Re: Coyote Scopes....Need advice!
I run a nikon coyote special 4.5-14x40 with the bdc, and for the money I believe was around $300 I love it. Great light gathering and clear glass nearly as good as the older leupolds dad and I have. After shooting at diff ranges and figuring out exactly where to hold it's hard to beat. Have you check any of the horus vision scopes or any scope using the horus reticles it's almost like cheating when i shoot my 308 at long distance repeatable and accurate first and second shot hits out to around 900yd with mine and in boring regularity...
I'm not a huge fan of illuminated reticle scopes never had much use for one myself but, in KY cant shoot after dark. Leupold has that new vxr series played with on in the store and they're pretty slick. The hog reticle looked pretty neat too, I'm not sure all the diff options with them but might want to take a look. Trijicon also has illumination in the accupoint and the mill dot with the illuminated center dot maybe about perfect. Mil holds for long distance and a bright dot to put on targets up close for fast shooting, they're got a 3-9x40 and a 5-20x50 in two or three diff color and a couple reticle options. We weren't trying to give you a hard time or anything like that earlier. We've all got that buddy with more money than sense and we didn't want you to fall into that trap...
If you are using a spot light for incoming yotes then i think any scope will do as long as you keep the power down. Maybe bushnell new hdmr scope 3-21x50, all the options out there can be mind boggling.
Google the light gathering properties of a rifle scope should explain this in detail. But from what I've gathered and have actually seen in the field, higher your magnification the darker you image will be. I can see better in low light with 4x than with 8x and that better than say 12-14x. Something to do with the exit pupil size or some such I can't say but look on google for more clarification.