Optics??

Discussion in 'SU-22' started by TriggerlockSLC, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. TriggerlockSLC

    TriggerlockSLC New Member

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    Nov 17, 2008
    What type of scope are you guys using? I am new to optics and have only ever used iron sites. My eyes are getting to the point where everything over about 30 yards would just be a crap shoot. Any idears out there on what type of scope would work well? Any trick to getting it to attach to the SU?

    Matt
     
  2. Whodat

    Whodat New Member

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    Jun 20, 2008
    Hey Matt,

    Look at a BSA Red Dot. I picked up one for $25 at Cabela's. I was surprise at how well it works. It is 1X 30mm. No problem with eye relief. Nice field of view and easy to sight in. So far it has held to the point that I zero in, even after I removed it and put it back on. It will adjust to 3/8 or 5/8. The SU22 is 5/8. It comes with a battery.  Nice scope for $25.
     

  3. Liberty4Ever

    Liberty4Ever Moderator Supporter

    May 19, 2006
    Lexington KY
    I'm using a 4X32 Tru-Glo. I like it on the little SU-22 because it's a short scope that's small and fairly light weight. The optics are a bit distorted along the outside but clear in the center, and I'm still trying to determine if the parallax will be a big problem at longer distances. It seemed pretty good at 25 yards but less accurate at 50 yards, but that was probably a difference in me shooting prone versus sitting on the gate of my pickup truck.

    I had a 3-9X50 Simmons scope on the SU-22 and it worked very well, but seemed too big and heavy for the small and lightweight rifle. I'm strongly motivated to keep it small and lightweight.

    A 4X fixed power scope seemed just about right for my needs and the effective range of a .22 LR.



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    It has a standard Picatinny rail, so your mounting options are good. Just buy Picatinny or Weaver rings with the diameter that matches your scope (typically 1" or 30mm). The only other issue is the height of the rings. The centerline of the scope should be mounted at the height of your eye when you have a comfortable and repeatable cheek weld on the stock, but the rings also need to be high enough to ensure adequate clearance for the objective lens on the front of the scope.

    If you'd like to be able to take off the scope and use iron sights in the field, consider quick release rings. Leupold makes some nice QR rings for about $50, which may be a bit steep for this application. The other option is to carry a small tool with the rifle that can be used to remove your rings and scope.

    When mounting the scope, make sure you have the correct eye relief (distance from the eyepiece to your eye). It's not a safety issue with a low power .22 rifle, but your pupil needs to be near the focal point of the scope to see a clear image. Most of the fore and aft adjustment will be determined by trial and error, but you should try to determine the best height for the rings before buying them.
     
  4. TriggerlockSLC

    TriggerlockSLC New Member

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    Nov 17, 2008
    Thanks for the input guys! I will post what I find!
     
  5. TriggerlockSLC

    TriggerlockSLC New Member

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    Nov 17, 2008
    Well I ended up with a NcStar Mark III Quick-Release 2-7x32 Tactical Scope.

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    * 2X-7X magnification
    * 32 mm objective diam.
    * F.O.V. @ 100 yds. is 39' (2X) 13' (7X)
    * 14.4-4.8 mm exit pupil
    * 2 9/10" eye relief. 7 2/3" long, 14 9/10 ozs.

    Good enough for now!
     
  6. Liberty4Ever

    Liberty4Ever Moderator Supporter

    May 19, 2006
    Lexington KY
    That NcStar looks like a nice scope for the SU-22. It's small and lightweight. I also like the appearance and the controls for the windage and elevation. There isn't much recoil, so hopefully it holds together and holds its zero. The quick release is a nice feature. I hope you can write us a range report on it.

    Update: I took my SU-22C to the Kentucky KTOG Konvention this past weekend. Several of us really put it through its paces. It performed very well. Any concerns I had about the little TruGlo scope are gone. Parallax wasn't an issue. We pretty much couldn't miss 12 gauge shotgun hulls at 20-50 yards. As soon as a hull would come to rest, another round would send it skipping off in another direction. Great fun. I can recommend the TruGlo 4X32 scope.

    Kentucky KTOG Konvention:
    http://www.ktog.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1235541293/165#175