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Old February 3rd, 2019, 01:10 AM #1
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Scopes for air rifles...

Im sure one can spend unlimited amounts on scopes for air rifles but...what is an excellent quality scope that is reasonably priced for my Daisy 853?
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 07:40 AM #2
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Well... you can start looking here:

https://www.pyramydair.com/a/Accessories/Scopes/92

Hopefully someone will chime in later with their experiences regarding scopes for air rifles.
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Maybe your dead set on a scope but have you considered a precision diopter sight? Nice gun BTW.

https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Daisy...ter_Sight/1212
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 08:27 AM #4
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Hard to find excellent at a "reasonable price".

Another vote for the diopter.
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 08:35 AM #5
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I run NikonBusnell 3200 Elites 4-12 AO on most of my air guns. I bought a couple more when the went discontinued. I think I have an extra I'd sell if one of those would interest you.
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 10:47 AM #6
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Anything for a high powered rifle should work. I have a BSA Sweet 16 on my Gamo and love it. Picked it up for like $60 used at a gun show.
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Here is a write up about airgun scopes written by air gunners:
https://www.airgundepot.com/air-rifl...-overview.html
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Perhaps it would be more useful to frame the question along the lines of :

What is a good Air rifle scope in the $ X range ?

What price range is needed to find an Air rifle scope with Y features, that dosen't suck ?
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So I like the idea of a diopter sight. As a matter of principle I prefer "open" sights to a scope. But that principle gets a little fuzzy as my eyes get older and a two inch bright red bullseye at 25 yards is just a splash of red in my vision through the sights that came with the rifle.

I assume that diopters don't magnify anything? Is there something about the design that helps the eye to focus better at distance?

What are the benefits of the diopters?
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Diopter is a good choice. No magnification typically. The diopter has a small hole you look though which 'stops down' your vision like a camera aperture and increases depth of field. The drawback is the target isn't as bright. The eyepiece hole threads in and can be swapped for different aperture sizes (or even expensive adjustable ones.) Can swap for larger in low light conditions at the expense of less depth of field. They typ aren't ideal for hunting but airgun target/competition is typically well illuminated.

You typically run a diopter rear sight w/ a globe front. The globe has a 'ring' in it. You can swap inserts so the ring appears about the same size as the black center of the target. Just surround the target evenly w/ the ring and pull the trigger... You don't have to be able to actually discern the 10-ring.
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