FX-II Ultralight 2.5x20
I don't own the gun yet but would like to start looking for a good deal on a scope for a Marlin 983 .22wmr bolt-action. This gun will be for tree squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, and maybe pigs. I'd like to stick with Leupold products, they have been good to me in the past. Of the two below, which would you choose?
Leupold FX-II 2.5x20 Ultralight - $270
It's simple, adequate, and smallest and lightest scope in the Leupold line. Small game will be shots within 60 yards so it would give adequate magnification. The WIDE field of view (40 feet at 100 yards) would be great for chasing a running squirrel down in the tree tops and wouldn't ever be too much magnification should a pig sneak up on you.
Leupold VX-2 1-4x20 - $300
Variable power gives wide FOV for stalking and option for up to 4x for slow hunting shots. FOV is 75' @100 yds on low and 30' @100 yds on high. This is still a nice small scope.
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I found a 22 wmr to be a bit much for squirrels and rabbits and to little for hogs. I would think it perfect for coons. Most guys seem to be crazy about variables bit I think a 3 power (max) fixed is great for the brush. I have missed squirrels ay 10feet with a scope.
Wow, 113 views and only 3 votes and 1 comment. I'm leaning more towards a 1-4x20 myself.
Team .30-30 #418
My 22 mag Marlin sports a Bushnell 3X9 which I really like. Great for out to 100 yards for all things that need trimming.
I have a 1-4 x 20 Loopy on my 1894 44 Magnum and love it. I would guess the 2.5 x 20 would be great too. I'd go for the wide duplex and not the heavy duplex on the 2.5 power.
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I voted for the VX-2 just for the higher magnification. The .22 Mag is a 125-150 yd. round and should be suitably scoped. Have 3-9X40's on ours.
I vote for a scope that has an adjustable objective. Most scopes have the parallax (focus) set to 100 yards. This makes targets at short ranges out of focus (fuzzy). The scopes I purchase for short range work are:
1)Bushnell Banner 3.5-10x40 AO
2)BSA Sweet 22 3-9x40 AO
I feel very strongly about getting a scope that has an adjustable objective for .22's. I wish more manufacturers made them.
I forgot to add that I have one of these rifles. Super accurate. Look at the ballistic tables and you will see that the bullet runs out of steam past 100 yards.
I blows up squirrels. I have gone back to 22LR for tree rats.
Im using a Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 on my XT22M. It's really all you need and will serve you well. There are some very nice scopes out there with AO for under $100 that will work fantastic on a 22mag.