Barska scopes, any good?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Oddcaliber, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. Oddcaliber

    Oddcaliber Monkey++

    At Wally world last night and saw they had Barska scopes. I'm looking for one one to mount on my 22 bolt. Any real world experience with this brand? Reading reviews and they are all over from junk to the best. At $25.00 what can you expect? Thanks for the help.
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I have one on an air rifle. Good enough in that application.
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  3. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Never used 'em. Can't say.
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  4. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    I have 3, 2 on AR's one on a Marlin .22... They work.

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  5. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    An okay economy scope, on a par with Simmons. I have a couple on rimfire rifles.
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  6. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    I have one on a .22 and it works fine, and they are economical.

    Just don't expect heavy duty use on a large caliber. I had one of their holographic red dot sights on a pump 12 gauge. Dropped 9 slug rounds rapid fire and the glass cracked......ooops. ;)
  7. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Speaking of Simmons, I have a Simmons on AlaskaChick's 30M1 Carbine, and other than the CrossHair Reticule going 45 Degrees off Plumb, it has functioned well... No Fog or other issues... The Reticule is now just a BIG X.... but still holds a solid Zero, @100Yds....
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  8. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    They seem to be of mixed quality, The higher end glass is made by Zeiss, but the lower end is questionable. We have a nice 4X12X44 on the wifes .243 Tikka and it has lasted 8 years on with zero issues. the coatings work and the scope is bright and clear!
    We also have the top spotting scope 20X60X80, and it is one of the crispest and clearest scopes I have seen, especially at the price!
  9. Tempstar

    Tempstar Praeclarum Site Supporter+

    I've owned 2, one went in the trash because it would lose zero with the slightest bump, and one still on a .22 lever 12 years later. Like many things, their quality control would seem to vary according to what I have read. Worth taking a chance on though.
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  10. Big Ron

    Big Ron Monkey++

    I think they are Chinese? I have read it is hit or miss on getting a good one.
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  11. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    I use them on 22LR and 17HMR rifles with no problems so far.
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  12. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Krieg Hündchen

    Have a Barska spotting scope. Disappointing garbage.
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  13. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    On the first one I owned, the flip up covers deteriorated after 3 years, but disappointing, nope, bought flip up covers, gone outta zero at the slightest bump, nope, cheap scope, yes, but I refuse to pay more for the scope than I payed for the rifle. YMMV

  14. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Barska is hit and miss from what I have found. For a .22 I recommend a 4x Bushnell any day of the week, and it won't break the bank, either. Wal-Mart did carry Bushnell scopes for .22's a while back.
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  15. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    My favorite scope for twentytwo rifles is the Bushnell 4-12X40AO scope, sold by Wally's. Was about $70 when I was buying them. I am one of those odd ducks who likes to shoot .22LR at 100+ yards. This scope handles anything from 25 yards up, due to it's AO function.
    I have five of them, on my best shooting rimfires, including my Marlin 25MN and 17V rifles.
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