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Old 11-29-2007, 10:39 PM
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Scope for Coyote gun

Planning on getting a Remington 700 VSF in 22-250 for coyote hunting, as well as PD and target shooting pretty soon. I'm wondering what power scope would work best on this rifle? I would like to be able to make those 500yd shots when I become proficient at shooting those distances, but I aslo don't want to be "over-powered" for those closer shots when I need to take them. In your opinion, what would work best for this application/compromise?

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Old 11-29-2007, 11:24 PM
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Minimum: 4.5-14X50

Optimum: 6.5-20X50

Only just a little better: 6.5-20X56

If you traipse around only during the day about anything else with decent power will do. During sun rise and sun set and into the dark is when the above recommendations will rear their heads and take over.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:16 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I can see the wisdom in the 50mm front objective. I had a 4.5-14x50 on my previous 22-250, but never got to hunt with it. It certaily let in more light and made a HUGE difference around dawn and dusk. I'm just concerned with the higher power ranges of being over-magnified when the yote come in close. Would this be a problem with the 6.5-20x50? What is your preference--to those experienced coyote hunters?
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:32 PM
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I'm just concerned with the higher power ranges of being over-magnified when the yote come in close. Would this be a problem with the 6.5-20x50? What is your preference--to those experienced coyote hunters?
Not for me it wouldn't. I've called yotes and got 'em w/a 10X but everything has to fit you perfectly. 6.5 should be about right. My call gun is a 222 Rem w/a Leu. 3X9 V-II. Its as good for as far as the rifle will shoot decently.

My LR rifle sports a 4.5-14 soon to be a 6.5-20X50.
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:03 PM
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Varmint scopes

My favorite scope for fox, coyote, and prairie dogs used to be 6.5-20's.

For p.d.'s, I found myself setting the power ring at 16 for a compromise between field of view & power.

For calling varmints, I found 6.5X a bit much sometimes.

So.......
I've settled on 4.5-14 LR with the Varmint Hunters Reticle.
I like them so well I've got over a dozen on different rigs.

Now, if you don't call, and just snipe at them, and/ or your going to do more playing at long range, go to the 6.5-20 or 8.5-25.

I got those, too.

Good shooting,

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Old 12-02-2007, 02:50 PM
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I don't believe there is a scope that will work for calling coyotes and shooting praire dogs. My calling guns have 3x9 with 30mm tubes. Usually set on 4 to 6 power when calling. If you can see way out there then you can up the power but anything over 9 is hard to hold steady and just to big and bulky of a scope. My prairie dog guns have scopes up to 32 power. Rarely set under 16 when shooting dogs and usually higher.
Just my opinion.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:23 PM
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I don't believe there is a scope that will work for calling coyotes and shooting praire dogs. My calling guns have 3x9 with 30mm tubes. Usually set on 4 to 6 power when calling. If you can see way out there then you can up the power but anything over 9 is hard to hold steady and just to big and bulky of a scope. My prairie dog guns have scopes up to 32 power. Rarely set under 16 when shooting dogs and usually higher.
Just my opinion.
I completely agree with this, I think a perfect coyote scope is a 2.5x8 or similar and a perfect prairie dog scope is an 8.5x25x50. if you use one of these scopes for both coyote calling and PD's it is a compromise. I used to use a 6.5x20 for calling coyotes NEVER NEVER again. if you need a compromise scope instead of having a seperate rifle for each type of hunting the 4.5x14 would work well.
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