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    Banner scope day!

    Picked up three new target scopes today!



    Top is a very early first year Lyman Targetspot 10x in it's original box from likely 1934.

    Middle is a Tasco copy of the old Bausch & Lomb Balvar in 6x-18x. These were made back in 1971, and have become pretty rare these days.

    Bottom is a JW Fecker Champion 16x made 1949-1961 and this one is like new condition.
    Now I need to figure out which old guns they should be on?

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    Sunny guns. Envious! One needs to go on this rifle .Click image for larger version. 

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    My Lester Cox made .36 slug gun muzzle loader

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    My new Fecker was purchased with the objective bell cap missing. I contacted a fella in Pa. about making a replacement cap and he asked for ID and OD on my scope bell. Less than a week later I got the cap and it fits perfectly! Great workmanship, and he asked me to not send payment until I was happy with how it fit.


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    A buddy of mine had one of those Tasco scopes mounted on a model 700 bolt gun in .308. We used to shoot varmints with milsurp ammo - lots of fun!

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    I had and used on of those Tasco scopes on Remington.22 target rifle and used it for 50’ indoor shooting. It is a dandy using scope. Wish I still had it. Got into Silhouette shooting and swapped it for a Weaver “T” scope. We would joke that the perfect silhouette scope was Leupold optics, Weaver movements and a Tasco price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HWooldridge View Post
    A buddy of mine had one of those Tasco scopes mounted on a model 700 bolt gun in .308. We used to shoot varmints with milsurp ammo - lots of fun!
    I looked at mounting it on my Remington 700VSF varmint rifle in .22-250, but the VSF has the fluted bull barrel and would require a front base that would have to be out on the barrel instead the spacing on the receiver holes. If mounted on the receiver holes the scope would be too close to the shooter's eye and I'd need to hold the rifle off my shoulder to shoot it.
    these scopes take at least a 7.25" spacing, or longer, so not sure how your buddy's was setup to use one? Unless he had a plain round barrel of fairly large diameter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockingkj View Post
    I had and used on of those Tasco scopes on Remington.22 target rifle and used it for 50’ indoor shooting. It is a dandy using scope. Wish I still had it. Got into Silhouette shooting and swapped it for a Weaver “T” scope. We would joke that the perfect silhouette scope was Leupold optics, Weaver movements and a Tasco price.
    They're pretty heavy scopes, so make great scopes for shooting off a rest, but not so much for a heavy offhand rifle where more weight isn't the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marlinman93 View Post
    They're pretty heavy scopes, so make great scopes for shooting off a rest, but not so much for a heavy offhand rifle where more weight isn't the best.
    Yup they are heavy. My Lester Cox muzzle loader is built to be a bench gun. It’s set up with the blocks for external adjustment scope. Just a matter of parting with the $ needed to get the scope. Should have been rich rather than so darned good looking. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by marlinman93 View Post
    I looked at mounting it on my Remington 700VSF varmint rifle in .22-250, but the VSF has the fluted bull barrel and would require a front base that would have to be out on the barrel instead the spacing on the receiver holes. If mounted on the receiver holes the scope would be too close to the shooter's eye and I'd need to hold the rifle off my shoulder to shoot it.
    these scopes take at least a 7.25" spacing, or longer, so not sure how your buddy's was setup to use one? Unless he had a plain round barrel of fairly large diameter?
    I remember it was a plain round barrel but I didn't pay much attention to how it was mounted - this was over 40 years ago when we were shooting that rifle.

    It might have been a clamp-on mount for the front ring but I can't remember for sure.

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    Sold the Tasco target scope last weekend at a collector show. Just too big and heavy for my old guns. Then the 2nd day of the show I saw a table holder marking down a nice old Litschert target 12x scope and when I saw the new price I snatched it up too!

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    Marlinman93: Your new handle should be "Luckyscope". I really had to scrounge around to find an old Lyman 438 Field 4X target style scope for my latest project gun. Got an old Remington 32 cal rim fire baby rolling block that is getting a new 22 cal barrel and chambered in 22 Magnum. The only thing worth wile is the action. Busy cutting flats on the blank. Making new wood too. That old Lyman Targetspot 10X is a dandy! Varmints look out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockindaddy View Post
    Marlinman93: Your new handle should be "Luckyscope". I really had to scrounge around to find an old Lyman 438 Field 4X target style scope for my latest project gun. Got an old Remington 32 cal rim fire baby rolling block that is getting a new 22 cal barrel and chambered in 22 Magnum. The only thing worth wile is the action. Busy cutting flats on the blank. Making new wood too. That old Lyman Targetspot 10X is a dandy! Varmints look out!
    I had a dozen old Mossberg, Marlin, Wollensak, Weaver, etc. small scopes on my table at the Greeley CGCA show and nobody interested. Even with prices from $20-$100 each, and most in the $20-$40 range. Then a guy walked up and began piling up scopes as he looked through them, and only left 2 on the table. He asked about a discount for buying them all and I told him 20% off for all 10 scopes. So got rid of a bunch of old scopes I'd owned for probably 3-4 decades.

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    That’s the ticket, Vall! You’ve just gotta find the right buyer for whatever old unwanted stuff you have. I hear tell there’s even a guy out there who will buy old, unloved Ballards! Can you believe that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Frog View Post
    That’s the ticket, Vall! You’ve just gotta find the right buyer for whatever old unwanted stuff you have. I hear tell there’s even a guy out there who will buy old, unloved Ballards! Can you believe that?

    Froggie
    Yes, but first you have to find any Ballards that are unloved! Tough to do!

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