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Ranging coyotes

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Unread 02-24-2014, 11:32 PM
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Re: Ranging coyotes

I was thinking of a Leica but things I have read here on the forums also mention that the Zeiss and the Swaro may do a better job. How about the G7 unit? Maybe not as I don't see any pro-Zeiss/Swaro/G7 votes as of yet. Any of them have to be better than my Leupold which is certainly better than my Nikon.

I have read some comparison/review type posts and I was hoping to hear some "coyote on the snowy hillside at 800 yards" stories that would show one outshine the others consistently.

Thanks for the help fellas and if anyone has any other thoughts, I am all ears. I am spending ridiculous money and building a brand new long range coyote whacker on a Stiller Predator action but even that is useless if I cant get an accurate range on them....

Jamie
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    Unread 02-25-2014, 12:15 AM
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    Re: Ranging coyotes

    I went with a Zeiss instead of the Leica because of the size. I simply could not hold the Leica steady. The Zeiss is just borderline for steadiness, (don't get old) so I went with it. Saturday I ranged a dog at 420 yards and was very happy. However, it was my first time out with the Primos trigger bipod. Just as I pulled the trigger, my left hand trigger finger pressed on the bipods trigger. I have no idea where the shot went! Laughed most of the way home.
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    Unread 02-25-2014, 06:55 AM
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    Re: Ranging coyotes

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    I was thinking of a Leica but things I have read here on the forums also mention that the Zeiss and the Swaro may do a better job. How about the G7 unit? Maybe not as I don't see any pro-Zeiss/Swaro/G7 votes as of yet. Any of them have to be better than my Leupold which is certainly better than my Nikon.

    I have read some comparison/review type posts and I was hoping to hear some "coyote on the snowy hillside at 800 yards" stories that would show one outshine the others consistently.

    Thanks for the help fellas and if anyone has any other thoughts, I am all ears. I am spending ridiculous money and building a brand new long range coyote whacker on a Stiller Predator action but even that is useless if I cant get an accurate range on them....

    Jamie
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    Unread 02-27-2014, 12:35 AM
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    Re: Ranging coyotes

    As a long-range coyote popper wanna be myself, I have found that a BRF of some make is considerably better for getting the range quickly than any separate units I ever used to ranges of 600-700ish or so. When it comes to sniping dogs at intermediate ranges like this I would put quickness of ranging as one of the most important considerations, and that means a BRF (I have the 10X Leica BRF's myself and love them, though I admit to not keeping up with the latest technology the last several years). The Bushnell's get a pretty good review for the money if you can't go for Leica, Zeiss, etc.

    Have a buddy of mine that I hunt with who uses a 243 AR-10/87 V-Max combination, and with our system (me ranging him shooting...most of the time), he has killed more LR dogs than anyone I've ever known out to ~800 yds., on 1st shot kills.
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    Unread 02-27-2014, 12:58 PM
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    Re: Ranging coyotes

    I was in your same situation a couple years ago. I love to hunt coyotes in the wide open spaces but found that my rangefinder wouldn't range coyotes in a bare field or snow covered ground. I did some research and shopping and ended up bringing home the Zeiss PRF. It was a definite improvement over my previous rangefinder (Leupold) but after a year of use while coyote hunting I spend more time cussing it than praising it. It was just the right size and had a lightning-fast response time but it simply wouldn't hit small targets at anything over 400 yards (I'm talking coyotes or crows in snow covered fields). A lot of coyotes got away because I couldn't get a range on them and that made me angry. So I did some more thorough research and bought a Vectronix Terrapin. It was a lot of money but it was well worth it. It will range a lone coyote in a snow covered field at distances well over 1200 yards. The only down side is that it is big and bulky. Plenty of coyotes still get away but it's not because I can't get a range on them. It's hard to beat for rockchuck hunting too!
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