I do have several of the Leupold 2-7x33 scopes and find them just about perfect on a 10/22. I don't need really low magnification on a plinking type gun and I do use 7x a lot. FWIW>
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In my humble opinion, the proper parallax range is a consideration.. It's more forgiving. Not so important for plinking and general utility, but might be important if you want to shoot for small groups, or quick shots on very small prey.
Parallax error maybe not be significant at rimfire ranges with the 150 yard scopes
if you have a very consistent positioning of your eye behind the eyepiece.
I've had a Vortex Diamondback 2-7x35 Rimfire scope for a few years on a 10/22 takedown. Has been a good scope for me. No experience with the Leupold scopes you reference.
Though not made in USA if thats an issue mine was made in the Phillipines.
Have several of both brands for Ruger .22s and the hands down winner is Leupold because of eye-box and how clear they are.
I ordered the Leupold VX-Freedom Rimfire 2-7x33. Thanks, everyone!
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Good call on the Leupoold.
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You will love it. I have always just put a Leupold 3x9 on my .22's, but the rimfire one it really nice and clearer for me at short ranges.
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Older model Tascos made in Japan seem to be the best bang for your dollar,
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