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Tasco Super Sniper 10x42 & 10x42M (side focus)

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Unread 08-16-2004, 05:14 AM
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Tasco Super Sniper 10x42 & 10x42M (side focus)


I need a new mid-quality fixed 10x scope. I have narrowed my choice to two:
1. Tasco SS 10x42 mil dot for 299 USD at SWFA,
2. Tasco SS 10x42M mil dot with side focus for 399 USD at SWFA.

I have read that these scopes are of good quality (true?) but I am curious about few things:

1. Is there any difference between these scopes regarding optics quality, repeatability, zero holding, clickiness of adjustments, reticle shape, smoothness of operation? I mean anything but parallax/focus adjustment. Do both of these scopes have glass etched reticles?

2. What is the optics quality in these scopes? I have read it is sufficient for serious shooting, but it really is so subjective that I need somewhat more precise description. I own Leupold 4,5-14, Zeiss V 6-24x56 T* several Schmidt und Benders (hunting with no A/O), have seen Bushnell Elite 4200, Weaver V16 and other mid priced stuff. Does the SS 10x42 (or 10x42M if there is any difference in image quality) compare anyhow to the mentioned scopes? Which one is the closest regarding optics?

3. Is the external surface finish rather pleasant to eye or is it rather rough and ugly? I dont want poorly finished scope on any of my rifles.

4. Is the SS 10x42 and 10x42M worth 299 and 399 USD respectively?

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Unread 08-16-2004, 08:09 AM
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Re: Tasco Super Sniper 10x42 & 10x42M (side focus)

if you are looking at a s.s. you need to read the review by mike miller at the snipershide web site its very good and should answer all your questions.i have 2 s.s. one 10x with side parallex adj. and a 20x std. rear focus and in their price range i've found nothing better .but you should read the review as mr. miller is much better qualified than myself.hope this helps GM
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Unread 08-16-2004, 10:51 AM
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Re: Tasco Super Sniper 10x42 & 10x42M (side focus)

I really like these scopes. I wouldn't spend the extra money for the side focus. No real benefit in the field. The few I compared, the rear focus had better optics.

Optically, the Tasco's are like the Leupolds. Not as good as the Bausch&Lomb 4200 or Nikons. Certainly good enough for field work.

They are repeatable and durable scopes. A bit heavy. Lots of elevation adjustment. A good deal.

Another to consider is the Bushnell 3200 10X. A very good scope despite the low price. Very good optics and superb knobs (like them better then the tasco). The reticle is a true mil-dot. Compact and light too.

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Unread 08-16-2004, 08:47 PM
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Re: Tasco Super Sniper 10x42 & 10x42M (side focus)

I've got one of the 'early' (1998) SS10X42's and then a newer (2004) SS16X42. Both great scopes so far. I've steered away from the side focus as I've heard a little bit of negative about it not being quite the scope the regular model is, but not much in the way of specifics. Looking at getting either another SS16x42 or a SS20x42 in the next year or so.

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Unread 08-21-2004, 08:06 AM
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Re: Tasco Super Sniper 10x42 & 10x42M (side focus)

I don't have any experience with the 10X but do have the 20X on my long range rifle. Bought it just before season last year due to another scope's failure. Sighted it in, did some shooting to 450 to verify drop chart vs. scope adjustment and went on to make 4 one shot kills. Have shot it extensively through the summer on ground hogs to a little over 800 yards. Like everyone else I have not had any trouble and love the scope. Definately the best 299 I've spent in this endeavor.
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Unread 08-31-2004, 07:07 PM
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Re: Tasco Super Sniper 10x42 & 10x42M (side focus)

I am considering one of these for my savage 10fp in .308. My only concerns are in regards to the versatily of a straight 10x. I personally like the idea and usually leave my scopes cranked all the way up anyway. I just wonder how difficult it would be to make a shot at 50 yards or less if the opportunity presents itself. I suppose I didn't buy a varmint weight rifle to hunt brush and can always blast them with my mosin if I want to hunt timber.
Just too many trees
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Unread 09-01-2004, 04:10 AM
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Re: Tasco Super Sniper 10x42 & 10x42M (side focus)

To answer your question, the best solution would be to go to the range and shoot at 50 and 100 yards to see and know the difference. Just like long range hunting, close range hunting should only be done only after you have done your homework! Practice and know where your bullet is going to hit, before ever taking a shot at a live target.
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