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IOR vs. Leupold vs. Nikon

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Unread 05-03-2005, 03:12 PM
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IOR vs. Leupold vs. Nikon

Gentlemen,
I'm pretty new to this site and relatively new to Long range shooting/hunting. up to this point most of my hunting and shooting has been done under 600yds. I'm trying to set up a Browning A Bolt in .300 RUM I have to reach out to 1000-1200yds. My question is of the scopes I've listed which one would you go with. I'm looking to spend less than a thousand for the scope. The scopes I've been looking at so far are:
IOR 4.5-14x50 with MP8 reticle (29oz)
Leupold 4.5-14x50 with mil or duplex reticle (22oz)
Nikon 4-16x50 with mil dot reticle. (24.3oz)

So far I like the reticle of the IOR best. I have't been able to look through that exact Leupold but I have looked through their tacticals. I have not looked through a Nikon tactical at all. The weight of the rifle is pretty light and these scope are somewhat heavy. I'll be mounting with Badger rings and an IOR base. What are the Pros and Cons of each of these scopes. Thanks everyone
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    Unread 05-03-2005, 09:50 PM
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    Re: IOR vs. Leupold vs. Nikon

    i do not have an ior i do have the leupold and nikon tac.i also own swaro and to be honest to me the nikon has the best glass and you can really tell late.the leupold is proven but mine is not as clear as the nikon edge to edge theres a big differance.ive heard nothing but good from the ior.but the nikon so far gets my nod.
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    Re: IOR vs. Leupold vs. Nikon

    When I was in the market for my new scope I had the same three brands. Being a leupold fan I was biased but the nikon optics were clearer and brighter. I thought the IOR was the best and am glad I went that route. I had heard bad and good about the IOR warranty issues so bought it anyway. I guess I'll find out if the time comes.
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    Re: IOR vs. Leupold vs. Nikon

    If you want the IOR, then join Int BR Shooters (IBS)for $40 includes subscription to Precision Shooting Magazine ($36). go to BRcentral for link to IBS.

    Chris Gilchrest at redmtnjoe@aol.com is giving huge discount to IBS members. I am ordering the 16X w/MP8 for $760 as compared to $899 from SWFA.

    If you are Hunter Ed instructor or LE in your state you can buy Leupolds direct for below distributor pricing. (ie 8-25X LR for $575.12 last yrs price.)

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    Re: IOR vs. Leupold vs. Nikon

    Thanks for the info guys. Thats all very helpful. anyone else?
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    Re: IOR vs. Leupold vs. Nikon

    If your interested in the LEUPOLD 4.5-14X50 LR M1 MIL or the NIKON TAC SCOPE 4-16X50 MILDOT I can get you eithier one for 780.00 plus shipping, tax if in Michigan.
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    Unread 05-06-2005, 09:22 AM
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    Re: IOR vs. Leupold vs. Nikon

    Indyultra,
    Thats a damn good price. alot better than SWFA. I am going to try to get a look through both of them first before I decide but I'll keep you in mind if I go with the Leupie. Thanks for letting me know.
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