Are Tasco scopes any good?


Sir Galahad
January 21, 2003, 07:13 PM
Just for casual target shooting and some hunting, is a Tasco scope any good? In other words, how is the quality? Is it good or will you be buying another scope later after much frustration?

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Georgia Militia
January 21, 2003, 10:46 PM
Why take a chance, just get a Leupold, problem solved, that is unless you have a fifty dollar rifle?

My point is, a good rifle deserves a good scope if you want it to perform well.

Sir Galahad
January 21, 2003, 11:28 PM
Sounds like good advice. Thanks.:D

Bottom Gun
January 21, 2003, 11:30 PM
I have two mil dot varmint series Tascos(2.5-10 & 6-24 pwr). They do OK as far as clarity but they are big and bulky.

I had one of the run of the mill 3-9 Tascos which came on a rifle I bought. It was a POS and I ended up giving it to a new shooter for free.

Like GM said, you would be better off spending a little more and buying better quality. I'd suggest a Nikon Monarch over a Leupold though. I have three Nikons and two Leupolds and have compared them to one another.
The Nikons are not only less expensive than Leupold, in my opinion they're superior in brightness and clarity.
Nikon scopes also come with scope caps. Leupolds do not. Both brands are guaranteed for life.
As far as durabilty goes, one of my Nikon 3-9's is 10 years old, has seen some hard use, and is still working fine on top of my .338.

I'd suggest looking for a decent quality used scope on one of the sites like Auction Arms or Gunbroker if a new scope isn't in your budget right now. You can sometimes find a good one for half the price of a new scope and you'll be much better off with higher quality glass. If you buy a bargain basement scope, you won't be happy with it five years from now.

My two cents.

Sir Galahad
January 22, 2003, 09:11 AM
Thanks. I'll steer clear of the Tasco.

Bottom Gun
January 22, 2003, 05:00 PM
I believe Tasco went out of business anyway.

January 22, 2003, 05:21 PM
I personally know (and I'm one!) lots of people that find Tasco's just fine for "casual shooting and occasional hunting."
That said, if I were to be going on that once-in-a-lifetime, took out a second mortage to pay for it hunt I would go with a Leupold or Nikon.

January 22, 2003, 09:27 PM
Are Tasco scopes any good?


Unless of course you like to make them into a planter.

J Scott
January 22, 2003, 09:31 PM
no, they are not.

J Scott

The Shadow
January 23, 2003, 06:01 PM
Save your money for a good scope!

January 24, 2003, 01:40 PM
Short Answer- No.

Long Answer- No. But their Super Sniper series is pretty nice.


Ron L
January 24, 2003, 08:41 PM
While they may not be the best, I found one of their World Class scopes on clearance at Dunham's for only $20. I figured at that price, I'd take a chance for a scope for my 22 rifle.

So far, it hasn't been a bad scope, but then again, it's not on a heavy recoiling rifle.

January 25, 2003, 02:20 PM
Problem with Tasco is I am of the understanding that they never made any scopes. They just rebranded various optics from China and Japan (and probably a few others) so the scopes vary greatly in quality from model to model.

I've probably had about 5 or 6 Tasco scopes. I had a World Class 6x24 that was a special production run for Midway a while back. Had the cool tactical elevation control but not for windage. It wasn't a bad scope. Up to about 18x is was pretty bright. I probably put 500 rounds of 308 through a 12FV and another 200 rounds of 7mm-08 through a 10FP with that scope mounted and never had a problem. Gave it to a friend that still has it mounted on a 12FVSS in 223. Not crystal clear, but it works. You can't quite see .22 holes at 100 yards.

I've also had a MAGIV scope that was 6-24x40 and a similar scope that had a mil dot reticle that was listed as a 6-24x42. Never had a problem with either of those either. I kinda lost track as I tended to move scopes from rifle to rifle back then. I'd imagine they were all on a 223, a 243 and a 308 at some point. The MAGIV was bought used from a guy that had it on a Winchester heavy barrel in 7mm Rem Mag. Put 40 rounds through it before I got it.

I also had a Pronghorn on a 10/22 that broke the reticle before I'd put 50 rounds through it. I replaced it with a cheap Simmons that was on there for about 5,000 rounds without a problem.

Take this for what it's worth. They vary a lot. Some folks report great performance and reliability for the price, others claim they're all junk. If you need a scope for less than $100, I'd go with a BSA. I personally would not consider paying more than about $70 for a Tasco unless it was their Super Sniper scope. I'd get BSAs at the lowest price point, Busnhell Banners at the $80-$120 price point. And anything above that point, well, Leupold VariX Is start at about $180-$200 for the 2-7x or 3-9x. A little above that and I'd get the Weaver Grand Slam 3-10x for $230. Excellent scope for the money. As good as VariX III for VariX II prices. Above that, there's Swarovski, Zeiss and Kahles 1" models.

January 25, 2003, 06:41 PM
Personaly I was happy with one of their 4x fixed Golden Antlers which sits on my stock Ruger 10/22 and also used for about 50 rounds on my .308 10fp. It is nothing to write home about but it works like a champ with many 1000's of .22 rounds under it. I doubt it would hold well with a more powerful round. The BSA's are cheap enough and still in business so I would go that way (I actualy did, with a 4-16 illuminated mil-dot in top of my 10FP)


January 25, 2003, 09:07 PM
I guess the third time is the charm. My current World Class Tasco 36X 1/8" dot target scope has been good for over 4500 rounds through my 10FP 308. Of course it weighs in at around 11 lbs and is just shot off the bench. I had two other tasco 36x target scopes that went bad but they were not the World Class type.

I have also worn out a Leupold Vari X 11 2X7 on my 45-70 but its replacement (same type) is still going strong. Wore out a Bushnell Trophy 3X9 and they replaced it with a 3200. That one is still going. My Redfield 2X7 five star handgun scope is giving good service on my Blackhawk 357 (158 grs at 1500 fps).

Basically you get what you pay for unless you get lucky, or unlucky.

January 26, 2003, 07:04 PM
Bushnell has purchased the Tasco brand name and "intellectual property".

Tasco's website says that Bushnell did not buy existing inventory and that any Tasco warranties are essentially null and void.

Some of their product was quite good; some was junk. I've had mixed results and would certainly not buy any of their lower-priced scopes from liquidators as the recourse for a faulty product would likely be non-existent.

January 27, 2003, 05:56 PM
Looong suckers like the old Unertls but with internal adjustments. A shooting buddy has one of these mounted on his Winchester 75 target gun - about 18 or 20X. Works well for .22 Silhouette, but like the rifle it's on = not in "the top of the line" class.:p

January 27, 2003, 09:25 PM
But as far as the regular scopes, I'd go with a Bushnell first or even better a BSA...

Kahr carrier
January 27, 2003, 11:04 PM

deer killa
December 6, 2009, 09:28 PM
if you get a tasco you will regret it more than anything. i wouldn't a tasco on a pellet gun. these are the worst scopes ever. they don't even make there scopes they buy them off off random chineese companies. they are $#@%.

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