In terms of a rifle cartridge, the 22-250 Remington cartridge being a factory reproduced wildcat based on the old Savage 250-3000 necked down to 22 calibers, is just about one of the best 22’s ever designed by modern man. When introduced by Remington many years ago it quality outstripped the value of the old but very well designed 220 Swift. The 22-250 was fast, accurate and did not do the damage to barrels that some of the faster 22’s would produce from time to time. We will find what best scope for 22-250 Remington Cartridge in this article.
I guess I owned one of the first rifles chambered in 22-250 to even come into the state of Minnesota. The rifle was the Remington BDL Model 700, and it is one of them that I wish I had never sold. The rifle shot very well, and fit like Remington had built her for me. When it came to scopes back in the day there was not a whole lot to choose from when it came to a high speed varmint cartridge glass sight. In those days Herters based in southern Minnesota sold a straight 10X power scope that was long, heavy but was an accurate sighting system in terms of turret adjustments and glass quality as well. What I did learn at once when I installed this scope is that when shooting the rifle it showed its flexibility in that I was king of the field out to 500 yards almost overnight, when compared to the previous rifles I had owned for woodchuck, fox, and coyote hunting.
Even today now some 56 years down the road I still own a pair of 22-260’s with the first being a Model 70 Winchester and the second a Model 700 heavy target ( M-24 variant ) of the military rifle. In effect, lacking the 22-250 as a house of quick to the hand rifle I would tend to feel that I didn’t have a complete rifle in my South Dakota hunting inventory. The 22-250 Remington is just that good a cartridge as matched to my pair of fine shooting rifles.
Sadly, the original scope is also history, as it went down the road on the same rifle when the local hunter bought it from me back in that much earlier time. That 10X was deadly to 400 yards and very workable to 500 in a good day with light winds. I knew I had a super rifle and sight when on a bright clean dead air Sunday morning my buddy and I Came upon the crows sitting in a dead tree about a quarter section out across a plowed field.
I set up with a sandbag off the hood of the old Ford truck, put the crosshairs dead on the middle bird that I judged to be about 350 yards, tacked on a sliver of daylight with the crosshairs just over the birds back, and touched off the 55 grain Remington CorLok bullet. At the shot the middle crow turned into a black vapor trail, the bird to the left rolled off his branch stone dead, and the right hand bird watched its right wind cartwheel away from its now quickly bleeding out body. Three for one with one bullet. I was convinced that this was the very best little varmint rifle in the world right there and then. What made it special was the up gunned glass sights, and the wonderful cartridge that it was combined with making it a very effective working team.
Today much has changed, but the rifle is still an outstanding addition to any hunter’s collection, and the glass sight that can now be applied to the 22-250 Remington are outstanding examples of modern engineering and construction.
In this sight, you want magnification, very clean glass and sub tension reticles that will allow you to hold over on the fly through the scopes lens. Also turret settings need to be ample regarding MOA or MRAD clicks, and easy access is an additional requirement when turning licks for elevation or windage. ( big turret knobs )
With these elements in mind, I will take on several scopes that fit the needs of the 22-250 Remington as applied to good long range bolt action rifle.
Top 7 Best Scope for 22-250 Remington Cartridge Reviews
1. Barska Varmint Mil-Dot.
Starting out on the search for a good or even better rifle scope as applied to the 22-250 I have selected the Barska Varmint glass because it is reasonably priced and very workable for the hunter just getting into varmint rifles and this outstanding cartridge.
Barska is offered in a 4-16 power setting and retains the 1/8 LOA elevation and windage adjustments for zero and extended range accuracy.
This scope makes use of a one inch tube size making it an easy mount regarding available rings and a variety of price points. The scope uses the Barska 30/30 reticle that is designed to give the shooter a standard crosshair setup that is adequate for general purpose hunting. This is about the only soft point I can see in the system as the 22-250 is clearly quite capable of work at much longer ranges than many other varmint cartridges and advanced reticle sub tension would be a good option with this scope. Currently, the scope is offered in no less than four totally different variants.
The is a good starter unit for first time hunters that need to watch the family budget.
2. Vortex Optics Crossfire II
Here we have a hunting model in the SFF system that is all set to take on the 22-250 cartridge. This scope is offered in a 4-12X40mm reticle unit, retains the BDC reticle that carries sub tensions for elevation adjustment at long range, has total parallax control, and makes sure of anti reflective coated lens surfaces.
The scope retains capped turrets for field protection when on the stalk or moving across rough country, and the main tube is built from aircraft grade aluminum for weight reduction as well as strength.
Water proof and shock resistant this is a possible choice when applied to the hot fast 22-250 round. Vortex offers four different models base on this scope design.
3. Leupold VX-6HD
Want to play with the big boys and get all the toys in one bundle? Take on the Leupold VX-6HD. This scope is an advanced shooters model and it carries a string 4-24X52 power and reticle design, side focus controls, open turret adjustments that are high and large, and an illuminated reticle as well. Day night low or high noon light the scope can do the deed.
I shoot several of these as in very close matches by Leupold, and have never had any encounters regarding failure. This scope retains the zero stop setting lock, is available with ballistics turret settings custom to your cartridge for the instant accurate holder over regarding the 22-250 round, and is illuminated for day night function.
This is an advanced professional grande scope as offered by Leupold and suggested for shooters that require the best possible performance due to professional needs. ( Animal control by example )
The scope as are all Leupold glass sight is designed and built-in American. Leupold back this scope 100%.
4. Athlon Optics Ares ETR UHD 4.5-30×56.
This scope like the previous model listed is another highly advanced glass sight with a price tag to match. However, the scope will do it all in terms of advanced performance standards. This scope retains high power settings, large high open turrets for fast elevation adjustment on the fly, 0.25 MOA click adjustments for pin point accuracy, and 110 MOA of total elevation when the long shot comes into play.
Set up in the FFP ( military standards) the sub tension increase in size with the magnification settings. Zero stop is installed for a fast return to base line zero, and the sight is offered by Athlon in six different models.
This scope is offered as aAPLR2 IR MOA reticle making it field ready as a professional long range setup, and it is fully illuminated and retains side adjustments for parallax adjustment.
5. NightForce, 8-32X56mm NXS
The first question is what do you need high power for as in this massive NightForce offering? Remember at the onset of this review I was shooting a straight 10X on the Remington Model 700 BDL chambered in 22-250. I shot that scope as a match to that rifle for years never giving it a thought as to some element of excess power. That is because the 22-25 is just that goof a round overall being 100 yards, or 500 yard down range against wood chucks, or prairie dogs.
Here we have a very high end glass sight and also a professional grade product, for the shooter that wants one of the best in the business as indicated by some NightForce shooters today.
This scope retains the zero stop settings on the turrets, .250 MOA elevation storage, with the MOAR reticle (C437 ) and it is illuminated with battery power. The scope is military police grade, and not exportable outside the USA. However, NightForce has several models that are close in design and are exportable tolerant across the globe.
Built on a massive 30mm tube the core elements of this scope are large and well made. The scope is designed to be cranked up or down for many years without wear against internal parts.
6. TORIC UHD 4-20×50
This scope is a TRACT UHD and as such it is a crafted long range system of the first order and ideal for use on the 22-250 cambered rifle. This scope retains special ED lens surfaced glass to eliminate color fringing and target fade. Currently I use two different models of the TRACT scope line and to be sure these lens surfaces control light very well.
The large 30mm tube carries solid component parts that make the large MRAD turret click off extra large chunks of extended yards down range. Built in the FFP this is a shooter glass sight and at a price that is very reasonable when considering what the buyer is getting for his or her dollar.
Precision machined in terms of the turrets and the remaining one piece aluminum main tube housing this is a totally weather proof sight system of the first order.
Set up with zero stop for rotation correcting, and eleven different intensity’s with the illuminated reticle the scope in low light or no light workable.
Using the standard CR2032 battery the scope will last in terms of illumination for 360 hours.
7. Athlon Optics Argos BTR 8-34X56 FFP.
This 30mm tube scope is large and belongs on a turn bolt rifle using the 22-250 round. It is a long range setup from the forward bell to the rear of the glass sight. This scope uses the APMR MIL reticle making it a distance pulling glass sight. The scope is ideal for grass rat, or badger hunting in wide open country, or shooting mountain marmot’s across one mountain side to another.
The main tube is built of aircraft aluminum in the 6061T6 series that illustrates some very high strength in terms of the main scope body.
This scope retains many features as applied to a modestly priced optical system. A good scope for the occasional hunter that is not going pro and is not in the field on a year long bases.
To be sure the 22-250 as a cartridge is so good overall that it can make any scope that will stay zeroed look good on paper and when warm targets are taken on afield. The better grain glass is going to give you the buyer better results most of the time. The glass I have suggested here meets both ends of the spectrum, and as such there is something for everyone in this review.
L.P Brezny has been writing and reviewing product as well as how to projects for the past 50 years. He has authored four books on shooting with three on long range, and one covering shotgunning. With 26 years on a metro police department as a street officer and the rank of SGT / training L.P. has covered all the bases regarding weapons and street survival.
During the early years in non-toxic shotshell ammunition development L.P. designed the first successful measurement system for recording the speed of shot shell payloads down range. He was responsible for getting actual shotshell velocities printed on factory load boxes. Over the years he has developed and markets MetroGun System TM, and sells his designed ammunition for subsonic sound suppressed shotgun shooting.
Current L.P. resides in the South Dakota Black Hills and spends a good deal of time working through many types of ammunition both in the field on warm targets. With ultra long range being a current specialty L.P. shots for test and accuracy at ranges as great as one or more miles on the wide open Dakota grasslands.