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     My initial observation of this scope is is based in two parts. Keep in mind that I want the scope for hunting primarily and then long range target secondly. first, I have the illuminated MP8 reticle and the Scope is not yet mounted to a gun.(in case I want to send it back). Over the past few days I have tried this scope at twilight and beyond in the evening, at night with moonlight and just prior to twilight and beyond in the AM, and daylight. My preliminary observations are that the MP-8 reticle when not illuminated is two small to utilize at that magic hour. Once the illumination is turned on to the lowest setting, the reticle becomes two bright and IMO distorts to much target area. I compared it this morning to my Leupold VX-III 3-9X40 and I could have accomplished better results with the Leupy and the Duplex reticle. Keep in mind that this was by moonlight. I also compared to a Meopta Meostar 3-12 X 56 Ill. #4 dot. WOW. Meopta blew them both away with clarity and reticle ability.

     Now during the day time, The IOR glass is excellent and very crisp and clear. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong, but the very edges of the scope appear blured. The MP 8 reticle appears to be very precise and easy to see during daylight, unless you try to shoot around tangled backgrounds  The MP* reticle is thin and can be difficult to see if you are looking from a field into a darker (wooded) area. I don't know what I am going to do yet. Since I mainly want a hunting scope W/ long range target secondary, I may be re-thinking my decision and sending this one back.

 

You guys got any more suggestions???? 



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This scope is primarily intended for tactical use.  The thin reticle is ideal for precision shooting and small varmints.  I bought this scope for varmints, specifically PDs, and informal target shooting.  For that use, I prefer thin reticles -- the thinner the better.  A thin reticle isn't a good choice for low light, but it is the best choice for precision shooting.  I personally found the illuminated reticle on the #1 setting to work fine for low light use, but I agree I would prefer it had a dimmer setting.

 

This scope wouldn't be my choice as a big game hunting scope at all, not only for the reticle, but because, being a hardcore tactical scope, it is unnecessarily large and bulky, with too many projections that can snag on stuff.  Then again, I thought in your post seeking recommendations for the scope you specified you wanted it for long range target first, hunting second.  For that, it's an excellent choice.

 

If you want a hunting scope first, target second, I would go with a FFP reticle model or an illuminated model scope in a similar magnification range that lights up only the very center of the reticle for less sight picture flare.  There are many good choices that fit this description.  Let us know your budget limit and you will get many suggestions.

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Rifle dude, I would like to stay in the same budget range as the IOR - under $1000.  But it is hard to find one that still has the target turrets and 30 mm tube.  Most of my hunting is stand hunting and the scope is going on a beast of a gun anyway so the size doesn't really bother me.
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How about the Meopta Meostar 4-16X44 with Mil-Dot reticle?  I have no personal experience with this scope, but you said you have a Meopta scope and were favorably impressed with it.  The dots may provide a little better reticle visibility in low light than the thin lines on the MP8.  This scope also has the target turrets, 30mm tube, and A/O as well.  In addition, it is even less expensive than the IOR.

 

http://www.swfa.com/pc-9100-1134-new-meopta-4-16x44-meostar- r1-30mm-rifle-scope.aspx

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Thats not bad.  I am not sure whether I want a mil-dot system or not.  I have until Thursday to decide.  I am going to give the IOR another look this evening.
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