I think I've made my decision but I'm interested to hear the opinions of others. I'm mostly a recreational shooter shooting targets of milk jug size from 100 to 800 yards. I shoot a 308 and have recently found a load that does quite well with heavier loads so vertical travel is somewhat important to me but I've already got a 20MOA Badger base. I've also already got the lowest badger rings (which on my LTR will allow for a 50mm NF to be mounted).
In all my reading I've been very fond of the idea of a NF 5.5-22X50mm with Mil turrets and MLR reticle. I have held and played with NF scopes and currently still like them but I really dislike the fact that the entire eyepiece turns when adjusting the magnification. With a butler creek cap on the eyepiece anytime the button is near 6 o'clock I was unable to cycle my bolt. I also don't really like having the cap flip straight up as it then obscures viewing of the turret. Other than that I've VERY impressed with the NF glass and for my usage I don't see the need or reason to spend any more to get the USO or S&B. The one reason that I'd consider going to USO or S&B would be to get FFP but I don't think the delta in cost is really worth it.
Now being that I'm very close to being on the list to get a beautiful Snipers Hide Customized IOR 3-18X42mm (with mil turrets) and FFP for about $300 less than the NF how would you all play that out? The only reason that I hesitate is that I've heard some bad things about IOR build strength and about their customer service. LibertyOptics like SWFA are both very highly regarded for their customer support and I've nothing but the utmost respect and assurance that I'd be taken care of by Scott at Liberty so I'm not "too" worried about the lifetime warranty. Personally I'd be PISSED if something went wrong on my scope and when I called IOR they blamed me for it! One other worry I've had about the scope is the fact that it can't be mounted too far back and I worry about not having enough eye relief. Honestly I think that won't be too big of an issue either now that I've been looking into it further and taken some measurements. One very exciting thing is that the IOR has a larger tube and comes with rings that will allow me to mount it lower. Honestly right now I'd REALLY like to be able to get my scope a bit lower than it is.
Right now the temp scope on my rifle is a saddening Leupold 3-9X40mm VX-I (which is mounted on rings that would allow for a 50mm obj). I already wish things were a tad lower (and I've already put on an eagle stock pack to get what added comb height I can). I'm considering adding a piece of neoprene under the stock pack here soon to gain just a lil bit more.
There are several people here on the forums who have looked at NF and IOR together and have said that they'd go with the NF again if they were given the choice. I'd be interested to hear from these people and understand why they'd take the IOR over the NF. Please vote in the poll and let me know your reasons for the decision. Especially if you have spent hands on time with both manufacturers. The most difficult thing for me is that I've never seen an IOR in any way shape or form.
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Edited by bh-ltr