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July 20, 2012, 01:19 PM
A friend wanted me to ask what is your opinions of a Tasco scope 3-9 x 40. They are really cheap priced.

July 20, 2012, 01:27 PM
Depending on the service, they are "just" okay. They make a fairly wide range of quality and price. In the spectrum of things, they are at the lower end. You won't see a Tikka with a Tasco but there are other services that would be fine. .... :rolleyes:

Be Safe !!!

July 20, 2012, 01:37 PM
I tried the Tasco 3-9x40mm but it did not work well for me. The scope seemed to be pre-focused and did not have adjustable objective. I could zoom in and out, but I could not adjust the focus. I wear glasses and need the features to bring in a clear picture. I found the CenterPoint 4-16x40mm with AO was the best fit.

July 20, 2012, 03:42 PM
It's not worth losing the trophy of a lifetime. Buy quality optics. It's your aiming device. Minimal requirements at my house are the Redfield Revolution, Leupold VXI, or Nikon Pro Staff. None of them cost much more than the Tasco World Class, and they all outperform them. -7-

July 20, 2012, 04:19 PM
The 1970-80's World Class Tasco's made in Japan were good scopes. The current production scopes are a waste of money. At around $150 or so the Nikon Prostaff is the bottom rung on the ladder of acceptability. Moving up a bit the Redfield Revolution, Leupold VX-1, Nikon Buckmaster, and Burris FF-II scopes are even better at around $200.

July 21, 2012, 11:51 AM
I will be blunt - Tasco is garbage.

July 21, 2012, 02:29 PM
TASCO has the ability to make all levels of scopes, for some reason their niche is the bottom end. SWFAs Super Snipers are made by TASCO.

July 22, 2012, 04:54 AM
You wanted our opinions so here's mine: If the only choice was get a Tasco or use the barrel and Kentucky Windage I'd go with the Kentucky windage. I won't put a Tasco scope on a BB gun. I think y'all know where I stand on that issue.

July 22, 2012, 11:11 AM
You didn't say what your friend is putting it on but in my opinion most modern Tasco scopes are garbage. Prices for decent 3-9x centerfire scopes start at about $150 and go up from there. Pick something 3-star and above from this list (http://www.chuckhawks.com/recommended_riflescopes.htm). FWIW Natchezz has a good little Weaver Classic 3-9x38 (http://www.natchezss.com/brand.cfm?contentID=productDetail&brand=WE&prodID=WE849402) on sale for cheap and that's a good little scope that should last a lifetime. They also have a 2-10x38 (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentId=productDetail&prodId=WE849405) on sale for $20 more than the 3-9x38. On the other hand if he's scoping a rimfire or an airgun then he'll need a scope rated for those jobs.

July 22, 2012, 11:27 AM
No joke, two lolly-gaggers next to me took a tasco scope out of a plastic box that hung on a Walmart shelf somewhere and mounted the scope on a brand new Ruger 10/22 at the range. Then the funny part started. I watched them shoot "groups" at 25yds. I couldnt believe how crappy the groups were. A 10/22 will shoot EASILY sub .75" at 25yds with decent ammo. These yahoos were all over the place opening up groups to 4"-6" and they were complaining that the GUN WAS HAVING accuracy problems.

So then they bring in their targets to 5yds and shoot more groups. Obviously any crappy scope will group at 5yds. So they get their "zero" and they take it back to 25yds and the "groups" spread open like birdshot. I think they over heard me laughing. Next thing I see is both of them open up the instruction manual to try to figure out how to work a $19.99 scope.

I have 4 22lr rifles, all of which have scopes or red dots more expensive than the entire rifle.

Get a good piece of glass or holographic sight or red dot. Dont cheap out on mounts either!

July 22, 2012, 01:50 PM
He is scoping both a 22 rifle and an Ar-15 5.56/223. Will he need a scope for each or will one work for both ?

July 22, 2012, 06:20 PM
Man, I hate to see folks try to push scopes into dual service. Every time your friend goes out, he'll have to re-zero the scope for that rifle.

Have your friend take a peek at Mueller scopes, and save himself the frustration, work, and embarassment of trying to run one scope on two different rifles. If $$ is a huge issue- have him scout around at pawn shops, gun shops, etc and find a used scope for the .22lr. I'm only guessing here that he does not know a whole lot about firearms and shooting and such. If he were to end up with a POS for a scope that's never properly sighted in- then the sport of shooting won't hold much allure to him for very long.

July 22, 2012, 08:14 PM
Man, I hate to see folks try to push scopes into dual service. Every time your friend goes out, he'll have to re-zero the scope for that rifle.
+1 what he said. Every time your friend moves the scope he'll have to rezero. The smarter move is to scope one now and then save up and scope the other later.

A Weaver RV7 2.5-7x28 (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&brand=WE&prodID=WE849431) or even a RV4 4x48 (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=WE849430) rimfire scope would both be great choices for the .22. Like most rimfire scopes they are designed to be parallax free at 50yds and both are reasonably priced hunting/plinking scopes. The third option is a Mueller APV but it's fat crosshairs make it marginal for a target scope while the adjustable objective makes it marginal for hunting because it's slow on target.

A Weaver V3 1-3x20 (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=WE849400) is a great little scope for the AR15. If he needs more magnification than that then I'd go with a V10 2-10x38 (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&brand=WE&prodID=WE849405). The Weavers are good solid scopes that will last a lifetime. The APV is a bit more delicate but lots better than a Tasco.