Recently I have rediscovered the great fun of plinking with a 22LR. Abetting that fun is having the right choice of optics on the 22LR rifle you are using. As part of a detailed review for the SSAA magazine I have been putting a Bushnell Rimfire 3-12×40 scope through testing on the range and in the field.
I will reproduce that full review on the web site in due course, after it has been published by the SSAA. However I can summarize a number of features of the Bushnell Rimfire scope that I particularly like. Those are,
- Sharp and clear optics
- The side turret adjustable parallax from 10 yards to infinity
- The inclusion of ballistic turrets for both the 22LR and 17HMR
- The one piece tube construction
- The 3 to 12 power range
- The appropriate length and weight for a rimfire rifle
- An Aussie retail price from around $300
For hunting fleet-footed bunnies in daylight I found the wide view of the Bushnell and the 3x minimum power setting everything I wanted. Not many bunnies made good their escape that afternoon!
The ballistic turret really makes for or an enjoyable couple of hours and adds a new dimension to a plinking session. With a series of responsive targets, such as blocks of wood, placed at varying distances out towards 200 metres, a rangefinder, plenty of ammo and a shooting buddy or two you can have a ball.