BSA 8-32X44 swf scope

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews' started by D Martin, May 3, 2010.

  1. D Martin

    D Martin Non member

    As you may well know I have just returned to shooting an Air Arms after some time with a Daystate but as we all know how reliable the S400 series is I m not going to waste my time talking about the rifle but instead would like to give a review on the scope that I have on it which I think may be of some interest for anyone looking for a cheap scope that really does fit the bill for anything that you use it for, a BSA 8-32X44 swf.
    It came under recommendation from an A grade FT shooter who uses one for both FT and HFT to good effect which is something that I wanted to try without the need for changing scopes over so after selling my EB Sniper I decided to buy one .
    Firstly let me say that this one is not the same as advertised by BSA for the UK market as it has a 30mm tube with target turrets and not caps and it was purchased from a well known auction site via Hong Kong which firstly made me think that it may be a cheap copy for the bargain price of £69. I m glad that this didn t put me off though as on arrival it came in the genuine BSA box and has the BSA bubble on the underside of the scope so I m guessing that it was developed for the over seas market without the expensive price tag that we seem to pay for everything in the UK and with it s matt black finish and robust looks you get the idea right from the off that it is a quality piece of kit.
    Apparently BSA never made a larger side wheel for these but I managed to find someone who made me one up with a 37mm internal diameter to fit nicely over the swf. The only other thing I now need to source for it is a sunshade which I intend to do as the objective is screw threaded to accept one.
    On setting up the quick focus eye bell to suit my eye I found that it does alter the milldot ret and so the scope is not true milldot when set for my eyes and so a new bracketing chart needed to be made up but on x8 the optics are more magnified than my EB was on its fixed x10. Set at this magnification and with the side parallax set at 20 yrds the scope has a very good depth of field for HFT use and is very bright and clear for me from 12yrds through to 45 though the closer 8yrd and 10yrd targets are slightly blurred as with many scopes but the BSA is still very useable at these ranges and my aim points fall very nicely on the 1st and 2nd milldot for these.
    I was a little bit worried that with it being a cheaper end scope it wouldn t however perform as well with FT requirements of range finding and dialling in but to my surprise on x32 it snaps in and out of focus beautifully and dials up and down the required ranges with no trouble at all.
    The turrets are ¼ turn and with a bit of effort can be lifted off and reset to zero once the retaining screw has been removed. Everything was a little bit stiff at first but now with use, it s starting to loosen up nicely.
    The only down side I can see is that when shooting on a fixed parallax you have to make sure that your eye is in correct alignment as it does suffer from parallax error otherwise but this is something that you just get used to.
    For anyone thinking of purchasing one of these there are both milldot and duplex reticles so be careful on ordering to make sure that you receive the right one but for anybody on a budget looking for a new scope that they can have a go at anything from HFT to hunting and FT with then I would recommend that you take a good look at the BSA 8-32x44 swf.....I m glad I did.
    Dave
     
  2. fredyninefingers

    fredyninefingers Non member

    nice write up mate,i,ve had one now for 2 years,good solid scope and cheep as chips.my scope comes down to 10 yds then to get settings for 7,8,9 yds i paralax on the rear mag ring and it works,i have deffinate settings for the close targets.pleased your happy dave and a quarter of the price of anything else out there...atb fred
     
  3. D Martin

    D Martin Non member

    Yep thanks for the info Fred....I'm that chuffed with it that there's one on the way for Ryan as well as like me he wants to have a try at FT so I think there will be an SR6 up for sale soon.;):)

    Dave
     
  4. knighthawk

    knighthawk New Member

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    Just got one myself ..going to test it on sunday at the range..But it looks a good scope for the price:)
     
  5. D Martin

    D Martin Non member

    Seems so long ago ;)
    I didn't take to FT and have since gone back to a scope more suited to just HFT as I wanted something shorter that didn't cover the loading port on my TXs.
    As the remember though the writeup was bang on and they're a good bit of kit for the money.
    Don't know if Fred still uses his I haven't seen him for ages, we seem to move in different circles nowadays :)

    Dave
     
  6. knighthawk

    knighthawk New Member

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    I will do an update once I have set it up and used it at the weekend ..but all looks good so far.
    Barry
     
  7. Lofty

    Lofty Member

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    I'm using one of these at the moment and as above all seems to be OK. Comes down to 10yds then just mag down for the really close stuff.

    One question though to anyone out there who's played around with one of these .... Is it possible to get the screw cover off the focus knob ? It looks like it should just 'pop' out but mine doesn't seem to want to budge.:eek:o

    Cheers,
    Lofty.
     
  8. Gary Martin

    Gary Martin sultans of spring

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    bsa scope

    i have one myself, incidentaly i got it after reading a review from D Martin.
    for the money they perform well. repeatable parralaxing, optics seem pretty good, if a little dark in dense woodland on full mag in winter. used it on a s400, now got it on my pro sport. mine goes down to 11yards, the lower stuff through the mag range. probably wouldnt use it for GPs, well i dont as i have a big nikko on my pcp. but i wouldnt **** it off as it does the job for little money.
     

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