6 Best Scopes For Ruger 10/22 [Includes Red Dots]

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In this guide, let's check out the best scopes for Ruger 10/22 without breaking the bank including some new reflex sights.

Any scopes that can be used on a centerfire rifle can be used on a rim fire rifle. Do you know which ones they are?

Let's check them out


Vortex Crossfire II 2-7X32

Why Pick The Crossfire II - The Crossfire II 2-7X is the hybrid all-purpose entry-level hunting scope for varying ranges without breaking the bank. With the advance in optics technology, rifle scopes quality have improved by leaps and bounds. A $280 rifle scope today can go for ~$500 scopes 20 years ago.

Long Range Capable - Shoot up to 25 - 100 yards with a 22LR for plinking or use it in National Rifle League 22 competitions

Second Focal Plane - Reticle stays the same for all magnification settings for fast close-range hold and on long-range without the bells and whistles unnecessary for 22LR ballistics

Dead-Hold BDC Reticle - Simple hasmarked reticle design for compensating wind and bullet drop to eliminate guesswork where estimating holdover is a concern. Use this 22LR ballistic calculator for zero

Fast-Focus Eyepiece - Adjust image clarity based on the shooter's vision requirement to focus the reticle

Fully Multi-Coated - Increase light transmission via Vortex's proprietary multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces for better image quality.

Vortex Spitfire AR - Best For Astigmatism

Why Use A Prism Scope? The Spitfire AR is by far the best low cost 1X scope for the Ruger 10/22 and for shooters with bad astigmatism, and it's a sight that keeps working even without battery power on a truck gun or a range plinker

Works For Astigmatism - See reticle clearly even if you have astigmatism. No blurry reticle for precise aiming

Reticle Always There  - The glass etched reticle is always there without battery power during daylight use. 

Illuminated DRT Reticle - See reticle in low light conditions and acquires the DRT circular reticle fast like a red dot sight

Built-In Eyepiece - Adjust diopter image clarity to the shooter's particular eyesight to focus the reticle

Reflex Sights

Holosun 507C X2

Why People Love Holosun 507C - The HE507C is by far the best micro red dot sight on the market today for any gun setups, even more so than the gold standard Trijicon RMR.

Parallax Free - Hit the target without complete sight alignment as long as the reticle is visible on the target

Small Size - Works well with Ruger 10/22 takedown without taking much space for easy & non bulky transportation

Superior Durability - Forged 7075 T6 aluminum housing unit protects the internal component to retain zero from sharp recoil impulses and rough handling.

Solar Power BackUp - Solar fail-safe power kicks in immediately when the battery dies, so the optic will always remain on.

Motion Activated Reticle –  Increased battery life with HoloSun’s Shake Awake technology that activate the reticle with the last brightness setting recall to save battery

Side Battery Access - Access the battery from the side. No sight removal is required nor re-zeroing

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Why people love this one - If you have a 10/22 in a tactical configuration, this is one of the favorite sighting systems next to the big brands without spending over $300. Works on centerfire carbines and its great for the Ruger.

Large Field Of View - Shoot with both eyes open for plinking and close range small game hunting going from target to target fast.

Versatile Reticle System - Works on rimfire 22LR with a precise 2 MOA center dot, and also works on mid range rifles with range estimation hold 65 MOA ring reticle.

Solar Fail Safe - Solar panel keeps the sight working in case the battery runs low or dies. It gives the sight almost infinite power

Quick Detach - Mount and de-mount the optic without any tools on the go and use it on your primary home defense gun when needed.

Why We Picked This One - The Burris FastFire 3 is a classic small size open emitter reflex sight for competition pistols, hunting shotguns and rimfire guns, which is perfect for the Ruger 10/22 without spending tons of money

Fast Target Transition - Go from target to target fast with 3 or 8 MOA dot size reticles for back yard plinking session or small game hunting (8 MOA is better for minimized light refraction, good for shooters with bad astigmatism)

Low Profile - Sits low on the Ruger 10/22 for fast sight picture acquisition with consistent cheek weld position

Automatic Reticle Brightness - Match environmental lighting conditions on its own without manual adjustments

Top-Loading Battery Access - Swap the battery right from the top similar without removing the whole sight or having to re-zero the sight

Why we pick this one - The Vortex Venom can do the same thing as the Burris Fastfire 3 including the auto reticle brightness mode, but with a slightly wider lens to aid better dot tracking.

Clearer Dot - Bigger dot sizes between 3 and 6 MOA for shooters with bad astigmatism. Much rounder dot without light refraction on the glass

Wide field of view - Get on target fast by looking through a big window for tracking the reticle better and not get lost.

Top-Loading Battery Access - Swap the battery right from the top similar to the Burris FastFire 3 without removing the whole sight or having to re-zero the sight

Common FAQ

Can 22 Be Used For Long Range?

The 22LR has been around for a long time and it's useful for many different applications including hunting, affordable training, self defense and long range.

Please watch this 1+ hour long podcast by Vortex Nation Podcast as they dive deep into this topic: