Last week I ordered a Savage .17 with laminated stock but when I got to the gun shop day before yesterday the owner had aquired a brand new Marlin with wood stock, sling and swivels, and BSA sweet 17 scope. The gun had not even been shot yet. I took a look through the scope and it seemed ok while under the flourescant lights of the store. Best part of this whole deal is that I only paid 199.00 for the whole setup.
Well, I went to the range yesterday and pulled it out of the case and got all setup to shoot and sight it in. I pasted my targets, got back to the rest took out the clip and loaded it, picked up the rifle and inserted the clip and put it in the rest, removed scope caps and went to look through the scope. As soon as I looked through the scope I was horror stricken , The dang thing looked like someone had taken the bottom of a coke bottle and chopped it off and had used it for a lens. To say I was dissapointed is an understatement! I was devastated . I have been saving and saving for this for over a month.
I know BSA scopes are cheap price wise but this thing really sucks , I cant believe it. I have never seen a scope look like this! Guess I'll start scouring ebay for a good replacement! I'm looking for something under a hundred bucks if possible and at least a 40 mm objective lens or greater along with variable power. If anyone has any reccomendations for a good replacement scope please feel free to post a reply.
What a bummer!!!!!!
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You might want to post this under optics for scope suggestions. I am surprised that the BSA is that bad. While not the best, the ones I have seen have been at least usable.
i bought a bsa 8x32x50 scope a while back and thought i would give it a try i got it on sale and piad like 89.00 for it when i got it it looked great and looked like good optics but when i got to the range it was almost impossible to site it in 2 clicks and it moved an inch 3 clicks and it moved an inch and a half so i took it off and put on a tasco 6x24x40 and it works great piad 99.00 for it though sportsmanguide might check to see if they have any deals but not bsa
You get what you pay for.
Get a B&L, leupold, Burris or otherr reputable make.
Far less chance for screw ups.
I certainly get what I pay for..............BUT I have been using the BSA illuminated reticle 3x9 scopes for over 5 years now and they are usable in my bolt action 300 Win. Magnum Tikka. I read in a magazine somewhere that the way to adjust these cheap scopes is to over adjust by 2-3 clicks and then come back to the desired adjustment. This is to take up the slack in the adjustment. I just do these and I have no problem adjusting my BSA illuminated reticle scope(needed for those night hog hunts in Texas) and it also holds up the zero even after firing the rifle for effect and verification of zero. Regarding those unfocused sight picture "looking like the bottom of a coke bottle", it could be that the scope has fogged up(factory defect) or the lenses are ground wrong(another factory defect). The BSA that I use have an OK sight picture and is very useable. What I have experienced is that "it seems" my illuminated reticle BSA scope will not tolerate??? the slamming of the bolt in my semi-automatic M1 Garand 30-'06. The zero is all over the place it seems due to the slamming of the M1 bolt????......but this could also be due to the aftermarket add-on scope mount on the M1 Garand that I use which is really NOT bank vault tight like those screwed in bolt action rifle scope mounts that are very secure. I have stumbled hard in the mountain snow with my Remington 1100 shotgun and broken the forearm and shell lifter and I have slipped in a Texas creek bank and banged hard my BAR on the tree roots and also stumbled in a mud covered California forest trail so hard that I had to re-zero my BAR mounted with an old line(1990's era) Japanese illluminated dot 4x scope(illuminated dot for those Texas night hunts again). I have bent the barrel on my Erma .22 Win. Magnum Rimfire rifle in the truck bed because my buddy had inadvertently packed our heavy hunting stuff on it while it was in it's protective rifle case on a long drive to Fort Hunter Liggett. So I tend to shy away from expensive scopes. I have not had a BSA illuminated riflescope fog up on me on these 5 years and I have several of them. Hope this helps.
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At $200 for gun and scope, I don't know how you can complain. Also, I wouldn't waste your money on another cheap scope. Get a good one, you'll know you made the right decision when you shoot it. And take the scope out of the store next time, and look at objects at different distances, and also try to find a shady or dark spot to test it's low light capability.
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I love buying used guns.......No honey it's not a new gun, I've had that thing for years. look at all the marks on it!