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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby john duncan on Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:31 pm

i bought a 8 by 32 50 mil only had it for two years the gases let go foged out i called to get it fixed cause i dont have my sales reiceat they want to charge me i got the box it came in bought it at duhams
john duncan

Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby Blue on Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:02 pm

The wonderful thing about the internet is that you can get lots of negative feedback about anything. I bet eighteen year old cheerleaders would get trashed here as well. I have a small retail shop and although I would prefer to sell scopes of say a Redfield by Leupold on up through Leupold ,Burris and high end European scopes I do have a lot of customers whose budgets or inclinations do not take them to this price point. I have actually found the Barska products to outperform their price point . Certainly they have surprised me that they have performed satisfactorily in applications that I would not have recommened them for. I have only seen a few of them pack it in and the customers got good service from Barska when they sent them back for warranty. An important point to note is that they have what they refer to as a "Limited Lifetime" warranty on most of their products. It is limited to the original purchaser and he must have registered his warranty by mail or email shortly after the time of purchase. If you register your purchase they are great to deal with. If you don't register your ownership you are out of luck--no warranty. This factor allows a lower price point as there is not a built in long term insurance policy on the product. Most people doi not register their purchase or for the price of the product do not bother sending it back.--My observations anyway.

Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby joeg9100 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:37 pm

Well great topic. BTW I own a Leupold 3x9x32 vari x scope it is 28 years old. Sounds to me as Barska is a ODM for other companies if you have to buy the cheap scope buy it from them not Barska. Here is why, Tasco has someone watching the quality coming out of that factory and their specification may be tighter that what Barska ships. Don't assume you will get the same scope, you may not. I worked for 3 computer companies sourcing Displays out of Asia and trust me until the factory company get lots of expertise and engineering resources they will not be able or might even sell the rejects of other OEMs. They don't make much money building for OEM's so nothing can go to waste therefore they sell their own brand. Eventually they will get good if they work at it.
Given that optics cost have come down a lot over the years. My Vari X cost nearly $300 28 years ago. Today I can buy a scope for $150 with better optics. However it won't be a Leupold and in 28 years from now that scope will be worthless. I can sell My vari X for at least $175 because who ever buys it is guaranteed to function to specification. If not they can send it to Leupold for free repair. I had this scope on a Winchester 9422WMR lever action rifle and shot thousands of rounds though the gun. I could not get the rifle to center and thought I had some how hammered the scope. So I sent it back with a letter explaining what had happened. I can imagine how hard they were laughing when they read my note thinking I had somehow ruined their scope by shooting thousands of rounds of .22 Mag on it. They politely centered it shock tested it and sent it back with a report for no charge.
This scope sits on my 917 now and it is not enough scope for me. I am 63 now and The .17 needs more magnification due to longer range and still small targets. The Leupold has served me well but this kind of scope will be very expensive so I will go with other brands. I won't need it to last 40 years either. But you can bet I will not buy a Barska because it won't pass the optics test. I can look at Nikon or Redfield even Bushnell optics as I have had good luck with them too.
If I were young and had a expensive rifle I would not hesitate to go with Leupold as in the long run your money is worth it.

Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby superchevy1080 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:56 pm

just buy a red field scope they are made by Leupold. The price is way less than the Leupold scopes but use all leupold parts and glass.

Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby airborneveteran on Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:00 am

Well, I have no illusions about what I bought but for around $30 I bought a Barska 4x32 Plinker-22 scope. I figured it would at a minimum give me a cheap backup set of 1 inch silver rings and I have two CZ 452 silhouette models that are always dressed in silver.

Besides an extra inexpensive set of silver rings, what I ended up with is an acceptable 22LR plinking scope for the money. To be clear the scope itself has no business on my CZ's and I would only compete with the Barska rings if I was in a bind but they are a handy backup. However, the $30 I spent is as much money as I want to have tied up in a scope for the stock Ruger Charger pistol that is often bumping around under the seat my vehicle and that is what I find this scope useful for. Your mileage may vary.

Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby fenwa on Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:38 am

I purchased a Barska scope and I would never buy one again. The optics are of very poor quality and prone to cracking. When I called customer service they told me that they would repair my scope but that it was not recommended for a shotgun. Two problems with that. The first is that this did not appear in any of their literature. The second problem is that once replaced, the next time the scope would be used would be next year, well after the warranty expires This was Barska's failure of documentation, not a failure in my research. The put their minion Jack out there to take the brunt of criticism but he offers no customer service and refuses to refer to a supervisor. Next time I will spend my money elsewhere and I would encourage everyone else to do the same.

Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby jmarine1 on Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:14 pm

s it totally unusual to mount an EoTech red dot holographic scope along with a AO glass scope on an AR-15?
And if it is fine to do so, what would be the best set up for them? Would you place the red dot on a 45 degree angle and have the glass rifle scope on the top ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. thank you

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Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby CentralTexasJackhole on Sun May 18, 2014 9:37 am

No doubt the pricier scopes are better in the long run. I did put a newer $50 3x9 Barska on a .50 cal Triumph muzzle loader, sighted it in, and it is driving nails at 50 meters and about 1 to 1 1/2 inch groups at 100 meters. That's not bad for a muzzle loader. This was last year, and it was still dead on this year after being bumped around and feeling the recoil from 135 grains of powder. Did fine in sub-freezing temps. Just put one on a 10/22. It works just fine.

I think you run a greater chance of disappointment with them, yes. They most likely have a higher failure rate and lower QC check standards. If I had had the 300-400 bucks to blow on a Leo, I might have done that. I think the quality of the Barskas have improved slightly (just slightly) over the past couple of years. If purchasing, I would suggest a retailer like Wal-mart (I hate to say that) and use their customer service to replace initially failing scopes.

I'm going to try one of the higher dollar Barska jobs out on a .30-06, soon. We shall see.

Final verdict. You get what you pay for, but that doesn't mean you can't have a decent scope for under a hundred bucks.

Re: barska scopes any good?

Postby GaCop on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:50 am

I've had a Barska 1.5X6X42 scope mounted on both a Marlin 45-70 and a 444. So far, it has held up to the recoil of some shoulder busting loads (which totally surprised me). I used to be totally down on Barska but after seeing the performance of this one, I gotta think, maybe QC and quality has improved some. I certainly won't make a habit of buying Barska in the future as I don't want to tempt fate but I can't complain about the one I've got.

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Scope Mount for the Rem 243

Postby Tom on Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:20 pm

[quote="VA Shooter"]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.

Jeff Young CSSGB[/quot

What type of scope mount did you have to get for your Rem 243...
Type and model number if possible...Tks

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