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Old 01-27-2013, 03:58 PM
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I would like to get some input on BSA scopes. The cope will be used on a Mossberg .22 bolt action rifle. I have been seeing them advertised in quite a few catalogs and BSA previously made rifles and motorcycles. Thanks for the input.

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:07 PM
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:47 PM
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Optics are one area where you get what you pay for. However i do have a 4-16 Tactical BSA on a 17HMR. The same scope hasn't given me a lick of trouble in 2 years of varminting and bouncing around on a ATV. A buddy of mine had a similar scope from BSA and his failed almost immediately.
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Probably be fine on a 22rf, I wouldnt use one on anything bigger than that though. JMO.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:51 PM
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My last 10 scopes have been BSA.

They are the: Platinum (3), Majestic DX Hunter (3), Gold Star (2), BSA Tactical that Midway sells (1) and a Contender (1). Depending on model, paid anywhere from $70 to $180 for them. One is on a 22 LR, rest on centerfire rifles from a .223 to a 30-06. Magnification wise, one is 18 x max and rest are at least 24X max. I shoot paper on a regular basis and like a scope that allows me to clearly see holes in my 100 yd targets without having to use a spotting scope. Most of my BSA scopes have seen a fair number of rounds fired with them mounted. I've had no problems with mine such as one of them to lose zero or fail to adjust on windage/elevation. Yea, windage/elevation adjustments in one or two of them are on mushy side, but work. Matter of fact, think the optics are clear in all of them, even on the highest power. Will not buy another Contender simply because even on a bright day, lens in it is on the dark side....the coatings used on the glass I suppose is the problem. Rest of my BSA are very bright and clear. I will not buy any clam pack BSA scope you might find in a Wal-mart and etc. These are the really Low End BSA scopes.

Another model BSA I've seen at range I'm a member is the Catseye. It was mounted on a 22 mag and another on something like a .308 rifle. Their owners were quite happy with them. Gent with the 22 mag normally only has Zeiss scopes on his rifles (also has a couple of Swarvorskis) and I gave him a good ribbing about buying a BSA, but he was kinda impressed with it. Following week a local store had put his BSA Catseye on sale for about $25 less than the $95 he'd paid. Few days later ran into him at range and mentioned the sale price....his reply, I'm gonna have to buy another one for that price, its a pretty darn nice scope for being so cheap. No, I'm not comparing a BSA to a Zeiss, but if a guy who switched from Leupolds to Zeiss to get better optics (he traded in about 12 leupolds) likes a scope, might be something decent about a BSA. Leastway the model he bought.

Anyway, perhaps I've been lucky, but I'm a retired guy on a limited budget for my shooting hobby. BSA's afforability has allowed me to scope most of my rifles.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:21 AM
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Have several BSA Platinums (6x-18x, 8x-32x) on some rifles - a 22WRM and a couple of moderate caliber centerfires. These scopes are at least 5 years old and have never bobbled in all that time, with considerable transporting and shooting. Couldn't resist the price when they were on sale and expected to be just so-so in the optics and adjustment categories. Surprisingly, they have fairly descent glass and crisp adjustments which have remained zero'd with all the handling and shooting.

Would I buy another? Would depend on what brand of other scopes were on sale at the time, such as Leupold, Burris, Nikon or Redfield, of which are also mounted on various other rifles in the vaults.
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Probably be fine on a 22rf, I wouldnt use one on anything bigger than that though. JMO.
Had an 8-32X Platinum on my 300WSM and printed three shots to .154 inches at 100 yards. I don't think BSA scopes are all that bad...
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One problem with my BSA is it don't track exactly the same on every power setting. This is a target shot with the scope set on 10x (group on lower right) and the other group (lower left) was shot with various power settings.
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Junk in my opinion. Warranty is useless. Took over a year to replace a defective out-of-the-box scope I bought. I will never own another POS BSA scope. My suggestion is get a similarly priced Bushnell for a .22 or better quality for anything bigger. Nikon and Redfield make quality cheaper versions that you would be happy with.
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Junk in my opinion. Warranty is useless. Took over a year to replace a defective out-of-the-box scope I bought. I will never own another POS BSA scope. My suggestion is get a similarly priced Bushnell for a .22 or better quality for anything bigger. Nikon and Redfield make quality cheaper versions that you would be happy with.
Yup, Bought mine for $35 NIB at a gun show. Figure when it craps out the only place it will go is in the trash. So far it's doing the job I bought it for.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:06 PM
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i have a sweet 17 on my marlin 17hmr. the first scope i had was jacked up and wouldnt hold zero, sent from factory like that. i sent it back and they sent a new one. works great.
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One problem with my BSA is it don't track exactly the same on every power setting. This is a target shot with the scope set on 10x (group on lower right) and the other group (lower left) was shot with various power settings.
Monty, when I shoot a rifle with one my various model BSA scopes mounted, usually just have scope set on its Maximum power, whether its 18X, 24, 32 or 36X. So, never tried what you showed. I am curious to know what model BSA scope you shot the different power group with?
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:20 PM
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Huffmanite, this is what it says on the scope box end...

BSA MilDot Target/Hunting Scope with Illiminated Reticle.
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Product Code Sticker says, ZMD414x40IR
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:39 AM
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I have 7 BSA scopes on my 22's and I love them they holed POA 100%

Jim with big X scopes I find you will get POA movement when changing the X power, when I target shoot I set at the X I'm going to shoot
on a 3X9 you may not see that the POA has moved but it has a little

BSA with A/O on your 22 is the best (or any A/0 scope) you can find the older models for under $50

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I have a Sweet 17 on my Marlin 17HMR. The first scope I had was jacked-up and wouldn't hold zero; sent from factory like that. I sent it back and they sent a new one. Works great.
I had a Sweet 17 on a lefty Savage 93. I shot nine rounds into a square just a bit smaller than a postage stamp from 100 yards--in a considerable crosswind. My "rest" was a thick piece of mattress foam set across the hood of my F250-- hardly a "precision" set-up. I like to think the Sweet 17 delivered as promised. Sold it for cash, which I drank away at the nearest watering hole for adults. If I ever own another .17-caliber rifle (highly unlikely), I'll buy another Sweet 17...
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:19 PM
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I have owned 2, one red-dot on a hi-point .40 that works great

The other was a 4-24x50 that was a piece of shhhh. It was not clear at all, mildots where blurry, it wouldn't hold zero for 24hours and it's re-settable turrets might has well not even been there, its tracking was a total lie

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