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Thread: Is a BSA ESSENCIAL EMD 3-9x40 WR scope suitable for a Parker Hale .308?

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    Is a BSA ESSENCIAL EMD 3-9x40 WR scope suitable for a Parker Hale .308?

    As title really... I have a BSA ESSENCIAL EMD 3-9x40 WR scope (at least that is what is written on the box!) fitted to my .308, is this scope designed for rifles or airguns, and will it be likely to lose its zero mounted to a .308? - the Essential (spelt with a 'T') seems to be BSA's air rifle range, but I cant seem to find any reference to an 'ESSENCIAL' range.

    The scope was chosen based on it fitting the 1 inch rings that were available for my Parker Hale rifle and being cheap enought to buy at the same time as the rifle.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Cheers,

    Ryan

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    Don't waste your time Ryan if its anything like the BSA catseye scope that I fitted to an underlever some years ago it will be a total waste of time and money. BSA weren't at all interested when the thing fell apart, so much for warranties.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Thanks for the info, hopefully this wont drop to bits too quickly as I'm stuck with it for a while! I can move it to my 22lr if it isnt capable of handling a .308 but what cheap (ie very cheap) scope would you recommend?

    Ryan

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    Ryan, IMO just change the mounts and rings to the Leupold std mounting system, they are windage adjustable too so will eliminate problems of misalignment you may find with Weaver bases, as I did.
    Their web site will give you all of the info needed, It's possible The Countryman of Derby may have them in stock?
    Then you are free to choose any upgrade of scope you want?
    The 1" rings you probably have are not suitable for modern scopes which are 25mm?
    Hope this helps avoid the mistakes I blundered into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EccentricJackal View Post
    Thanks for the info, hopefully this wont drop to bits too quickly as I'm stuck with it for a while! I can move it to my 22lr if it isnt capable of handling a .308 but what cheap (ie very cheap) scope would you recommend?

    Ryan
    If you can come across a fixed power 6x42 Hawke Endurance then for the very small amount of money they go for they are an absolute steal. I purchased one new a few years back from the optics warehouse for 25 on special offer and it had a 10 year warranty. Some of the older fixed power Tasco and Nikko Stirling scopes are also very good but you can't say the same for the modern ones.

    My personal favourite "cheap" scope though is a Meopta 7x50 or even a 6x42. A little bit more money but you should be able to pick one up secondhand for the right money. You would probably be reluctant to sell it at a later date when or if you decide to buy something flashier. Good solid scopes with excellant optics just as good as a Schmidt & Bender but for less money.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EccentricJackal View Post
    if it isnt capable of handling a .308 but what cheap (ie very cheap) scope would you recommend?
    Vintage Nikko Stirling Gold silver or Platinum crown
    6x or 8x fixed mag
    20-50
    make sure it is Made in Japan and ideally pre 1985!

    I used one as a back up on my 300win Mag when I smashed the reticule on a Schmidt and Bender!

    I run then on a lot of rifles
    have one on my .222, .22lr, .22WMR, .308 (plus a back up spare lying in a box)

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    Quote Originally Posted by old man View Post
    The 1" rings you probably have are not suitable for modern scopes which are 25mm?
    Hope this helps avoid the mistakes I blundered into.
    Really, first I have heard of it and I have a few scopes, one is a 26mm tube and needs suitable 26mm rings, all the rest are 1 inch or 25.4mm and fit any 1 inch rings.
    I have never seen a 25mm scope, a few cheap ones are advertised as 25mm but will measure 25.4mm.
    Not to be confused with the scope and ring makers who still advertise their products as 26mm when they are actually 1 inch (25.4) mainly a few of the smaller european makers.

    Neil.

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    How do I tell a Gold Crown is Japanese?

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    Much too flimsy - that scope is really made for air rifles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaothead View Post
    How do I tell a Gold Crown is Japanese?
    Usually has Japan marked on it




    Avoid any any tat with IR or AO parallax

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