I guess it all depends on what you use your rifle for and what you expect it to do.
There are still plenty of guys that hunt over iron sights and think this whole argument over what scope to use is silly.
To each his own, that's why there are hundreds of scopes, in all price ranges, being made and sold by many different manufacturers today. If there was only one brand that was any good according to what many fanatics say, only Leupold would be in business today.
The original question posed by the author of this topic was whether or not BSA
was a decent cheap scope
, not the best scope.
In my limited ignorant opinion, the best bargain in scopes today, is the recently discontinued scope line offered by Smith & Wesson. They are made by Hakko in Japan, the same company that makes the highly rated Tasco Super Sniper scope as well as others. They are being sold at blowout prices because S&W has dropped their entire line of scopes and other accessories.
If you're looking for the best scope for a very few dollars, you might want to review the specs of these scopes here:
These scopes can even be had for lower prices on eBay if you shop carefully. I recently bought the S&W 4-18x42 and the 6-24x42, and believe they are worth twice what I paid for them.
If you are more concerned about the image you present to your hunting buddies by virtue of a gold stripe on your scope than the high quality image produced by these S&W scopes for a lot less money, by all means, buy something else.
Aside from that, I don't know anything about BSA
scopes except that I have one on a pellet rifle and it has worked great after a lot of use.
[ 06-26-2004: Message edited by: redshanks ]