Before he passed away, my dad gave me his old Marlin 81 .22 rifle. Having sat on a rack for decades, it needed some maintenance and repair. The rifle was easy, some adjustments to the feeding mechanism, replacing of the rotted 1907 style sling, etc. The scope was a bit more of a challenge. An ancient Weaver B5 style. I found a service who replaced basically the entire insides and made it work like a charm. I got it zeroed better and more stable than any other rifle I own. Almost qualified Appleseed Marksman w/ it my first time through.
Over the last few years, however, my eyesight has gotten considerably worse. The tiny reticule makes it incredibly difficult to use and I love using this rifle. So w/ some reluctance, I decided to upgrade. Searching around for inexpensive .22 scopes, I chose a Barska .22 Plinker 3-9x32. The reviews were generally favorable, the price was what I was looking at, and the larger reticule would be easier on my eyes. It arrived a few days ago and today I did the swap.
Has now become this:
Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get out to zero it.