I collect the older TC scopes mostly for their nostalgic significance.
They work but their magnification and clarity isn't like an M8 Leupold w/4X. Redfield, Bushnell, Nikon are all superior.
They look great on an octagon barrel chambered in 357/44 B&D with a square grip!
I have at least 5) 2.5 x 7 and 2) 2.5 x 7 illuminated cross hairs and 2) 3 x 9 TC Japan made handgun scopes on everything from .22lr. to 45-70 and never had a problem with them but I don't shoot hot loads in any of them except my .375 JDJ 14". I will buy most any I see as long as they don't have ring marks and finish flaws. They hold zero and have clear glass. I have heard they are made by the same company as the Jap made Simmons of days past but don't know for a fact. As far as the old Bushnell Phantom scopes I have a 1.5x and it makes thing look farther away and I wouldn't spend a penny on another one.
I have an old fixed 3x T/C scope that has been very good. Good clarity, eye relief and a generous "eye box" (MUCH better eye box than either the Nikons or Leupolds). I've had this scope on several different barrels, including a 35 Rem and my 375 JDJ. Never given me a minute's worth of trouble, nor has it ever jumped zero adjustments.
I have no idea who made this one for T/C, but I wish I had a couple more of these.
I bought what they called back in 1992 the "Hunter Package". It was the Contender with a 12" 44 magnum with a T/C scope mounted on it. I'm not sure what the magnification on the scope is, it's not shown on the scope. If I had to guess I would say x2 or x3 with the illuminated cross hairs. It is still very clear and held zero since the day I bought it. I'm sure the new scopes with new technology are better. However the T/C scopes are very good scopes.
My buddies call it black death.
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