[QUOTE=koshkin]Whether IOR is worth the extra money is a personal question. That depends on how much that money is worth to you.
Also, this is an apples to oranges comparison, really. The magnification ranges are different and IOR has an illuminated reticle to boot. Personally, the new IOR you are mentioning has that big elevation knob which I have grown to like quite a bit on my 3-18x42FFP scope. For long range shooting, where you need to use the knobs a lot that one is a very good way to go.
On the other hand, if you are comfortable with older style IOR knobs (more comparable to the SIghtron's ones) and can forgo illumination, you can save $100 right there:
||IOR 4-14x50 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope
- Side Focus
- Free IOR Sun Shade w/ Purchase
With all that having been said, Sightron is a very nice scope that offers a lot for the money. Still, IOR has better optics and personally, I would prefer better glass to higher magnification. I also prefer MP-8 to Mil-Dot. I think it is a more versatile reticle (and I am used to it).
On the other hand, if higher magnificaiton is really important to you, you will not be disappointed with the Sightron.
Oh, and just to throw another wrench into you rdeliberations, consdier this scope as well:
||Meopta 4-16x44 Meostar R1 30mm Rifle Scope
Optically, it is right between Sightron and IOR and priced very similarly to the Sightron.
And while we are at it:
||New Kahles 4-12x50 Helia KX Riflescope
First of all, I suggest you figure out how much money you want to spend.
Then, decide what magnification range and objective lens diameter you want.
Then figure out which reticle you want and how much you will need to use the knobs. From your other thread it seems that you want to shoot out to 1000 yards. If that is the case knobs make a big difference. It is quite a bit easier to have a knob that can get you pretty far out with a single revolution.
You seem intent on a Mil-Dot or similar reticle. That implies that you expect to use it for rangefinding and/or holdover. In that case, MP-8 with its half-mil hashmarks is pretty useful. Just keep in mind that once you get past 400-500 yards, using the reticle for holdover is not really an option any more. You have to use the knobs. If you are learning to shoot long range, just use the knobs for any range you are shooting at. Get used to it.
On the other hand, if you insist on using hte reticle for ranging and holdover a lot, I would probably invest in a good quality FFP scope. Fixed reticle dimensions make things easier.
If you can't spend twelve hundred and are OK with the magnification range, go with an IOR.
If you can't spend twelve hundred and want to spend eight hundred, go with the Sightron or Meopta.
In either case, get a 20MOA slanted base (Warne is not a bad way to go for $85 as is the slightly cheaper TPS) and good quality rings (I mostly use Warne and TPS).
I have used Ken Farrell base with good success as well, but you