budget 6-24x scope the BSA majestic?
you all know that i have been scoping everything lately. 9mms, 5.56 and 7.62x39s --you name it i got er scoped--LOL
scoping all these irons can get expensive if you go all mall-ninja and eo-tec & trijacon everything.
the other day i stumbled on BSA blow out sale where they have this 'nifty" 6-24x "majestic" scope for $69 shipped- knowing these things retail for $209 but are mostly sold for about $160ish. the glass on my 1.5-4.5x BSA turkey scope seems very clear for its modest price , and i have a friend that has bought a few of these 6-24x44 majestic scopes and he seems very happy with his--and he paid much closer to retail for his 3 majestic scopes--though not hardly the FULL retail MSRP. i doubt any of these BSAs sell for their asking prices--
BSA has a spotty rep on the interwebs and i have only the three to base my experience on. so keep that in mind.
the majestic is the next step down from the 'gold star" top of their line and it is supposed to have the same glass and no questions asked lifetime warranty. so it ain't the top BSA but it is close in the BSA line up.
the scope came in today via UPS --packed in a plain cardboard box with a retail box inside with the scope-= all that was in the box was one piece of foam, the scope in a plastic bag , a users manual , warranty card and a set of bikini-covers. no mounts like most of their "lesser priced models". it was not an open box or factory referb. it was in a brand new scope in a factory sealed box.
out of the box the scope looks awful good for $69. it is smaller than i expected. it is only an inch or two longer than the bushnell 3-9x40 and the weight is very close. mounted up on the ar-15 it seems not much bigger at all--not nearly as clunky as i thought it would be.
this scopes has an "fast focus" adjustment at the rear "bell" and it has paralax adjustment on the side this adjustment goes from 15,30,50,75,100,200 then infinity.
the scopes mag adjustment is smooth as are all of its adjustments.
i just set it on an ar-15 today which is dark and rainy. the scope seems very bright , possibly there is something to BSA claim of 95% light transmission? even on 24x it it seemed plenty bright-- and it has been a dark day --even peering into the dark areas under the pine trees in the shadows you could clearly see even on 24x--
i was half expecting it to go "dark" as fast as a cheap flashlight with a weak battery when the mag got turned up to around 24X!
next up is the glass it is very clear --as clear as the BSA turkey plex is and it is a far lower powered scope. now i have looked through "cheap-china made " high mag scopes before and they looked like crap--fuzzy distorted images , dark ect ect--
if i didn't know better --you couldn't tell me this thing was "made in china" --
this one is very clear --provided you got the side adjustment and the fast-focus adjusted. and it is clear all the way through the mag range, even the edges of the glass are clear --
the cross hairs are a plex type with a BDC built in --they seem "OK" but i never was a fan of "busy" cross hair set ups. it not too bad it compares with vortex "drop dead BDC" and looks a hell of a lot better than some of the nikon BDC types i have seen.
the eye relief is supposed to be 4". i figure it is a bit shy of that -- more like 3.5" on my ar-15 set up. one thing i like about it is turning the mag up from 6x to 24x the eye position don't change hardly any. i don't know if i would put it on my hard kicking 6.4lb savage without getting a eye full of scope.
more heavy irons or more moderate kicking irons will be fine i suspect.
little things you should know about the majestic 6-24x44
the scope as good as it is it has a rather tight eye box and a rather narrow "sweet spot". with such a huge magnification range this is sort of expected. this scope has to be carefully mounted for optimum eye position , otherwise your going to tunnel out, black out,ect ect--
once you got it set up --it works like a clock , you can go from 6x to 24x and then back to 6x on the target and not get fuzzy, tunnel out, go black, fish eye or any of that shit.
all the adjustments might be a bit much for hunting -- i figure you could turn it to 6x and set the side adjustment to whatever the range is on the stand. it could be used pretty well provided you gave it a little thought before hunting with it -- a bit much for a brush gun though--LOL
the turrets feel and click pretty good , not great but good , the adjustments on the turrets are not real plentiful though the seem enough for most uses.
i suppose if your shooting really long range shots and need more elevation you could use some of those offset inserts or mounts.
BSA does look to have improved their products quite a bit, at least in the more upscale products. or maybe i got lucky-- but this seems to be a great scope for the $--
if you in the market for a moderlety priced scope it might be worth it to give BSA sale a look.