Re: absolute best scope???
I wish you luck with these Tasco's
Give us a report how well they hold up.
I know you and some of the others here probably are going to on the ground laughing your butt off at me, but I gotta say it...
I have a Tasco SS10x42, have used and abused it for about 5 years now, and it is probably one of my favorite scopes that I have owned. It is as repeatable as my Sightron SII6-24x42, Weaver V16, or the Leupold LR/T 6.5-20x50mm and 8.5-25x50mm scopes I have owned. It has suffered some nasty falls (it was either drop the rifle or go endo down the side of the canyon), and just keeps on ticking. I won't lie and say that it's never lost its zero, but AFAIK, only as a result of incidents that I wouldn't even expect a U.S. Optics scope to weather unphased.
From what I understand, Tasco didn't make their own scopes, they purchased them from other manufacturers such as Hakko. Subsequently, they could purchase as much (or more often) or as little quality as they wanted/needed to. Mine is one of the 'older' ones from ~1998, and about the only grip I have w/ it is that once in a while I have to pull the scope caps off and relube the O-ring that seals them. About the only thing it affects is the 'feel' of the clicks.
Wish I could find a scope the same dimensions and build that was something like a 4-16x or 6.5-20x. God I'd be down at the blood bank every week selling it by the pint til I had enough $$$! This thing is an absolute tank, and works pretty well to boot.
To each their own.