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Barska Scopes

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by trapper500, Jun 28, 2011.

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  1. trapper500

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    Do any of you fellas use any Barska Scopes .I am considering putting one on my NEF Handi-Rifle Barska's Euro 30mm 2.5x10x56mm . I had been to Barska's website Barska Riflescopes carry a limited Lifetime Warranty . If any of you have a Barska let me know how it has preformed for you good or bad
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  2. schnauzer

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    I've got a Barska red dot that's been very reliable. No data on the scopes though.
     
  3. M-Cameron

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    i cant say about their rifle scopes, but i have a Barska spotting scope......no complaints.

    everything seems very solid and well built, good clarity and good eye relief.....

    its not the best stuff out there, but for the price, it works great
     
  4. trapper500

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    I am going to buy the Barska i can get it while its on Optic Planet for $79.00 Reg Price is $139.99 It has a lifetime warranty & it built for heavy recoil of the big guns .I sure can't pay $500-800 for those high dollar scopes if i could i wouldn't . I friend of mine bought a Nikon Marnarch at our local gun shop &he paid $539.99 for it & he hates its because my Bsa is as clear as his & i only paid $ 129.00 I tried to tell him but no he wouldn't listen he had me to take it off of the rifle & now its just sitting in the box & he wont even try & sell it can't figure him out lol
     
  5. TexasPatriot.308

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    you get what you pay for...especially in optics....barska = junk.,!!
     
  6. M-Cameron

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    now is this statement from personal experience.....or is it based on information you got from a friend of a friend?
     
  7. TexasPatriot.308

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    I aint ever spent money on one, but I have been around them, I saw a package deal with a .308 bolt actiion and a barska on it, scope looked good, looking thru it was another story. I just save my money and get quality optics like Leupold witha a real guarantee not a "limited" guarantee. they just arent made to stand up to recoil good. at 57 years of age I been around a lot. Tasco is better than Barska...and that aint sayng much.
     
  8. El Mariachi

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    I got a Barska Huntmaster 3x9-40 shipped to my house for less than $34.00 a couple of months ago. Bought it off E-bay from the Barska site themselves, where they sell leftovers and what not. Customer service is excellent, the scope is very nice (on the Marlin 925M bolt action at least) and their headquarters are less than 30 miles from my house. Plus, they even answer the phone when you call.......

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  9. DanTheFarmer

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    Good Evening,

    I have a Barska spotting scope. It does the job for which I bought it. I can view my paper targets at 100 yards and see how I'm shooting. I didn't spend too much and can see downrange. That's the good news.

    The bad news is that eye relief on mine is terrible. I have to take my glasses off and jam my face into the eyepiece. Also the optical clarity isn't very good. One day at the range another shooter had a better scope (Bushnell I believe). I looked through my scope and then through his. The difference was incredible and I don't think Bushnell is at the top of the optical heap.

    I won't be buying more Barska products. I'll be looking around for something better next time I need optics.

    I recommend looking at several brands and deciding for yourself if spending more money is going to be worth it for you.

    Good luck whether you choose to pat yourself on the back for saving money or if you decide to spend more to get more.

    Dan
     
  10. El Mariachi

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    Any one here (besides me) know why you can't buy $262,000.00 Ferraris for twenty thousand bucks?.....
     
  11. jcwit

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    Anyone here understand why $262,000.00 Ferraris are not owned by the common car owner?

    I've never owned a Barska scope, but have always heard how bad they were from those that never owned one or seemed to require more bragging rights than cash in the pocket. I do own a number of BSA scopes mounted on both rimfire and centerfire rifles, all of the perform very well and on my target rifles do the job extreamly well. Mayhap my standards aren't high enough, but then 5 shot groups that measure .265 to .250 at 100 yds with a .223 is fair shooting.
     
  12. ricebasher302

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    In my mind, durability and reliability are paramount when it comes to optics. I'll settle for a cheapo scope on a plinker, but NOTHING is worse than being left high and dry by a bad scope on a hunt. Optical quality comes in a distant second to the peace of mind you get from knowing that bullet is going where the crosshairs are under any condition. "Shockproof, Fogproof, etc" are just generic terms that mean nothing unless the manufacturer's reputation backs up the claim. Barska doesn't have that reputation.
     
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    When it comes to optics I have to agree with this statement.

    I also agree with this, but I have to say the Tasco of old, the ones made in Japan were very good and of high quality for the money spent.

    You pay for quality, clear optics are going to cost, repeatability in the adjustments are going to cost, durability is going to cost, Replacing that POC Barska is going to cost.

    All I can say is buy once cry once. Save a little longer and buy a better scope.
     
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    Only ever owned one. I don't recall the model. Mounted it correctly on a Swiss K-31. First shot and the lense cracked.

    You get what you paid for. You may get a decent one, you may not as I did. If you don't want to spend the money on quality glass that's your decision.

    Hope it works out and you enjoy it.
     
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    Got one on my .22 "tacticool" plinker, my .308, and my AR-15. I'm not shooting dimes at 100yds, I'm shooting torso sized silhouettes with the AR-15, +/-2" groups with the .308, and empty shotgun shells with the .22.

    I'm just shooting for fun at the range, and all of the Barska scopes I own do that just fine.
     
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    I have one mounted on my Savage M65 .22 magnum(3x9x40 Ridgeline). Cost $110 plus shipping(from California to Alabama) so far it has done everything I bought it to do. It is clear,holds zero and the Mossy-Oak camo looks great.
     
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    Been using one of their 1.5x4.5 x20 scopes on one of my ARs for some time now. It's been rock solid and clear. Don't know about the rest of their line but this one's a keeper.
     
  18. trapper500

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    The Barska scope i am going to use is The Euro 4A Reticle 3x12x56mm & it has the 30mm tube as well its fro the heavier recoiling rifles like my 500 Magnum when i use the T Rex Thumpers i have its a 700 Grain cast monster &.The Handi Rifle should preform well scope & all if the scope doesn't ill send it back I like Barska I can't afford the High dollar scopes costing many of hundreds of dollars I also like BSA well too
     
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    I guess it depends on what type of performance you want?
    I am not sure about the NEF handi rifle but even many low end rifles can do very good accuracy but will never know the accuracy potential w/o a decent scope.
    Barska fall into the entry level. Some are happy but some report they fall apart. Do not expect anything for serious use. It is made in china.
    Consider a 2-7 or 3-9 Redfield, japanese glass. owned by leupold. unexpensive but in an entire different league.
    Proudly made in the USA.
     
  20. Buck Kramer

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    I have never had a Barska scope but I did put one on my 11-87. The ejector broke long before the red dot did...
     
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    Some how this doesn't add up :=0
     
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    Opinion only but based on what I've purchased through many years, scopes today are a varied product many made in same factory with different brands and quality control is hit and miss at best. I've owned Simmons,redfield,Leupold,Burris,Nikon, Bushnell and Mueller.

    Last couple years I've used a Mueller's that were more clear then my Nikon Monarch so you simply can't base everything on price, now can I say the Nikon or Mueller will compare 10 years down the road can't of course but for now the Mueller is the one I prefer of the two.

    I believe anything under $500 is a gamble but if they have a lifetime warranty and its what you can afford as long as it does the job pay no attention to critics.
     
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    Put a Barska tactical on a built 1903A4, 30.06. Went out of focus after about 10 shots and never came back.
    If you get one, get it from Midway, no questions asked return policy.
     
  24. benzy2

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    I wouldn't spend my money on it personally. I've had one a while ago, took it back to Cabelas about a week after I bought it. Looked through most all of them at Cabela's. None are worth the money in my opinion. I'd rather toss on a Nikon Prostaff of minimal magnification rather than a Barska with big options. Vortex diamondback or viper would be another good option. Weaver makes a few close to your budget. The Burris fullfield is decent. If you can find the Bushnell 3200 they are good as well. The Leupold line is a bit expensive for what you get. You do get an amazing warranty though. Still, I'm not a big fan of the rifleman or VX-I line. VX-2 or better would be fine. Sightron makes a SI and even better SII line. All of these are a huge optical step up and reliable step up over most anything China made today. For the price difference, I'd rather save a bit for one of those than buy anything less. After having been let down with most everything China made, I've decided to move up on price and quality, though still am on the budget side in most cases.
     
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    here is some good real world unbiased opinion advice. go to midway usa, and optics planet. read the reviews of people who actually spent their hard earned dollar on the scope you are looking at. usually, if there are problems with it, you can find out there the easy, inexpensive way. not all of us can afford $700.00 - $2500.00 for a rifle scope. and in my humble opinion, we should not have to spend that much to get a decent scope. at <$300.00, i would not expect to be able to read the print of the newspaper that the flea is reading on the elks front shoulder, but personally, i do not need to. i need to be able to put a bullet where the lines of the scope cross, and be able to tell the front of the animal from the back. it would also be nice if the scope held up to repeated shots from magnum cartridges as well. bells, whistles, and self correcting do-dads not needed.
     
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