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Inexpensive scope (Tasco, Barska, or ???)

Discussion in 'Scopes & Optics' started by Starship, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Starship

    Starship NE Portland Active Member

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    Well my grandson has decided we need (meaning Grandpa should buy) an S&W MP 15-22.
    He's a good kid and I enjoy having him as a shooting buddy, soooo, guess what Grandpa is in the market for. :)

    Also, thinking of maybe a scope for it so looking for suggestions. I'm generally a handgun, shotgun guy so my rifle experience is very limited, to say the least.

    Currently looking at two scopes: Tasco PH39X32D and the Barska 3-9X32 Plinker. We are almost exclusively target shooters. These seem to be budget priced (right up my alley) and yet both have good reviews on-line.
    Budget would ideally be under $100.

    Any comments or suggestions on these two scopes or any others I should be considering???
    All help greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I just listed a great scope in the classifieds that would work well for you. ;)

    Regardless, I would honestly avoid both the Tasco and Barska. Look at BSA and Bushnell for budget scopes that work.
     
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  3. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I would also consider Simmons as a decent budget scope. I have 1 on a 10/22 and it's fine.
     
  4. bmw2

    bmw2 Mount Vernon, Wa Active Member

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    I had a bushnell banner 1-4 on a 30/30 and it heald up fine, about 100 bucks new. I've had a couple of Cabela's brand scopes too and was impressed for the money. I just picked up one of their 2-7 scopes for my AR, on sale online for 60. They'll price match in store if you let them know.
     
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  5. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I run a Banner on my 77/22WMR and that rifle is as accurate as they come. It will out shoot my skills and even forgive me on a bad day.

    Side note, Simmons are ok depending on model. But Tasco and Barska should be avoided IMHO.
     
  6. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My experience with the less expensive Bushnell's has been that the crosshairs cover .22 size targets, critters and such!
    Not fine reticles!
    I can't speak to modern Tascos but I have a couple from, gosh, 1985-90. I like them so well that I have one on my Kimber of Oregon .22K Hornet. One of the finest firearms I own! My opinion on Tascos is/was good optics, just don't put one on something that has much recoil. Good luck finding what you need. It is very cool that you shoot with your grandson!:)
     
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  7. Starship

    Starship NE Portland Active Member

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    After some further research and thanks to all that imparted their wisdom here I decided to go with the Simmons 3-9X12 (Bi-Mart had one). Thanks again for all the help it is appreciated.

    Haven't bought the gun yet but me thinks that tomorrow is the day. :)
     
  8. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have a 15-22 with a BSA Contender scope. Its as fun as it gets!

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  9. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Since I was a kid I've been around Bushnell scopes. They work. I've had recently Nikon, Bushnell Banner, Tascos and now have a fleet of Vortex on my rifles.

    I wouldn't hesitate to go a Tasco or Bushnell Banner scope again.