barska scopes any good?
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.
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.
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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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.
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