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Learning Mildot w/barska

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by lilquiz, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. lilquiz

    lilquiz New Member

    May 30, 2010
    north carolina
    I purchased a Barska Swat 10-40x50mm mildot scope. It appears to be a sfp type scope.Ranged it out on a dollar bill at 83 yrds on low power which gives me 2 mils from end to end. Ranged at full zoom at same distance and target, gives me 4 mils to center.My Nc math says, that at full zoom the mildot value changed from 1 to .25 at full zoom. With those of you who range targets this way is this a burden or an asset? I feel it is both, since I will only be able to calculate 1.5 mils at full zoom but it will be easier to calculate them in .25 increments. I throw it out for debate to those with more experience in this area.
  2. crossrhodes

    crossrhodes Member

    May 28, 2009
    Northeast Kingdom
    Mil dot

    You want to use mil dots then get a scope with the reticle on the first focal plane or use a fixed power scope with a mil dot. Barska is junk in my opinion and the customer service is that of Osprey scopes......BAD
  3. lightman

    lightman Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    The info that came with your scope should tell you what power that your reticle is calibrated at.Check out www.arcamavens.com for more useful info on scopes.Don't be surprised if your adjustments and retical calibration are different from what is claimed.This is a common problem with lots of scopes,not just yours. Lightman
  4. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead New Member

    Jan 18, 2003
    upstate NY
    I believe that the site in the last post should be http://www.arcanamavens.com/LBSFiles/Shooting/Downloads/Ranging/

    I would disagree that the Barska scope is useless. As long as you check the mildots at known ranges with known size objects at known magnification settings, you have an excellent learning tool. I would suggest that you mark the magnification where the mil dots are correct. A dot on the ring with a sharpie is a common practice.

    If you also mark where the mil dots are "twice as big", it can help you with your ranging. It seems easier to read and estimate the fractions. As long as you remember to divide by 2 when you do the math.

    This will get you started, and that is great. If you break it or out-grow it, that is even better.


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