Barska 10 40×50 review: Mil Dot Varmint Rifle Scope


You guys might be well aware of Barska by now. Previously we reviewed one of their scopes called the plinker-22 which is a great budget scope by the way. Today we got another budget scope to review for you guys. But this time it’s a little more expensive than the plinker-22. Let’s start the AO varmint; Barska 10-40×50 review.  

Specifications of Barska 10 40×50 Rifle Scope

Topic Value
Adjustment Knob Elevation / Windage
Brand Barska
Click Value 1/8 MOA
Exit Pupil 5 mm
Eye Relief 3.6 Inch
Field of View 9.42 ft at 10x / 3.14 ft at 40x
Finish Black Matte
Focal Plane SFP
Fogproof Yes
Included Accessories Scope Caps, Lens Cloth
Length 16.53 Inches
Magnification 10 - 40x
Model Number AC11084
Objective Lens 50 mm
Optical Coating Fully Multi-Coated
Reticle Color Black
Parallax Adjustment Objective
Reticle Illumination None
Reticle Mil-Dot
Series Varmint
Tube Diameter 1 Inch
Turret Style Capped
UPC 790272980031
Waterproof Yes
Waterproof Limited Lifetime Warranty
Weight 20.53 Oz

Now that we have the specification chart out of the way let’s move onto the main review.

The on-paper specifications don’t look half bad –

Barska 10 40×50 Rifle Scope


Is The Body Quality Well Built?

Is it? That’s the question. To answer that yes the build quality is definitely good for the price. 

Barska claims that the scope is waterproof fog proof and also shockproof. So you can imagine that they won’t put material like plastic and call it shockproof.

To our test, we found out that scope can take quite bit hits without issue. Also according to other reviews and user reviews the build quality is quite good. We didn’t find any review claiming their lens fell out of the scope or something that sort.

Lenses Are They Any Good?

The lenses are fully multi-coated. Meaning both of the lenses the objective lens and ocular lens are fully coated with a different kind of coating. This means Barska isn’t lying when they are saying that the scope is fog proof and waterproof.

So you can assume we had a pleasing experience testing the scope. The objective lens is 50mm which is pretty big and gives you plenty of viewable area. The lenses get a pass mark from us.

Surely The Zoom & Turret Are Bad?

Actually no. They aren’t bad at all. To surprise you the zooming experience was rather solid and the caped turret felt quite sturdy. They didn’t feel like they would unscrew themselves from recoil hit. The distortion lag is barely noticeable. The object viewing experience is also good.

Just like you guys we had our doubts that how a sub 100$ scope going to perform on 40x zoom! to be honest it did pretty well. whether it’s totally accurate up to 40x zoom that’s up for debate. But if you are looking for a long-range scope and don’t want to spend a handsome amount of money without second thinking you can pull the trigger on this one. 

Like we mentioned the turrets didn’t felt under-built or bad quality. They looked pretty good and solid. 

The turret provides windage and elevation as usual. But instead of 1/4 MOA it provides 1/8 MOA.


The Barska 10-40×50 AO varmint uses a Mil-dot reticle. The reticle provides holdover reference points to compensate for bullet drop and wind drift. Which all in total makes the scope pretty darn accurate.

You can easily determine the bullet drop and adjust accordingly thanks to the Mil-dot reticle. Well to some people the dots in the crosshair might seem to bother but you are stuck with it. So please make sure you have no issues with the reticle before buying. 

The scope is in the second focal plane not first. Let’s be real you can’t hope to have an FFP scope for under 100$. 


  • Good build quality.
  • Good lenses.
  • Excellent pricing.
  • Lifetime warranty.


  • The reticle is not suited for all.

Final Thoughts

The scope is pretty good for the price. It has a solid build quality and a solid lens with a good zoom. If you are on a budget and want to get into long-range shooting the scope might be it for you. For under 100$ I don’t think you can find a better long-range scope. This scope checks almost all the necessary things that make a good scope. 

With that said we finish our AO varmint; Barska 10-40×50 review here. We hope we were able to help and provide some solid Info regarding the scope. If you enjoyed the review be sure to tune in for more. Thanks for reading TargetChaser signing out.


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