Best Rimfire Scope – Three Candidates

Zoom, Frame, Shoot!

Great snipers are unnaturally still people, but the importance of calculating drift, range and drop…on the fly can never be under-estimated. And the truth is, the “swift, silent and deadly” are only as good as their sniper scopes. The most important thing for a precision shooter is, well precision, which makes locking in a shot with matching turrets and reticle measurement a vital part of sniping.

If you are looking for the best Rimfire scope, then the ProStaff Rimfire 4 x 32 Rifle-scope by Nikon should be right up your alley. Nikon has always known to design rifle scopes uncommonly well.

The scopes they design are built for dependability and more importantly, accuracy. But before you decide to get this scope to top your rifle, let’s get extremely up-close and personal, so, now for the meat and potatoes.

The Good:

  • For starters, the Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 4 x 32 riflescope has a .22 LR calibrated reticle, with an eye relief of 3.7 in., which makes it perfect for long range precision shooting.
  • The Nikon ProStaff weighs 13.1 oz and has a length of 11.7 inches.
  • With a positive click of 1/4 –MOA windage and elevation adjustments, the ProStaff makes it easy to calculate the bullet drop and the drift compensation while locking in on a target.
  • The Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 4 x 32 riflescope is shock-proof, water-proof, fog-proof and bomb-proof. Ok, maybe not that last one, but it is machined from solid-block aircraft aluminum like material, which makes it one of the more solid riflescopes.
  • Dialing in and making in-field adjustments are a lot easier with the help of the Nikon ProStaff zero-reset turrets which makes plinking and hunting a snap.

The (Not So) Good:

I really do not enjoy venting my spleen about this, but rifle scopes are important and it’s important for you to know about the good and the bad on this rifle scope.

  • The bikini covers are plastic (cheap).
  • The adjustment covers (again plastic) require extreme care.
  • If you are a shooting under the fifty-yard mark, the half click MOA will act up while fine tuning.
  • Honestly, while the viewing and focus are clear and super crisp in normal conditions, the low light viewing blows big time (fuzzy at best). But for its price, consider it a good bang for the buck, as long as you’re not going to shoot from a helicopter or a fast moving car.

Okay, so the other two on the list have bells and whistles that are pretty straight forward. Although the two rifle scopes are on opposite sides of the Nikon price range. For those with the extra moolah, the Weaver Classic Rimfire Scope is a superb tactical product which is designed to withstand multidirectional recoil and nearly as much abuse as the Leupold. Although it doesn’t have a ton of magnification, it does have a nice thin reticle that makes it easy to dial and hold dead on a target, perfect for a 10/22 takedown.

If you are looking for an unscathed wallet and high optical glass,  something that holds zero well and will enable you to take on a prairie dog,  then go for a Simmons .22 Mag TruPlex Reticle Rimfire Riflescope with rings. The Simmons .22 Mag TruPlex Riflescope is on the lower end of the spectrum but offers a pretty solid magnification of 4 x 32mm along with a field of view of 21 ft. at 100 yards, which means the squirrels are going to be in danger.