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IOR – one big scope!


telegraph pole! But, if you want a true mil-dot range-finding scope, you have to have a first focal plane ret. Now, Schmidt acknowledge the preferences of the target shooter and offer first or second focal plane rets. which makes their scopes far more appealing.


Leupold www.leupold.com A renewed interest in scopes by the military has prompted many manufacturers to consider the FFP ret. and manufacturers are now playing catch-up to Schmidt & Bender.


Leupold


appear to have switched their R&D to the production of military scopes, with all sorts of new ‘desert’ body finishes and turrets plus – yes, you guessed, first focal lane rets. – or as Leupold call it ‘Front Focal’. I love my Leupold 8.5-25 Mk 4 – but please, give us an 8.5-32 Mr Leupold!


However, let’s never forget that Leupold


offer the best guarantee in the business and for that reason alone, I’ll always be a Leupold fan.


Premier Reticles www.premierreticles.com Niche-manufacturer Premier, have further refined their ‘professional’ model with new quick-zero turrets and what they call Second Generation mildot reticles. However, for the amateur they are very expensive and although they boast plenty of elevation adjustment, they don’t come with enough magnification (max is 5-25) to really tempt the target shooter to lay out some serious cash.


IOR www.border-barrels.com IOR scopes are now handled by Border Barrels in the UK and I’m amazed at the number I’m seeing on rifles. Why am I amazed? Well, they aren’t cheap and they are very heavy! Yes, the optics are as good as any but, although their 9-36 will appeal to the serious F Class shooter,


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it weighs almost a kilo and, with its 35mm body-tube, you are looking at some hefty mounts – probably from IOR, as I don’t know who else makes them. If you are building an 8.25kg F/ TR rifle you are going to have to make some sacrifices to mount one of these.


Kahles, Zeiss and Swarovski These great names in scope manufacture continue to produce top-notch optics and scopes with enviable build-quality but they seem reluctant to enter the serious target market. I would have thought that March have proved that there is a market for high magnification, high end optics with serious shooters prepared to pay almost any asking price. Come on guys, there is a great world of target shooting out there! But, if their order books are full, why bother?


To sum up, if I was on the look out for a new target scope where money was no object, then I would look no further than March. But, money is always a key factor to most of us and if you want real value for money then the Sightron is hard to beat. With a great UK importer who is also a shooter, after sales service will never be a problem. If a Sightron is still too expensive, then look at Hakko.


Next month we’ll round-off our IWA visit with a look at all the other bits and bobs that go to make IWA an un-missable yearly event.


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