All have target knobs, price ranges are +/- $100 from each other, sometimes a $200 or $300 difference depending on the supplier. None of them have lighted reticle, that belongs to a choice I already eliminated..a $500 to $600 Nightforce feature. The IOR has 1/4 clicks, the Burris has 1/8", Leupold has 1/4". All choices have 30mm tubes, and if I wanted a lower power I could get a steel tubed IOR. I really like the ranging reticle of the NP-R2 and the IOR MP-8 so that is why I am in a bind... (maybe the IOR is more durable than the Leupy and Burris?)
I have a 15MOA base and will probly grab a set of Signature rings or just spring for some Barrett rings.
Rifle is a .338 Lapua with a 26" barrel, probly going to be fed with 250g Scenars for awhile. Intentions are to start shooting at 600 yards and beyond. I am leaning more towards the IOR since it has the Ranging reticle but I am open to other choices.
Actually, Burris does have lighted reticules now but they are only in the lower power stuff. 3-9 Fullfield and 4-10 Sig series. I'm not positive, but I think Leupold is also going to introduce them this summer. That I did not confirm myself but was told.
Call Natchez Shooters Supply and check thier sale prices. I think they sell all 3 brands and models. They're about the least expensive place to get optics that I know of.
You're gonna be happy with any of the above if you get it at a price you like.
If you have something that you disassemble and reassemble enough times, sooner or later, you'll have two!
I have the Leopold 8.5X25 with a duplex reticle, and the IOR Valdada with the MP-8 reticle. I like the IORs reticle design better, and it has the quick rear eye focus vs. the Leopold lock ring type. Probably going to sell my Leopold and by another Valdada.
I have decided on the IOR Valdada 6-24x50, side focus aluminum tube, non-lighted MP-8 reticle, and I think that it's around $100 more than the leupy. Now if Leupy or Burris had a similiar reticle and did not increase the price another $100 over their current models the outcome would be different.
Now the hard decision of buying a IOR now or maybe wait until they come out with a 6-24x50 illuminated.... Then again I can't have my cake and eat it too, or can I?
I appreciate the few replies on the subject and more thanks goto the other member's past posts concerning the subject.