Barska Optics Reviews: Budget-Friendly Rifle Scopes, Spotting Scopes & Binoculars

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Barska LogoBarska has been known to have it all… low budget optics to pricier options, bare basics to all the toppings, and most of their optics have sported every color under the sun.

The brand caters to every type of outdoor enthusiast that you can think of, and with all the options and definitely for the low prices, they’re worth a purchase every now and then – especially if you’re new to optics.

Barska is a great brand to start with for the entry level user or young hunter.

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Barska Spotting Scope Reviews: 6 Spotters Under $300

Looking for low budget spotting scopes but overwhelmed by the availability of affordable options? If you need a fully detailed summary of the best Barska spotting scopes for hunting and shooting at the range, you’ve come to the right place.

All of the spotters in these reviews are fully weatherproof, have variable zoom eyepieces, and most importantly, are affordable.

While Barska is known for their huge inventory, we’ve picked the very best that hunters might want to consider for the next tagging season. Take your pick from the 6 affordable spotting scopes below.

How do These Barska Spotting Scopes Compare? (click to open)

While Barska isn’t necessarily a brand that’s first on the lips to recommend to others, they do provide a good scope for temporary and entry level use. And, it’s the low budget prices that convinces many hunters to buy Barska spotting scopes – the extremely high reviewer base is evidence of that.

The most expensive Barska of this line-up is the Spotter Pro 22-66X80 for just under $300. And, as it turns out, it’s not the greatest buy of the lot.

It is, however, surprisingly lightweight for a 80mm scope, it has the Mossy Oak Camo finish, and the extended eye relief. So, if those things are important to you, this could be a good place to start.

The Level Angled 20-60X60 scope is impressive with its fully multi-coated optics and BAK4 prisms, so if you’re looking to spend under $200 for a well-built scope with the best glass from Barska, this scope is it.

Now, the Blackhawk scope is a bit of a disappointment. There isn’t anything spectacular about it that makes it stand out from the others. But, for a low $80, it will do as a temporary until you either get a better quality and more durable scope.

The other roughly $80 scope is the Colorado 20-60X60. I think this may be the only fair priced scope in the line-up. It has what you should expect for a scope under $100 and with over 600 reviewers behind its back, it’s worth the small investment.

But, my highest recommendation would be for the compact and lightweight Benchmark. Yes, there are features that could be better, like higher quality coatings, and it could’ve done just fine without the Blue Lens.

But, the Accu Grip, extremely large field of view, its light weight and short size, and low magnification, make it an excellent hand-held choice for while you’re out in the field and in the hunt. Even though it’s cheap, around $50, I like more about it than what I don’t like about it.

Sometimes, between all the options, it’s hit and miss with Barska. But, the low budget prices often make taking the risk to buy, worth it. Just hold on to your receipt if you plan on keeping your spotter for several hunting seasons.

Barska Rifle Scope Reviews: 4 Scopes Under $100

Barska has always been dedicated to ensuring the best prices possible for hunters, target shooters, and the tactical fanatic, so if you’re looking for a cheap but reliable rifle scope, these Barska scopes are exactly what you need.

They have a huge inventory to explore, and it can give you some head dizziness just trying to figure out where to start. But, the below reviews will cover the most popular Barska rifle scopes among hunters to date.

While some of Barska’s scopes are a hit and miss among consumers, there are some favorites that take home the gold when it comes to clarity, low light hunting, and even long range hunting. They all have the star-favorite 30/30 cross hair, large 50mm objective diameter lens and reticles in the second focal plane.

And the good news is, you’re typically not going to spend more than $200 on a Barska rifle scope. In fact, our line-up includes some of the best of what Barska has to offer, and they’re all under $100! For an entry level scope for a beginner or no-nonsense and no-frills hunter, these are a bargain!

How do These Barska Rifle Scopes Compare? (click to open)

Barska rifles scopes are for the hunter who doesn’t want to fork out more than he has to for an optic that can get the job done. Cheap, affordable, economical, and budget-friendly are all price ranges that are associated with the nation-wide brand.

If you’re looking to mount an entry level scope on your son’s .22, the Huntmaster 3-9X50 is an excellent optic to start with. For roughly $50, it’s worth it. But, if you’re more of a long range hunting kinda guy that still doesn’t want to dish out top dollar prices, the AO Varmint will get you there for under $100.

The Huntmaster Pro is another story. It’s still a scope that I’d consider in the entry level department but is outfitted for a little more sass than all other scopes in its competing price range. It has the center-lit illuminated reticle, the all-purpose and versatile 3-12X power range, and fast focus eyepiece. This would be the pick of the lot if you’re wanting to put down some cash today.

Although Barska is in the hunting optics industry, I’d say their strength is better seen in their tactical series of rifle scopes. But, with the prices that really can’t be beat, it’s definitely worth giving them a shot.

If you’re still not sure about it, you could always mount your rifle with a Barska until you can save enough cash for that lifetime purchase. That should give you more time to do a little research on some mouth drooling rifle scope brands that are on the top of your wish list. But who knows, by the time you’ve saved enough, your little Barska just might have impressed you enough to keep its cute, little tube body mounted on your rifle or to upgrade within the company.

With prices like these, you really don’t have anything to lose. Go ahead, give it a shot.

Barska Binocular Reviews: 9 Binos Under $200

Barska are known for producing extremely affordable entry level and starter binoculars for every kind of outdoor enthusiast. And boy, do they have a monstrous selection… You could literally spend all day just trying to navigate the entire binocular selection for one that might just do you right. But, who’s got that kind of time?

Luckily for you, we have painstakingly sifted through the entire lot just to find you the best Barska binoculars for your money.

If you’ve only got a few bucks to spend, then make sure you scrutinize every word of these reviews, we’ll get into their Ruby Lenses, Focus Free Designs, and BAK4 prisms; free tripods, various stylish finishes, and perhaps even a Binocam with the following line-up.

By the end of them, you’ll know that putting your money down on a multi-coated, tripod adaptable, fully weatherproof, and low light champ is where it will be best put to use.

How do These Barska Binoculars Compare? (click to open)

Wow, with a Barska line up like this, how in the world would you be able to decipher which one is right for you?

And, this is just our pick of the top nine models from the entire Barska binocular inventory! Well, if you are stuck on which review to start with, let’s break it down into which one you’ll benefit from the most.

The two most affordable binoculars (around the $30-40 mark) were the Colorado 10X25 and Gladiator 10-30X60. If you’re looking for some extreme variable power binos for extra long distance glassing, the Gladiator is the way to go especially if you’re an entry level user looking to get into being an expert of high powered optics. But, the Colorado was comfortably compact and is fully weatherproof. For all entry level users who want that entry level price, this is the no-brainer option.

But, if you’re attracted to “techie” and you like the idea of using your bino as a camera too, the Point N’ View is your optic of the day. But, be warned… the ratings weren’t great and it does cost around a whopping $160.

Now, the monster X-Trail 15X70 is definitely on the extreme end – but if that low light beast with super magnification is something you can handle, I’d recommend that mid-level to seasoned users dabble with the curves of this large optic. Don’t forget, you also get the tripod adapter and the tripod thrown in for free!

Now, we come to the four 10X42s that we featured. The Blackhawk, Embark, Air View, and Crossover. If you’re specifically in it for a traditional porro prism bino, then that’s easy – the Crossover with the funky finishes has everything you’ll need in a hunting binocular. While the rest have roof prism designs, the Blackhawk is the cheapest at roughly $70. It also has the Mossy Oak finish and will definitely be your entry level pal in the hunt.

The Embark is around the $90 mark with the brown finish and the close focus distance of 6.5 feet. Don’t forget the compact 10X26 model too.

But, the Air View and the Crossover are the two impressive 10X42s of the lot. If you’re not so much into the porro prism, then the Air View is the winner. It’s also the newest addition which will be the perfect hunting tool for hunters of all skill levels.

Saving the best for last is the 8X42 Huntmaster. This one is optically superior to all the binoculars featured in our reviews. Its classic and streamlined style is a winner every time, and the phase corrected coatings are the cherry on top. Furthermore, it has all the ideal specs that you could want in an all-purpose and hunting binocular. If you want my top recommendation – this is it. It also happens to be the most expensive one of the day at roughly $170 – just so you’re aware.

Now, it might be quite the sit down for you to get through the entire Barska line up, but we did manage to cover binoculars ranging from $30 to $170 so we are sure there is something just right for you in there!

Buy a Budget-Friendly Barska

There’s probably a whole list of companies that you can easily name off the top of your head when it comes to searching for affordable and hunting optics and Barska is most definitely one of them.

But while cheap may be the way to go, you should know a thing or two about what you want and how to get it for the best price. With Barska, a wide field of view, low light strength, and perhaps an illuminated reticle just might be in your price range.

You’ve been given a sneak peak into what Barska has for every type of outdoor enthusiast. If you were ignorant before, you sure are a well-informed buyer now!

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