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Nikon Rimfire Scope Review

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Rimfire ammo predates centerfire cartridges. It had a decline in popularity as centerfire took over. But the last couple of decades have seen a big comeback of rimfire ammunition. It’s cheap and easy to fire and packs well enough power for target practice and small game hunting. A quick experiment. Ask your familiar gun enthusiasts what their first firearm was and see how many of them started with a .22 Long Rifle. Rimfire rounds are great for longer shooting practices. We know, shooting small caliber doesn’t sound too badass. But let’s be real: how many of us can shoot a .44 Mag for an hour straight without shaky hands? Sure, there are a few who can. But if you’re less like Dirty Harry and more like most of us, you might want to restrain the urge to ask the next punk if he’s feeling lucky and do most of your range practice with something smaller. But enough about ammo. Let’s check out our specialized Nikon Rimfire scope selection.

Rimfire Specific Scopes

I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


This line of thought is popular among artists of all kinds. If you want beauty, cut off all that’s excessive. If you want efficiency, leave out all that doesn’t contribute.

Engineers behind Rimfire lineup seem to have had a similar idea. All scopes are low to medium power. Adjustments are just right for medium distances. The spare rigidity is not as extensive as in higher tier scopes but still more than okay for mild rimfire recoil. They cut all the corners that didn’t influence clarity and accuracy.

The result is a series of riflescopes with most of the features found in higher tier models, but at a fraction of the cost. Let’s check out our selection of Rimfire scopes by Nikon!


A more powerful entry with 3-9x magnification. The Spring Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turret helps you change your field adjustments momentarily and have more time to aim and take the shot.

NIKON Prostaff Rimfire II 3-9x40mm BDC 150 1in Riflescope (16329)

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The 4-12x version of the Prostaff Rimfire II packs more power than you would ever expect from anything with “Rimfire” written on it. And yet here it is, a 40mm, 12x riflescope purposefully designed for rimfire rifles. This is top of the line as far as rimfire shooting goes. The 3:1 zoom ratio is enough versatility for most all hunting scenarios. And the 12x max power is more than enough for any rimfire firearm.

NIKON Prostaff Rimfire II 4-12x40mm BDC 150 1in Riflescope (16330)

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This P-Tactical Rimfire is another 2-7x entry. Its Spring-loaded Instant Zero-reset turrets offer you easy reference during field adjustment. The Quick Focus rubberized eyepiece lets you intuitively adjust focus by simply turning and sliding it.

NIKON P-Tactical Rimfire 2-7x32mm MK1-MOA Reticle Riflescope (16528)

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Common denominators of a Nikon Rimfire scope:

  • FULLY MULTICOATED OPTICAL SYSTEM: Lower surface reflections mean greater portion of visible light passing through the scope with less distortion.
  • SPRING-LOADED ZERO-RESET TURRETS: Field adjustments are now as simple as dialing-in your subsequent ranges.
  • EXTREMELY BRIGHT SIGHT PICTURE: Coatings and quality glass let you see clearly, even in lower light.
  • WATERPROOF, FOGPROOF: Due to nitrogen purging and air- and watertight sealing, the internal construction and optical surfaces remain unaffected by weather and even occasional submersions.
  • STANDARDIZED MAIN TUBES: Nikon Rimfire scopes feature standard 1-inch tubes. Popular tube width means you’ll find mounting solutions with ease.


To be clear. There is no magic solution with all the perks of $1500 riflescopes for one tenth the price. Flagship models have their obvious pluses, otherwise no one would pay higher prices for them. Some rifle cartridges pack 20 times the muzzle energy of the .22 LR, .50 BMG reaching almost 100 times. You’ll need loads of spare rigidity if you fire those. But extensive windage adjustment and 30x magnification only matter when shooting from a mile away. And making good use of them requires quite a bit of skill. On the other hand, if you shoot at moderate distances or if you’re only starting to hunt with an optical sight, Nikon Rimfire riflescopes will serve you just as good for a lower price. Shop for Nikon Rimfire scopes!

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