Best Nikon Rimfire scopes

You need a scope for your rifle, ay?

There are a wide variety of scopes in the market and to add to the confusion, many offer similar features at vastly different price points. With this short article, I hope to help you choose a good Rimfire scope for your LR hunting needs.

In the past, if you wanted to look at Rimfire scopes, you would be disappointed by the sheer lack of quality control. A rimfire just meant a horrible optical device, and for a beginner, it was often the source of frustration.

You could half-expect a rimfire scope to have poor glass and terrible adjustments that made you think that you were perhaps better off without a scope. And don’t get me started on the water damage! Those scopes could barely last a minute in the lightest rains.

Luckily, rimfires are pretty top-notch these days and have quality glass as well as fantastic adjustments on windage and holdover. Of course, this all depends on the individual scope but overall, the quality has improved by a huge margin.

In this short article, we take a look at the best Nikon rimfire scopes in the market for long-range shooting varmint hunting or game hunting.  But before we actually get into the scopes, let’s talk a bit about what you should keep in mind when looking for a Rimfire scope.

What To Look For in a Rimfire Scope

Reticle

The reticle is one of the most important things that you should look for in a rifle scope.

You could get a duplex one as these are of great quality. As long as you are within the effective distance of the scope, you don’t have to worry about missing the target.

Some reticles are also dually illuminated, which just means that these have different lights which can make things a bit easier to see. If that’s what you would prefer, you should look for a scope with an illuminated reticle.

Magnification

Since you are going to be hunting targets at a long distance, you need a scope with a decent magnification range.

If I am shooting stuff farther than 200 yards, I would be looking at scopes with magnification higher than 9x, else, 3 – 9x magnification is pretty good for overall use.

You should also be mindful of the ethical range that hunters prefer to keep under, and I think 200 is a safe bet.

Once you get used to magnification adjustments on a scope, you will most likely not want to go back to not using a scope.

Weight

A rimfire scope weighs about 1 or 2 pounds on average, if you’ve got a light rifle, you should definitely keep that in mind. A heavy scope can upset the balance of the rifle while shooting but that’s all good if you are using a shooting bench, in which case you don’t need to worry at all.

Turrets

One thing that hunters overlook most often is the feel of the turrets on a scope.

You may be intimidated by the matte finish and illuminated reticle of scope, but when the hunting hour comes, what matters most is the feel on the turrets. If you have zero-reset turrets, it makes shooting at rapid successions very easy.

Adjustments on windage and holdover are also something you should be mindful of.

Best Nikon Rimfire scopes

 

1. Nikon P-Tactical .308 4-12X40 Rifle scope
9.65/10 Our Score

Our Verdict

The Nikon P-Tactical scope is a fantastic budget scope that brings excellent value on a limited budget.

You may have heard that Nikon makes the absolute best cameras, and the same is true for beginner scopes.

With a versatile magnification of 2 – 7x, the Nikon Rimfire scope takes care of your shooting needs effortlessly.

What I like most about this scope is not just the incredible construction and attention to detail but also the fact that this scope has the most awesome glass you will ever find on a rifle scope.

It weighs 1.5 pounds which is a bit more than some other scopes but overall, it feels well-balanced on the rifle. The Nikon scope also has a wide objective lens with a diameter of 32mm which is good.

Talking about the brightness on this, it’s super bright thanks to the coated lenses. The Nikon P-Tactical scope was built to be on par with VX Freedom Series, and honestly, it’s just as good.

You also get a zero-reset turret which makes shooting rapidly painless. And the fact that this costs less than 500$ is pretty cool.

If you are worried about the holdover, this scope features an MOA reticle that allows quick holdovers. Overall, it’s an excellent choice as a budget hunting scope for a beginner or an experienced hunter.

2. Nikon PROSTAFF RIMFIRE II 3-9X40 BDC150
9.7/10 Our Score

Our Verdict

The Nikon Pro Staff Rimfire scope is a quality scope that features a magnification range of 3 – 9x, which is versatile for mid-range to long-range shooting.

What I like the most about this is the wide objective lens that has a diameter of 40 mm. The scope takes in more light than other scopes, as a result, you can see the difference in brightness and clarity.

It weighs 1.4 pounds which is not too heavy either.

Speaking of the construction, the Pro-Staff Rimfire is built on a 1-inch frame which is pretty standard these days- just gives it a big rifle scope vibe.

If you are just going to be doing the long-distance shooting, you are going to love this scope more than any other scope. The fully multi-coated lenses and 150 BDC reticle on this guarantee a superior image resolution and optical clarity.

Looking for a tough and durable scope that’s waterproof and shockproof? The Nikon Pro Staff Rimfire scope is fully weatherproof.

I can think of this being ideal for timber-hunting, competitions as well as varmint hunting. Sweet purchase for the low price!

3. Nikon Prostaff Target EFR 3-9x40
9.5/10 Our Score

Our Verdict

If there is one rimfire scope by Nikon that was my favorite, it would certainly be the Prostaff Target EFR.

The Prostaff EFR features a decent magnification range of 3- 9x which is a pretty balanced range if I say so myself. The objective lens on this has a diameter of 40mm which is awesome.

You get fantastic brightness and crisp images in the viewfinder.

Nikon fans know that Nikon doesn’t put out much in the area of the scope these days, but this was a beast.

The Target EFR stood for Extended Focus Range, and I think that it fits the model well as it could focus down to 10 yards.

This scope has much in common with the Prostaff 3 – 9x 40 except for the fixed parallax of 50 yards.

Featuring the Nikon precision reticle which is absolutely wonderful to use, the Target EFR scope also has an adjustable parallax.

Conclusion

Nikon rimfire scopes offer excellent value for the price. If you care for them well, one might last for decades which is pretty cool!

We took a look at the best Nikon Rimfire scopes to see which one would suit you the most. I hope that you find the scope that you are looking for.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where I can buy the Nikon Prostaff Target EFR scope?

Nikon has discontinued the sale of Target EFR scopes but you should be able to spot one if you keep an eye out on eBay and sites that sell used scopes.

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