Location: United States
I have been perusing this site for a while and want to say that I am glad that, by research, you have talked me out of a Leupold.
Now here is my delema... I am waiting on a custom AR-15 rig in 243wssm and I am not sure which direction to go with optics. I want to keep it in the $1,300 range. After all, why shoot a precision rifle with chap optics.
I have narrowed it down to the Ior 6-24x50 35mm or the Night Force 5.5-22x56 and of course I am always interested in something better if you can recommend it.
The majority of my shooting is in the field going after South Texas White Tail, Boar, Coyote, Bobcat, and other local game. Practical shooting distances will range up to 350-400 yards or so. And paper punching sporadically on the weekends. I know that it is a rather high power scope for my purposes, but I like to have the magnification for precise ear canal and eye shots so I don't have to go tracking through mesquite and prickley pear.
A lot of my predator hunting is done at dusk so low light functionality is a high priority to me. By the way, I am looking at the illuminated reticule models.
I have never used a mil dot or tactical reticle before, but am always down to learn. One thing I did like a lot on the NF is the NP-2DD reticle as it does not take over a lot of the feild of view, draws the eye to the center, is not buisy, and the .1875 M.O.A. center dot for precision shooting.
That said, it seems that the Ior has slightly better optics and low light transference... HELP!!!
Thanks in advance for your help,