I am in the process of joining a local predator hunting club that does almost entirely coyote hunting. I am doing this because I want to make the transition from target shooting to hunting, and varmint and predator hunting attracts me for the precision/long range aspect. Please forgive my inexperience with hunting, because I'm sure I'm about to provide you with some eyerollers.
After my first club meeting this past weekend, I was informed that much of my present equipment is inappropriate. To my surprise, I was told that most shots taken are at ~50 yds, and in darkness. I was told that my scope selection is inappropriate. Hunters in this club use scopes with at-the-minimum-50mm objectives, set at magnifications at 3x or lower, and with heavy duplex reticules.
I'm a paper-puncher, and I have a 4.5-14x40 fine duplex and a 6-24x50 mildot on my rifles that have scopes. My remy700 in .223Rem wears the 6-24, and BTW I don't like the big objective. Is 6x really just too high a magnification for shooting at 50 yards? I don't really want to invest in more glass. Can I get away with setting the scope at 6x? What if I chose to use a K31 with irons instead of the 700? The .30 bullets for the 7.5x55 Swiss are FMJ, so maybe not too destructive?
Let's say I was gonna buy some glass. If I was to purchase a low magnification scope, I'd much rather get a ~24mm objective (no bell at the objective). Would the small objective sacrifice light-gathering so much that I couldn't use it at night?
Also, I have NO camo. I was told that I need it (no solid colors). We live in the desert, so light colors are preferred. From what I've found, there isn't a whole heck of alot of desert camo available for cheap. Are solid beige/brown colors unacceptable? Couldn't I get away with some tan Woolrich's and a brown shirt?
Set me straight!