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Need a scope recommendation.

Discussion in 'Air Guns' started by AJumbo, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. AJumbo

    AJumbo Member

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    I just bought a Benjamin Black Lightning that came with a horrible 4X scope. After less than a hundred shots, the scope (CenterPoint, I think) has lost it's zero, drifts farther right with every shot, and will not adjust left. The clarity is sub-par as well. The rifle was making tidy little dime-size groups before the scope went south.

    I like 4X on this rifle; it's supposed to hit 1400 FPS with the right ammo and the extra magnification is welcome. I don't know how fast it's pushing 10.5 gr Crosman Piranhas, but the one quail I've shot flapped twice and expired. The rifle will be used for plinking and small game. I have a Sig Romeo 5 laying around, but kind of want to save it for something else and it has no magnification. I won't need the best scope ever, but I want to buy once and be done. Is the UTG Bug Buster decent?

    As an aside, the 10.5 gr pellets seem to shoot best, out of the variety I tried. The lightest ones I tested were 7.3 and actually left smoke in the barrel. About one shot in eight wouldn't suppress properly, and was as loud as a .22 rimfire. The heavier pellets cured both of those issues. Smoke on the suppressor baffles seems like a bad thing, especially if I can't clean those baffles. And the trigger is a dang chore to manage, even with all the slack adjusted out of it. Any recommendations there? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. denster

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    The UTG bugbuster is a lot of scope for a little money. I have 3 they are tough, clear and settings are repeatable.
     
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  3. AJumbo

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    May just jump on the Bug Buster. I was going to do the 8MM roller bearing trigger upgrade, then stumbled on a trigger kit from M*CARBO. The reviews were good and the price was right, $15 shipped, so we'll see.

    Hawke scopes are being mentioned elsewhere, I guess I need to look at those. I paid $40 for the rifle on clearance, and it retails for maybe $100. Spending $200 for glass is not where I want to take this project (says the guy who upgraded his $50 1377 with $150 worth of parts).
     
  4. a_canadian

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    Your accuracy with the higher velocity pellets isn't likely to be good enough beyond about 10 yards to merit using any sort of scope. This lightweight high velocity pellets just corkscrew and tumble at greater ranges. Go for a decently heavy pellet, round nosed for best accuracy at distance, and something like a 6x or 3-9x Bugbuster will be worthwhile.
     
  5. TikkaShooter

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    X2 on the bug buster.. I had 3 and now 2 as my grandson appropriated one along with the Gamo it was mounted on. ;)
     
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