22 Rifle Scopes – Hunting Small Game

22 rifle scopes come in many styles and brand names. In this review I am going to try to cover the Nikon ProStaff Rimfire.

If you are a serious small game hunter or target shooter this scope is a good fit for you. It should do a good job on any 22 or 22mag.

Why It Might Not Work For You

While I was reading the comments on this scope I ran across some information that might affect the scope’s match up with your 22.

The Nikon Prostaff Rimfire 22 rifle scope is actually intended for a 22mag. (After reading more there are conflicting answers to this) Some folks say it is made for any 22.

The real issue with a larger caliber like a .270 is the 1/2 MOA clicks will make precise zeroing at 300-500 yards very problematic. This scope has a 75 yard parallax.

(I have found conflicting answers to this one too.) This scope is calibrated for 1600fps ammo. If you are shooting CCI Stingers you would probably be ok. With regular 22 shells you will not be in the 1600fps catagory. This can cause you to always be shooting high even after you have bottomed out the adjustment.

I Used A 22 A Lot

I have hunted a lot of small game with a 22. In my opinion they are as good as you can get for rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs, and other small critters.

At a younger age when my eyes were good I had a lever action 22 that I could pick off a squirrel running through the tree tops. A lot of running rabbits were rolled with it too. I still have the gun but don’t use it much anymore.

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Nikon’s BDC 150 Reticle

Designed specifically for rimfire, the BDC 150 reticle allows shooters to compensate for bullet drop at extended shooting distances. The BDC reticle’s unique see-through ballistic circles offer an incredible advantage for long range shooting, yet still allow a normal sight picture for shorter-range shots where the crosshair itself is the aiming point.

Fully Multicoated Optical System

Multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds on every glass surface provide bright, vivid pictures and optimum light transmission from dawn to dusk.

Spring Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets

To simplify field adjustments, Nikon has integrated this feature into the riflescope. Just sight-in as usual, then lift the spring-loaded adjustment knob, rotate to your ‘zero’, and re-engage. Field adjustments are now as simple as dialing-in your subsequent ranges.

More About This Scope

Scope Dimensions are 19.2 x 4 x 4.5 inches weighing in at 1.3 pounds.
Average Customer Review 4.5 stars out of 173 reviews with 81% being 5 stars.

Compact Riflescope with 4 to 12x magnification and 40mm objective lens.

Fully multicoated optical System transmits up to 98 percent of available light.

Zero-reset turret with spring-loaded adjustment knob; 3.7 inches of Eye relief.

Nitrogen-filled, O-ring-sealed housing for waterproof, fog proof performance.

BDC reticle; quick-focus Eyepiece; measures 14.1 inches.

My Conclusion

I would have to do a lot more reading on this scope before I paid that much for it. There are too many conflicting answers in the question and answer section.

The reviews seem to be good for the most part. I was ready to buy this scope by reading them. The questions and answers have left me with a bad feeling. Either some of these people don’t really know what they are talking about or the scope is not really made for a 22 long rifle shell.

I have told you what I have learned and it is only my opinion. It would be up to you to do more research and uncover the false comments inside the scope’s sales page.

Here are some other scopes that you might want to check out for your rimfire 22 needs.

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