BSA Tactical Mil Dot Scope

BSA Tactical TW 223 6-18x40mm AOCP.Illustration courtesy of Gamo Outdoor USA.

This high magnification, variable power scope was specifically designed for military and law enforcement applications that require very long range shooting (sniping). However, for those of you who love the AR platform, this is a scope you might consider if you are into stretching the capability of the rifle and its cartridge to the max. As is now common with the riflescopes that carry Lou Riley's lifetime warranty (see "BSA Tactical Riflescopes: The Contender 4-16x40mm and Tactical Weapon TW2.5-8x36mm"), we found the optics of our test scope clear with no apparent distortion throughout the entire range of magnification.

The TW223 scope comes with a mil-dot reticle, which is normal for most tactical scopes, but with a major innovation. There are two interchangeable elevation turret caps supplied with the scope.

In F-Class target shooting, we have a ballistics chart next to us to adjust the elevation turret for drop as we change our shooting distance to the target. Military and law enforcement personnel don't have that luxury, so they have to use a rangefinder and the marks on the mil-dot reticle to adjust their aiming point. With the BSA turret cap, there is no guessing about how much drop your bullets will experience at various distances. The .223 cap is calibrated for three different bullet weights, color coded for quick reference: 55 grain, 62 grain and 69 grain.

(This seems to be a more generic equivalent of the very cartridge/bullet/load specific CDS interchangeable elevation turret system pioneered by Leupold a year or so ago for their VX-6 riflescopes. See the G&S Online "Leupold VX-6 3-18x44mm CDS Riflescope" review for details. -Editor)

We mounted this new BSA scope on our tactical 223 rifle and headed to the range. We used factory ammunition for our tests: Hornady 55 grain FMJ/BT and Fiocchi 62 grain FMJ/BT.

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