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Testfire: Tasco Rimfire 2-7x32

By Mark Wheeler

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Tasco Rimfire 2-7x32/Weaver Rings

  • 4/5

Designed specifically for the unique needs of rimfire shooters, the 2-7x32mm configuration is perfect for .22LR and other rimfire hunters.


I'm not a nut when it comes to the branding of any type of gear, I prefer function over form. As an acquaintance of mine says, and I agree, “...fall in love with the numbers not the name.”

 

Optics are a case in point. I have no brand loyalty. In my safe there are several Nikko-Stirlings, Vortexes, an unknown Chinese copy, one Leupold, several Weavers and an old Tasco. All are there because they work and are fit for purpose. After all, will an item costing ten times the price be ten times better? And what else could you put that extra money towards?

 

Tasco was established after the Second World War, initially selling Japanese-made binoculars at good prices into the American market but quickly branching out into telescopic sights as well. Currently the brand name is owned by Bushnell.

 

My Tasco was made in the mid-80s. It's a Japanese manufactured fixed power 6x with the then popular post and wire reticle. The exterior is finished in gloss black and the glass is excellent. Its currently unemployed but will end up on a Parker Hale Safari in good time. So when I was offered the chance to review a new Tasco rimfire scope I was only too happy to give it a crack.

 

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Mark liked the matt black anodised finish. He noted that the power ring offered plenty of resistance, but the focus ring moved a little too freely and required regular adjustment; With the protective caps removed the clearly marked adjustments are revealed; Click adjustments are audible and there's a reference dot on the housing below the turret.

 

This Tasco is made in China, as are a lot of lower to mid-priced optics these days. Some of these Chinese made scopes are average, others are excellent, so I was keen to see how this stacked up.

 

The Tasco 2-7x rimfire is a conventional looking scope with a matt black anodised finish. It comes with Weaver-style rings, which is nice, however as none of my .22s have rails, just good old fashioned 11mm rimfire dovetails, they had to be replaced.

 

The Tasco comes with a set of Weaver-style rings.

 

The scope measures 11 ¼ inches long (28.5 cm in new money) and with rings weighs 373 grams (or 13.1 ounces). Pretty much middle of the road weight and length-wise.

 

The capped turrets are marked off in minutes with ¼ click stops which are slightly mushy but audible, there is also a witness mark in the form of a silver dot on the adjustment bell well removed from the scale which makes it a bit difficult to line up with the dial markings. There appears to be no easy way to zero the scales in use but then this isn’t a dialing-up kind of scope.

 

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There are 10 full rotations of the adjustment knobs at 15 MOA per turn (150 MOA all up) stop to stop. The click stops appear very close to ¼ inch at 100 yards, but don’t forget that’s 1/8th at 50 and 1/16th at 25 yards.

 

The reticle is described as Tasco's Truplex model. At 100 yards the thick sections of the posts subtend 15 inches each side, i.e; it's 15 inches from the outer ends to the thin inner posts (the crosshairs).

 

Experienced shooters find this useful for quickly ranging game. The reticle is clear and precise and would be excellent for quick off-hand shooting or general hunting, and especially spot lighting - but I feel the crosshairs are a little too thick for precise target work.

 

The eye relief is generous, approx. 3-¾ inches right through the magnification range. As with all vari-powers the eye box shrinks as you zoom and at max magnification your eye needs to be perfectly aligned to get the full field of view.

 

The duplex reticle is ideal for general plinking and hunting.

 

Absolutely no problem provided your rifle has rings of the correct height, or if you're using mid-range magnification. The image is sharp right to the edge at all power levels with no halo or colour fade even at the maximum, and I could make out individual fence battens crystal clear on the skyline over 2km away.

 

Shifting the position of your eye results in a tiny bit of parallax at 25 yards at 7 power, but at 50 yards its not noticeable. Parallax should never be an issue with the lower magnifications or for general hunting.

 

“Experienced shooters find this useful for quickly ranging game. The reticle is clear and precise and would be excellent for quick off-hand shooting or general hunting, and especially spot lighting...”

 

The zoom ring offers plenty of resistance, although the focus adjustment is a little too free for my liking and could be easily moved when putting on a cover, or in your rifle bag unless you're careful. This certainly isn’t the first scope I've encountered this on, and a piece of electrician's tape to hold it in place is an easy fix.

 

The magnification range is a practical one for small game shooting with a .22, in my opinion. Mostly I prefer to work on 4x which gives me a good field of view and enough magnification to highlight targets to 75 or so yards. You have a bit of extra power if you really need it.

 

I put the scope on my Sportco Model 63 bolt-action. This rifle although old and a bit worn-looking is exceptionally accurate and makes a good test-bed. The ammunition was Winchester M22 40 grain solids, known to be accurate and consistent in this rifle.

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TESTING TIME

The rifle was zeroed at 25 yards and a 10 round group shot on 4x, the result one ragged 8-shot hole with two fliers which (as I had to reload for the last shots) were my fault entirely. Following this, with the scope set to its maximum 7x magnification, I shot a box test at 50 yards to check the movement and repeatability of the turrets.

 

For those unfamiliar with the practice, a “box test” involves shooting at a target and making large alterations in windage and elevation between groups (eg; say 20 clicks right and 20 clicks up etc) while retaining the same aiming point.

 

Finally, after adjusting the sights right/left and up/down, then returning them to their original settings, the last shots fired should hopefully be back where they started, leaving a “box” of shots around the centre point.

 

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The “box test” established the repeatability of the reticle adjustments (see text); Mark chose Winchester M22 solids for his testfire, known to be accurate and consistent in his rifle; Measuring 11- ¼ inches long (28.5cm) the Tasco is a handy size for most rimfire rifles.

 

I did encounter a bit of operator induced error half way through when I wound 20 more clicks off rather than on resulting in having to wind 60 back the other way before continuing. Being able to zero the scale and use the witness mark would have been useful but by the look of it I got the counting about right.

 

I should point out that I did not tap the scope to “settle the adjustments” as is my usual practice - I wanted to see if they moved freely without binding. They did!

 

The results speak for themselves. The movement and repeatability are excellent, so with the weather closing in I called it a day.

 

Suffice it to say I’ve seen enough so far to say that the Tasco comes in at the upper end of the scale. The only improvement in my eyes would be the option of a .22 calibrated BDC reticle, which would really help its usability in the field.

 

Mark


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Tasco Rimfire 2-7x32/Weaver Rings

  • 4/5

Designed specifically for the unique needs of rimfire shooters, the 2-7x32mm configuration is perfect for .22LR and other rimfire hunters.

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