Parallax settings for big games are generally fixed at 150-200 yards, which is the reason for a matching riflescope.
Generally, smaller ones are not adjustable for rimfire distances.
The following scopes are the good bets to significantly improve the performance of a .17hmr rifle.
1.Burris 4.5 x-14 x -42mm Fullfield II Ballistic Plex Riflescope
The Burris Fullfield II is an optic with plenty of adjustments.
It has adequate eye relief, clear visuals at low-light conditions, and has a solid construction that can take abuse, according to customer reviews on Amazon and gun forums.
With its quality, it has a decent price tag to boot. The package does not provide a mounting kit, but works well with a Burris PEPR mount.
Its visibility is effective at anywhere from 100-300 yards, with wide field of view.
With its multi-coated lenses, target-shooting at dawn or sundown should not be an issue.
It comes with a manual of instructions and a ballistic chart for calibrations and settings.
In terms of brightness, clarity, optics, parallax, durability and price, the Fullfield II is a great buy, according to reviewers on Amazon and gun forums. The scope comes covered with a lifetime warranty, too.
2. BSA 6-18X40 Sweet 17 Rifle Scope
The BSA Sweet 17 Riflescope with side parallax adjustment has the same elements of the trajectory compensation scope originally designed for law-enforcement scopes.
It weighs 1.2 pounds, and nitrogen-packed to work reliably under natural elements, such as rain, moisture, fog and rugged conditions.
The scope is outfitted with multi-coated lenses for sharp and well-defined images and ease in focusing.
Unlike the Burris scope which caters to big game or target hunters, the BSA Sweet 17 scope works well for casual plinking and sport shooting, according to customer reviewers on Amazon and gun forums.
The 4-inch eye relief is relatively longer than usual, which is very favourable to the user; one needs to do a little getting-used-to in adjusting the stops at the 6x and the 18x magnification, but not a problem; there are no scope rings that go with the item, but those can be easily bought.
For its price, it’s a great scope for reaching out to targets in the 150-200 yard range. Beyond 200, there might be some 2-inch discrepancy.
3. Simmons ProTarget TruPlex Reticle Side Parallax Adjustment Riflescope
Simmons ProTarget scopes are manufactured by Meade Instruments, which assembles high-end commercial binoculars and microscopes, too.
The scope boasts of a standardized turret for .17 HMRs. It comes with a TruPlex reticle that provides exceptionally crisp images, and the accuracy to pin down even the smallest of targets. Simmons’ fingertip-adjustable turret makes for easy and quick zeroing in on the target, and uses a side focus for parallax settings.
The scope provides an impressive, high-quality optics for remarkable brightness and clarity of targets, and performs well even in low light settings.
This riflescope may not be classy or too pricey, yet, it is loaded with amazing features usually found in other notable and rather expensive brands.
Tips finding the best scope for 17 HMR rifle
Without a riflescope, the .17 HMR lacks long-range accuracy and quick target acquisition.
So, you definitely need a scope that is designed to optimize light transmission and optical clarity especially in low light conditions when hunting is at its best.
Adequate magnification is also necessary because the .17hmr is designed for small game and varmint hunting.
Here’s a quick list of what your .17 HMR needs in a scope:
- A specifically designed scope for the .17 HMR has the edge over universal scopes because it was made to improve the performance of this particular rifle cartridge.
- This scope will also have specially calibrated reticles, and you will have lesser problems making the match in terms of features needed and mounting.
- Look for fully-multicoated optics with a large objective lens (preferably 40mm, and 4 to 12x magnification) that can amply deflect sun glare, while greatly enhancing its light gathering capacity and offering a much wider field of vision.
- Choose one that is protected by standard nitrogen-purged tube and O-ring sealed lenses for maximum fog-proof, waterproof, and shock-proof performance.
- For a worry-free aiming and fast target acquisition, find one with a calibrated BDC (bullet drop compensator) reticle especially designed for the .17hmr.
- Prefer a solid single-piece tube over other types of construction. It will be tougher and more durable in withstanding harsh elements and extreme weather conditions.
- A hard-hitting rimfire like the .17 HMR needs a scope that can withstand recoil and rugged handling.
- For sharper, parallax-free image of your target, look for adjustable objective lens.