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so i went to a gun show today and my friend bought a 3x9x40 barska scope for a .22. now this got me to thinking... i know barska is known as a cheaper no name company. however for a small .22 not shooting more than 50yds. the scope seemed clear enough for me. is it worth the cheap price or would it be better to pay another 30 bucks for a decent bushnell or simmons? just curious as to what you think as this was already purchased.

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Would you care to share what .22, and what you are DOING with it? Is it a Marlin 81 that you are popping squirrels with, or a CZ target rifle, and you are trying to shrink that group below .25 inches?

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Would you care to share what .22, and what you are DOING with it? Is it a Marlin 81 that you are popping squirrels with, or a CZ target rifle, and you are trying to shrink that group below .25 inches?
its 99.9 percent gonna be somthing to look at with the other .1 being target shooting. my friend tends to collect and not fire.it is an older rifle, remington nylon 66. but its just me that wants to know if he wants to shoot a bullseye that he stands an okay chance
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its 99.9 percent gonna be somthing to look at with the other .1 being target shooting. my friend tends to collect and not fire.it is an older rifle, remington nylon 66. but its just me that wants to know if he wants to shoot a bullseye that he stands an okay chance
Some inexpensive scopes are very pretty so your friend is covered 99.9% of the time... Problems with cheapo scopes are lens clarity, distortion at high mag, course or inaccurate windage and elevation adjustments, dim reticle, inability to hold zero and falling apart (generally not a problem on a rimfire .22). Generally they will let you hit the POA, within limits, so unless you are planning to shoot competitively or use the rifle for hunting you should be ok. Just don't expect the scope to hold zero for every range trip, the ride home may knock it out of alignment requiring a rezeroing on the next trip.
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Some inexpensive scopes are very pretty so your friend is covered 99.9% of the time... Problems with cheapo scopes are lens clarity, distortion at high mag, course or inaccurate windage and elevation adjustments, dim reticle, inability to hold zero and falling apart (generally not a problem on a rimfire .22). Generally they will let you hit the POA, within limits, so unless you are planning to shoot competitively or use the rifle for hunting you should be ok. Just don't expect the scope to hold zero for every range trip, the ride home may knock it out of alignment requiring a rezeroing on the next trip.
cool. looks to be just fine then.. so far ive talked him down the path of buying 4 weapons, none of which he has shot yet. or asked me to shoot yet. lol
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cool. looks to be just fine then.. so far ive talked him down the path of buying 4 weapons, none of which he has shot yet. or asked me to shoot yet. lol
Have you tried steering him into another hobby and selling those guns to a friend...cheap?
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not yet, just hoping to end up inhis will lol
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I have looked at the Barska 3-9x32 Plinkster, as it's pretty cheap and it seems to be well reviewed.

There was another thread here that is pretty old now but I think one of the posters there also highly recommended that scope. Seems that for plinking it would be pretty ideal, though I am not an expert I am just pretty much relating hearsay.

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I picked up a bushnell .22 rimfire 4x32 scope up at wally world for like 25 bucks, it is a very good scope for under 30 bucks, really clear and a real nice reticle in it, decent in low light conditions as well, I have been taking squirrels with mine and love it nice crisp and clean.

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Default My two cents on .22 scopes

I've got a Barska on Glenfield Marlin 60 (1981) and a Bushnell on a Remington 597 (2011). I like them both and for the money, I think the Barska does a great job... I wouldn't hesitate recommending either one. I'll probably try to pick up a used Barska to put on my Marlin 795.

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