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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby VA Shooter on Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:07 pm

I've read review after review. I just purchased a Barska 3x12x50 with the illuminated reticle. And I honestly have to say it's not that bad of a scope. I have it mounted on a Remmington 243. As for 2nd tier scopes are concerned I have to say it's the best of the bunch. I have a 25-06 mounted with a Nikon Monarch 3x9x40 with the BDC. And where I hunt the Barska is just as good. In most of my hunting situations my shots come from 50 yds are less. I also have a 7mm Mag with a leaupold VarX 3, 3x9x50 with AO. When I rate them, the Nikon is best for clarity. As for features I give the nod, to the Leupold with the Barska a VERY close 2nd place. So if your like me, when must of your hunting shots are in the 50 to 100 yd range. Then do yourself a favor and buy the Barska. You and your wallet won't be dissapointed.

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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby Cuba_24 on Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:12 am

o.k... real deal.. i didn't take peoples advice, and i went and got a Barska cause i got it for pennies practically... I mounted it on a Remington 700 SPS DM, in .300WM... THIS SCOPE DOES NOT HOLD ITS ZERO WITH HEAVY RECOIL AT ALL... How about this... I can shoot... my ribbons are testament to that... in Wisconsin, i shot at 100yds, and couldn't get a grouping.. so i brought the target back to 50, and sill... FINALLY, AT 25 YDS, i still couldn't get a group. it was HORRIBLE.. maybe i just got a bad scope, or the BARF-SKA rumors are true... all i know, is i'm convinced... good glass, is going to be expensive...
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby alby on Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:16 am

i would never go big game hunting with a barska for that i have my sightron, but i do have a barska mounted on my 17 hmr and it is just fine for what it is, a varmint gun that i can beat up in the truck and if it breaks or gets stolen im only out 280$ for the whole rifle and scope which is fine by me.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby rd2 on Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:02 pm

I bought a Barska scope and put it on a single shot 223 rossi. If the sun is up high you cant see anything through it. If the sun is setting or just rising you cant see anything through it. Whats the use of haveing a scope if you can only see through it at certain hours of the day. Save your money and buy a Leupold or a Nikon.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby mr dingo on Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:03 pm

i bought a barska last year, mounted it on my m1a1, 308, i had to tweek it out of the box, but now i would put it up aagainst any scope on the market except the shepard, out to 1000 yrd. it is very acc, i love it
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby Trevor_B on Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:08 pm

There is a reason why the military and police departments use Leupold, Nightforce, Optics, Nikon, Burris, and other higher end brands. They are proven in everything from combat to 1000 yard competitions. It's important to buy a scope that is right for you, your situation, and your budget, but better glass is better glass for a reason.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby 4runnerman on Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:03 am

Big Squeeze wrote:
BARF-SKA [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-brand.html]scopes[/link]! wrote:
dirtyd wrote:getting h&r ultra varmit 207ruger. are the barska swat scopes any good or are they like buying bsa or tasco.
...................DirtyD.............My friend! When it comes to optics, you get what you are willing to pay for! You will have the pro-Barska people such as on this thread, who always rave about how well their scopes have sufficed. YEAH! FOR THEM!....... Now! I am not going to say that they don`t know what they are talking about, but I do know this...... Anytime anyone pays a reduced price for their optics, they will increase their odds for disappointment in one of, OR the other various categories; glass quality, construction, durability, quality in waterproofing, fogproofing and so on!......... The pro Barska, BSA people etc. I`M SURE, can give story after story, account after account, as to how well their scopes have performed...........Here`s the real truth! There are just some people out there who have lower standards in the quality dept., who are satisfied, who simply aren`t willing to pay more, who think that their cheapie scopes can do anything in the fields, under any weather conditions, just as well as the more expensive higher quality scopes can do!!...............If you truly believe that sir, then you go right ahead and get a BarF-ska; mount that scope on your rig, go out in any weather condition, hunt whatever and ENJOY!!!!...........Here`s something that you may also want to think about!! You will never see any experienced VX1, VX2, VX3, any 3200, any 4200, any Nikon Buckmaster, any Nikon Monarch, any Burris, any Kahles, any Swaro owners and such, converting over to ANY BARSKA!! IF SO, they`re just plain stupid!....However, there will always be plenty who will make the conversion from a Barf-ska to a much better scope!!............A rifle with a cheaper scope may, can, will and does compromise success on the hunts, especially in very foul weather!! They simply don`t have the glass quality to offer better than average as insurance for a successful hunt...............Shot-out`s remarks are dubious at best. But if you wish to believe him, THEN you go right ahead with a new BARF-SKA!!!!!
.................The above post was from......Big Squeeze!





Big squeez i would have to differ with you big time here. I have a cheap NCStar scope i shoot compatition and i will put my 223 custom savage up against anything you shoot morning or evening.I will take you out to 600 or 800 yards which ever you prefer and i will match bullets with what ever you want to shoot,I garentee at the end of the day you will be going home with your head hanging low. This whole hype about spending a lot of money on a scope is just that (hype) created by people like you. My 10 x 40 50 scope is as clear and functional as your 800.00 scope. I just put the rest of my money into a great gun.I get the same looks from people when i shoot also and in the end when the targets come back to the table i am laughing inside at the majority of them. Let me say i have not won any prizes yet,but i do have the respect of many who have won as a very good up and commer.Im glad that there are still some people that seem to think the scope is what pulls the trigger. So when you miss then do you also blame the scope for not being sighted in good enough or is it the bullets fault?.Or maybe the wind just came up at that time?. Don't mean to raze you so much but i have heard this coment about scopes to many times and it is an old wifes tale. Not to mention that a scope bought today for 100.00 is the same quality as a scope costing 500.00 just 3 years ago. My offer for the shoot out is up and standing if you want to take me up on it.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby LOVEhuntingWHITETAIL on Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:50 pm

Okay fellas I need serious opinions, I just recently bought the BARSKA AC11002. Now I'm going to be using either a 35 REM or my swede 6.5x55mm I want to use it on the swede. I need some advice on the scope, and also the weapon system. Thanks for the help!
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby German products are the best! on Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:18 am

Funny,

I just watched The International and there is a pretty nice sniper rifle used in the movie. Blacked out fluted barrel, suppressed .300 win mag. I searched for hours on the internet and finally found the scope that was used! Guess what it was.... A Barska! Looks like a SWAT 10-40x50 (or 60, you can't tell in the movie). Nice looking scope but I think that's all the prop guys were trying to get was a good looking rifle. It is mounted on what I believe is a Sauer 202 takedown rifle with some kind of fiberglass stock. Still looking for the stock brand... one guy said Robertson Composites stock from Canada. I think it's probably a McMillan but still searching. Bet the can is a Bruggert & Thomet suppressor. Funny how the film guys make stuff that looks good and all these reviews say the Barska is trash.... I personally can't wait to use my [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/schmidt-bender-brand.html]Schmidt & Bender[/link] 4-16x50 Varmint that I just bought! Woo hooo! Now there's a great scope!

JT
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby Brian Fisher on Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:10 pm

I have a Barska Scope - Its a Plinker 22 - 4x32 with an Illuminated Crosshairs - does any one who wants to throw their scope away - have a battery cover that they would like to sell me or know where I can get a replacement?
Thanks for help

Brian
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby Trevor_B on Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:48 pm

Might want to try and give Barska a call. They may be able to get you replacements as well.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby bcnhunt on Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:05 pm

I shot a friends rifle one day at the range about 50 rounds .243 and 10 or 12 with his .300 mag 1 barska 1 bsa. Sold my 2 burris signatures the next week they both were 10 times clearer you will have to explain that one to me. I have 2 barskas now on a sako forester .308 and a weatherby .22-250 wouldnt change em for nothing. Oh yea I shoot every weekend. 100s of rounds targets varmints dear elk and antelope they are great.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby Trevor_B on Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:22 am

Everybody needs to have their favorite flavor of glass. If you have one that works well for you keep sending rounds down range!
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby nottheworst on Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:41 pm

i use a 10-40x50 swat on a ba50 and it does fine to 1000, it really depends on if a scope is installed correctly. some scopes are more forgiving on the mounting but if you mount any semi-respectable scope properly and get your zero dead on its all user input after that. i also use a 3-12x56 or something like that euro pro on a 7mm remmag and its killed quite a few deer. they certainly arent the best scope but they do well if used correctly
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby kim on Mon May 02, 2011 3:28 am

Hi

Barska are inexpensive scopes made in China. In the past, they have made low end scopes for other companies, including some Tasco models and some Bushnell models. In this quality range, price is a good indicator of what you are getting - same features, same price, same quality, same moderate-high return rate overall. Brand is irrelevant.

The Barska SWAT is a poor investment for serious tactical work or for anyone who does a lot of shooting. As always, buy according to your needs and keep your expectations in line with the price.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby rejiii on Mon May 23, 2011 7:32 am

Barska has the poorest cutomer service I have ever encountered. I finally gave up and returned it (boresighter). :cry:
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby k.k. on Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:14 am

I own a zeiss 3x12 as well as several leupold scopes. Recently I got a Barska 1.25-4.5 30mm scope. If anything optics apear to be brighter then either of the above, both to me and others. After mounting it on an a known acurate .270 0n EAW mounts, that the zeiss allso has. After sighting Barska it shot the same groop (1.3/16"maximum, (I'm old) changing zeiss and barska back and forth.
I live in Alaska and Scopes are abused by the elements as well as bouncing in back of a plane or tied to the struts. I have not taken the Barska hunting yet, but if it holds up to that as well as the leuopolds (I have never taken the zeiss either it is to hevy) It will be difficult to spend the extra several hundred for the plesure of having a known exelent brand name.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby rlroatch@hotmail.com on Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:27 am

I was excited to purchase my new Barska Multi-Reticle Electro dot sight. It boasts selection between two different size dots, a cross-hair, and a dot in circle. It held groups nice until I switched between reticle selections. Barska advised me that the sight must be RE-ZEROED each time a selection is made. Smacks of false advertising to me. The agreed upon solution was to pick which reticle I preferred, and then remove the selector switch. Only in America, Made in China.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby John T on Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:56 am

They are junk,That's my experience with them,I'm taking one off my Ruger 77 at this moment,At one hundred yards,All over a paper plate,one click of elevation or windage could move you 8 inches,I think I rattled the lenses inside of mine after a few shots with a compact .308,Before anyone says it's me,I want to say I'm capable of subminute of accuracy with all my match rifles and high end scopes,DO NOT buy a Barska,Cheap is cheap but spending cheap is okay if you get a decent scope,Barska again is junk.
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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby russell on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:08 pm

Just tried out my new 270 win. Won it at a Ducks unlimited function. Came with a Barska scope. Never had a grouping that big with a 270. Tried to shoot a coyote at 300 yards, Never seen anything that fuzzy. Took the Barska off went and bought a middle of the line Redfield put on, took the gun to the range again. Had a perfect grouping. Anyone that thinks a Barska is OK for a scope is crazy. There are lots of middle of the line scopes that are by far way better for the same money. 4 x 12 Redfield, made by Leupold, 220.00. 3 x 9 Barska made by Chinese, 172.00. Spend a little more, it will be worth it.
russell