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Good? bad? indifferent? crap? I've seen some good prices on some BSA scopes. Are they anygood? What can you tell me about the manufactuer? Are they chinese crap?--Bboy623
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I had one until I threw it in the garbage can at the range.  I have almost bought one of the sweet 22 models but I try to control bad urges to waste money because for a little more you can find something that will last.
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Similar experience here.  I say "NO" do not risk.
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I had one of the 36x44 Platinum target models.  Bought it used on ebay for something like $60.  It was ok for the money, but the AO moved every shot and the image was not close to being crystal clear.  Sold it to another experimenter.
 
Have heard some folks say BSA means Better Stay Away
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The Sweet 17 or Sweet 22 compares to the Bushnell banner 3-10. It is near the same price and a much better scope for the money, with similar features. Like the ballistic turret for .17 and .22.

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Nothing but bad luck with BSA here. The crosshairs on my first one disappeared after 3 shots with a .308  The second one went on a 10/22 and would not hold zero. Point of impact through the magnification range was nowhere close. What you hit at 3x, you were more than 2 inches from at 9x  


There are some great deals to be had on them but I'm 0 for 2 and won't try a 3rd.

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 i have a bsa sweet 22 on a 22 .so far its been good.
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 I have a couple old BSA scopes from back when they were trying to break into the market and to be honest they aren't that bad. On par with the older Simmons.One was for a ML and the other a shotgun and both have held their own for closer range hunting.
 Would I buy one now-NO CS has fallen way off, quality of everything almost non existent. Once they had their little corner of the market sealed, they just went to hell and the almighty $$$ was all that mattered. Optics stores like SWFA are almost forced to offer them and others of questionable quality because that is what the uninformed generally want,a recognized brand name at a cheap price point.
 I will be the first to admitt I don't buy the best because the wallet doesn't allow for it but I try to buy better than average.And BSA does not fall into that bracket.
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BSA ------- BAD! Stay Away
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ok, thanks for the replies. They are just what I though---junk!------Bboy623
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I've never owned one, but I've used one. I also have a few friends that love cheap optics and they have tried them. They normally use Tasco's and Simmons, so nothing at all high quality, yet they were disappointed with BSA's. They both said the ones they tried wouldn't hold zero. They did say they seemed to work okay on a .22 but that when on bigger guns they wouldn't hold zero. I figure when they thing low quality optics that I normally consider crap are great, that if they think something is actually crap it must really be a pos.

The experience I've had with one was another friend got one for his birthday. He has a few guns, but is just learning about guns, and doesn't know much about scopes. He told me he wanted to mount it in his .22, but didn't know how to sight it in and couldn't find anyone that would do it for him. So I told him to get it and I'd help him mount it and sight it in. The one he had said BSA Classic and had some .22 rimfire rings that came with it. We mounted it on the gun and shot it. It was shooting about 3" to the right at 15 yards and wouldn't adjust anymore to the left. Finally, I got to looking and the rings that it had were not holding the scope centered over the gun. I flipped the rings around and then I was able to adjust it enough to zero it. It did stay zeroed for the about 40 rounds we shot through the .22. It was clear enough that I thought it would be fine for squirrel hunting which is what he wanted to do with it. Yet the clarity wasn't very good either. It just wasn't the best looking scope and absolutely nothing about it was impressive. It worked for right now, but that's about all I can say about it. I have been much more impressed with Simmons for a similar price. I'm not sure why you'd buy one over a Simmons when the Simmons I've used have been clearer, and usually in the same price range.

I wouldn't buy a BSA, but that's just my opinion.
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I tried their 2x pistol scopes and their red dots on a 44mag and neither held up to the recoil.  BSA sent me new ones and I traded them off at the next gun show!
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My luck with BSA has been, to put it mildly, abysmal.

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