I had a BSA on a .17HMR. I have mixed opinions on bsa scopes. They seem to hold zero ok, the adjustments seem to be accurate and they look good. However the optics are not very good, lot of distortion around the outer edge, and not very clear. I would say they are about on par with most Tasco and bushnell scopes.
I started out with the BSA due to price and the need to get a few of my rifles up and running sooner rather than later. I think in the end I'll probably upgrade to Leupold's on my better rifles and leave the BSA's on my beaters.
The lenses due seem a bit hazy around the edges and they also don't seem as clear as higher end scopes.
What I am using is the BSA Platinum 8-32 x 44mm with a mil dot reticle.
It will be on top of a REM 700 ADL rebarreled from 30-06 to .308 heavy barrel(Remington Barrel). I'll let you folks know about performance as soon as I get them out to the range.
I'd still like to hear about your experiences with BSA Optics.
They are about on par with Tasco and Simmons scopes, which makes them good to start out with. But as soon as you get the money, swap it out with a Leupold, or even a Nikon. They are about on par with Leupold but quite a bit cheaper, with no visible losses in performance with the price difference!
I recently purchased a BSA spotting scope, and if it's any indication, I wouldn't put a BSA on anything I was actually going to try and SEE anything with, to say nothing of a hunging rifle. Controls are fine (not great) and optical clarity is just less than the keepsake 19 year old extendable 'pirate' telescope I got from a toy store way back when. Don't bother, you're getting what you pay for, IMO.
Agreed. There is a reason that the highest priced item in the BSA catalog is only about $120. They suck. I would only put it on a $100 dollar .22lr truck gun for short range pest control shots, not on anything you paid money on, or have respect for. Stay away from them if you can. If you are looking for a cheap scope, go with a Nikon ProStaff, Leupold Rifleman, or even the Bushnell 10x fixed tacticl scope. Each of those that I mentioned only costs about $200, and are VERY good for the money, IMHO.
I have a BSA Platnum 8-32x44 target scope mounted on my 30-.06 Rem. 700. It holds a zero and the clarity is great. I don't know about any of their other scopes, but I am more than happy with the clarity of the Platnum. They aren't the best quality, however, so if you plan to get rough and rugged, I wouldn't go for one.
Well, it is official. I could not hit a darn thing and the scope was a disaster.
Folks, it is now my considered opinion that a good quality scope cannot be had for a bargain basement price. I'll be saving up for a Leupold or a Nikon. Sorry it took so long to get back with this info!
If you get a bushnell, ONLY get an elite 3200 or 4200 series. The rest of them are junk.
I will be reviewing Mueller optics and Swift optics soon. They are suppose to be good for a great price, but I am really not holding my breath. Like I've said before.... you really get what you pay for with optics.
i tried to put one of bsa'a scopes on a savage 300 ultramag and the performance was very shoty, it never held zero and i never could get the scope zeroed in at 100. the clarity of the scope was ok at best
the looks of the scope was great just wished it would have worked
so i purchased a leupold vx3 and dang was i blown away with the quality
definatly save up for a better scope
unfortuneately i had a BSA scope come with my air rifle i got so fed up with it never holding a zero and never being able to properly adjust it i said screw it and took it off i just use the iron sights. the scope tis self is poorly made the optics are crap. the crosshairs dont look right either and the image quality is just garbage. as far as im concernec i would saty away from these scopes like they are the plauge.