.22 scope for 4-H competition.... Help!

Discussion in 'Rimfire and Airguns' started by RDM416, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. RDM416

    RDM416 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    I need some suggestions for a scope for my daughter (age 12) to use for 4-H .22 competitions.

    4-H rules restrict scopes to max of 9X. Competitions are 3 position shoots at various ranges from 25 to 75 yards. Most of the kids in her local club use rifles supplied by the club. The club rifles all have BSA "Sweet 22" scopes with target turrets and parallax adjustment. They like the BSA because it is cheap and keep telling me to get her one, but I have always associated "BSA" with "JUNK".

    I have my daughters rifle (a Savage MK II) set up with a Leupold MK 4 2.5-8X40. I know it is overkill, but I had it on an AR15.

    The problem is parallax. That model of MK 4 does not have a parallax adjustment and at those short ranges the parallax is terrible. I can shoot it quite well, but she has not quite got the "cheek weld" thing down yet so the lack of a parallax adjustment is really opening up her groups.

    All that to ask this........ What is a good scope for a .22 that has dependable target turrets, parallax adjustment and does not go above 9X??

    Most "good" scopes with target turrets go above 9X. The few I have found that don't, like my MK 4 are fixed parallax. I am sure there is a good scope out there and am hoping one of you guys have run into this and can make a good suggestion or two.

    I don't mind spending a little money to get something good, it just has to meet the 9X rule with turrets and parallax adjustment.
  2. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2010
    How much is a "little money" talking scopes there could be a HUGE difference. I've got a Nikon Monarch with turrets that's been great so far, tracks reliably, good-enough glass, will easily focus down to 25yds. I got it for a CZ22 that I shoot from 25-250yds.I wouldn't call it cheap, but I don't think I payed more than $400 for it couple years ago.


    HARPERC Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    My girls grown, and your dilemma makes me smile with fond memories, THANK YOU. If you like your Leupold, they used to change parallax settings reasonably on request. Call them and if not, I bet they have someone they can refer you too. Years ago they sent me to Premier, but I heard they are doing it all in house now.
    While on the phone see if they would put target turrets on their VX 11, 3-9 rimfire, it has
    adjustable objective.
    Dad to dad-consider going with the BSA the club recommends.
  4. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    Have you looked at Leupolds 3x9 rimfire scope? It has adjustable parallax and they could probably install turrets on it.
  5. BlackKnight755

    BlackKnight755 Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2010

    I would say go with a quality scope, and leave the BSA on the shelf. Leupold makes the VX-3 4.5-14x40mm with adjustable parallax. I don't know how the rules are for 4-H but I have shot some competitions where scope power was limited and the officials would allow it to be set at the maximum power and then just put a piece of tape on the adjustment ring. I think that you would be more satisfied knowing that you had provided a quality piece of glass for her and most important with the quality optics that may just give her an edge over the competition. If she does good to start with she may not lose interest as fast.

    The adjustable parallax feature is a must especially for the young shooter. Even though experienced shooters may not have trouble with fixed parallax scopes, as you said she hasn't got her cheek weld down yet and the A.O. well cure that, hence another edge over some of the competition.

    I just went to the Lepuold site and in their custom shop they will put target turrets on for $49.99 each, heck, they'll even customize the color if you want 'em to. The only thing that would be a concern to you is the fact that it would go to 14 power, and again I think that you'll find that the officials will let you "fix" the scope at 9 power and tape it.

    As far as the rimfire scope that Leupold makes, I had a chance to look at one and for my money I would leave it on the shelf too. The one I was looking at just didnt measure up in my book. I know I was comparing it to a VX-3 but there was a good bit of difference that I could see.

    I have always been one to say " You don't have to buy the best, but buy the best that you can afford". I think I would go with the little more expensive for the "edge" that it would give to your daughter... Just my two cents worth, BK.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2011
  6. RDM416

    RDM416 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Thanks to everyone who replied, I have been out of state turkey hunting and then kind of forgot about this post so sorry taking a while to reply.

    threejones, "a little money" is as much as it takes, although I would probably draw the line before I got to a $3K S&B:D. Seriously, I would not hesitate to spend $500 or $600 or maybe more for a good quality optic that fit my needs...... after all I have a MK 4 on it now!

    HARPERC, That is a good suggestion about contacting Leupold's custom shop. I knew they would install target turrets and such like but I did not know they could or would change the parallax. I will have to give that some thought and call them.

    Thanks again to all who replied:)
  7. anothermartin

    anothermartin Member

    Dec 31, 2009
    I took a few minutes to look for scopes that fit the description you gave. I did not find much, but on swfa some of the Hawke models looked close. There is also a new post on the Hide in the rimfire section about a Simmons. I have no experience with any of these scopes, but they aren't very expensive. It may be worth a few minutes to check out. Good luck in your search and good luck to your daughter in her shooting. I hope to find some time between other sports to get my girls more involved with shooting.
  8. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Just a suggestion that might work for you until you can locate a replacement.

    If full field of view isn't real critical, you could maybe slide the scope forward in the mounts to eliminate alot of parallax. This would "force" her eye to center in the scope and works effectively to reduce a large amount of parallax. Field of view is smaller, but the eye has to be centered to see through the scope.

    Don't know if this is an option in your case, but it's a possibility.
  9. Poodleshooter1

    Poodleshooter1 Member

    Nov 22, 2010
    3-9x AO with target turrets?

    Cheap: Simmons 22 Mag 3-9x 32mm AO ($60 or so)
    Moderate: Clearidge RM 3-9x 32mm AO (uses a Weaver RV9 scope,but with the old Bushnell 4200 target model zero resettable turrets)
    Expensive: Sightron SII Big Sky rimfire 3-9x 36mm AO

    I use the Clearidge RM on my Anschutz. It focuses down to 7-10yds even on 9x. The parallax adjustment is actually dead on for mine. The turrets are repeatable. With my 50yd zero and subsonic ammo, I dial up 7 MOA to hit dead on at 100yds and then back down. Can do it all day long with no discernible, unwanted POI change.
    It's pretty convenient.
  10. benchracer

    benchracer Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2009
    Check out this link: SWFA SS 6x42 Tactical Riflescope

    It is a fixed 6x with target turrets, 30mm tube. Parallax adjustment is located where the power ring on a variable scope would be. Adjustable from 10 meters to infinity. $299.
  11. Mild Bill

    Mild Bill Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2009
    check out some of the sightron scopes, some of them will AO down to a pretty short distance and so far the reports have been favorable over at the rimfire central webpage
  12. isaaccarlson

    isaaccarlson Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2011
    You can always do this for parallax. It works very well and is reversible. Just find something that fits or use an old credit card or some tag board. Punch a small hole in it and put it in the objective bell.