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Top 7 Best Scopes Ruger 10/22 Reviews and Guide 2021

When taking a hard look at the Ruger 10/22 as applied to mounting a scope sight on the rifle there are several things that need to be addressed. First of all the Ruger 10/22 is a small rifle that is classed as a carbine, and as such retains a very short receiver length. This means that the rifle will require a short scope tube design to maintain balance and allow proper mounted control of the rifle when firing.

Best Scopes Ruger 10/22

Secondly, the rifles come from the factory with drilled out holes when mounting scope blocks or in some cases a Weaver style rail. It is up to the buyer at this point to decide what way they want to approach the problem of mounting a rifle scope.

Even though the 10/22 is offered in many variants the basic size remains about the same if a standard wood stock or chassis style stock is used, Again, the primary requirement here is buying the correct scope length for the rifle receiver.

Because the 10/22 is a rimfire rifle some attention needs to be given over to just how much scope is required in terms of magnification and other features. For the most part, the rimfire round is workable to about 100 yards or a bit more.

However, that stated there are new target games today that stretch the little cartridges range a great deal, but for most of those events different style rifles seem to be embedded in the main steam of the target rifle’s design. In other words not a home for a little general use carbine like the Ruger 10/22.

The task that has been presented to me here is to select seven different rifle scopes that could be classed as the best in the business when applied to this rimfire rifle. That stated the following examples are my choices based on some of the elements previously stated above.

Top 7 Best Scopes Ruger 10/22 Reviews 2021

1. Vortex Optics Strike Eagle SFF

This scope is again a cut back “chopped” model lacking the forward expanded bell housing. These scopes are primary AR-type glass and as such are a good fit regarding the short receiver Ruger 10/22/ I know there are some folks that think you can’t use a “big rifle” scope on a rimfire rifle.

The obvious conclusion I have made to all this is why not? Sure, the optics are set up for the heavy cartridges in centerfire rounds, but glass is glass and better quality means better results when rimfires are used with high grade optics. I learned this many years ago when shooting tree squirrel for table fare using as Winchester Model 77 rimfire and a grooved receiver modified to mount a Weaver straight one inch tube 4x power scope.

Believe me, I owned the woods with that setup against my partners that were stuck with shooting ¾ 22 LR tip off style mounted scopes. Want rifle results and push the range you have to go for the 1 inch tube and work with the better optics installed in those systems.

This scope retains a 1-8X24 power setup, allows great light control with the larger objective lens, and is illuminated for total control over low light conditions in the field

The reticle is a BDC3 system that allows the shooter to DOPE exact bullet drop on longer range shots. Back in the day we actually watch a big fat fox squirrel work the edge of a cornfield for an hour as we took a jack knife and cut back a single bullets nose a bit thereby decreasing its weight to get a flatter trajectory. It was a simple fix to having a good scope, but only a single crosshair sub tension display.

I only wish I had the tools that are available today for taking on squirrel woods back in the eastern part of the country those many years ago. This Vortex is a great example of a real solid 22 rimfire working glass sight.

2. Leupold VX-3HD 1.5-5×20.

Here is a one-inch main tube with a cut bell (short model) that is made of aircraft grade aluminum, handset glass reticle that is of the CDS-ZL Duplex designed created by Leupold, and has a zero lock turret setup that is available in different cartridge ballistic settings.

As for the 22 LR being considered here, this is not a major element to be considered, but the scope quality, weight and balance is.

Offered with a high end 4X range the glass sight will produce enough magnification to handle the 22 LR cartridge.

As offered in three variants being the Leupold VX-3HD, VX- Freedom, and FX II the price range is flexible and the features will fit any shooters needs that are considering the glass sight as a fit for his or her Ruger 10/22 carbine.

In effect, you have here three options in one basic tube design. Buyer choice rules in this case.

3. Vortex Optics Crossfire II SFF.

This second Vortex is a 1-4X24 that is in the lower power range, but very workable for almost all 22 LR shooting needs. V-Brite reticle for illuminated late in the day or night shooting, capped turrets for protection when hunting rough conditions, MOA clicks for accurate zero adjustments, and a single piece 30mm aluminum tube constructed of aircraft grade materials.

Field testing this brand in several models has always turned out well. The scopes retain ample elevation and windage adjustment features that can be required when applying the 22 Long Rife to the equation, and the glass quality pulls longer range targets with ease.

4. Simmons 3-9X32mm.22

This Simmons scope is built for use with the 22 LR cartridge. This is not some high tech piece of gear, but it is a solid little scope that fits the receiver of the Ruger 10/22 with room left over. Built as a double bell scope the objective carries a larger 32mm then some of the previous models. This scope is a tough little customer as I use them on several rifles and shotguns.

If it can take the pounding of a heavy game load in a 12 bore it can take the 22 Long Rife cartridge for about a lifetime of shooting. The oldest scope I have in inventory here at Ballistics research & Development is almost 40 years old.

Scope weight 9,6 ounces, and has the 3.8 inch dove tail mount. This mount can be changed out to a standard one inch tube mount however at anytime.

Parallax corrected from 50 yards though infinity. The sealed turret caps are built to take a pounding in rough field conditions. Glass quality is outstanding for price, and as currently as the last week I was using one on a T/C carbine 22 Hornet for turkey hunting prairie open county here in western South Dakota. That carbine carries a very short 3 inch recover. This scope is a perfect balance for the rifle and has been in service for over 40 years to date as an operational field rifle glass sight system.

5. Monstrum G3

Here we have a modestly priced short bell scope that runs out the 1-6X24 magnification and objective setup, built in the first focal plane (FFP,) and is designed for close to medium distances.

The reticle is illuminated via the dial controls at the rear of the scope, built of aircraft aluminum in a one piece tube design, and carries the MOA reticle for fast accurate zeroing.

Using the open style high turret knobs the scope can be quickly adjusted for extended range and put the 10/22 in the area of a competitive distance shooting 22 LR.

6. Bushnell 613510A Rimfire Optics Scope

This scope is built for the 22 LR but uses the added elements associated with the big rifle designed glass sight. The scope uses the Bushnell designed “Multi-X’ retile, 3.5-10 power, and a larger 36mm forward bell.

Keep in mind that Nushnell has been a leader in light rifle scopes and one of the first back in the day to offer a split from the basic ¾ tube 22 rimfire scope and the move into the “ big rifle” glass sight area of product development. This company knows what is needed and in turn offers some very positive design elements when considering a scope for your Ruger 10/22 rifle. As a professional hunter, writer, and guide, I elected this scope many years ago and have never been disappointed. At this point, the scopes tend to cost me about a dime a year to own. Good recovery of a dollar spent I must stay.

The BDC turrets are set up for 17 HMR, but are replaceable for other cartridge types. The primary thing about this scope and why I selected it as a good example of a quality product is that they last a very long time even when used in some not so friendly environments.

This scope is not so large that it covers the whole top of the Ruger 10/22. In many cases the double wide bell scopes do just that regarding general sizing.

The scope uses high quality aluminum construction and is designed against the full size one inch tube.

7. Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Multi-X reticle.

This scope is big rifle in design, with a 3.3 inch eye relief, and 3-9X 40mm optics. It is a bit large for the 10/22, but a very workable squirrel rifle sight when light conditions in the deep hard woods are poor.

These scopes are old school in that they have been around forever. Again like others listed here, I shoot several on different rifles and shotguns here at Ballistics Research. Failure is not an option and these scopes do not let me down ever. From Texas turkeys to Australian wild pigs these glass sight carry the mail just fine.

Without question your getting a whole lot of rifle scope for a super budget price tag.

Post script


When reviewing the material I have presented here you can quickly see that in many cases the scope systems are close in terms of basic design and offerings. This is because the Ruger 10/22 rifle is not to be considered a long range weapon in the first place. Rimfire shooting is almost always under 100 yards, and only in terms of specific competitions, and rifle shooting as the range moved up Therefore, the scope selected need not retain all the advanced systems that cost piles of money and don’t do a thing for the shooter in this case.

An example of this effect is the Sig Sauer military-style Whisky TANGO AR style sight now being built for the US Army. Sure, you can own the sight, put it on the rifle, but the limitations of the cartridge will never allow the system to be used to its full advantage.

Another example of the 10/.22 flexibility and sight selection that I use when applied to this rifle is a stock switch out to a wire stock system and then mounting the HUD display and laser sight system for low light field applications. I have two 10/22’s and both have had their factory stocks removed just for a need to make them specialized. Here in western South Dakota we can not shoot anything above a 22 rimfire at night. Distance safety and possible contact with warm targets or property. Therefore, the Ruger 10-.22 and a very close range sight is all I need under these circumstances.

In terms of the Ruger 10/22 and its history the rifle is a massively successful seller and one reason this is the case is that it is a very easy system to put a scope on. Stay with simple, a good price point, and expectations and this system as a whole will serve you well.

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