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IOR Binocs?

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Unread 11-30-2004, 02:45 PM
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IOR Binocs?

Which would you guys recommend IOR 10x/40 binocs or Windriver 8x/40's?

I'm really interested in trying the IOR's but I'm also not sure if 10x is going to be too much magnification for extensive glassing in Western Montana/Idaho.

Any other recommendations for a pair of quality binoc's under $500? I'm just too hard on gear to pay much more than that.

Right now I'm using a pair of military surplus Fujicon 7x/ 50's. Good glass but way too heavy.

Finally, how do I learn how to use a military range finding recticle?

Thanks guys, love the site.
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    Unread 11-30-2004, 06:24 PM
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    Re: IOR Binocs?

    It depends on where you will be glassing. If you will be in wooded areas where you will not be able to see more than a few hundred yards, then the 8x would be better, if it is wide open country, then the 10x would be better. I personally use 12x50 binocs for the open spaces here in southern Idaho for looking for deer, rock chucks, coyotes, etc. In many places here, I can look miles away for animals.

    I'm sure someone will chime in on the military rangefinder reticle - I have no clue on that.

    good luck.
    I keep nature balanced - I hunt everything!
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    Unread 11-30-2004, 09:59 PM
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    Re: IOR Binocs?

    i use 10x40 leitz trinovids.clear,sharp,light
    these are usually available on e-bay for $400-500.make sure they are the german ones/old style.i find a good spotting scope to be a valuable aid here in idaho.
    on tonight e-bay #3856968861 [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

    [ 11-30-2004: Message edited by: larryj ]
    good luck
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    Unread 11-30-2004, 10:44 PM
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    Re: IOR Binocs?

    I have a pair of IOR 8x40 that has seen many years of hard use. They have never fogged or given me any trouble. They are solidly built, and weigh accordingly. That said I prefer a 10x for the hunting I do here in central CO. My most used bino's are a pair of 10x25 Zeiss Victory's I bought last year. 9oz.
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