Not only is the Nikon Prostaff one of the best optics on the market for your 22 but it’s practically the best model period for ANY firearm in the price range. With over 109 positive customer reviews on the BDC reticle model alone on Amazon.com, there are virtually no optics in the 3-9×40 that can compete with it that are in the same category. The problem is that most people choose to purchase cheaper optics for their 22 and while you can get something with very decent quality, few of them can even hold a candle to the versatility of the Prostaff. This particular model is also listed as our top model on our main page and with good reason.
This optic seems to pair extremely well with the 22 rifle, but it isn’t limited to just that married pair. Many 30-06 enthusiasts swear by this particular model and some people even slap it on a 7mm Remington mag. Some people will use it on an assault rifle as well for longer distance target shooting. The fact that Nikon backs their product with a lifetime limited warranty isn’t something to scoff at either as most manufacturers don’t even come close with their guarantees.
This model has a unique multicoated optical layout that allows for a 98% light transmission so you have a clear view when aiming for your target. It also has a zero reset turret that provides 3.6 inches of eye relief. The optic itself is nitrogen filled to allow for the clearest shooting conditions possible. It actually focuses extremely quickly when moving from target to target, making follow up shots quick and painless. This is particularly effective when it comes to follow up shots with hunting, as well as competitive shooting.
Most people opt to pick up after market weaver mounting rings to pair this particular optic with and the AccuShot’s are usually the ones that get the nod. One thing about the BDC model is that it has ballistic circles that give a nice pop when it comes to longer range shooting. Some people have had reports of being dead on up to 500 yards with this particular model although the Parallax setting is at 100.
One of the biggest benefits about the Nikon is the eye relief. Many of the cheaper optics make it extremely difficult when it comes to follow up shots and keeping your eyes zeroed in for long periods of time. This isn’t a problem with the prostaff and the field of vision is extremely wide to top it off. It’s also Shockproof, Fogproof, and Waterproof making it ideal for any hunting or competitive shooting situation. The optic gets great light at high zoom levels and is extremely quick to zero in if you take your time and read through the instructions appropriately.
If there were a Ford Mustang GT500 of rifle scopes, this would be it. This is probably one of the best rifle scopes you can buy right now for any .22 caliber rimfire rifle. A close friend of mine is an avid hunter and this is one of his favorite optics out of all his scopes on any rifle he owns. To quote him specifically:
- “The amount of light let in on this scope is truly amazing.”
- “This would be my first choice of scope to put on any .22 caliber rifle, especially the Smith and Wesson MP 15-22.”
- “It only took me 6 shots to Zero at 100 yards.”
- “Some people say this scope is overkill. It’s not overkill if you hit your targets in 2 inch clusters every time.”
I’d say it’s easy to figure out that my interviewed candidate and close friend is a bit biased. But as an avid hunter he has every right to be. His opinions mean a lot to me seeing as he’s won several hunting competitions. He has also stated that the durability of the Nikon Prostaff is second to none. It’s fogproof, waterproof and shockproof.
The bottom line is that if you don’t mind spending a little extra for a quality product than this should be your first pickup and probably best choice as an optic choice for your .22 rifle. If you are considering something cheaper, take a look at my review on the Simmons .22 Scope which is also very respectable for the price.