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Unread 06-12-2006, 12:34 PM
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Re: IOR scopes

WOW! I was surprised to see this as I thought I was the only unlucky one. A couple of months ago I bought a 2.5x10x56 from a gunsmith here NIB. I put it on my 338 Lapua and was really happy with it until about the 60 round mark when I noticed a crack while looking thru the scope after firing. Sent it back and Val told me that he didnt recommend a scope with a larger than 50 objective for the bigger calibers so I got a 4x14x50. I*n the mean time my father in law bought an older model 4x14x50 which lasted less than 20 rounds on his 338-378 wby it went blurry as stated by others. So I sent this one back and Val told me this was a recalled model and that it had a history of that happening so I ordered another 4x14x50 for my father in law as well and just paid the difference in cost. Scopes arrived few weeks ago put it on the 338's and headed to the range as were set to leave for Africa the end of May. After about 25-30 rounds thru the 338-378 the scope went blurry mind you this is 2 days before we leave for Africa so my father in law is very upset so he just put on his old nightforce varminter scope and went to Africa with that. The one on my Lapua is still holding up but I have only put less than 40 rounds thru the rifle with this scope so I hope it keeps holding i'll keep my fingers crossed. So thats 3 scopes in less than 2 months I really hope this is a select incident as I really like the MP-8 reticle and the class is very clear. I hope IOR works it out just wanted to post my experiences with this scope.

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Unread 06-12-2006, 12:48 PM
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Re: IOR scopes

Wildcat, were those hunting or tactical models?
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Unread 06-12-2006, 08:20 PM
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Re: IOR scopes

Aloha Jon A,

They were all Tactical scopes.

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Unread 08-17-2006, 04:21 AM
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Re: IOR scopes

Guys I'm considering one of these.

Does anyone have a further headsup on how their replacements are holding out? I'm in South Africa, so if it doesn't work out getting a replacement, or service,will be a nightmare.

Kirby, how's yours holding out?

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Unread 10-05-2006, 03:18 PM
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Re: IOR scopes

Its been a while since i posted the problem with my IOR 6x24x50 35mm tube scope. I do have it mounted on one of hottest 338 rifles out there, they say there is more "snap recoil" than a 50BMG creates. That said, i called Val today to ask about rings for another project. I then asked him about my personal scope that has a sticky focus knob, i was worried that it was the big 338 rifle rearing its ugly head again. I decribed the problem to Val and he said its an easy fix, "the ring screws are too tight he said" He recomends 12 inch pounds of torque on the screws. He said that will likely fix the problem, if not return it. So i went and removed the scope, checking the knob first, still sticky. After taking the scope off, the focus knob now turns smooth. I installed the scope back on the rifle, set the screws like he said, all is fixed. This goes to show you the screws should be put on with a torque wrench to be sure of the propper settings. Its critical for Scopes with external side focus knobs to have the rings not over tight, the focus inside the scope has to move to work properly. If the tube is pinched just slightly the focus slide will get sticky or not move at all. He has had several scopes that the rings were so tight the tube was crushed. Mine was not in this catagory, thank god! I will get a chance this weekend to do some shooting with it.

Val took care of me with no problems.


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