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Old 01-17-2015, 05:21 AM   #1
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OK guys, so I picked up barska 4x20 scope for m y ar -15 for 50 bucks on amazon. I saw a lot of comments on other forum's, stating how if you don't spend more than 200 on a scope your are going to get a piece of crap , that won't hit the tsrget. Well I found that is simply not true. With a quick bore sight at 50 yards, this is my first grouping. Pretty damn good for a 50 dollar scope if you ask me!

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Old 01-17-2015, 05:50 AM   #2
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The question is one of longevity and how well it holds up in the field under real world conditions. I wouldn't get my hopes up for the long term report card.

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Go to Firearms Price Guide. Scroll down to "optics". Open to "scope continuation". I(Delbert) was doing a scope field test for a new company. I mounted one (3-12x40SF) scope onto my DPMS Oracle. Did a quick indoors lazer bore adjustment and went out into my backyard to do this scope test in 30* temps last Winter. Target was at 56yds I believe. Did a mag of shots at another target, to get scope adjusted as best as temps would allow(scope grease was freezing and messing up click adjustments) and then went for a quick 5 shot group.

While the target was size of Silver Dollar, I think for what was to be a $120 scope, it did pretty well. I did some other tests with scope when it got warmer and the 2 scopes I tested did very well with recoils/POA, but the company had to close doors, before even getting started, due to a death of one of the founders of company. I did get to keep scopes.

I hope your scope gives many years as it's hard to find a cheap costing scope that's also good.

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I hope your scope gives many years as it's hard to find a cheap costing scope that's also good.
Why thank you sir. I hope so to. Although I do plan on buying the colt 4x20 that the barska scope is modeled after. I just got the barska to hold me over till I can afford the colt. I found new ones around 400 bucks.
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Just my 2 cents for what its worth, below is one of my favorite new sayings and while its not exactly fitting here, somehow seems to have some value in the thread. If you never need a good scope then your in good shape but if you need one just once...

""A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again."

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My experience with inexpensive scopes would include that the 1/4" adjustment is not 1/4".

For most of my shooting it does good.

When I start having scopes break to the point that I have 1/2 the cost of a Leupold invested, then I will get a Leupold and not look back.

Til then, I'm going on record saying that I am cheap (in some areas, but not the whiskey).

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I think that it may depend on your intended use. None of the scopes I have cost more than $120, I think. The cheapest was much less than that. I'm pretty satisfied with all of them, though, I would like to buy a more expensive model, because I feel that I have some guns that could justify it now. My problem is that While I have learned a lot about scopes fairly recently, I can't really figure out which one would be the best bang for my buck, and the best for my intended use. And to make it worse, everybody has wildly differing recommendations.

Back to the cheap ones; I don't shoot a ton, and I don't hunt. So they are holding up fine. If you're into precision, or shoot a ton, or hunt, maybe the cheap ones wouldn't be the best way to go.

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Longer term holding up to the recoil and vibration of use and transport is a common area of failure. Ability to withstand harsher weather conditions like repeated heating cooling dust rain is another.

As mentioned above predictable adjustment is a nice thing.

Most cheap optics will stay zeroed once set. Whether it stays or not is at issue.

Another is poi shift as magnification changes. A common issue with budget optics.

Leaking internal inert gas if any is a common issue. If no internal inert gas they often have severe fogging issues overtime.

Cheap glass doesnt transmit light well nor do they do well in terms of clarity.

Most cheap optics do just fine for that 3 to 6 shots a year one whitetail they are intended for.

I equate it to vehicles. Most people could use a ford fiesta



And go about their lives just fine. Others prefer something a bit nicer...

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If you are satisfied with that accuracy, then you got your money's worth.

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