View Full Version : Bushnell Banner Scope ?

May 3, 2013, 05:57 PM
What are your opinions on a Bushnell Banner scope ?
Also what about a Tasco scope ?

May 3, 2013, 06:44 PM
I have a Banner 6x18. Great scope. It was clear, pulled in a ton of light and most importantly, it held zero perfectly on my 7mm Rem Mag.

There are better scopes, but for the money, I was very happy with it and would buy another one.

Tasco.... I've never had good luck with them.

May 3, 2013, 10:42 PM
Older Japanese made Tasco's were pretty good scopes for the money. I'm talking about 1970's-1990's. Newer Chinese made versions, not so much. They have earned the Trashco nickname.

The Bushnell Banners are in about the same category. The better Bushnell's are a decent scope.

At about $150 a Nikon Prostaff is about the bottom end for a decent scope. I cannot think of a less expensive scope I'd trust. Even then there are a lot of very good scopes selling for about $200. While the Prostaff is acceptable, $50 more gets a much better scope.

The Burris FF-II or Redfield Revolution would be my top picks in a budget priced scope. The Vortex Diamondback, Leupold VX-1, Bushnell Legend, Nikon Buckmaster, and Weaver Buck Commander are also possibilities.

Any of the scopes in the $100 and under price range MIGHT work, at least for a while, but if you ever move on up to a decent scope you'll understand why and never go back. And while that cheap scope MIGHT work, the odds are much better once you move up just a small step.

May 3, 2013, 10:55 PM
Have used the Bushnell Banner and had no problems with them. I haven't had issues with any scope except Simmons.

May 4, 2013, 09:16 PM
I had a Bushnell Banner Scope that had the crosshaires blow out after about 30 rounds from a .30 cal semi-auto. I told them the rifle it was mounted on. They said it should be OK. I had the same problem with that scope 3-more times......Cost me $10 each time to send it back. Finally I told them that scope was junk & I didn't want that scope back, period!!! They sent me a new scope that has worked good, so far.

May 5, 2013, 08:35 AM
Newer Chinese made versions, not so much. Understatement of the year. I wouldn't put a newer Tasco on even a .22LR.

May 19, 2013, 07:50 PM
I have a Banner on my T/C Triumph muzzy. I'm very happy with it and am stacking 3 sabots @ 100 yards without issue.

May 19, 2013, 08:38 PM
It depends upon the use. For me when I hunted, I did not want the scope to fail in bad weather or other reason when/if I had an opportunity to bag a real trophy.

I have had scopes fog in the winter so I want a quality scope when I hunt.


May 19, 2013, 08:57 PM
I have an old tasco made in Japan that I would put up against anything on the market under $600. That being said, the new ones are better suited to BB guns. I have no first hand experience with the Bushnell, but I've heard a lot of good things about their other models.

May 20, 2013, 12:22 PM
I had a Bushnell Banner on my 260 Rem for about 7 years. It was a 6-18X50. I never had any problems with it ( fogging ect. ) and used it to bag a number of deer anwhere from 20-200 yards. It seemed to be a decent scope for the money.