Val has sent your three letters to the IOR factory along with a letter himself. He is as upset and embarased by this as anyone, and for good reason. He would like to know how the S&B holds up to your rifle, please report back in periodically. If your S&B holds up for awhile, he will sahre that with the grunts overseas too.
He does want thie 3-18 scope to work.
"See Better, Shoot Better"