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Hello everyone.  I finally received my IOR scope this past Friday.  My order was held up for three weeks due to the fact that I had ordered Talley stainless rings, and Talley hasn't even started manufacturing them yet.  I found this out last Wednesday and went ahead and had SWFA ship out the scope with a set of Leupold QRW rings.  What a mistake that was, those rings are a cheap POS.  I had to lap the snot out of them to get them squared, there was some kind of coating that was gumming up the whole works, and I swear the screws that clamp the rings down to the base must be made of butter.  They are supposed to be torqued to 65 in-lb, but the screw head pretty much gave up at 60 in-lb.  They are now stripped badly.  I will probably have to use vice grips to get the rings off.  That's not even to mention that one of the bases had a deep scratch running almost it's full vertical length.  I will be ordering a replacement set of rings soon.

The scope however, I am more than impressed with it.  I was amazed with the clarity even before I focused it.  After focusing, I was simply stunned.  The quality of the scope is also just amazing.  The adjustment dials are the best that I have ever seen.  Each click is easy to discern and is very accurately represented on target.  I adjusted it all over the place, and it always tracked perfectly.  Everything about the scope just seems to be rock solid.  Back to the optical quality, there is no way that I can convey how clear this scope is in writing, but I will try.  At 100 yards, there was no problem reading the writing on the target at 10x (probably a 14pt font), and it was extremely easy to discern .243 bullet holes.  Heck, at 100 yards, it was easy to make out the grain of the paper.  The only really good scope that I have been able to compare it to directly has been a Kahles 2.5-10x50 Helia.  Optically, the IOR is honestly a little bit sharper than the Kahles, although there is not a huge difference here.  The IOR was considerably brighter at 2.5 power, while the Kahles was maybe slightly brighter at 10x (I didn't see it, but I relented and agreed with the guy who owns the Kahles).  Eye relief was also better on the IOR.  Compared to the other scopes (other than the Kahles) at the range this weekend, (Leupold, BSA, Sightron, Burris) there was simply no comparison.  Some of those scopes were as big as train horns, and weren't half as bright as my relatively compact 2.5-10x42, and they all seemed cheaply made in comparison, again with the exception of the Kahles.  Considering that the IOR costs only half the price of the Kahles, I think I got a pretty good deal, and I would highly recommend these scopes to anyone else who is interested.  I know that I am ecstatic with mine, and my buddies at the range are all green.

By the way, thanks very much to the "Dark Lord," I believe, for making this recommendation to me some months ago. 
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Originally posted by senewell senewell wrote:


By the way, thanks very much to the "Dark Lord," I believe, for making this recommendation to me some months ago. 

 

Alas....

Yet another poor soul has been led down the pathway to optics pergatory by His Evilness. 

   

 

 

Thanks for the review. Glad you like the scope.

Is it the Tactical or Hunting model??

 

 

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I see my name has been mentioned in vain again.

Glad you like the scope, senewell.

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I don't just like it, I've got a chub over this deal.
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Senewell,
Tell us how you really feel.  Did you like the IOR scope?
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Originally posted by holzauge holzauge wrote:

Senewell,
Tell us how you really feel.  Did you like the IOR scope?


Sorry if I was overly exuberant.  Lets just say that for once I took a chance on something like this and it paid off big time.  My only regret is that I didn't get the MP-8 reticle.  That will be next, after I get the Bushmaster Varmit Rifle.  Probably the 9-36x56 35mm scope, or the new 4-28x56 40mm scope.  There was a guy at the range this weekend who had one of those rifles and that thing was nice.  I really like my .243 Remington 700LSS, but even though the recoil is relatively light, my shoulder did get a bit sore after forty or so rounds.  And you just can't beat the rapid fire capability of the Bushmaster.  You know, the .243 did look cooler than the .223 when hitting the steel pig a 300yds though.
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now that's good to hear - IOR deserves a bit of attention - maybe THAT will be my next purchase............

 

better than a kahles helia? is that possible?

 

if it's close to a helia, then it's worldclass optics.

 

good post, good read.

 

J

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Love my IOR 6x42 with MP-8!
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Originally posted by jonbravado jonbravado wrote:

 

better than a kahles helia? is that possible?



There is always room for a certain amount of subjectivity, but lets just say that I wouldn't want to live on the difference.  The Kahles costs twice as much, so maybe there is a reason for that.  I haven't found it yet, but as I continue to use the IOR in various conditions, I will keep everyone here posted.  So far, after six hours or so at the range, I am very impressed. 

I have a friend who has a S&B tactical scope that I can't wait to compare with the IOR.  He is unfortunately out of town at the moment.  Having looked through his scope before, I came away very impressed with it's optical quality.  The S&B is a very expensive scope, but I have a feeling that my IOR is going to stack up well.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

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Thanks for the review. Glad you like the scope.

Is it the Tactical or Hunting model??



I missed your question earlier.  It is the hunting model with the 4a reticle.  If I had it to do over again I would probably go with the tactical and the MP8 reticle, but for deer hunting, the 4a reticle will be perfect.  The MP8 would be a lot more fun at the range though, especially when shooting on the 1000yd range.  Like I mentioned earlier, the Bushmaster Varmint Special looks like it would be so much fun at the range that I've just got to have one.  It will wear a tactical IOR of some type, I haven't decided exactly which model yet though.  Come to think of it, that setup would be handy when the looters come out after the next major hurricane hits down here.
 
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Originally posted by senewell senewell wrote:

 ... but I have a feeling that my IOR is going to stack up well.

 

It will.  Once you get into that class of optics, you pay a LOT more for very small incremental improvements in performance.  It's an example of the same law of diminishing returns that applies to many of the products we buy.  Besides pure quality, country of manufacture and the associated labor costs and tariffs has a lot to do with some of the increased cost of the Euro optics.  One things for certain, IOR scopes are very good, regardless of whether or not they quite match up to the elite brands, which as you state, involves some subjectivity.  I have experience with only 1 IOR scope to draw from, but if mine is any indication of what can be expected from their scopes in general, I think they compare very favorably with the best the world has to offer.

 

Congratulations on your new scope!

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I see this post has been dormant a bit but just a thought.  Normal torque for ring caps is about 15 inch pounds, not 65.  65 will work to attach the rings to the base, but is waaaaaaaaaaaay too much for the caps.
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Originally posted by copinhell copinhell wrote:

I see this post has been dormant a bit but just a thought.  Normal torque for ring caps is about 15 inch pounds, not 65.  65 will work to attach the rings to the base, but is waaaaaaaaaaaay too much for the caps.


I may have misspoken.  I meant the ring to base screws.  The problem was actually my fault because you are supposed to tighten the rings down with the lever, not with the screw head.  The screw head is just to secure the lever.  I simply misunderstood and screwed the rings up due to ignorance.  I have since replaced the rings with IOR tactical rings and base, and am very happy with both.
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