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I'm looking at the Leupold Mk 4 4.5x14x50, Luepold VX L 4.5x14x50, the Nikon 4.5x16x50, and the IOR 4x14x50 scopes.  "Looking at" is a misnomer as there is no place locally I can look at these scopes.  Has anyone compared these scopes and can you tell me which one provides the best low light resolution?  Are there any scopes in the < $1200 range I should add to my list?

 

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Hello Skipperbrown

 

Here is a good deal off the samplelist on a scope that will provide better low light resolution and has a side focus. Just call up the great SWFA and they will hook you up.

 

7627 Kahles 4-12x52 Helia CL 51732, Matte finish, 4a reticle, 1" tube, side focus, close to new condition, fast focus eye piece. $1,182.00 $699.95



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Based on your listed choices, the IOR is going to be the best from both a "brightness" and resolution standpoint.  I've looked through all the scopes you've listed (with the Nikon I assume you're referring to the Monarch) and the IOR is definitely the cream of the crop.

 

Best of luck & let us know what you decide...

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U.S. Optics   SN3    1.8-10x44   is a few hundred more but well worth consideration.

 

If what you really need is low light capeability an IOR 6x42 will give you a 7mm exit eye pupil which is as bright as you are likely to be able to use as a young man, and ability of the human eye to get to 7mm decreases with age.  If using a variable dial it down to around 6x and you have it.  

 

42mm objective divided by 6power = 7mm          at 8power 7mm takes a 56mm objective thats why lots of the Nightforce scopes use 56mm +

 

The Leupold is a tough scope  backed by great customer sercice, the Ior has better glass.   U.S. Optics is top all around.

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I would completelya gree with ufriend: USO.  Buy once, be done.
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OK, I bought a Kahles 4x12x52 off the sample list and compared it this evening/tonite against my 3.5x10x50 Leupold.  Either my Kahles is a bad example or my Leupold is a great example.  I was expecting the Kahles to be quite a bit brigher.  Howevever, the Kahles was at best a shade brighter than the Leupold at both low and high magnification (across 4 to 10x). 

 

My eyes are 50 yrs old and I could hardly tell any difference.  Also, I got the multi range system and I don't like it.  I think I'm going to send the scope back and either go w/ the Leupold tactical 4.5x14x50 or IOR 4x14x50 tactical .

 

Recommendations between these 2 scopes?

 

Oh yes, I'd like to have a S&B but to get teh S&B I want is going to blow the budget all to heck.

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I have a couple of the Mark 4 4.5-14 x 50 and I can see well after legal shooting hours if that gives you something to reference to.

I don't have any experience to offer on the IOR, sorry.
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Since the thread originated 21 Sept 2007 and his last response on 26 Sept 2007 says he bought a Kahles 4-12x52 do you really think the Mk4 has something to offer him Mike?  I'm thinking the OP probably wont even find this post.  
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

Since the thread originated 21 Sept 2007 and his last response on 26 Sept 2007 says he bought a Kahles 4-12x52 do you really think the Mk4 has something to offer him Mike?  I'm thinking the OP probably wont even find this post.  


Wow, didn't even noticed the date. Just saw the subject in the list of similar posts at the bottom of the page and replied to it. My apologies.
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No problem there are some great older topics but if its more than a couple pages back --- you kind of  have to look at who posted it and when  ---  as some guys are not real active once they get their answer.  Anyway welcome --- you are really fortunate to be close enough to SWFA to get to go and look at stuff in person.

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Might also want to check out a SWARO Z3.
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