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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Heck, Aug 29, 2009.

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  1. Heck

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    I am thinking about this scope for Marlin 1894S in 44 mag.

    http://swfa.com/Barska-125-45x26-Euro-30-Rifle-Scope-P5767.aspx

    I'd rather not scope the rifle but I have astigmatism and am required to wear my glasses when shooting irons. When shooting irons on this rifle I am looking over the top of my glasses and I just can't focus clearly on the sights without them.
     
  2. Al Thompson

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    No clue on the brand (don't have one), but your spot on for power. I've used several 2.5 power scopes (Weaver) and been very pleased. IMHO, a cheap fixed power scope is much more durable than a cheap variable. Less moving parts. :)
     
  3. MIL-DOT

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    Barska is pretty widely considered so much junk. Seriously,I would recommend you keep shopping. ;)
     
  4. Walkalong

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    Yep. I am a cheap b****** who like a deal as much as anyone, and even I won't buy a Barska. Buy a good scope. You will never regret it.

    And I agree 2.5 is a good choice, or a 1.5 to 4 or something similar.
     
  5. Heck

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  7. Heck

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    I have the millet DMS on my Midlength AR. I Love the scope but would like to spend a little less and have a more traditional reticle since this will be used for hunting
     
  8. Walkalong

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    Yes....except you will lose field of view using 4X.
     
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    I've had OK luck with low end scopes through the years. BUT the Baraska's I've had were all disappointing. The best low end scopes IMO are currently Centerpoint.
     
  10. Heck

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    Field of view is comparable to my millet DMS at 4X and I find it adequate for the intended pursose. The stand I plan use this carbine on is relatively heavy with a max shot of 90 yards. Will probably be my go to hog set up as well.
     
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    I have two Barska scopes, one in 6X and One 1.5-6X. Both are 30MM and seem to be worth the money. I, also am a cheap B-----D an have had excellent service from cheap scopes; Tasco, bushnell, BSA, J.C. Penny, a few "no name" that aren't in existence any longer. When I start working with a cartridge, I start cheap and work my way up as needed. Works for me!!!!!!!!
     
  13. Maverick223

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    I owned one (past tense...I bestowed it upon someone else), it held zero, but would change the POA by about 1MOA when the magnification was adjusted. There are worse scopes in existence, but much better as well. I would look elsewhere...perhaps a low end Bushnell or a CenterPoint would fit the bill. :)
     
  14. Walkalong

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    Then you are good to go. I love the field of view on my VX-III 2.5 X 8 X 32 Leupold. AT 2.5 power I have not seen anything like it for field of view. Awesome, plus the glass is great.

    It hurt my wallet to buy it, but I am so glad I did. You can't go wrong buying better glass. (I wouldn't have a VX-I or VX-II.. The Nikon Buckmaster beats them all to heck in that price range)
    I have a Tasco on a 39A that has served me well for over 30 years, but my point is to buy better glass, you won't regret it. Once you get used to a clear sight picture, even in overcast conditions, or looking down into a shaded area, you'll never be happy with poor glass again.

    IMHO of course. ;)
     
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    So..what is wrong with a Barska? I have a Ridgeline 3x9x40 in Mossy Oak Break-up camo($115). I haven't mounted it yet but it seems to be clear and collects plenty of light. Does it not hold zero? Does it fog up with rain or temperature change? Just WHAT makes a Barska junk?
     
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    Read my above post...it is not complete junk, just a poor scope for the money IMO. It held zero (at one magnification level), but changed POA with the magnification. The glass was not terrible, but there is certainly beter glass at that price point as well. :)
     
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    "Barska is pretty widely considered so much junk. Seriously,I would recommend you keep shopping." This is the statement that prompted my question. Considered junk by whom and why? Maverick223,that explains YOUR particular problem but is that a problem with EVERY Barska? I'm not defending Barska here. The one I have hasn't been tested yet so I don't have anything to go on. Anecdotal "evidence" does not prove the question but maybe there are others with similar experiences with Barska?
     
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    I have read about others having a similar experience, but the one I bought was enough to dissuade me from trying another...perhaps there is a good one out there somewhere, but I wouldn't chance getting it. That said, there are certainly worse optics out there...but I believe it is best to stick with a Bushnell if you are on a tight budget.

    BTW your "Timberline" is Burris not a Barska...right? :)
     
  19. jimmyraythomason

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    Won't argue against Bushnell at all. Very good scopes for the money. I also understand where a past negative experience with a particular brand will taint a product. That is why I will never own another Browning High Power. In the meantime I won't call anything "complete junk" until I try one and it falls apart in my hands.
     
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    Barska is a bottom of the line scope, by all measurements. If that is what a fellow wants, OK, just don't expect a lot from it.

    Better to tell someone now, than have them come back and fuss cause we didn't warn them first. ;)
     
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    Didn't call it "complete junk"...just said that I thought there were better due to my limited experience with the one I owned...it was enough to dissuade me from making another purchase, so I don't believe that I will be trying another...they had their shot...and missed. If you're buying I'll try another. ;)
     
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    I'm not talking about you Maverick223. I was responding to the post by Mil-Dot.
     
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    My apologies...missed that. :)
     
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    I suggest you take a look at the Weaver 1-3X. It has Japanese lenses and the two I have are noticeably sharper and brighter than the 1-4X VXI Leupolds I have.

    At 1X you can use it just like a dot sight except you have the optical aid for your eye problems.

    Natchez sells them for about $130.00.
     
  25. Heck

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    I guess all this wouldn't matter if I would just learn how to shoot left handed. I have near perfect vision in that eye.
     
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