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March 20, 2006, 19:44
i got a made in japan tasco scope today, and have no experience with these.
i have heard that the japan made ones are good ones...
any comments ??
it's a 3x pistol model and am wondering if it'll hang on my 44 mag ??
my ups man gave it to me, and just interested if i should give it a chance or not waste ammo.....
March 20, 2006, 20:20
Some years ago I had a Japanese Tasco 3~9X44 with the R/F & T/C features & it was well made & reliable. Unforunately the scope went with the gun & I replaced it with a later (supposedly identical) one. I liked it enought to try to replace it.
The new one was no where as good. Cheap plastic fittings, iffy optics compared to the earlier model. I discovered later that it was built with the parrallax set to about 35 yards, probably as the result of poor QC.
My best suggestion is to take a good look at the quality of the materials used in construction, there was a visible drop in appearance, and quality of materials when the overall quality was let go.
An older one with brass & machined aluminum internals & smooth working parts is probably fine, but one of the ones with plastic internals, turret covers Etc. & rough, catchy adjustments is probably not good enough.:sad:
March 20, 2006, 21:07
I picked up a 3-9x44 world class plus last fall that was made in Japan. Nice scope, clear glass, repeatable adjustments, 200 rounds out of a 7.5# 300Wby so far, no problems.
March 20, 2006, 22:38
I have used several Tasco scopes over the years with complete satisfaction. The ones made in Japan were at the top of the heap. If I'm remembering correctly about Tasco, some were made in Taiwan for awhile. Those were also good value for the money.
Then, Tasco switched it's production to China. The Chinese production has been all over the place, quality wise...
My guess is that the problems with inital production in China were what drove Tasco into Chapter 7...
For example, the Lumina series scopes (made in China) were an absolute disaster... Ask me how I know...
I think that you'll find that Japanese produced Tascos are a good value.
I am still using some inexpensive Japanese made Tascos that provide good service after 35 years of use.
March 20, 2006, 22:41
By the way, I should probably also mention (for those who don't know) that the current Tasco and the old Tasco are different entities...
March 21, 2006, 16:47
All of the above. :wink:
The early Japanese made line-up had several models. The mid-range model was decent. The top models were sometimes excellent. Heed the message about time of manufacture changes to cheaper materials.
Many of the World Class Plus models were excellent. Far cry and no comparison with the present line of World Class (deliberately without the Plus) scopes.
March 21, 2006, 17:13
checked it over last night when i got home from work, and mounted it up on the 44 mag.
it has metal turret caps,and a metal focus lock.
very clear optics, positive clicks on the adjustments, and made in japan on the opposite side of the tasco logo on the rear objective, along with other writing, but i was tired and didn't feel like getting out a magnifying glass to help the weary eyes.
we'll see if this thing hangs with 265 gr hardcasts over 21.5 gr's of 2400..
pic later tonight when i get home from work.
March 21, 2006, 21:22
The Tasco 10x42M Super Sniper was designed to the same Mil-Spec as the Leopold Mk 4 sniper scope. At the time Unertl had finished its 10X sniper scope production for the USMC and Leopold was thinking of dropping the Mk 4. The scope has a side parallax knob on the left side below the elevation knob.
The Navy needed scopes for its special operations types and put out a RFQ. Tasco won the contract award. These scopes were actually built for Tasco by Hakko in Japan and are top of the line. Tasco marked the scope commercially, along with fixed 10X, 16X, and 20X Super Sniper scopes without the side focus knob.
Although Tasco has dropped the Super Sniper from its product line, S.W.F.A. in Texas still has them manufactured by Hakko under exclusive contract. The cost is a reasonable $399.95 for a Mil-Dot scope of this quality. I have standardized on it for my scoped rifles due to its rugged construction, repeatability of adjustments, good optics, and great light transmission through its 30mm tube. I use A.R.M.S. No. 22 throw lever rings on the Mil-Std-1913 "Picatinny Rails." The scope can be installed and removed without change to zero.
The Super Snipers are members of that elite group of scopes that do not self-destruct when mounted on .50 caliber Browning rifles.
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