IOR Valdada -vs- Nightforce NXS

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by C.O. Shooter, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Hey All,

    I know this was an older thread, http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f18/nxs-vs-new-ior-75155/ however, I wanted to revisit this. It is my understand IOR has made improvements to their internals. Is anyone currently running this scope? 6-24x50 35mm SFP TACTICAL SCOPE SF MP-8 XTREME-X1 MOA ILLUM. RETICLE - Tactical Scopes - Scopes. I have spoke with a few people regarding the Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x50 MOAR with nothing but good feed back. This scope would be used for my 6.5x284. I had my mind set on the nightforce, but now I found this. They both have there pros and cons, but curious what others thought! Thanks
     
  2. CBS

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    I haven't owned that exact scope but i've had a few IORs and NFs. i'll give the glass quality edge to the IOR. i like the fat turret on the IOR better than the NF. NF is lighter in comparable magnifications. (IORs tend to have some larger tubes). i like the MP-8 reticle better than most of the NF reticle options. (haven't spent much time behind the new MOAR)

    the one problem that i had with my IOR 3-18 was eye relief. and the NF was easier to get behind. again the IOR you're looking at may be significantly differetn than the ones i've owned.
     

  3. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    I guess looking at the two of these scopes the features are similar. The price is about the same. The IOR weighs more, but not by much. The main tube on the IOR is bigger, but is there any real benefit from this. The IOR glass is said to have the advantage over the Nightforce.
     
  4. WildRose

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    It would greatly depend on which IOR scope you are comparing to the NF.

    I like my IOR 4-14x 50 Tact much better than the NF 3.5-15. Particularly in low light conditions it's the single best piece of glass I've ever owned or shot. I've used it on coyotes on a full moon night without any added illumination out to 500yds on wheat fields.

    I like my IOR 6-24x50 35mm tube better than the NF 5.5-22x56 I compared it to. Again outstanding in low light, and much better in extremely bright conditions than either the NF or Mark 4's and VXII Leupold's I own.

    I'm not a man of wealth by any means and my next scope will be the new 4-28x56mm 40mm tube IOR .

    I haven't shot the latter yet but I have had an opportunity to play with one a bit in both bright and low light and it's phenomenal. The incredible 85 MOA range of adjustment makes it a tremendous Long or extreme long range optic as do the 1/4MOA click values.

    High end scopes are like high end vehicles or rifles though and a lot of it just boils down to personal preference. Some of it too depends on the individual users eyes and light sensitivity.

    I have a problelm in extremely bright light but I have exceptional night vision and always have had this as an issue. In both extremes I really love the IOR's better than anything else I have owned or tried.
     
  5. C.O. Shooter

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    My 6-24 is an older model which came with the regular target turrets/caps.

    I have the tactical turrets on the 4-14 however. They are plenty large enough to get a hold of even in wet/cold conditions and the numbers on the power dial are plenty big enough for me to read. I have in fact no problem reading either without my reading glasses which I do need to read most printed material that is hand held. Fortunately my distance vision has not suffered the same decay with age.

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  7. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the pictures!
     
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    I don't have the IOR you asked about, but I have same 4-14x50 Wildrose does and it is a heckuva scope. Brilliant optics, tracks good so far, and I like the big elevation turret. I think they got a bad rap from some of their older scopes.
     
  9. C.O. Shooter

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    They are both pretty health scopes! This isn't an easy decision. All honesty I don't know what I want. If leupold would get off their ass and produce a MOA reticle, I would give that serious consideration.
     
  10. WildRose

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    You know I wondered about that and did some reasearch. It turns out they were pressured into delivering one lot of the 3-18's that had a problem with the parallax adjustment because the lenses had come slightly over sized from shott. The customer insisted on shipping them as is and they did. As a result the parallax gets "stiff" if the rings are set too tight.

    They had the exact same problem in the lot that my 6-24 came from to a lesser degree.

    If you follow their torque specific recommendtions however it's no problem at all.
     
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    I love my mark 4's and VX-3's and to be honest for quality of glass they aren't in the same league with the IOR's, especially when you get to the 35 and 40mm OBJ scopes. At that level I'll take the IOR's over even USO and Swaro purely for image clarity and low light target acquisition.
     
  12. C.O. Shooter

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    I guess I am a little hesitant about the IOR as I never really heard of them prior to this site. I would like to get my hands on one to look at.
     
  13. Hunter2678

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    They're a popular European brand..german schott glass...not really heard a bad thing about them.
     
  14. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    I discovered thus morning that my Bunn Coffee pot is made with Schott Glass! No wonder they want so much money for one of their pots.