FWIW... and since you asked... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
My thought process went something like...
1. I wanted a scope that I could spin turrets on to dial up long range shots. Turrets would of course need to be repeatable.
2. I wanted those turrets to be exposed so that I didn't have to worry about fumbling with and perhaps losing a turret cap in the field.
3. I wanted a low power setting no more than 4X, and a high power setting of at least 12X.
4. I wanted an illuminated reticle, as I sometimes see good shots at game in the very dim light.
(At this point, IOR, Leupold Mk4, and Nightforce NXS were all still in the running).
I ruled out the Leupold because the guys at a couple of sites I frequent were complaining about reticles canting. Different guys using different scopes couldn't all be making it up. Plus, the price of the Mk4 I was considering was only about 150 dollars short of the Nightforce's price.
I further ruled out European scopes because I did some research on the value of the Euro versus the Dollar, and was able to determine that production cost for the Schmidt & Bender scopes were NOT the reason they cost so much. The real reason was the exchange rate. Further, I had concerns about customer service and repair of the Euro scopes, thinking that the possibility that I'd have to send the scope on a slow boat (back to momma) across the pond was at least there
if not likely.
I ruled out the IOR scope basically because I don't know how much staying power the IOR Valdada company will have. Not sure of their marketshare at this point in time, and I have learned that some models (primarily the 9-36 x 56) are giving problems. I was afraid to spend big bucks on a scope and find out a year from now that the company had gone belly up.
I ruled out U.S. Optics for the same reason as above. Not sure about the long term livlihood of that company. Lots of soap opera like stuff going on with USO, to include John Williams referring to himself as "Doctor Willams" when in fact he had no doctorate in anything.
So after this thought process, I was clearly leaning toward Nightforce. I was totally won over when I realized that they offered the NP-R2 reticle which is calibrated in MOA--not mils. Since the turrets are graduated in MOA, it is good to have the reticle in MOA as well. I have more posted here about MOA versus mils if you'll do a search. To be brief, for those of us who think in inches and yards (rather than in centimeters and meters) the MOA reticle and MOA turrets are much easier to work with.
The IOR is probably a fine scope. I'm sure a good example of a Leupold is a fine scope as well, but look at this! http://www.snipershide.com/ubb/ultim...9;t=003932;p=1
I just decided that Nightforce is here to stay (they got the Navy Seals contract) and that their scopes are about as tough as they come. So I threw my money in that direction... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]