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I was looking at the T-Bone optical rating chart and saw that the IOR scopes are listed highly. I have no experiance with these scopes and was considering a 4X32 Hunting Model. Looks like that have all the bells and whistles that the higher priced Euro scopes have such as: etched recticle, Schott Glass (isn't this glass what the Euro scopes use, such as Zeiss, Swaro, Kahles, S&B?), 3.5" ER. And that best feature i saw...a excellent price.

So how are these scopes? What would the fixed 4 power compare to? Would a Leupy or Weaver GS fixed power compare to it? Thanks
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IOR 4x32 is better than any fixed 4x scope by Leupold or Weaver.  Weaver GS is a 4.75x40 so it is not directly comparable (although I think IOR 4x32 is a better scope).

 

Sightron S2 4x32 is not as good optically either although a bit closer overall. 

 

Kahles 4x36 is just as good optically as IOR but is twice more expensive.

 

All in all in this market segment the best scopes for the money are IOR 4x32 and Sightron 4x32.  If light weight and long eye relief are especially important you can also consider Burris Short Mag 4x20, but it is not as good optically as IOR, Sightron and Kahles.

 

If you plan to put it on something with little recoil and you want a more interesting reticle you can also consider an IOR 4x24 tactical scope.  I have a couple of those and they are very good, but have short eyerelief.

 

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It will be used for North American game of all types out to 250 yards. It will sit atop a Ruger Number 1 in 45-70 shooting Barnes Spitzer X bullets (350 grain), around 2300 to 2400 FPS. I was wondering if the fixed 4 would be a good choice, most will be very low light hunting in heavy brush where shots are close, but then again i will hunt some fields. Max shot will be 250 yards. Most will be much less than that. Would the IOR 4X32 fit my needs and perform well in low light? Thanks again.
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I think the IOR would work very well for that and would be my choice out of all 4x scopes I've tried to this point.

 

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Not surprised IOR so highly rated as was subsidiary of Carl Zeiss Jena before the wall came down. To see a bit about their history go to http://www.usaoptics.net/historyofior.html. Are starting to get good reputation in UK.

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Thanks Koshkin, i think this scope will fit the bill. I think it will be an exceptional scope, i really would like to get a S&B 4X36, but i can't lay down nearly a grand for one. The IOR really seems like a super deal. Do you think it optically competes with the Kahles fixed power? Thanks for all the info, the more you talk, the more i like the scope .
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Generally, you should try to get more opinions than just mine :)

 

I am known for favoring these three brands: IOR, Sightron, and Burris.

 

That notwithstanding I think that optically IOR is every bit as good as Kahles.  Also, Kahles 4x scope has a wire reticle (last I recall, but this may have changed) and IOR has a glass etched reticle.  On a kicker that can make a difference.

 

ILya

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There are a few fixed 4x on our sample list discounted if your are still debating. The IOR does have nice optics and will compare to the Kahles. The Kahles will be better though. For how cheap the IOR is priced it will be the better buy.
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