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Old January 24th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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BSA Scope Goo

Last week I pulled out the wife's 10/22 in preperation for a trip to the range and discovered the outside finish had turned to sticky goo.A search confirmed that is not too uncommon.After waiting for three days for a reply from BSA ,I decided to try and remove it myself.I tried everything from detergent to acetone with no luck,Ruminging around in my stack of "Stuff" I came across a spray can of "Strip It" by Theochem Labratory..It removed the goo down to the metal underneath in minutes with a little rubbing.
The product is no longer listed on their website but a simular product might be worth trying.It is listed on the can as a ---Baseboard cleaner & wax stripper.
I would try a small area in a out of the way place to make sure I wasn't dissolving my scope
Good Luck & try at YOUR OWN RISK

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Old January 24th, 2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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This sucks. I just bought a BSA Sweet .22 and I keep hearing about this finish problem. I only paid $40 for it so it's not the end of the world if the finish turns to goo. I could still take it back, but I'm going to try it out first. If it works well, I'll probably keep it anyway. They have a lifetime warranty, so I'll be trying to get a free one if/when the finish turns to black goo.

Out of curiosity, how long did it take for the finish to liquify?
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Old January 25th, 2012, 01:20 AM   #3
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Well.I sprayed the cleaner on a rag and rubbed it off.That made sure it got only where I wanted it.The complete cleaning process only took 15 minutes..I don't know about your scope,But I have two other BSA's that do not have the black finish over the metal body on them,Only bare metal
Funny thing though,When I got the goo off,There is a nice shiny coating under it,Makes you wonder why it's even there.....
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You sometimes can get by with the cheaper scopes on a 22 cal. , but the bigger the cal. the better the scope should be. I like the 3x9 by Fed field or the 4x12 Truglo scopes on mine.
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My scopes run from Tascos to Leupolds,I see better clarity with the Leupolds but the Tascos work and last for hunting target applications,you can keep the other low end priced scopes.
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You sometimes can get by with the cheaper scopes on a 22 cal. , but the bigger the cal. the better the scope should be. I like the 3x9 by Fed field or the 4x12 Truglo scopes on mine.
I've got a 3-7 X 20 Tasco rimfire on my 10/22. Paid all of $15 for it. Works well for 50 yard plinking, and no trouble for over two years now.
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You sometimes can get by with the cheaper scopes on a 22 cal. , but the bigger the cal. the better the scope should be. I like the 3x9 by Fed field or the 4x12 Truglo scopes on mine.
It's not the caliber that makes the difference in what level of scope is used, but rather the application it's used for. There's situations where a .22lr simple deserves, if not requires a GOOD scope and likewise, times when a large caliber can suffice with just a simple Bushnell. You buy pertaining to the use, purpose not the caliber.

As for the "lifetime warrantee" on the BSA goo...have fun and good luck. I tried and they wanted me to pay the shipping both ways and pay for the refinish. The s/h alone was more than what the piece of junk was worth. That coupled with the quality of optics on their "Sweet" series I saw was enough to keep me away.
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I have the same problem. What did you use to remove the goo? Is this a rub on take off thing that won't wreck the lens? Thanks Ron
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Old August 14th, 2015, 06:49 AM   #9
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Interesting, I've had a Sweet 22 on one of my guns for I think, three years. no issues so far but I'm gonna pull it out and check and try to determine what the finish is. Anodizing will not behave that way.
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This is why I look for vintage Redfields made in Colorado........you can get them for the same prices as the new cheap Chinese stuff in "field rashed" but 100% solid condition but the quality is 1,000x better.......

I have an old 70's era Redfield 3-9 variable on my beater AR15 and I expect it will last longer than the rifle......it has scrapes and dents, got it for like $70 but it's some of the best glass you can find unless you go with stuff like Leupold.

I'm not a big scope guy but on guns that I feel "need" them I only use old Redfields. Had one on a S&W 28 but sold the whole setup, probably should have kept it, that 1.5x handgun scope was neat and that gun drove tacks.......I went on a "I'll only own Rugers" kick and sold a lot of stuff......should have at least kept the glass......
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Old August 14th, 2015, 04:01 PM   #11
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BSA Bah!

I fear, your first mistake was buying a BSA scope. I have never read a good report on a BSA scope from anyone with experience using Nikon, Weaver, Leupold, Bushnell, or Redfield scopes. Even Tasco scopes have a better reputation than BSA scopes. My first decent scope was a Tasco 6-24X42mm Target/Varmint scope I bought through the Rimfire Central Trading post (8 years ago) for $50. When I later bought a replacement, I gave the Tasco to a friend, along with a rifle I was selling him.

As I often mention, there are many shooter forums that have a section for members to sell used shooting gear. I currently have a Bushnell, two Nikons, one Leupold, one Redfield and three Weavers that I have bought used through such sites. All were bought at about 1/2 or less of the new price for the same. None came with any kind of a defect.

My most recent purchases through a shooting forum are a Bushnell 3-9X40mm Wideview that I got for another $50 with shipping included and a NIB Weaver XR T-36 I got by trading one of my Nikon 6-18X40 Buckmasters + a few bucks. Neither of us made any money on the deal but we both got what we wanted

It's up to you but I would trash that BSA and start over.

By the way, speaking of older Redfields, I recently was given an old Redfield 1.75-5X Wideview. It came in a box in pieces. I cleaned every piece and put it back together. Now it is on my Savage 93 GL (22 WMR). It looks really cool and works great. I used to have one just like it that I sold with a Winchester 9422 Mag. I am very lucky to find a second one. They are very rare.

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I had a BSA 4x fixed power scope on my shotgun for years. It finally died due to a broken scope ring. When the ring broke it took out one of the crosshairs with it. I replaced the BSA with a 2-7x32 Nikon. The reason I bought the BSA in the first place is I wasn't sure about the accuracy of shotgun slugs. I love shotgun slugs! Deer do not run away. Even with plain old foster slugs the rifled barrel on the 500 will put slugs in a 3" square at 75 yards. With sabots it gets better!

I would send the scope back to BSA asking for a refund. If BSA will not give you a refund ask if they will replace the scope with a fixed power scope. There is not a lot to go wrong with a fixed power scope. I have a fixed power weaver that is over thirty years old.
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Old August 15th, 2015, 12:48 PM   #13
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I have a BSA red dot that the finish turned to goo on; figured it was from something I got on it.

I also have a BSA Sweet 22 3-9x40. It's always held zero, the yardage adjusters work on it, and it has decent glass.

I don't use the red dot anymore, but I'll keep the Sweet 22 as long as it keeps working.
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BSA Sweet 17 finish turnng to goo.

I realize that this was addressed previously and is an old thread but I stumbled upon it after I found that the rubberized coating on my BSA Sweet 17 had turned into a sticky goo. Man, I was so disappointed; I've owned the scope for nearly 10 years having purchased it new when they first came out. Mounted on a Marlin 917VS this combo has been a tack driver shooting consistent 1" groups out past 100yds.

So back to the sticky finish problem- I read that the rubberized coating could be removed using solvent so I thought I'd give it a shot. Using MEK SF99 Solvent and a cut up rag I went to work. The Solvent easily removed the sticky coating, uncovering a very nice matt black finish. After less than an hour of light scrubbing the my old scope looked as good as it did the day that I purchased it.
Bottom line, I realize these are far from high-end optics but when it comes to performance these low budget scopes are on target (pun intended). So if you happen to open your safe and find the same issue that I did, before you discard an otherwise good scope try removing the rubberized coating; you'll be glad you did.

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Old October 29th, 2016, 10:39 AM   #15
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BSA Scope goo solution

Pulled my 10/22 target out of the case and discovered the sweet 22 scope was gooey. Used "ZEP citrus degreaser/cleaner" on it and problem solved. I also have a new in box BSA red dot sight and thought I would have to trash it. It would wipe off on my hand so I sprayed it down with the same cleaner and it cleaned right up. I think I will mount it on the new 10/22 M1 if they ever show up at the gun store. My eye site is poor so I need assistance.

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