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UTG Bug Buster 3-9x32 AO Reviews

UTG Bug Buster 3-9x32 AO, Mil-Dot IR, 1/4 MOA, 1" Tube

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5.0 5.0

4.0 4.0

By John C from USA on 2016-09-20 14:45:17

Things I liked:

Winner winner squirrel dinner (well, not really, prefer a steak). Second UTG Scope. Same as before, I will buy this brand again. Great fit for My .22 Crosman 2400KT. Thinking about another for my .22 Benjamin 292. Light, compact and easy to use. Lots of features for a 100 dollar scope. Same nice feel as the UTG 3-9x50 I bought earlier. Zeroed at ten yards in three shots. Third was just to check that the first two were correct.

Things I would have changed:

Either add scope ring options (DOVETAIL ! ) or remove the existing ones and drop the price. To replace the weaver ring, I bought = Leapers Accushot 1" Rings, Medium, 3/8" Dovetail, 2 Screws/Cap Front flip cap doesn't fit tight with the sunshade extension installed. Ok for storage, but might be lost if out and about.

What others should know:

Fun scope to use. I'd say it's a good starter scope on smaller weapons for new or up and coming gunners. Used medium height rings to clear the bolt action. Allows my old fingers plenty of room to insert pellets. High rings may be best, but the mediums work well for me. Parallax adjustment, ability to zero the windage knobs, the knobs are easily lockable, optic focus for eye glass wearing blind guys like me. Focusing in on bugs at nine feet in full magnification for careful culling is actually true. Lighted reticle makes this easy. Looking at stuff with dark backgrounds (trees, evenings, ect) you do not loose the reticle image when lit. Again, tons of great features for 100 bucks.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

3.0 3.0

3.0 3.0

By Donavon from USA on 2019-07-18 23:09:23

Things I liked:

Bought this scope to mount on my Gamo Swarm Whisper in 22 cal. Couldn't wait to get it mounted. I had previously bought the same scope and mounted on my Gamo Swarm Maxim in 177 cal. This scope came with the swivel lever tightening clamp system as my other scope. It presses the clamp against the weaver rail. When I swiveled the lever to press the clamp against the rail. it still had play in it. There is a setscrew in the end that you turn in to press the lever pivot pin in, which presses the lever in. I tried turning the setscrew in, and it stopped turning- mount was still loose. Tried the other mount and observed the setscrew in that one went in at least 2-3 more turns. Tried the setscrew from the second mount in the first mount- wouldn't go any farther either. Tried turning in and out to see if I could get it passed the bad spot- over did it and stripped setscrew- I'm screwed. Was able to center drill setscrew and get it out with an easy out, LUCKILY..

Things I would have changed:

Maybe a little more QUALITY CONTROL in the manufacturing process........ I went to the local hardware store to purchase another setscrew for the one that I had to drill out. Also purchased a tap so I could tap the threads deeper. Had to cut the end of the tap off to get fuller threads at the end of the tap because the lever pivot pin is only about 5-6 mm down. Was able to cut another 1 1/2- 2 threads. Installed setscrew and flipped lever, clamp is almost tight against block. Unfortunately scope and gun is app. 150 miles away, so will have to wait a couple weeks till I go on vacation again to try it. Again--- poor quality control...... Note-- this is for the ring mounts only, not the scope. Im very satisfied with the SCOPE itself.

What others should know:

This scope also comes with front and rear scope covers. The covers have fluted sleeves which you slide over the moveable fluted controls on the front and rear of the scope. they fit very snuggly and go on maybe 3/4 of an inch. The covers are spring loaded and snap securely closed. There are two small tabs that you push to open the covers. They flip up app. 180 deg. After app. 10-20 shots, the back cover flies off. even with the tight fitting fluted sleeve, the recoil bucks it off, startling you. After maybe 800-1000 shots, the front cover broke ff at the hinge point, guess they need heavier hinges...

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  • 5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    Great scope....easy to use

    Things I would have changed:

    Instructions could be more specific.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    So far so good every thing works great on the scope no problems so far

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing so far

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    For price excellent. It helped me zoom in on target 100%. And I wear glasses. This li guy is worth every penny.

    Things I would have changed:

    Personally I would have liked a more detailed manual.

    What others should know:

    I'm a beginner with using scopes, and it truly improved hitting target!! Worth the buy!!!

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    great scope very clear

    Things I would have changed:

    nothing i love it

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Its compact lightweight. Reticle is clear, and zeroing turrets work smoothly. Nice scope for the money .

    Things I would have changed:

    The battery compartment is cheaply made and makes for getting the battery to sit just right in order to work a bit of a fuss. Adding a plastic insert will hold the battery nicely.

    What others should know:

    Great scope great value. Cant go wrong. I have 5 of these and use them on high end guns as well as plinkers. All have proven themselves in the field

  • 4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    clarity size and function and the price.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    AO is clear and accurate to distances, at least to the 35 yards I use it for. I like the locking turrets with re-settable zero. Clear glass, atl east for this price range. Crisp clear clicks on both windage and elevation. Green illuminated reticle works great for picking up the mil dots at dusk.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing, nice compact scope.

    What others should know:

    The flip up cap doesn't fit well when used on sunshade. A couple wraps of electrical tape solves that easy enough.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    This is very good value for anyone who needs a compact scope with good features for $100. I like the AO and easy to use adjustment knobs. Easy to zero.

    Things I would have changed:

    Make it available with 3/8 dovetail rings as an option.

  • 3.0 3.0

    3.0 3.0

    Things I liked:

    Bought this scope to mount on my Gamo Swarm Whisper in 22 cal. Couldn't wait to get it mounted. I had previously bought the same scope and mounted on my Gamo Swarm Maxim in 177 cal. This scope came with the swivel lever tightening clamp system as my other scope. It presses the clamp against the weaver rail. When I swiveled the lever to press the clamp against the rail. it still had play in it. There is a setscrew in the end that you turn in to press the lever pivot pin in, which presses the lever in. I tried turning the setscrew in, and it stopped turning- mount was still loose. Tried the other mount and observed the setscrew in that one went in at least 2-3 more turns. Tried the setscrew from the second mount in the first mount- wouldn't go any farther either. Tried turning in and out to see if I could get it passed the bad spot- over did it and stripped setscrew- I'm screwed. Was able to center drill setscrew and get it out with an easy out, LUCKILY..

    Things I would have changed:

    Maybe a little more QUALITY CONTROL in the manufacturing process........ I went to the local hardware store to purchase another setscrew for the one that I had to drill out. Also purchased a tap so I could tap the threads deeper. Had to cut the end of the tap off to get fuller threads at the end of the tap because the lever pivot pin is only about 5-6 mm down. Was able to cut another 1 1/2- 2 threads. Installed setscrew and flipped lever, clamp is almost tight against block. Unfortunately scope and gun is app. 150 miles away, so will have to wait a couple weeks till I go on vacation again to try it. Again--- poor quality control...... Note-- this is for the ring mounts only, not the scope. Im very satisfied with the SCOPE itself.

    What others should know:

    This scope also comes with front and rear scope covers. The covers have fluted sleeves which you slide over the moveable fluted controls on the front and rear of the scope. they fit very snuggly and go on maybe 3/4 of an inch. The covers are spring loaded and snap securely closed. There are two small tabs that you push to open the covers. They flip up app. 180 deg. After app. 10-20 shots, the back cover flies off. even with the tight fitting fluted sleeve, the recoil bucks it off, startling you. After maybe 800-1000 shots, the front cover broke ff at the hinge point, guess they need heavier hinges...

  • 4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Price and features are almost unbeatable. Compact scope great for smaller rifle.

    Things I would have changed:

    Should be able to order with different rings. Offer 11mm and different heights.

    What others should know:

    They dont mention this this is a very light scope as well and doesnt affect balance at all.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Solid and well made. Dials turn with proper amount of force; some other scopes are very tight. This scope's size allows fit where longer scopes will not. Comes with mounting rings and with batteries for illuminated crosshairs--no cheap skimping.

    Things I would have changed:

    Find a way to make images from this and too many others brighter but without higher prices.

    What others should know:

    A good item. Great price (was on sale).

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    The AO function and being able to eliminate the parallax issue. It seems to be solidly built, easy to zero, and compact length make it a perfect match for my 1377 w/shoulder stock. I like the looks of it on my 1377 and it really helps my aging eyes to get on target. The quick disconnect is a good feature except I wasn't ready and it fell off the gun and hit the floor (XXX!!!)the first day. So I know that it is indeed shock resistant. (I thought I trashed it) The illuminated reticle is a nice sharp image but I usually use it without illumination. This was my first scope and I'm very glad I spent a couple weeks educating myself about scopes and reading reviews and watching videos. I only found one negative reviewer who admitted to being a scope snob who did admit that UTG scopes were tough and durable. BTW his review was for UTG as a whole not this particular model. I'm very happy with my choice to purchase this quality product instead of going too cheap.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    This scope works well on a 1377/1322 with shoulder stock, but at 13 oz. it may be too heavy for the pistol without the stock. Not knowing anything about scopes until recently, I didn't know why the cross hairs seemed to move when I moved my head while aiming. Once I learned about what parallax is I realized how important the AO feature was and learned how to adjust for it. Now the cross hairs stay put if I move a little when looking through the scope. IMO this scope fits my application very well and is an awesome upgrade to my air gun.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Great scope, clear clean ass and reticle. Shoot in al the colours of the rainbow.

    Things I would have changed:

    Offer an etched glass version.

    What others should know:

    Works as advertised, 3 yard parallax is legit.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Fantastic scope for my 10 meter indoor range and ability to adapt for longer range, outdoor shooting. I shoot .177 pellet rifles and pistols of various types, but mostly of high accuracy competition styles, and this scope is the best so far that I have found for my every day needs on my Baikal MP60. Certainly one can pay more for a scope, but bang for the buck, you can't do better than this. The same goes for PyramydAir in their excellent service and customer support. Thank you P/A!!

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing at all.

    What others should know:

    PyramydAir is the best.

  • 5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    Winner winner squirrel dinner (well, not really, prefer a steak). Second UTG Scope. Same as before, I will buy this brand again. Great fit for My .22 Crosman 2400KT. Thinking about another for my .22 Benjamin 292. Light, compact and easy to use. Lots of features for a 100 dollar scope. Same nice feel as the UTG 3-9x50 I bought earlier. Zeroed at ten yards in three shots. Third was just to check that the first two were correct.

    Things I would have changed:

    Either add scope ring options (DOVETAIL ! ) or remove the existing ones and drop the price. To replace the weaver ring, I bought = Leapers Accushot 1" Rings, Medium, 3/8" Dovetail, 2 Screws/Cap Front flip cap doesn't fit tight with the sunshade extension installed. Ok for storage, but might be lost if out and about.

    What others should know:

    Fun scope to use. I'd say it's a good starter scope on smaller weapons for new or up and coming gunners. Used medium height rings to clear the bolt action. Allows my old fingers plenty of room to insert pellets. High rings may be best, but the mediums work well for me. Parallax adjustment, ability to zero the windage knobs, the knobs are easily lockable, optic focus for eye glass wearing blind guys like me. Focusing in on bugs at nine feet in full magnification for careful culling is actually true. Lighted reticle makes this easy. Looking at stuff with dark backgrounds (trees, evenings, ect) you do not loose the reticle image when lit. Again, tons of great features for 100 bucks.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I was looking for a variable power and smaller sized scope for a .22 rim fire breakdown rifle. Small size was important so that when mounted it would still fit in the zippered storage case. This one fits the bill. This scope has a sharp reticle and the AO adjustment works great for typical .22 distances. The field of view at high power is quite acceptable. The quick detach rings hold fast and are very nice for removal when cleaning the receiver. Another nice feature is the lockable windage and elevation adjustment dials and the "0" marks.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing.

    What others should know:

    I bought the UTG 1-12x40 AO for a .22 air rifle. I like both of these scopes a great deal. Nice quality for reasonable cost. The illumination is pretty nice in different light conditions.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I like everything about the UTG products. The low price is a bonus. These are top quality scopes. Solid construction, clear optics, strong warranty, nice accessories.

    Things I would have changed:

    Not much. I don't like the push button lighted reticle as much as I thought I would. Much prefer the dial type.

    What others should know:

    Do your homework before you get a scope. I didn't and sort of regretted it. It's nice to know Pyramyd has your back with the 30 day warranty. They also provide some quality articles on scopes and I enjoyed reading all of them, and learned a lot.

  • 4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Compact, features you fine in the expensives scopes.

    Things I would have changed:

    A little more mag. power. You see a little blur around the image but not an issue in terms of aiming.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    The focus, crosshairs and illumination is awesome. You can make very fine sight adjustments and the scope holds its zero on a Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper. I also like the locking rings on the scope turrets so one can lock their turrets in and not worry about shock changing POI. I can consistently same hole shoot .177 pellets at 40-50 ft and am wanting to see what kind of accuracy I can now get out of this at further distances.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing so far unless you can make these free or part of airgun packages.

    What others should know:

    You will need the dovetail scope rings if you are mounting directly to an air gun. There is a stop pin on the rear ring to keep the scope from walking back. Mounting was easy but I definitely recommend LockTite on all mounting hardware to ensure you keep things tight.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I ordered the Bug Buster along with a set Leapers Accushot dovetail high rings to mount on my Crosman 2400KT. Due to its compact size, this an excellent scope for 2400KT. I was worried that setting proper eye relief might be a problem on such a compact scope. However, setting the proper eye relief was no problem. I really like that the parallax will adjust down to 3 yards. The scope is very clear and the mil-dots are easy to see. The scope is very clear and works excellent in low light. I have not yet tried the illuminated reticules. I found the scope very easy to sight in. I shot two shots to see where the scope was shooting. I counted the clicks over and up and the next two shots went into the center of the bull. At that point I tightened the locking rings down and have not touched them since.

    Things I would have changed:

    Several reviewers have commented that they would like to see an option for dovetail rings to be included with the scope in place of the weaver rings. I agree with these comments. I believe that the scope should be offered in two different packages: One with weaver rings and one with dovetail rings to give the shooter the option to match the rings to the rifle.

    What others should know:

    Make sure that you match the rings to your shooting needs.

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