I've been to Ft. Campbell too. Air Assault and Recondo School.Thanks guys for your input, I just got done talking with two guys from the 5th Group at Ft. Campbell who have the exact scope...they love it in every way. I did ask about any SF adjustment problems, neither had any or had ever heard of any.
Did my basic there in Jan 69, I remember my boots freezing! Thanks for your serviceI've been to Ft. Campbell too. Air Assault and Recondo School.
Heres a pic of a 13 shot shot group from a few weeks ago at my local 100yd range.
Heres the scope and the rig she sits on. Accra Liance Sniper Systems 308.
Man , I don't know what model or manufacture date you might have experienced but the two I was able to check out had better turret feel than the several S&B and NF I've used over the years, one of the many reasons I was so interested in the (3.5-18 X 50 specifically) IOR using steel bearings.The only downside from my experience is the turrets can be mushy and some have problems right off the bat (but customer service is good).
Not any more...I was able to look at two in Stuttgart, one was a 2.5-10 and the other was a 6 to some high mag. Like every one, I've known about IOR for several years and was interested in the newer 3.5-18 50. From phillip's view and the two "acquaintances" from Ft. Campbell and other research in the past several days plus talking with several merchants that carry them I decided to go ahead and get one.It sounds like you've already made up your mind. Do you have a specific question about the scope?
I'll give you my thoughts after I have the scope...in my talking with several industry reps of other manufactures what they said of IOR over NF (which I have had on several of my issued rifles) is better optical clarity and resolution, mechanically better and as robust as any other high quality veritable scope...we'll see!I'm curious as to whether the 3-18x FFP in its current generation has truly reached the quality and reliability of the nightforce NXS scopes. Some say it has and some say it hasn't. I'm very tempted to pick one up myself but would hate to risk it. Currently running the 3-15x NXS F1 and it is truly the creme de la creme in the reliability department. Reticle is decent and glass is decent. Can't get over the IOR's moa reticle though. Damn near perfect reticle imo.
Dude, I'm sorry for not telling you this earlier, but you will find it slightly difficult to shoot consistent groups at first. Something about trying to shoot with a big ass grin on your face does that to a guy! Enjoy the scope.A quick update for those interested;
Received the scope Friday afternoon,
Played with it for about one half hour then mounted it up.
Got to "work" it this morning for over an hour.
Mag ring is very firm, after rotating back and forth for a while I can tell it will ease up some, it's very smooth.
Elevation knob clicks very succinctly, on par with S&B better than NF, USO and Leupold, not as loud as a S&B but louder than a NF.
Windage knob is a hair less crisp but still better than NF, USO and Leupold.
I love the side parallax focus, you don't need to "crank it forever" as on some scopes, it pops in and out very distinctively, makes ya feel good!
The glass is simply outstanding and like others have stated the reticle is just great, I'm really going to enjoy it.
Good eye relief, seems to be much more than the 3 1/2 inches as stated.
Yesterday into the evening played with the digital illumination, it is great also, does not bleed or ghost at all, and does not get ridiculously bright at the top setting.
I'm going to shoot some later this afternoon, I've got a laser cartridge somewhere to get a quick first adjustment.
phillip, thanks man...your statement IS funny...yesterday afternoon I went out to my shooting bench with laser cartridge, and some ammo. A close (non military) friend had been hunting in the morning that's why I did not shoot earlier.Dude, I'm sorry for not telling you this earlier, but you will find it slightly difficult to shoot consistent groups at first. Something about trying to shoot with a big ass grin on your face does that to a guy! Enjoy the scope.
LRTI. Do you think it was the scar that did that to the spartan or something with the spartan itself? There are reports (all second hand) that maybe the scar 17's recoil impulse messes with certain optics. The nightforce 2.5-10 is specifically mentioned as one od the scopes that are gtg and not affected by the scar17. What was your impression of the bdc elevation knob? Usable?I bought a 2-12X36 Spartan rifle scope from Valdada specifically to put on my SCAR17 for deployment. My 2.5-10 NF was on another rifle, so I bought the IOR. Bottom line: It went blurry while providing covering fire for movement to a rooftop. I had to adjust the magnification dial to get rid of the blur. Then, it happened again while on the roof. I contacted Valdada after returning home, and they sent me a brand NIB 2-12X36 scope. No problems with customer service. However, the scope is still sitting NIB today, and I'm looking to sell it. It seems to be a robust scope from the outside, and the new one they sent me is probably just fine... but I never had a NF do that.