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I blundered across some online ads for IOR rangefinding binocs at an astonishingly low price.  Does anyone know anything about them?  IOR makes very good stuff.  Not having a range finder, or lightweight hunting binoculars, I'm interested. 
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Try conducting a search on The Bino forum, my friend.
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Right.   Thanks Cheaptrick.  I knew that.
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Lot's of good info down there in "the basement" of the Bino forum.

The Bino Forum and the Spotting Scope Forum are where the REAL optics geeks (koshkin) hang out.

 

 

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Which particular IOR binocular are you interested in?

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The ones I wondered about are the B/GA 10X25 and 10X40.  I'm wondering about combining binocs with rangefinding.  If it can be done that would eliminate one piece of stuff to drag along.  Considering some of the hunting ranges I'll be looking at this fall, knowing the distance could be a useful factoid.

 

However, part of the calculus is, does the quality of either the rangefinder or the binocular significantly suffer?    That is, do I wind up with a lousy find and lousy binoculars?  

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Lecia makes the best (in my opinion) combo going in a rangefinder/bino; however, it ain't cheap.  It is worth every penny (I too should have gone that route but did not.  Now I carry a Leica 1200 range finder and a pair of Leica binos.)

 

And, since you mentioend it.  You will be suprised to find how many shooting ranges skimp on the yardage. I've been to 4 ranges with my range finder and only 1 has been spot-on.  Carter's Country in Houston is, by far, the worst offender.  They assume all shooters are retarded, then they staff their range with kids who nothing of guns or shooting.

 

Anyway, the Leica Geovid is the way I'd go - if I had it all to do over again.  Great glass, great warranty, no complaints.

 

Damn, this is a bino thread in the rifle scopes section; it ain't my fault, I didn't start it.

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IOR rangefinding binoculars have a reticle in the right (I think) barrel, so if you are comfortable ranging with a reticle they are a reasonably good way to go.  That is not as easy as ranging with a laser rangefinder, but, on the other hand, it requires no batteries.  You do need to practice it though.

10x25, IMO, is too small to be of allround usefullness.  10x40 is a good binocular.  Depending on when the particular model was made, it can have a considerable yellow tint, but the optics are good otherwise.  In my practice the IOR binoculars with the reticle had stronger yellow tint than the ones without the reticle, but that could have been just luck of the draw.

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