Re: IOR std or illuminated reticle
Go with the standard. I had a 2.5 - 10 IOR tactical with the illuminated reticle. Even on the lowest light setting you'll have light blow back in your eyes under normal hunting conditions. The reticle looks great in pitch darkness, but that's not a normal hunting condition.
My scope gathered light so well, I didn't need the illuminated reticle anyway. Bottom line, I could use the scope and see the MP8 reticle right up to the point I couldn't see the animal in the scope. The illuminated reticle with or without the blow back would not have bought me any more hunting time.
Say the extra bucks an go without the illunimated reticle. When your ready to buy, give Jim Maloney a call at Q-Optics, he'll take great care of you.
Distance is not an issue, but the wind will make it interesting!