View Full Version : Barska scopes any good?

July 18, 2007, 07:55 AM
I'm looking at putting a fairly cheap scope on my .22mag. I found one in a rag for $49. It's a Barska 6.5-20x50 with rings and flilp covers. It says the lens is fully coated and its shock, fog and water-proof. My question is, is a Barska scope worth a hoot?

It has to be better than the $30 walmart tasco that is on my .22mag now, which is broke.

What do you guys think?

Is BSA better?

Remember I'm looking for something cheap, it's going on a savage 22mag.


July 18, 2007, 08:13 AM
But I purchased a Barska Red Dot for my Remington 870 and it's allot better than I had hoped. It handles the recoil just fine and holds zero.

July 18, 2007, 09:46 AM
I have that exact scope on my H&R .223, and it works. The optics are not great on the top end I usually don't go over 12 power. It should work just fine for your .22 WMR.

I have a BSA 6-24X50 and they are similar in quality, the only thing I like about the BSA scope is that it came with sunshades.

July 18, 2007, 09:59 AM
Thanks for the input guys!

July 18, 2007, 10:08 AM
IMHO, they are not. I put a 3-9x40 on my marlin lever, and it broke.

I won't buy another.

July 18, 2007, 01:54 PM
No experience here except second hand review from a friend. He tossed his. I guess I'd recomend a Bushnell Sportsman as a starting point. Good luck. Essex

July 18, 2007, 02:06 PM
I would recommend anything Nikon or Leupold

July 18, 2007, 02:56 PM
A 6.5-20 will be a fairly heavy scope, and clarity with a cheap scope will be only so-so. I'll echo the folks saying to go with Bushnell or Nikon, and I would also add to go with no more than a 4-12 or similar for a 22 mag.

July 18, 2007, 08:02 PM
As far as the scope quality, they are so-so for budget scopes. (I know budget stuff pretty good:)). I too would not go with a 6.5x20 if it is a hunting rig. Kinda hard to follow a limb rat at that power. I suggest a 3x9

July 18, 2007, 11:01 PM
I have the same scope on a 22-250, I believe I spent $62 on it at Dunham's Sporting Goods. I agree with some of the comments. The scope is a little fuzzy at full magnification, but that is true with cheap camera lenses too. It has maintained it's zero just fine and is great for clarity and resolution at mid range settings. I feel I got my moneys worth.

July 18, 2007, 11:38 PM
got on of these on my AR and it rocks. Their SWAT model 6-24X44 with illuminated mildot. would buy another !!

July 19, 2007, 01:00 AM
I learned my lesson long ago. I bought lots of cheap scopes over the years, and then started saving my pennies and bought my first quality scope. I ended up selling all the cheap scopes and now only buy quality optics. I have never been let down by the quality ones, and you'd be surprised at how you can find good deals on lightly used ones here and on other gun message boards.

I now have Zeiss, Swarovski, Sightron (great scope and a sleeper for the price - the S2 line is simply amazing), Bushnell, Burris, and the new Millet DMS-1.

For an inexpensive but very good scope, try the Mueller line as well.

July 19, 2007, 01:22 PM
I've got a decent scope on my .270 (Burris), I just wanted something cheaper on the .22. I may just go with a cheaper Bushnell, thanks guys!

July 19, 2007, 05:48 PM
I just picked up a Bushnell Banner Dusk and Dawn 17 super BDC scope at Gander Mtn for $99.00. It comes with a turret pre-marked for BDC on the .17HMR and another turret unmarked as a DIY for other calibers. Optics are nice and clear and it seems very well made. I've only taken it to the range once so I don't know about durability yet.

The Man
November 10, 2007, 04:37 PM
I Have One In 6-24X And Works Great.(For The Price)Good Clarity.

November 10, 2007, 06:49 PM
I have a Barska 4x and 2x fixed which are unused but sure shouldn't have any high end focus problems! Good for use as fixed sights if eyesight is bad and you can't focus on both rifle or pistol sights.

November 10, 2007, 08:10 PM
I have one, a 8x24x50mm. The upper power range may be even higher than 24, I'd have to check. It's on my M-forgery so recoil isn't a factor. I just use it to punch paper at 100-150yds and it works great for that. Ran about $70 from Sportsman Guide last year.

November 10, 2007, 08:42 PM
Gindlesperger, I've heard of "chin guns" but that one takes the cake! :p

I have a Barska, but have no idea if it's any good, because I haven't tested it out yet.

November 11, 2007, 05:17 AM
If you're hunting under 150-200 yards, hit the 'bay or the 'broker, and pick up Weaver K4... And if you can't shoot Bambi's mama at 50 yards with iron sights, you need to take up golf or something....

Also, getting away from the tried and true - how much are you spending on the day hunting?

$200 or so for a GOOD scope is minor spread over the course of 5-10 years.