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Jut FYI, I spent some time on the phone with Val from IOR and there are a three new scopes coming up that I found pretty interesting:

1) 36x42 target scope with a MOA-based reticle, 1/8" clicks, side-focus and a 30mm tube.  It should weigh about 700grams.  I am not a benchrest shooter myself, but apparently a lot of benchrest guys have been complaining about a lack of high quality competition scopes (I have heard of mechanical  problems with Leupy's competition scopes).

2) 2-12x32 scope with 35 tube.  It is similar to the currently produced 2-12x32, but it does not have side-focus, simplifying manufacture.  What it does have is a BDC calibrated for 308.  That has to be one of the better designated marksman scopes out there.

3) compact 3x25 scope (same as the current 3x25CQB model), but without a built in mount.  I think more flexible mounting options will increase the attractiveness of this design.  There really aren't many scopes of this type produced now (if any), so I am happy to see it.  IOR originally intended it as a competition to ACOG, but I think it has somewhat different strengths and weaknesses.  This particular scope has a rather long and flexible eyerelief and absolutely wonderful glass.  It is remarkable how well you can see with only 3x of magnification if the glass is up to it.

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Thanks ILya, this is exactly the kind of thing that I was talking about in the other thread.
There sounds to be some good things here. I assume you will be ordering and reporting as is usual?
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:


2) 2-12x32 scope with 35 tube.  It is similar to the currently produced 2-12x32, but it does not have side-focus, simplifying manufacture.  What it does have is a BDC calibrated for 308.  That has to be one of the better designated marksman scopes out there.


I heard this once before and glad to have it confirmed.  This now gives me an excuse to get one of the new RRA .308's Big%20Grin
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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

Thanks ILya, this is exactly the kind of thing that I was talking about in the other thread.
There sounds to be some good things here. I assume you will be ordering and reporting as is usual?


They are not here yet, but I think they are either currently being manufactured or are about to go into manufacturing.  When they do make it here, I will certainly try to get my hands on them.

2-12x32 should work well on my 6.5Grendel and the 3x25 is perfect for a big bore AR that I've been considering building for a while.

Competition scopes I know very little about, so I am not the best person to evaluate that one.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:


1) 36x42 target scope with a MOA-based reticle, 1/8" clicks, side-focus and a 30mm tube.  It should weigh about 700grams.  I am not a benchrest shooter myself, but apparently a lot of benchrest guys have been complaining about a lack of high quality competition scopes (I have heard of mechanical  problems with Leupy's competition scopes).
 
If this is indeed intended for benchrest shooting, the majority of the competitive benchrest shooters would want a simple crosshair, and as thin a crosshair as possible.  Depending on individual preference, some competitors might prefer a crosshair w/dot.
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IOR certainly has the capability to make very thin reticles, so we'll see how it goes.

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I have no doubts IOR would make one helluva nice benchrest scope.  There is a definite shortage of options in a fixed, high power competition scope, but then again, there's a correspondingly small market demand for such a scope, which is why there's a shortage of them.
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There must have been enough demand to make March introduce their scope.  Same for IOR.  I suspect that in the benchrest market most of the demand is not due to growth in the number of shooters, but largely due to existing sport participants willing to swap out their equipment if something new could give them a small edge.  If IOR's scope is well made and reliable (and I certainly expect it to be) they could do really well by setting the scope up as a competitor to March (which is well over two grand and only has a 3 year warranty, I think).

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You've got that right.  In that game, the serious shooters are willing to do almost whatever it takes to get an edge, regardless of how small that edge is.  I'm anxious to see what IOR comes up with here and how well it's received.  Good news!
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      This new Benchrest scope by IOR is quite interesting . A sugestion : Tell Val to send a unit to Jim Borden to test when they come out . Look at the reticules offered in the March scopes to see what is the most popular  . I got  the 1/8 dot on my March 40 X but would really like to try the 1/16  .
 
March scope information http://www.kelbly.com/scopes.html
 
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Thanks.

I'll mention it to Val next time I talk to him.  He has generally been very receptive to input, so keep the information coming.

What would you like to see in a new IOR benchrest scope?

ILya
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