Power Variability: Variable
Objective Diameter: 50 mm
Length/Weight/Tube Diameter: 14.57 inches/21 ounces/1 inch
Field of View: 16 – 5.7 feet/100 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 3.5 inches/12.5 – 3.1 mm
Adjustment Info: 1/8 MOA/Click
Optics Coatings: Multi-coated
Finish: Black Matte
Parallax Setting: 20+ yards
Airgun rated: No
Illuminated Reticle: Yes
Mounting Rings Included: No
Best Uses: Big Game Hunting, Varmint Hunting, Target Shooting
Barska 4-16X50 Varmint Scope Review
The Barska 4-16X50 scope has every bit of ‘proof’ that you need it to – waterproof, fog-proof and shock-proof – at least within reason of its low price tag. It also features fully multi-coated optics and an all-purpose 30/30 duplex reticle.
This Barska AO rifle scope has impressed a demographic of its own. Shooters who turn to Barska for the low prices but the same specs that you see on much more expensive rifle scopes are hooked on this optic. The adjustable objective, the long range magnification power, the large objective lens – it all adds up to why reviewers gave this scope a fantastic rating.
And it was the scopes excellent ratings, as well as to give a little diversity to our line-up of Barska scopes, that enticed me to review the popular AO Varmint rifle scope. It’s right there in the low-cost price range, it has a decent fan base, and it has all the right features to make the most out of your hunt.
But, is this scope as good as it sounds? Let’s hope it lives up to your expectations (and mine) with the Q&A.
- Long range scope
- Large objective lens
- 1/8 MOA
- No illuminated reticle
- No BDC reticle
- Sensitive for use with large rifles/calibers
AO Varmint 4-16X50 Rifle Scope Q&A:
This is a varminter rifle scope, even for long ranges, so the click value is measured in 1/8 MOA clicks – not your standard 1/4 MOA clicks. This Barska hunting scope is not only great for seeking out those small and fast varmints, but also big game predators. You just want to make sure you have it mounted on powerful enough caliber rifles.
These large elevation and windage turrets are a great size to easily use and rotate. They are finger-adjustable and have nice, clear, numbered references for easy use to get you out farther than you thought possible for a approximately $90 rifle scope.
This Barska AO Varmint rifle scope costs around $80 to $100 online. I’m sure if you stalked online sales you could find it for a little cheaper than that. But, to find a scope with multi-coated optics, 4-16X power, and 50mm objective lens, complete with full water-tightness and fog-proof elements for roughly $90 is practically unheard of.
When you’re on a tight budget, spending under $100 for a good-enough scope that’ll help you get the job done right, is a great buy.
With power ranges of 4-16X you can be sure there’s going to be an adjustment for parallax correction somewhere on the rifle scope. And, this Varmint scope has a 50mm adjustable objective. The yard ranges on the objective bell indicate that the parallax can adjust all the way down to 20 yards, but it will rotate past that.
You just have to adjust the focus and come all the way down to 4X power to make sure that you can get a sharp reticle image without parallax if you’re wanting to get closer.
This Barska AO rifle scope is made for the long range shooting enthusiast. A 4-16X power offers maximum ranging for a lot of hunters. One other thing to note is the reticle on this scope. This features the 30/30 reticle – a non-distracting and simple reticle that hunters appreciate.
But, if you’re maximizing the long distance shooting potential of this rifle scope, a BDC-type reticle would come in handy for this application – even a basic BDC would’ve been great to offer. Sadly, Barska doesn’t offer another reticle for this model so, if a BDC reticle scope is what you are looking for, you will will need to check out some other options.
And while I’m on a rant, it would’ve been a great option to add an illuminated reticle, even just center-lit, for a scope with 50mm objective lens with such an awesome long ranging distance. Barska’s tactical scopes feature an illuminating mil-dot reticle and I feel they could’ve done better with this model to strengthen its low light hunting and long range potential.
This Barska AO Varmint rifle scope is supposed to be fully shockproof – well, according to Barska. However, field testing has proven a different story.
While the scope seems to do just fine with some heavy caliber rifles like the 30-06, Marlin XT-22 MR magnum, XT-22 VR long rifle, and the .308 Win, it seems that it’s not always the case. You might experience losing your zero because of the recoil like that of a .308 Win Mag or a Mosin-Nagant M44 carbine.
It seems that you might be taking your chances with recoil consequences if you’re using the big boys for hunting.
- Large 50mm objective lens for strength-performance in low light conditions
- 4-16X power for long range shooting on big game or varmints
- Second focal plane reticle keeps dead-on point of aim at any distance
- All-purpose 30/30 duplex reticle for all shooters and hunters
- Adjustable Objective lens for parallax correction
- Multi-coated lenses for bright and clear image quality
- Waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof
- 1/8 MOA clicks with large number referenced elevation and windage turrets
- Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty
Our Verdict on the Barska Varmint Rifle Scope
According to the bull’s-eye, the Barska AO Varmint rifle scope is capable of getting you right on target. However, the internal assemblies are going to take a hit with big game rifles and calibers. Also, for such a high powered scope, it lacks some nice perks like an illuminated and bullet drop reticle.
However, for under 100 bucks, can you really complain? If you prefer regular 1/4 MOA clicks and the center-lit display, you’d best be going with the Barska Huntmaster Pro 3-12X50 which you can check out here. Plus, you’ll still be under the $100 limit with the purchase too.
To explore another varmint-specific scope, you’ll have to check out the Weaver 40/44 6.5-20X44 AO scope. The reticle is made for varmint hunting, and you won’t have to worry about parallax ever again!
The Barska Varmint scope has a lot of potential. It can hold its own against some heavy poundage. Big game or little game, the scope don’t care. You’ll be able to tag it and take it home for supper!