BSA Sweet 17 on a .223?


March 23, 2008, 07:32 PM
I just picked up a "like new" Remington 700 SPS .223 from my granddad. It's in beautiful shape and has a BSA Sweet 17 scope on it. I know it's a shooter as I helped him sight it in when he bought it last year. My question is, what's the difference it the "Sweet 17" scope and the "Sweet 223" scope? I'll primarily be using it for target shooting, so I assume I'm good as long as it's sighted in at the range I'll be shooting, it just won't have the correct compensation on the .223 as it would on a .17?

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March 23, 2008, 07:35 PM
The marks on the elevation adjustment are set to be dead on at the shown ranges. Other than that you just have to ignore the markings and it should work just fine.

March 23, 2008, 08:02 PM

Nice gun, congrats! Unless there's a special connection though, you might want to consider putting different glass on it. Without getting into seriously expensive stuff, I'd take a look at the Bushnell 3200 10X mil-dot. Available for under $200.00 and usually considered to be much better optically.


March 23, 2008, 08:11 PM
I know it sounds silly, but I want to leave this scope on. I went with him and bought the mount, helped him mount it and the did all the shooting while we sighted it in. It's kind of a reminder of some "quality time". It's wonderfully accurate, and a great shooter.

March 23, 2008, 08:24 PM

And that's exactly what I meant when I noted "special connection". In that case, it's precisely the way it needs to be. Enjoy both it & the memories & be glad you have them.


The Deer Hunter
March 23, 2008, 08:27 PM
Why would he put a new scope on it if it worked anyways?

March 23, 2008, 08:35 PM
I'm not looking to put a new scope on it, just wondering since the scope is calibrated for .17 what the difference will be when I shoot the .223. We sighted it in at 100 yds and got it dead on but I'm wondering what it will do if I switch to 200, etc.

March 24, 2008, 01:09 AM
The problem I see here, is that you are intent on using anything that says BSA on it; I would be afraid they could screw up toilet paper.

rust collector
March 24, 2008, 01:42 AM
You may be able to swap out the elevation turrets, but a simpler solution would be to work out your own conversion table or nomograph based upon your observation. Sight in for 100 yards, then use trial and error to dial it in at 150, 200, etc. You could use small paint dots on the top turret to indicate the actual yardage, so 100 is on, your white 150 mark may be where the 125 is for the 17hmr, green at 200, and continuing.

Compare the trajectory info for both calibers/loads to get some idea of the comparison. The 17 may be pretty close.

BSA is not renowned for longevity, so you may want to pick up a backup for use if you start encountering problems. You can always get another gun to wear it in the meantime, and that's not such a bad thing, now, is it?

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