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Offline paul63

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Surprised by a Tasco
« on: September 08, 2009, 09:41:41 pm »
It's been awhile since I posted anything, but I read the posting regularly. Last year I bought a new 444 Handi & with $$ being tight I had to settle for a Tasco scope until I could afford better. I sighted it in & hunted all season, taking 3 deer & a hog. After season I put a shotgun barrel on for varmits. This past Saturday I put the 444 barrel back on & checked the sighting. To my surprise the Tasco was dead on. 1st 3 shots basicly through the same hole. I fired 7 more, 3 more touching the 1st hole & 4 within an 1". I was going to upgrade this year, but I might hold off & see how it does this season. Has anyone else had good results from cheap scopes like this?

p.s. this was at 75yds.


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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009, 10:01:26 pm »
I have a few tasco scope still around from the 70's when they were made in japan
1 on a 8MM Mauser
1 on a 7x57 mauser
1  pistol scope on a 357 mag:

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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009, 11:00:17 pm »
I have had my share of cheaper scopes. I am in the process of upgrading when I can however. I will not say that I will ever spend $500 for a scope, because some day I may, but not yet. The most I have spent on a scope was $300, so far. What a difference it makes. The clicks are positive and repeatable, the whole scope just feels solid. When you get a quality scope, you know the difference. The worst thing I did was buy a better scope. That is why I more than likely will not buy a $500+ scope because I will not be happy with my $200 - $300 scopes. It spoils you. I have had mixed results with cheaper scopes. Some have served me well for a number of years, some came apart soon after I got them. The most trouble I have had with cheaper scopes is tracking of the cross hairs. If you set them and leave them, they work OK, but if you start cranking on them they just do not track well. Tasco scopes used to be the best cheap scope on the market, but like a lot of other things, they have found a way of cheapening them up, but cost the same, if not more. It is a crap shoot, it may last you for several seasons or it may shoot loose the next time you take it out. I have a Tasco 2.5X10X42 AO with target turrets that just sets on the shelf. Nothing really wrong with it, but I got a scope I like better. It used to set on my 10-22, now it has a Mueller APV - IMOH a much better scope for just a little more money. Good Luck and Good Shooting
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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2009, 06:50:54 am »
My budget doesn't allow me the luxury of quality scopes.  Before I spent 500 bucks on a scope, I'd get another rifle.  Mine all wear Bushnells primarily with a few Simmons, Tascos and other cheap ones mixed in.  I've never experienced a problem with any of them.  My Handi .45-70 wears a Simmons 3-9x50 which was on the rifle when I bought it and it has held up well, never out of adjustment after the 500 or so Hornady LEs I've put through it.  I have no idea what went through it before I bought it.

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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2009, 07:32:16 am »
"The worst thing I did was buy a better scope." - LaOtto222

Remember that Pete.

paul63 - Like I said I used cheaper scopes for years and years and got along with them just fine. Like Pete, I got mostly cheaper Bushnell or Simmons scopes. I thought how snobbish people were about saying their rifles will only wear a Leupold scope. Occasionally I had a scope fog over or the cross hairs go crazy, but I just bought another cheap scope and was still money ahead. When you compare a cheaper scope to a better quality scope in the waning hours of the day or you are shooting at 400 yards, you will notice a definite difference. While like any thing else you can get a defective scope from any manufacturer your chances go down when buying a better scope. You may decide to keep your Tasco on your rifle for years and not have any thing go wrong with it, but it could go bad on you just before your chance at a game animal too. Be wary of getting too many goodies on a cheaper scope. AO's, variable power, etc cost money to do right. Stick with lower powers, preferably straight power scopes. When you pay $90 for a 6X-24X AO scope you really do not get much. If you pay $50 for a 4X fixed or $80 for a 2X-7X scope maybe even a 3X-9X with out an AO you are much better off. What you do is up to you, but I would be looking into a better quality 2X - 7X as soon as I could swing it. Get it with long eye relief if possible and you do not have to spend more than $150 to get a reasonable scope. You will notice a difference. If you do, be prepared to start upgrading your other scopes to - so beware. ;) Good Shooting and Good Luck
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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2009, 07:34:49 am »
I have only owned 3 tasco scopes. 1- fixed 4x, 1- World Class 3-9 Mil-Dot, and 1 6-24 Target/Varmint fine crosshair dot.
Of the 3 only 2 are still functioning, the 4x and 3-9, both of these are actually reliable. The Target model went belly up with stripped  turrets, and power ring sticking.
Though credit due, the 3-9x40 WC Mil-Dot has functioned great and the crosshairs are just the right size..nice and thin, for the $$ I do like this one.
These are the last I will buy.
With much higher quality scopes at close to the same price such as Mueller and Vortex, I don't see the need, unless it's all you can afford. Then as the addage goes "buy the best you can afford"  ;)
Though I hear the Titan line is back to Japan I believe and have heard good things about them. Sadly I believe they have already dug a grave for their name  :-\




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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2009, 11:19:58 am »
Thanks for the replies. If I do upgrade it will be in the $100 range which is close to 1/2 the rifle's price. Also in this economy I need save where I can. I got laid off from the plant where I worked in July, but being a paramedic I had a job in 2 hours. Most common range I shoot in is 75-110yds & the Tasco worked fine. I was already thinking about a Simmons 3x9x40. Also, is anyone familiar with Center Point scopes? My step-son just bought 1 & I know nothing about it.

Thanks again, Paul

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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2009, 11:24:55 am »
I know gendoc uses the CenterPoint scopes a lot, but I haven't used one. I believe they are made by or for CrossMan. Though I could be wrong about that.

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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2009, 12:41:37 pm »
I'm using a Centerpoint on a Handi 22-250. It's the 4-16x40 model. It was $65 at Walmart, works fine, but of course there is no recoil issue.

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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2009, 01:09:12 pm »
I have the same scope as ruppster on my 22 Hornet. The 22-250 is a kicker compared to the Hornet. I have put 1,000 rounds thru mine and it has remained true. The CenterPoint feature set is excellent and for $69+tax late in 2008 at Wally World, I thought it was a good bet. I have also discovered a local factory outlet for all the scope brands, went in there completely broke of course, so when I buy my next scope, I will be there first.

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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2009, 03:21:14 pm »
I've got an old Tasco fixed 4X that's all beat-to-heck but just as solid and dependable as the day is long.

I bought in on a pawn shop rifle and have had it on four or five guns over the years.  I acquired it in the early '70s and have had it ever since.  It works.

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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2009, 07:07:37 pm »
I bought a used handi 22 Hornet with a Tasco World Class Plus 3X9X50 scope on it.  It was immediately removed and put on a 308 that needed a scope.  It is one of the old Japan scopes.  Clear as a bell, no fogging or anything.  Tracks true through the power range, 3Xthru9X all hit the same spot.  The rifle isn't the most accurate one I own, but the scope sure isn't the problem.  It is a better piece of glass than the Redfields or Nikons I have.

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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2009, 07:17:09 pm »
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t111/torpedoman/HPIM0312.jpg      Once upon a time tasco made world quality scopes
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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
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Re: Surprised by a Tasco
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2009, 07:46:56 pm »
geezer, You must have got lucky and got one of the Tascos Zeiss made a while back. ;D I have several Tascos, some still mounted and a few on a shelf. I'm trying to upgrade too, but the cost of the ones I want are hard for me to justify right now and the Tascos are getting me by. Third and last one is in last year of college. Scopes are a bit like women, what may be good to one my not to another. I'm looking at a Nikon and have seen a couple older Redfields that were nice. Never seen a World Class, a step up in the Tasco line I believe. Looked at high end Leuies, Swarskis and Zeiss, but doubt they would fit on the Handi. Wouldn't be so bad if I only needed one. Can't do it right now and doubt I'll live that long. Guy I work with has Swarski binos and IT IS a different world when you look through them and my Bausch & Lombs. Buy the best glass that suits YOU!
paul, I wouldn't change a thing if that 444 keeps on keepin on. Good shootin.