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Old 05-10-2017, 04:44 PM
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I had a small Home based gunshop when I was living in Va and sold a BUNCH of the Jap Tasco's. IMHO in that time period the best buys for scopes were:

$ 100.00 Tasco
$ 200.00 Leupold


The World Class scope especially 6-24 and 8-32 Target/Varmint w/Dot are sought after and for good reason ASIA made the scope and their glass was very good they trac very well also

Today they are bringing between $150.- 300. they sold new for $ 150-200.

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I'm still using some Tasco 'World Class' 24x and 36x Japan scopes I bought in the 80's. They have seen lots of rounds from my hand cannons and still work great, including the one that got dropped on a concrete deck. The optics are excellent and compare well with most anything I've used. They aren't Leica camera lenses, but they aren't bad.
Can't speak to variables, low powers, or chicom production as I have no experience with them.
The Japan target models do bring good money on fleabay when they show up.
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Have a pair of Tasco binos which each barrel is looking at something else. Still have them under the seat in the car. To avoid a headache when using them, close one eye. Don't try looking at anything in low light 'cause it will be wasted effort.
I have a pair of 10x50s I got in early 80s, they are the roof prisims, good as ever still using them to this day.
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Used to have a pair you described, I was young. Great on the beach, got to look at two beauties at once.
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I have a pair of 10x50s I got in early 80s, they are the roof prisims, good as ever still using them to this day.
I have a pair for sale if you want 'em!
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The original Tasco scopes built by Hakko optics are well made. I still have 2 on rifles, both 1.75-5 x 20, are over 30 years old and have held up under some tough conditions and handling. I think after Tasco moved the manufacturing to the Philippines, things went down hill. That was, IIRC, in the mid-1980s.

As far as value, I paid about $100 each back then and you can still find them sometimes for around that price but Ebay, being Ebay, I saw one sell for 300 and I've seen the same go for 30.

Mine stay set at 1.75 unless I got a shot around 100 yards or more. That's rare where I hunt along the Cumberland or Tennessee rivers.
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Old 05-11-2017, 05:27 AM
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I've heard that these are kind of in demand over today's Chinese made models and are probably worth more now than I paid for them years ago because they are of better quality both in materials and optics.
Depends on the scope. Look them up on Gunbroker and eBay for reasonable current value. Keep in mind that most scopes aren't worth much used.

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Old 05-11-2017, 07:33 AM
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I bought a Tasco .22 scope in the late 60's and the crosshairs collapsed after several shots. In the late 90's I bought a world class 3-9 variable. It was mounted on a .280 Remington and the lens cracked after the first shot. Last Tasco for me. I prefer Leupold, Nikon and Zeiss. Burris seems to make excellent scopes.
It can happen with any make. I put a fixed power scope on my 458 Win Mag, made by Leupold and the third shot killed it. It was supposed to be set up for heavy recoil. To be fair to Leupold they sent me another which was fine.
I have also had water enter a pair of expensive Swarovski binos and then on return the front lenses cracked ...I believe they had tightened them too tight. I then asked them for a pair made on a Wednesday afternoon, not Friday afternoon and the ones I got back are still in use but to be honest are no better than the Hawke binos I just purchased for my wife for $200.

I had a nice letter from Leupold apologising. I had absolutely nothing from Swarovski and needless to say should I need to buy glass in the future it will not ne theirs.
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Nothing but problems, with the first Tasco that I bought back in the 1980's never bought another one from them ever again.
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Nothing but problems, with the first Tasco that I bought back in the 1980's never bought another one from them ever again.
It was about the same era for me. Back then I was scrambling to raise enough bucks to buy the rifles I wanted so went cheap on glass. I'm a slow learner though, as I recall got bit three times on Tascos. Learned my lesson on Bushnells and Simmons too. Never felt compelled to go bottom fishing with Barska and NcStar yet. However dispite their bad rep, have a BSA that gone through the paces and still hanging on.
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In the early 1980s I bought two 4 power Tasco World Class Wide Angle scopes. They stayed on a pair of Marlin 336 in 35 Remington for a few years then were moved to a pair of Ruger 77 Ultra Lites in 270 Win. They stayed on these rifles for about 11 years if memory serves me. They went bad within a month of each other. Tasco rebuilt them (hassle free) and I still use them. They have been excellent scopes. Optics at the time of purchase were on par with much more expensive scopes.

I mostly by Leupold, Redfield and Nikon now. I have sent back a number of Nikons and Leupolds that were defective out of the box. Both companies have been very good for customer serivce. I have a Nikon now that is fairly new on which the cross hair adjustments have failed.
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I've read the Japanese made Tascos are the best of 'em.

Concerning value, I can't imagine any Tasco being a high enough demand item to command a premium price. Those I've had soured me on buying again.
X2.

There's a lot of ways to save money. Firearms and Optics are not one of them.
You're buying long-term purchases, of permanent consumer goods.
The value should be calculated by a benefit-to-cost ratio. If you look at the
value of a bad gun or scope VS good ones, over a period of 20 years,
is the savings, VS the lower quality, such a good deal, then?

For example, an 80$ cheapo scope, vs a 300$ good scope. Over ten years you average 8$(per year) for the
low quality, blurry images on the cheapo, VS 30$ (per year) for the crisp, clean images. Not to mention
zeroing woes.

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Tasco Japanese scopes

I bought my JM Marlin 444S in early 1978 as a '77 model, and stuck a Tasco 4 X 40 (Japan built) scope on it. I've never taken it off, and it is bright & clear well beyond it's almost 40 year old vintage. It is also my only non-Leupold/non-Nikon scope. I've been tempted to update it a couple of times, then shrug and go "why bother? it works just fine". Also bought a Japanese Tasco 3 - 9 X 40 around 1980, on sale, donated that to my son, he prefers it to his Burris and his Leupold on the other rifles he owns.

But the new stuff - meh! When I see Tasco's in Walmart, which I have in the past, I know they're the winner in the race to the bottom.

Here's a pic of the 4 X 40 mounted up with my two 444's, one the Marlin and the other an early issue of the Win 94AE in 444 Marlin.

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Can't argue with what works. Have some old El Paso Weavers and Denver Redfields. Although they still work, not in the same league with the Nikon, Leupold or Zeiss glass which many other of my rifles wear.
Trouble is when a person has used better quality glass its hard to go back down.
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what do you all think of the SWFA variables & fixed optics
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what do you all think of the SWFA variables & fixed optics
Personally don't have experience with them. Seen members posting about them with favorable comments.
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I try to put Leupolds when I can. But I'm no snob, I tried and recommend the Konus fixed 4X model. For around $60.00-$70.00 they have performed all out of their price range. I tried one and liked it so much I bought a second one a couple of months later. Both are on lever action .22's where their size does not overwhelm the rifle. I've had them for a few years now, and can find nothing to complain about. I also have a Konus spotting scope which outperformed a couple other, much more expensive, spotters.

As to the rest of their line, I have no idea, but just because one model is very good, doesn't mean all models are. By the time you get to $150.00 or so, you may as well spend a little bit more and play it safe.

My one and only Simmons was pretty bad.

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I have many tasco scopes all japan except one i think it was american made but not positive about that! It is a tasco custom shop model 12-50x56

I agree none of them perform in low light well because the coatings of today were not available way back then !

But they work well for me as i dont need low light performance !

My opinion is the chinesse models are for the most part JUNK !

Even the japan models have a very low resale value they are def not a cash cow !!!!!
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I have a couple of tasco 6x24 scopes on my rimfire target rifles, also a BSA platinum on another. would I put one on a centerfire hunting rifle? No but know of a couple of guys that like them. Don't want to worry about optics on the hunt of a lifetime.
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what do you all think of the SWFA variables & fixed optics
After many years of hunting with variable power scopes, I recently purchased a fixed power SWFA SS 10x42 MOA classic scope for hunting where shots are usually at longer ranges. The scope is impressive, having very good glass for it's price range and tracking that is really accurate. Most important for me, the reticle and turret system is perfect for dialing-in or using hold overs at shorter ranges. The scope is made in Japan and since it was originally built for a Navy contract, it is build like a tank! I'm hoping that the fixed power will simplify things a bit for hunting at longer range. I like this scope so much, I will soon be buying a a second one in 6x42 for another rifle I frequently use.

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