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Old August 24, 2019, 05:02 PM   #1
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Tasco 1860 Brass Scope Mounts

I recently acquired a unmounted Tasco Brass 1860 replica scope, but the mounts are missing. I believe it was made in 1976 and no longer manufactured. Does anyone have a suggestion where I might find the mounts for the scope?
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Old August 24, 2019, 05:22 PM   #2
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Those scopes are pretty good optically but the furnished mounts look like something out of a plumbing parts bin.
What is the tube diameter? You might could use the Hi Lux Malcolm mounts.
https://hi-luxoptics.com/collections...roducts/m334mt
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Old August 24, 2019, 07:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim I will check them out. The tube diameter is 3/4" and about 36" long.
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Old August 24, 2019, 10:18 PM   #4
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Caution, I think those rings require taking an end bell off to slide them on, they are not split like modern mount rings.
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Old August 24, 2019, 10:21 PM   #5
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Concur with Jim. Those Tasco mounts were atrocious. I don't know what they based them on as they are not like any antique scoped firearm I've ever seen.
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Old August 24, 2019, 11:49 PM   #6
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FLG had a customer who insisted on having one of these rigs put on a real antique Ethan Allen Single Shot to brighten it up as a wall hanger. It was a chore even though not required to aim the gun to shoot.

On the other hand I once saw a brass Tasco or Hakko in shop made mounts of the Cataract type, similar to the Chinese Hi Lux I linked. That would have worked.

One tester reported that the Hi Lux was ok to set and forget but was not precise enough for range to range comeups target shooting.

DZ and MVA make quality outside adjustment mounts, but much more expensive than Hi Lux.
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Old August 24, 2019, 11:52 PM   #7
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Hi
I found some photo of the Tasco mount, and I agree those are very strange. Even I had them I would not use those. The Malcolm mounts will probably work for the project I have in mind.
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Old August 25, 2019, 10:14 AM   #8
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I bought one of those Tasco scopes when I was in High School in the late 70's. I went in the military and never installed it on anything. Anyway, fast forward to 2008. It had a perfect aged patina from just sitting in the box for about 30 years. I sold it to a fellow named Gary Walton as he wanted to mount a brass scope on one of his Sharps rifles. I think the end product looks awesome, even with the mounts that came with it.

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Old August 25, 2019, 11:12 AM   #9
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That looks more like a Hi Lux or even an MVA with proper mounts, not the brass brackets commonly seen with the Tasco.
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Old August 25, 2019, 11:42 AM   #10
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That looks more like a Hi Lux or even an MVA with proper mounts, not the brass brackets commonly seen with the Tasco.
You could very well be right. When I google the tasco mounts, those ain't them.
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Old August 25, 2019, 04:00 PM   #11
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I installed two of the Tasco 3/4" scopes for customers years ago. One on a TC Hawken style .54 cal., and the other on a Uberti Henry replica. Ugliest excuse for a scope mount I ever saw, but the owners were happy with them.
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Old August 25, 2019, 04:33 PM   #12
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Using the Malcolm mount, could the scope be installed on a 13/16" across the flats barrel?
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Old August 26, 2019, 01:25 PM   #13
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It sure looks like the Malcolm rings would work if you drill and tap the barrel flat for one of the flat base mounts shown on their site.
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Something high would be needed for the breechloading Sharps. You need clearance between the objective lens and the loading port when the block is dropped.
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