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I recently purchased an IOR 4-14X50 30mm tube Tactical scope with illuminated MP8 reticle and wanted to share my findings.  Although I’ll be using this scope for varmint (primarily PDs & some low light predator hunting) and informal target shooting, it’s purpose built for tactical use, which is why I posted this in the Tactical section.  In addition, there was a recent thread requesting a comparison between IOR and NightForce scopes, and since I now own both, I was able to compare these two scopes side by side in varying light conditions.  I originally considered the IOR 2.5-10X42 Tactical, but I really wanted side focus and second plane reticle.  I didn’t necessarily need 14X on the top end, but the 4-14X50 had those two features, so I decided to go with it instead.  Although for tactical use, the FFP reticle offers the advantages of consistent mil spacing relative to target size at any magnification and theoretically more stable POI, for precision varmint and target shooting, I prefer the reticle to remain as thin as possible at all magnifications.  For ranging purposes, I'm content to just use 10X (where the MP8 is calibrated) and do the math on other power settings.

 

My first impression of the IOR out of the box was that it’s rather weird looking.  The combination of the large, squared-off turret block, the magnum lock projection, and the illumination control knob mounted at an angle on the eyepiece, along with the turrets and side focus knob all combined to give the scope a rather blocky appearance to my eyes.  Still, it has a rugged, “businesslike” look that is beginning to grow on me.  This scope reportedly uses a 1-piece tube, yet the junction between the fore and aft tube sections and the turret block appear to have a visible seam, which seems to indicate a 3-piece tube design.  ???  This is really a non-issue to me either way, as long as the scope functions well, but I thought this observation was worth noting nevertheless.  A bikini-style lens cover and sunshade were also included.  The scope came with what could very well be the world’s worst owner's manual, consisting of 6 printed/photocopied pages of very basic information.  However, the typical customer this scope is intended for is probably no neophyte anyway.

 

Functionally, the power control ring was very stiff at first, but loosened up after repeated movement.  The illumination control knob was also stiff, and this didn’t seem to change with use.  In one respect, this could be viewed as a positive trait, as it’s very unlikely the illumination would be accidentally switched on without a deliberate twist of the knob.  The W/E adjustments had a very solid, positive feel.  Overall, the scope feels and appears to be built like a tank, obviously a desirable trait in a tactical scope.  Its considerable weight (28 oz.) would seem to confirm that fact.

 

I mounted the IOR on a Sako M75 stainless/laminated Varmint rifle chambered for .204 Ruger and headed for some nearby hunting property I lease for an extended shooting session.  During sight-in, I boxed the scope and the result was 5 groups forming a perfect 4” X 4” square, the last group impacting precisely on top of the first.  The scope proved to track perfectly.  The rifle also showed some promise, though this is a scope review.

 

After sighting in the Sako, I compared the IOR head to head during the remaining 2 hours of available daylight and into darkness with the closest comparable “tactical style” scope in my collection quality-, price-, and configuration-wise, the NightForce 3.5-15X50 with illuminated mil-dot reticle.  The target I had just used for sight-in @ 100 yds, with its grids, small bullet holes and varying colors, served as a very good object to compare resolution.  Though I found optical and mechanical strengths and weaknesses with both scopes, declaring one clearly superior over the other was very difficult for me to determine.

 

Mechanically, both the IOR and NightForce scopes are very well built.  I preferred the W/E knobs on the NF because of the scallop design on the gripping surface and the more detailed, easier to read, etched markings.  Zeroing the turrets on the NF is a much easier procedure than with the IOR, by simply backing out a setscrew, turning the 1-piece knob to “0” and retightening the setscrew.  The IOR has 2-piece knobs and requires one to loosen two cap screws on the top of the turret, then rotate the barrel back to “0” while simultaneously grasping the serrated disk at the top of the turret, all while trying not to disrupt the W/E zero settings you just expended ammo to arrive at.  I found this process to be cumbersome and annoying!  However, the IOR comes with protective caps for the turrets and the NF doesn’t.  I preferred the SF knob on the NF because it featured more reference marks than the IOR.  I much preferred the IOR’s power ring over the NF because when changing magnification on the NF, the entire ocular rotates.  Also, the IOR power ring features scallops surrounding the 10X setting

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Great review. I think I am going to buy an IOR very soon for my Rem 700 vsf. I am just not sure which one. I am still learning and trying to figure out if I should get the FFP or not.
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very good review, RD - keep up the good work.

 

i am either going to buy a SS 10x or an IOR 6x for my .223 i'm afraid......

 

IOR does have the bullet drop for a .223 already. Your review was a good sign. thanks!!!!

 

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Great detailed review of both scopes, I like the IOR slightly better too because of the Mp 8

 

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Nice review!

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Very nice review RD, and nice pics.
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I always get a kick out of those IOR manuals. Good review.
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Great review.  Thanks for sharing!
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super review i have three IOR  and they are great scopes
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