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Old 05-05-2017, 09:23 AM
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Back when PA introduced antler restrictions, I "upgraded" my fixed power scopes ==mostly Tasco World Class 4x to variables because I felt my aging eyes would need help counting points before shooting. All the Tasco's are made in Japan models. 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. Welcoming all your thoughts and opinions. BTW I never needed to set the variables any higher than 4x in my particular situations.
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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.
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I know they're not in the same class as a vintage Weaver or Redfield as far as value just curious what others may think since I've seen the on ebay go for up to $100 for a fixed 4x. I've had bad Tascos too -a Lumina and a Pronghorn , both Chinese

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I agree with MontyF above. While I have had some older Japanese Tasco World Class scopes that performed well (even on some heavy calibers) they cannot compete with newer scopes in low light performance. I realize that low level performance is not universally needed, but many look for that as a feature on a new scope.

For about $130 a shooter can find a NIB Nikon Prostaff 2-732. A Bushnell Legend can be found for even less $$ and both are far better scopes, IMO.

I am not disrespecting what you have and if you can sell them for what seems higher than typical values, by all means do it. My trusted Tasco WC 2-732 was finally retired about 5 yrs or so ago. I just could not feel comfortable any longer having to trust it on a hunt, especially one I had traveled to. I didn't feel confident enough with it to try and sell it for much $$, so I gave it away to someone who needed a scope.
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The only trashco I've made the mistake of buying was a 4X12 Adjustable Objective and it was enough to cure me of ever buying another one.

I'm not rich by any means or description, but I'm better off going without then buying at that level.

Of course, this is just an Ol'Coot's opinion.

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I've had a number of the Tasco Pro Class pistol scopes and they withstood a lot of punishment from some decent sized handcannons (375 JDJ among others) without a hickup. One time bought a Tasco World Class pistol scope cheap, new in the box (from early 90's?, don't recall exactly) at a gun show and recoil scrambled it in fairly short order. So at least in my experience, there was a window of good Tasco handgun optics but step outside of that and they're just trouble.
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Old 05-05-2017, 12:29 PM
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I have two Japanese made Tasco scopes, one is a 3-9 power Wide "30-30" view, and the other is a 2.5 power also a wide view scope. Bought both around 1980, and both are in great shape, just a few handling marks but they are Bright & clear.
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I still have two Jap made Tasco scopes and they still are killin' stuff very efficiently. Including a bull Tahr at 6500ft in the NZ Alps, numerous Texas hogs and innumerable British deer. Cannot fault them.
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Old 05-05-2017, 04:49 PM
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Had 3 Jap Tasco in the '60s-70s. The best part was the plastic scope caps.

Got a Tasco scope free with a Contender barrel; looks clear buy eye relief is so critical as to make it unusable.

Remember asking price on line auction, isn't often the selling price to a knowledgeable buyer.
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Had two Tascos way back in the late 70's early 80's. Both got damaged thru no fault of their own, but had given me good service until then. Those may have been Made in Japan. On the strength of that experience around 1983 I bought some Tasco 7X50 WATERPROOF Marine binoculars, which I kept on the boat. By the time I sold the boat in 1994, the binoculars had mold (?) inside. I sent them for repair under their "lifetime warranty" but had to fight with them as they kept saying I had got the binoculars WET! Well, they're supposed to be WATERPROOF, and they were for boat use. Long story short, they eventually fixed them and sent them back. I still have them, and they developed mold 5 or 6 years after I got them back, and they haven't been on a boat again nor gotten wet. But then again, my life does not depend on them anymore, so they're still around. BTW, made in Hong Kong.

My other Tasco product right now is a 4-16X50mm world class scope. This one is made in China. It is on a .22 and has given good service. At the same time I bought that Tasco I also bought a made in Japan Bushnell 4200 Elite, also in 4-16X50mm. The Bushnell cost about twice what the Tasco did. ($200 vs. $400 if I remember correctly) The Bushnell is a bit clearer, but the main difference is that my eyes get tired looking thru the Tasco and not so looking thru the Bushnell.
Being much older now, and my eyes needing all the help they can get, I try and go for the best optics I can afford, and mostly try to get Leupolds. Even the cheaper Leupolds.

The older Tascos may be much better than newer ones, but still not as good as the lower end of the name brands such as Nikon, Leupold, Vortex etc.

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Yep, there are optics and there are optics.

A work friend bought a Burris scope a few years back and part of the package is a set of "free" binoc.

Well, I took a look through those glasses and they came up way short. That to me is a big mistake as I made a quality judgment with just that one use of that brand. You give away something for "free" it better be good if you want to add to your customer base.

On the other hand, I bought a pair of Bushnell "custom" 7X35 likely in the late 60s or early 70s and while they were NOT water proof, they were very clear and would allow me hours of use without apparent eye strain.

Bought a set of Cabela's binocs and they never were good. Bought a set of Nikon binocs and even they were second class/grade when compared to my old Leupold 7X35.

Yep, won't go the trashco direction again, ever, but as said, there are optics and there are optics and the name is not always an indicator while price many times is.

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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.
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FWIW, I am still using a Tasco 25x fixed spotting scope that I bought new back in 1983. I am too lazy to go out to the car to check, but I am pretty sure it was made in Japan. I think I paid $58.00 or so for it, shipped. Still resolves .22 bullet holes at 100 yards (even .17's, unless they are in the black.). I figure I have got my money's worth. However, I would not consider any of their new ones.
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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.
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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.
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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Used to have a pair you described, I was young. Great on the beach, got to look at two beauties at once.
Never thought of using them for that!
Just goes to show, there is a silver lining in every cloud!
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My eyes are old also. I always use a really good pair of binoculars to identify a buck and its points. then I let the scope do the job that it was made for. My binoculars are usually around $250 at the low end. And I get to use them for lots of other adventures.
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emp, your method matches with mine. Use binoculars to assess the game before pulling the rifle to my shoulder. I'm surprised how many hunters think they can blow-off quality binos if they have a "Humble" telescope on the rifle.
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Had two Tascos way back in the late 70's early 80's. Both got damaged thru no fault of their own, but had given me good service until then. Those may have been Made in Japan. On the strength of that experience around 1983 I bought some Tasco 7X50 WATERPROOF Marine binoculars, which I kept on the boat. By the time I sold the boat in 1994, the binoculars had mold (?) inside. I sent them for repair under their "lifetime warranty" but had to fight with them as they kept saying I had got the binoculars WET! Well, they're supposed to be WATERPROOF, and they were for boat use. Long story short, they eventually fixed them and sent them back. I still have them, and they developed mold 5 or 6 years after I got them back, and they haven't been on a boat again nor gotten wet. But then again, my life does not depend on them anymore, so they're still around. BTW, made in Hong Kong.

My other Tasco product right now is a 4-16X50mm world class scope. This one is made in China. It is on a .22 and has given good service. At the same time I bought that Tasco I also bought a made in Japan Bushnell 4200 Elite, also in 4-16X50mm. The Bushnell cost about twice what the Tasco did. ($200 vs. $400 if I remember correctly) The Bushnell is a bit clearer, but the main difference is that my eyes get tired looking thru the Tasco and not so looking thru the Bushnell.
Being much older now, and my eyes needing all the help they can get, I try and go for the best optics I can afford, and mostly try to get Leupolds. Even the cheaper Leupolds.

The older Tascos may be much better than newer ones, but still not as good as the lower end of the name brands such as Nikon, Leupold, Vortex etc.

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Gentlemen, Take a deep breath, relax and listen

I have owned most scopes from Simmons, Tasco, Barska, to Nikon, Leupold, Redfield and Swarovski. If you buy junk you get junk. Every one of my Nikon (higher grade) Leupoold, Redfield (older) and Swarovski scopes are still on rifles and doing exactly what they are supposed to do after 40 plus years in some cases. Some of the older ones do not have the quality optics of todays better scopes but they are STILL better than the junk el cheapo scopes of today. They also hold up to rain, sleet, snow, cold, hot, and physical abuse to a degree. SO YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR IN MOST CASES.
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