The purchase of a new rifle brought on, after a period of economic recovery, the purchase of a new scope. One might have thought that buying a new rifle scope would have been easy. One would have been wrong.
What I had in mind was a 4x 32 mm with a 50 yard parallax setting. I wanted a fixed magnification scope for a number of reasons. The main one is that I didn’t want to pay for magnification that I wasn’t going to use. I have a variable scope on my .30-06 which I crank up to 9x for sighting in, but keep at 4x the rest of the time. I don’t need high magnification for sighting in a .22 at 50 yards for maximum range shots of under 100 yards. Another reason is that there is less to go wrong with a mid-range fixed scope. And yet another reason is that the image quality and light transfer should be better. So, I want to spend my money on glass rather than gadgets.
Speaking of gadgets, I didn’t want any fancy ballistic compensator reticles. I can put up with some clutter in my surroundings, but not in my sight picture. I use the kill zone and point-blank range method.
A 32 mm objective lens gives me an exit pupil of 8 mm. There is probably more light coming through the scope than can get into my ageing eyes. Also, the scope is going to sit on top of a .22 rimfire rifle. A larger scope would be disproportionate in size.
The first difficulty was price point. I set the price point using the old formula of a scope costing half the price of the rifle. This excluded the majority of rimfire scopes on the market as they cost less than that. There were some which cost more than the rifle; they were excluded also. So, everything pointed to the Nikon.
The second difficulty was finding one. A web search brought up plenty of references. However, where the price was right, the scope was either not in stock or discontinued. EBay.ca had a number of them, some are very good prices (as can be seen from the Nikon page linked to above), but they were in the United States. Now, purchasing a rifle scope from the United States would make me liable to prosecution for international terrorism: not something I want on my resume. So, I looked elsewhere.
My local gun shop, the one from which I purchased the rifle, is not a Nikon dealer. I asked them if they had a scope of equivalent quality and the same price point, but they did not have such a thing in stock. Widening the radius of my search circle, I tried one of the more significant brick and mortar gun shops in south-western Ontario. They are Nikon dealers and they had the scope in stock and that the correct price. Unfortunately though, there are not geared up at present for mail-order. Nevertheless, they sent me the scope and suitable rings by mail, but at actual shipping price. (But with petrol prices the way they are, I tell myself and Wife that it was probably still saving).
The scope arrived safely and is now mounted on the rifle, but more of that later.