I don't mean to salt a wound MACHV, but I think you should put your "soft tube" comments in context. The only case of the type I or anybody I've ever heard from, from anybody
, is yours. It's also the only one in which somebody torqued the ring screws 5 times as tight as he was supposed to. Mounting "carefully"
This is not a problem anybody else I know of has had with an IOR. Mine is nearly twice as heavy as the VX-III of same power, tube and objective size it replaces. If I was taking bets on which one had thicker walled tubes.... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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So no question about being a quallity riflescope?
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No. I have heard some bad things about some scopes in their hunting line, and in years past some did have problems with the older tacticals, but they've been improving their scopes rapidly. I have yet to read an unfavorable review of any of the newer tactical stuff. I've only had my IOR 4-14X50 for a little while,
but it impresses me every time I look at (or more importantly) through it. Compared with the equivalent Leupold it replaces, it's longer, heavier and some would say uglier. Other than that it's better in every other way IMHO. And the glass...especially at high power, compared with the Leupold, it's just no contest. So yes, they are serious, quality scopes with probably the best glass you can get for the money and they have a growing (and rabidly loyal) following in the tactical community. They aren't perfect (size, weight, some features take some getting used to--as in personal preference type stuff), but they are an outstanding scope and a great value.
And yes, if you want to badly enough you can make BDC's for them as I have:
One hangup with doing this for the 6-24 is it only has 9 MOA per dial revolution IIRC (unless that's been updated recently). This means you'll probably want to do three revolutions (mine is 13 MOA per rev) and it might get a bit cluttered. How far are you planning to shoot?
However, if you've never even used turrets before, I'd strongly suggest learning to walk before trying to get too fancy. If you aren't well practiced at making dropcharts and dialing and don't have a good understanding of it, trying to make a perfect BDC (which is much more difficult) might not be the best idea.
Oh yeah, the MP-8 rocks!