The Ruger 10/22 has been one of the most popular firearms on the market since its introduction over 50 years ago.

    Novice and experienced shooters both love the 10/22 for its ease of use, accuracy, and just plain enjoyment. It makes a great first rifle and serves as an excellent platform to upgrade and build an extremely accurate target rifle.

    So what if you already own a 10/22 but don't know what kind of scope to use?

    Thanks to the rifle's popularity there are almost countless options available, and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out what you need. We will be taking a look at several of the best rated 10/22 scopes for sale today to help guide your buying process.

    Our Best Choices


    The Best Takedown 10/22 Scope

    Nikon Prostaff Rimfire

    The Nikon Prostaff Rimfire 3-9x40mm, reviewed in detail below, is a great do-all option for your 10/22 takedown.

    The Best Bushnell 10/22 Scope

    Bushnell Rimfire 

    The best option from Bushnell is the Rimfire 3-9x40mm. Like the Nikon, it is powerful enough to shoot long range while still being useful at shorter distances in any application.

    How to Choose the Best Scope for Your Needs


    • Purpose
    • Budget
    • Brand

    Purpose

    The first thing you must decide when purchasing a new scope for your 10/22 is what the primary purpose of the scope will be. While this may seem like a simple concept, all too often we want to rush in and buy the latest piece of technology without considering if it is the correct choice for your rifle.

    Several factors can contribute to the scope's purpose.

    What is the shooter's experience level? How far away are the targets? Are you using the 10/22 for fun plinking, varmint hunting, or highly precise target shooting? In what sort of environments will you be using your new scope?

    For instance, if you are only shooting close range targets for fun a simple red dot sight may serve you better than a hunting style rifle scope. If the rifle is being used for competition a compact variable-zoom model might be the best choice for you.

    Are squirrels and rabbits your main target? Several companies make scopes specifically for varmint hunting.

    In order to make the best decision, you must decide what your primary use is before finalizing any other decisions.

    Our Top Ruger 10/22 Scope Reviews by Model


    Reminiscent of .22 rifles of old, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown is a unique model that easily comes apart into two halves - easy for travel, carrying, and storage. Due to its compact design and quick takedown, this 10/22 has become extremely popular since its introduction.

    Designed as a do-all rifle to take into the field, the best scope for the 10/22 Takedown is the Nikon Prostaff Rimfire. The Nikon Prostaff Rimfire was specifically designed for use with .22 rifles and is the perfect companion to your 10/22 Takedown.

    The Prostaff Rimfire features a 3-9x40mm variable zoom, perfect for targets at any distance. The fully multicoated lenses allow for unparalleled light transmission and a clear sight picture. The entire unit has been nitrogen filled and sealed using O-rings, providing a waterproof and fog proof construction.

    Precise adjustments can be made using the windage and elevation turrets. A single click provides 1/4" of movement at 50 yards. This small amount of change allows the shooter to be as precise as possible while using the scope.

    The Nikon Prostaff Rimfire is compatible with many 1" scope rings that will allow for easy installation on the 10/22 Takedown's top rail. Weighing at just 1 lb, it will add tons of performance without adding a ton of weight.


    Reminiscent of .22 rifles of old, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown is a unique model that easily comes apart into two halves - easy for travel, carrying, and storage. Due to its compact design and quick takedown, this 10/22 has become extremely popular since its introduction.

    Designed as a do-all rifle to take into the field, the best scope for the 10/22 Takedown is the Nikon Prostaff Rimfire. The Nikon Prostaff Rimfire was specifically designed for use with .22 rifles and is the perfect companion to your 10/22 Takedown.

    The Prostaff Rimfire features a 3-9x40mm variable zoom, perfect for targets at any distance. The fully multicoated lenses allow for unparalleled light transmission and a clear sight picture. The entire unit has been nitrogen filled and sealed using O-rings, providing a waterproof and fog proof construction.

    Precise adjustments can be made using the windage and elevation turrets. A single click provides 1/4" of movement at 50 yards. This small amount of change allows the shooter to be as precise as possible while using the scope.

    The Nikon Prostaff Rimfire is compatible with many 1" scope rings that will allow for easy installation on the 10/22 Takedown's top rail. Weighing at just 1 lb, it will add tons of performance without adding a ton of weight.


    The most basic, and most popular, of all 10/22s is the standard carbine model. There is a world of possibility with the 10/22 Carbine, and shooters of all ages and skill levels will find it an enjoyable rifle to take to the range.

    For a do-all rifle you need a do-all scope, and that comes in the form of the Vortex Crossfire II Rimfire. The Crossfire II is has a 2-7x32mm variable zoom, perfect for plinking at short distances or hitting targets at long range.

    The Crossfire II Rimfire lenses are fully coated and are anti-reflective for the clearest sight picture possible. The V-Plex reticle serves multiple purposes from target shooting to hunting. Precise accuracy is obtained through 1/4 MOA clicks via the windage and elevation controls.

    The zoom level is controlled via an adjustment ring just forward of the eyepiece. It lets the shooter adjust power quickly with a single motion. The scope is compatible with standard 1" scope rings for easy mounting to your 10/22.

    Like all of the optics offered by Vortex, the Crossfire II is backed by their VIP Limited Lifetime Warranty. This protects the unit against defects and damage and provides piece of mind for the consumer. This versatile scope is a fantastic option for your 10/22 carbine rifle.


    The 10/22 Target model is designed for precise target shooting at long range. It features a heavier barrel, an adjustable length of pull stock, and a lighter trigger for accurate shooting. A rifle designed to be precise needs a scope that has been designed to do the same.

    The Bushnell Rimfire 6-18x40mm is the best choice for the 10/22 target rifle. This model was built specifically for long range rimfire applications, and the 6-18x adjustable zoom will allow for extremely precise targeting at any distance.

    Interchangeable turrets are included with this scope depending on the type of rifle and ammunition being used. A single click on the windage and elevation controls allows for 1/4" of adjustment at 100 yards. There is also a side focus knob to allow for the clearest view possible of your target.

    It is a large scope, measuring over 12" long and weighing 1.25 lbs, but most shooting with the 10/22 Target will be done from a stationary bench or while using a bipod. Tube diameter is 1" and standard rings can mount to the rifle's top rail without any problems.

    The Bushnell Rimfire 6-18x40mm is the best choice for a scope that provide extreme accuracy while making precise shots using your 10/22 Target rifle.

    Best Ruger 10/22 Scope Brands


    As evident above, Bushnell makes some great products for the Ruger 10/22. It would be hard to pick just one model to be their best option, but the Bushnell Rimfire 3-9x40mm is their most versatile offering available.

    Capable of handling any number of applications, the Rimfire 3-9x40mm is powerful enough to shoot at long ranges, but the lowest zoom setting can still be used at fairly short distances. It features Bushnell's Multi-X reticle, a basic no-nonsense crosshair that is easy to get on target.

    Like the other Rimfire models it has windage, elevation, and parallax adjustment controls. .22 LR specific turrets are included for precise adjustments.

    Like the other Bushnell models, it is over 12" long and weighs 1.25 lbs, so it is a bit on the large and heavy side of rimfire optics. This is fine when shooting stationary, but it may not be something you want to carry all day long.

    If you are looking for versatility, the 3-9x40mm Rimfire this is the best optic Bushnell has to offer. It does a little bit of everything, and it does it well.

    Ruger 10/22 Reviews by Budget


    Under $50

    So what if you have a limited budget but still want a scope for your 10/22? It can be hard to get a decent quality scope without spending a lot of money, but there are a few options out there.

    The best inexpensive 10/22 scope available is the Simmons 3-9x32mm 22 scope. You can currently find these scopes for under $45, making it fairly inexpensive in the world of rimfire optics.

    The Simmons would be a good choice for someone who is just learning how to use optics and shoot with their 10/22 rifle.

    While it won't have the sight picture quality of accuracy of a higher end scope, for the price it works pretty well and may serve you well until a higher quality optic can be purchased.

    Final Verdict: Top Choice for Your Money


    Nikon Prostaff Rimfire

    There are about as many different 10/22 rifle models available as there are scopes available to use with them. While many scopes have specific uses, there are a few that will cover all the bases with your 10/22.

    Due to the combination of quality construction and reasonable price, the best scope for any 10/22 today is the Nikon Prostaff Rimfire.

    The Prostaff Rimfire 3-9x40mm is powerful enough to use at any distance, has easy to use controls, and a high quality weatherproof construction.

    To top it all off, the Prostaff Rimfire is available for under $100, a steal for the quality and accuracy that the Nikon provides.

    This scope can do it all and would make a great optic for any model of Ruger 10/22.