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Rimfire Rifle Scopes

General features of rimfire riflescopes

Rimfire riflescopes are designed for rifle scopes chambered in .22 LR and similar calibers. In this rifle scope category, you can find anything from basic rifle scopes for "plinking" to serious rifle scopes for 50m Benchrest competitions.

There are a couple of features that most rimfire riflescopes share. The first one is a thin reticle in the second focal plane. The second focal plane reticle is important to have as it does not change in size with the increase (or decrease) in magnification power. The reticle thus remains thin at high magnification, providing a minimal obstruction of the target.

Rimfire rifles are compact and small, so it is quite important that rimfire riflescopes feature these same two qualities.

A high magnification combined with an adjustable parallax is incredibly useful to have on such rifle scope. With high magnification power, the user can aim much more precisely.

The adjustable parallax allows for a precise focus setting. Certain rifle scopes with lower magnification power come with a fixed parallax.

1-inch and 30mm tubes are used, the former being more common in the field of rimfire riflescopes.

Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x40 AO Rimfire Rifle scope Reticle Black Matte
Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x40 AO Rimfire Riflescope  Black Matte


Why do rimfire riflescopes need an adjustable parallax?

Shooting with a rimfire riflescope is typically done at a close range up to 70 m. In most competitions of this type, great accuracy is needed. For this reason, rimfire rifles are designed to be accurate, and only an accurate rifle scope can do them justice.

To achieve the desired accuracy, the target must be properly focused on high magnification power, which is achieved with adjustable parallax.

There are two types of adjustable parallax:

  • adjustable objective ring
  • side focus turret

Rifle scopes with an adjustable objective ring are generally less expensive since fewer parts are needed to manufacture this system. They are also lighter. The downside of such rifle scopes is the difficulty to reach the ring while in the shooting position.

Side focus rifle scopes are heavier and more expensive, but the parallax knob can be easily accessed while in the shooting position.

Is an illuminated reticle needed in a rimfire riflescope?

Most of these rifle scopes are used for target shooting during the day – an illuminated reticle is not needed.

Delta Optical 6-24x42 AO Rimfire Rifle Scope Reticle Black Matte

Delta Optical 6-24x42 AO Rimfire Riflescope Black Matte

Best rimfire riflescopes

Below, the most popular rimfire riflescopes are listed.

A short presentation of Rimfire products is available here.

Video presentation of rimfire riflescopes


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Vixen VII 5-20x50 IR SF

Vixen VII 5-20x50 IR SF

Sightron SIH 4-12X40 AO

Sightron SIH 4-12X40 AO

Hawke Airmax 30 SF 3-12x50 Rifle scope

Hawke Airmax 30 SF 3-12x50

Hawke Airmax 30 SF 4-16x50 Rifle scope

Hawke Airmax 30 SF 4-16x50 Rifle scope

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