Re: Weaver Scope for Varmints?
I know nothing about the Weaver, other than that they used to make high quality scopes. This month's (November, 2008) flyer from Midway offers a Simmons Whitetail 6 x 20 in both duplex and mil-dot reticles for $99. Hard to beat that price. A .222 doesn't have recoil enough to cause scope failure, even though the Simmons is of lesser quality than, say, a Leupold. I have used a Simmons 4 x 12 for several years, with no problems, but can't speak for the quality required for shots over 300 yards, my limit due to wind variables and the outside limits inherent for shooting very small ground squirrels. For long shots, I set up the .22-250, but slow down my shots when using this rifle due to the barrel heat gremlin.
BTW, I love my Remington bench rest rifle in .222 and feel it is more than adequate for small varmints such as ground squirrels and PDs. The rifle is very accurate, has low recoil, low report, low barrel heat and is a pleasure to shoot all day. The cases sip powder. A lot of coyotes have been taken with this caliber, although I usually take along a .270 Remington Mountain rifle for coyotes because it is so light and easy to carry. I think that a better coyote choice might be something in the semi-automatic calibers just in case of misses. I have semi-autos, but only in .22 rimfire. They are great for walk-around shooting.