Red dot or low power scope for .22 rifle?

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  • folivier

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    What is your preference for a .22 rifle? Specifically a S&W 15-22?
    Would a red dot have any advantages over a low power scope?
    I'll be plinking up to 50 and possibly 100 yards.
    I like a red dot on a pistol since it allows me to get a faster acquisition. But is that necessary on a .22 rifle that I'll be mainly be shooting at either targets, plates, or cans?
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    Bam Bam

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    I use a 1.5X prism scope on my MP-5 SD 22 rifle and at 25 yards I'm very accurate with it. Brought to an outdoor range and 50 yds was still easy, 100 ya
    ds vs 6 inch steel plate took work, but still fun. I would look into a 2-3X Prism scope (I have several Monstrum brand which I love from 1.5-4X). I have traditional scopes on my Marlin 60 and wifes 10/22, but for a M&P 15-22 I would try a prism optic.
     

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    SMR412

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    We have a dot on our S&W M&P 15-22.
    Works well for us 100 and in.
    That said I MUCH prefer LPVOs on rifles but the dot keeps that gun light and it is plenty accurate with just the dot.
     

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    What is your preference for a .22 rifle? Specifically a S&W 15-22?
    Would a red dot have any advantages over a low power scope?
    I'll be plinking up to 50 and possibly 100 yards.
    I like a red dot on a pistol since it allows me to get a faster acquisition. But is that necessary on a .22 rifle that I'll be mainly be shooting at either targets, plates, or cans?
    Thanks
    Red dots are great for up close and fast/easy target acquisition, but as your eyes get older or has a astigmatism the dot gets blurry, but the prism scope dot/reticle doesn't hence my favoritism towards them. The 1.5X Monstrum prism was under $100, the AT3 3XP 3X prism on my AR was $225, both very nice optics.
     
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    Magdump

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    I’ve found red dots to be very effective even on small targets out to 100 yards with my AR and CX4 but I stick with the smaller MOA dot. This one eats clays at 100 pretty easy.
     

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    Bam Bam

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    Trying to find time to go try out my new 4X prism optic on my MP-5 22, with this one I should be able to drill small holes in the targets. Also this one has a bullet drop reticle so longer rang e shots should be a breeze.
     

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    falshooter

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    I forgot about my DPMS ar with the .22 conversion . I have a Burris 5x prism with BDC on it. Illuminated reticle if I need it and a very small dot so long range targets aren't covered by the dot like the FastFireIII 3moa dot
     

    twinin

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    It depends it how accurate you want to shoot at 100 yards.

    Red dot is lighter and will have better FOV and no parallax. Red dot is fine to shoot small groups at 50 yards.

    Scope is heavier but can help you shoot more precise. Remember the size of the red dot in relation to how precise you want to be at 100 yards.
     

    Phattwoohie

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    This post is a bit older, but for Squirrel hunting I have to use a scope. The red dot is great for getting on targets fast, but for precision like those tiny squirrel headshots, the scope works better. I do like the red dot for just quick shooting around the property however.
     

    Magdump

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    This post is a bit older, but for Squirrel hunting I have to use a scope. The red dot is great for getting on targets fast, but for precision like those tiny squirrel headshots, the scope works better. I do like the red dot for just quick shooting around the property however.
    Yeah, if you look around you’ll see a lot of us are .22 squirrel hunters. One of my rifles has a 4-12X Nikon. Too bad there’s not a decent low priced LPVO specifically for .22 rifles.
     

    Gmac

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    Primary Arms has a nice one but I'm not sure it checks the "Low Price" box...

     

    Magdump

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    Primary Arms has a nice one but I'm not sure it checks the "Low Price" box...

    That’s a good price. Still hard to justify a $300 optic on a $200 rifle, lol.
     
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