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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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