Re: Leupold Side focus vs A/O
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I did consider the 8.5-25, but I like to have a little more low end for hunting coyotes. Sometimes they come in a little close and are there before we know it. If I was just hunting chucks and pd's, then that would definitely be the scope.
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You have built an IDEAL chuck and PD rifle, but it could not be set up worse for a coyote rifle, you want a 8# rifle not a #8 rifle barrel for coyotes. a 6.5x20 works good for chuck's and PD's but is still too much for coyote calling.
build a much lighter rifle with a 3.5x10 for coyotes and use your new 243AI for chucks and PD's with a 8.5x25.
It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.