BSA Sweet .22 3-9×40 Review: Budget & Beginner Friendly

The BSA Sweet .22 3-9×40 is an optic for any .22 enthusiast on a budget. This particular optic is designed for the .22 caliber and comes standard with separate swappable turrets for all of the common .22 caliber loads. The turrets can be swapped out for the different grains of .22 LR ammo including 36-gr, 38-gr and 40-gr bullets.

This model dials and is accurate for distances of up to 100 yards. You will need to buy aftermarket rings separately if you are planning on picking up this model. It doesn’t come equipped with factory stock rings like the Bushnell Trophy XLT does, but rings are cheap and most people that buy the Bushnell seem to swap out the factory rings with aftermarket rings anyways.


Like many optics in the .22 category, the BSA Sweet .22 is fogproof, shockproof and waterproof. This is important because most of us that own a .22 abuse them on a regular basis. I know my .22 rifle was one of the first guns I ever picked up, and it’s seen a ton of wear and tear. My first scope I ever purchased for my gun only lasted about a year due to all the abuse and the 20,000 rounds I managed to put through it that year.

I can tell you that the BSA has an easy setup and is easy to use. I would question it’s durability in comparison to it’s peers, but it’s quality is in line with the Tasco and the Barska. If I had a choice, I would probably be taking the Tasco over the other two, but this gives anoption for those that may have had bad experiences with either of the two before, and also those that want the bottom line price to save a few bucks.

The range matches that of it’s peers in the same category in terms of what’s visible at 50 and 100 yards. When you start pushing out further than that, this is where the difference starts to become noticeable, at least in my opinion. If you are looking more for long distance shooting, whether target shooting or hunting, I would prefer the Nikon over any of the other choices just because of the way the reticle performs and the fact that when looking at long distances, the Nikon seems like it would outperform it’s peers because of the quality and clarity.

The BSA Sweet .22 is that it’s designed for the .22 caliber. Many of the optics in the 3-9×40 arena tend to be manufactured for multiple like the .308 or the 30-06 and don’t sell out for the .22 LR. This can be a mistake in my opinion as dedicating the scope to one caliber gives this scope the distinct advantage of having a lot of diversity with the .22 caliber and it’s dedicated and diverse following of hunters and competitive shooters. That’s not the case with the BSA and if you are trying to make sure you have an optic that’s tailored for your .22 LR, then you can’t go wrong with this little tool.

The BSA has hand adjusted windage and elevation controls, and has another perk – it’s easy to mount. Other optics can be a little more difficult to get mounted and sighted in, but almost every shooters I’ve met that’s had experience with this model (including myself) raves about how easy it was to get mounted up and get zeroed in after just a few rounds at the range. With a few quick adjustments, it’s also sighted out further than 100 yards although BSA claims that this magnification is recommended up to 100 yards.

Personally I would not purchase this model if my intent was to mount it on anything other than a .22. While it may serve as an “OK” optic on other models, for the price there are many other scopes out there made to handle the recoil and abuse that comes from larger caliber bullets. As far as the competition is concerned in the .22LR market, BSA does a job keeping up with the competition and has come up with a fantastic little toy for a fantastic price. If you are in the market for a .22 LR optic, then it’s hard to go wrong with the BSA. See below for a quick video about this particular model.

Ed Hawkins is a long time recreational firearms owner, having owned many different firearms over his lifetime. While his trusty CZ 75B is his favorite, Ed also enjoys frequent trips to the range with his AR-15. Ed is part-owner and managing editor at ArmsBearingCitizen.