Leupold MK4 4.5-14x40 LR/T M1 TMR reticle vs IOR 4-14-50 illum MP8 ret
I am on the verge of a new scope purchase and am hoping for your opinions, suggestions and advice.
I'm shooting a Rem 700 LA in 30-06 Ackley Imp, 26" stainless Lilja barrel, turned down to quite a thin weight. The rifle was built for me back in '82 in '06, so other than the new barrel/caliber/scope, it's pretty much what I wanted and still like for a LR big game hunting rifle which will see use for informal LR steel. I've kept the theme light (6lb 7 oz in original form w/ a Leupold M8 4x. Currently 7lb 4 oz w/ Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 w/ mildot; 17.6 oz) and wish to keep it under 8 lbs if possible.
My Ackley load takes a 180 Nosler BT to 3050 fps and 3/4 MOA all day long if I do my part, thus far out to 800 yds. And cracking rocks to 900. My LV steel arrived yesterday, too late for the last Saturday's shoot.
The Buckmaster has performed quite well, but I wish for a little something more "tactical". I've read quite alot and have narrowed it down to two scopes.
Leupold Mk4 4.5-14x40 LR/T target w/ duplex reticle (product # 56140) which I will then send back to Leupold's custom shop to have the TMR reticle inserted along w/ M1 dials; 16 oz.
IOR Valdada 4-14x50 Tacticle w/ illum MP8 reticle; 25 oz. IOR does not have any non-illum models in stock at the moment.
Leupold is well known, kind of a standard to me, bar none (to me) the best customer service in the industry. I won't feel offened if you differ on any matter I bring up for discussion.
I've read a lot good and some bad about the IOR (mostly customer service problems and one post where someone said the tube diameter was 31mm, not 30mm and his rings pinched the tube enough to mark it up. IOR in Colorado would not rectify the problem because the scope still worked correclty.
I'm an FFL so by the time I have a total cash outlay for both, I would spend $11 more for the Mk4. IOR also has 30mm alum rings at my FFL dealer price. How is the quality of their rings. I like TSP rings. Also use a 20 MOA Ken Farrell pic base.
Thanks for any replys. An acqaintance is bringing by his IOR 4-14x50 today for me to look at.
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