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5 Best 22 Scopes

When shopping for a new rimfire scope for your 22 LR rifle there are several things to consider. First you'll want to choose the magnification, most rimfire scopes won't be higher than 12x simply because you aren't shooting long range with a rimfire rifle. Second you'll want to choose the reticle, most rimfire scopes will be a simple duplex reticle but some have BDC reticles. We've put together our list of top 5 rimfire scopes from top brands like Vortex Optics, Leupold, Bushnell, and Simmons. You can check out all rimfire scopes here.
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Vortex Optics Crossfire II Rimfire Rifle Scope 2-7x 32mm V-Plex Reticle Matte

Vortex has redesigned their bestselling rifle scope in the Crossfire. With the sleek new style and added features, the Crossfire will no doubt continue to outperform every scope in its class. The new line features longer eye relief, fast focus eye piece and redesigned, finger adjustable, zero resettable 1/4 MOA capped turrets. Fully multi-coated lenses with anti-reflective coating deliver amazing light transmission with edge to edge clarity. The rugged 1-piece tube is nitrogen purged and O-ring sealed for 100% waterproofing and fog proofing at any elevation in any conditions. You shouldn't have to struggle to find your target and with the generous eye box and ample field of view allow for the easiest target acquisition. The new Crossfire delivers exactly what you need, and then some. Covered by Vortex's VIP lifetime warranty.


What Customers Are Saying

Excellent Choice!

I am a Project Appleseed and NRA instructor. I now own 9 of these scopes and have them on all my loaner rifles (all Ruger 10/22s). They are great scopes and they take a beating. Backed by the best warranty in the business, I couldn't be happier. Great choice for the last, best scope you'll ever have to buy.
- DrRichP, 2/11/2015

About Vortex Optics

People, Products, and Promises – at Vortex Optics, we’re about you. Our products are designed, engineered, and built to work for you, no matter the task. Whether it be punching paper from the bench, or taking that trophy buck from a distance, we’ve got your back with purpose-driven products made by shooters, for shooters. Every Vortex product is backed by our VIP Warranty, which is our promise to the customer that no matter what, we’ve got you covered. Here at Vortex, you’re not just a customer, you’re Family. Welcome to the Vortex Nation.

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Leupold FX-I Rimfire Rifle Scope 4x 28mm Fine Duplex Reticle

Fixed power scopes developed specifically for rimfire shooters. Scopes have parallax set at 60 yards which is perfect for rimfire shooting.

Features

  • 1/4 MOA windage and elevation adjustments
  • Multicoat 4 lens system
  • Waterproof, fogproof, shockproof
  • Leupold's Full Lifetime Guarantee

What Customers Are Saying

This is the very best ...

This is the very best scope one could mount on any .22 caliber rifle. The quality is superb, the optics are crystal-clear, they are tough as Marine Corps Force Recon troops, and they are affordable. I have one on a Ruger M77/22 and it's fantastic. If you are going to scope a .22 rifle, do it right the first time and get this Leupold. You'll be glad you did.
- Kevin, 2/25/2010 Shop Now
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Simmons 22 Mag Rimfire Rifle Scope 3-9x 32mm Truplex Reticle with Rings

How do you improve America’s most popular rimfire scope? By adding some of the innovative features that distinguish Simmons from all the rest. Like their QTA (Quick Target Acquisition) eyepiece with plenty of eye relief to make acquiring targets a snap. And SureGrip adjustments for easy adjustment, even while wearing gloves. Add Simmons fully coated optics and complete set of mounting rings, and you've got one of the finest, most reliable rimfire riflescopes available anywhere – at any price. For big-game optics in a rimfire riflescope, Simmons .22 MAG is in a class all its own.

 

Ring Information:

  • 3/8" dovetail style attachment
  • Height- 0.45" (measured from top of base to bottom of scope tube)

 

 

What Customers Are Saying

I gave it 4 stars based ...

I gave it 4 stars based on my expectations of value vs. price. My only complaint is with the rings provided. If I did not have a bore sighter, it could have been a very frustrating day at the range. The scope ran out of adjustment before reaching the center (windage). The vertical was ok. I re-centered the reticle and swapped the positions of the rings (front to back / back to front) and it worked. At the range the scope responded to adjustment well and focused clearly on 9 power from as close to about 35 yards and on lower power settings right up to around 10 yards. This scope replaced a regular inexpensive 3-9x32 rifle scope with the hope it would focus on short range targets and it does well it also looks just fine at 100 yards. It is a good value.
- Matt, 2/25/2010 Shop Now
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Bushnell Rimfire Rifle Scope 3-9x 40mm Drop Zone-22 Rimfire BDC Reticle Matte

The Bushnell Rimfire Riflescope is designed to deliver peak performance for the 40-grain .22 LR. This scope boasts a BDC reticle with hold positions out to 125 yards and you'll never miss your shot thanks to capped turrets that protect your settings in the field. Shots at first and last light are in the bag too, thanks to enhanced optical glass that boosts contrast and resolution. And tough? You bet, thanks to a one-piece, aircraft-grade aluminum body that has no problem standing up to the elements and rough use. You'll also have the confidence to know it won't fog up on you since it's fully IPX7 waterproof. The 3-9x40 Rimfire is covered by the Bushnell Ironclad lifetime warranty. 

Features

  • A Dedicated Rimfire Riflescope
  • DZ22 Reticle is designed specifically for a 40 grain 22 LR, with drop points out to 125 yards
  • Multi-Coated Optics for improved resolution, light transmission, and contrast to you get you on target
  • Lightweight, Waterproof-sealed, One-piece aircraft-grade aluminum tube construction
  • Capped turrets to protect your scope settings in the field
  • Ideal for varmint, small game, and plinking

 

 

What Customers Are Saying

I would definitely buy this again.

Very impressed for the money. Mounted on a CZ 457 LUX 22LR. Leveled the scope on a pendulum, and bore sighted at 25yrds. It took 15 rounds at 50 yards to zero. Shot tight groups. Had a lot of fun. You don't need to spend $300-$500 on a good rimfire scope. Just another great product from Midway USA
- Gmolosky1981, 5/2/2022

About Bushnell

Built on a commitment to deliver an unparalleled view of the world. For seven decades, Bushnell has led the way. Developing advancements, redefining categories and instilling confidence in generations to find what they seek. Bushnell brought binoculars to the masses and invented the laser rangefinder category. All with a never-ending commitment to lead with unrivaled clarity, durability and technology.

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Vortex Optics Diamondback Rimfire Rifle Scope 2-7x 35mm V-Plex Reticle Matte

Vortex Diamondback Rifle Scopes feature solid, one-piece aircraft grade aluminum alloy construction which makes them very strong and more resistant to even the heaviest recoil. They are purged with Argon gas which eliminates internal fogging and retains its protective properties over a wide temperature range. Optics are fully multi-coated and transmit 91% of available light. The windage and elevation dials also pop-up for fast and easy adjustments. Protective lens covers are included.

What Customers Are Saying

great 10/22 topper

mounted on a 10/22 using a dnz medium height one piece scope mount with the er shaw sporter bbl its got a little gap but i didn't wanna risk getting it to close and having to deal with returns. runs great out to 200 yds. would buy again.
- Jake, 7/31/2015

About Vortex Optics

People, Products, and Promises – at Vortex Optics, we’re about you. Our products are designed, engineered, and built to work for you, no matter the task. Whether it be punching paper from the bench, or taking that trophy buck from a distance, we’ve got your back with purpose-driven products made by shooters, for shooters. Every Vortex product is backed by our VIP Warranty, which is our promise to the customer that no matter what, we’ve got you covered. Here at Vortex, you’re not just a customer, you’re Family. Welcome to the Vortex Nation.

Shop Now