Nikon Coyote Special scopes

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by jmb79, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. jmb79

    jmb79 Active Member

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    Nikon has a line of scopes called the Coyote Specials. The main thing that sets them apart from other scopes seems to be their BDC reticles that are intended to match up with .223 and 22-250 loads. Also, they are available in camoflauge.

    Does anyone know where these scope fall in the hierarch of Nikon scope quality? In other words, are they Monarch quality, Buckmaster quality, or something less entirely?

    Thanks.
     
  2. 42769vette

    42769vette Well-Known Member

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    prostaff,

    I had one and there bdc is way off, and the circles are entirly to big to be aimed with. I like to aim at a spot not a area. I ended up figureing out my own drop chart and used the top and bottom of the circles as aiming points. All and All it was a big pain
     

  3. jmb79

    jmb79 Active Member

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    Thanks vette. I was wondering about the top circle in the bdc reticle. It seems huge. Back to my origial plan for glass.
     
  4. cwinner

    cwinner Well-Known Member

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    I ordered one for a R-15 in camo that I won last year because the camo matched and agree that's it's not all its cracked up to be, the huge circle sucks for an aiming point when sighting in and the rifle has to be on max power for the supposed BDC stadia to work.....


    I'm not impressed in the least with it.....
     
  5. Kaboom

    Kaboom Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the guys above, put one on a 7mm RUM.
    Used the top and bottom of the circles for drop points. Took about a afternoon of shooting but got them all figured out. I have no idea what they were thinking using circles for aimimg points. If I had wanted that I'd use my EOTECH. Other than that I love the scope and has held up to the recoil wellgun).
     
  6. jmb79

    jmb79 Active Member

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    Again, thanks to all. I ended up purchasing a Nikon Monarch with BDC reticle. The glass is very good and the circles on the non-coyote versions of the BDC reticle are all the same size and much smaller. Sighting in a 200 yards was easy and after chronographing my muzzle velocity and using Nikon's Spot On ballistic software to determine my drops vis a vis the circles, the scope is easy to use and I am able to quickly and accurately adjust my aiming point(s) and hit my targets at varying distances.

    By the way, cwinner, all second focal plane, adjustable magnification scopes are only "perfectly" accurate at one (usually the highest) magnification level. This fact is in no way unique to the Nikon Coyote Special scope.
     
  7. 1tonpower

    1tonpower Well-Known Member

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    The circles are intended to aid in range estimints. I shot one on a buddies 22-250, i only shot at a 100 yard to zero for him. I will agree with ever one else. It should have cross hairs for the top. If you check out the spot on app or or go to there web sight, you can input other calibers and print out a screen shot for what the range should be for the circals for each power setting. Having 5 range cards typed to your stock would be confusing as hell. IMO I wouldn't want this scope on my stand rifle.
     
  8. CB11WYO

    CB11WYO Well-Known Member

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    "Dido" to the opinions on the circles vs. cross-hairs.
     
  9. jmb79

    jmb79 Active Member

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    What are you all talking about?

    The Nikon BDC reticle does have "cross hairs" in its center. The circles are below the center cross hairs on the verticle axis. You still "sight in" the rifle/scope at your chosen distance useing the cross hairs. You then use Nikon's Spot On Ballistic calculator to and knowledge of velocity, BC, etc. to assertain the distances that correspond to various points on the several circles.

    If this link works, it is a link to the Spot On website with an example of what the BDC reticle looks like. You can clearly see the cross hairs in the center of the reticle. Nikon Spot On&#153 Ballistic Match Technology Program
     
  10. Kaboom

    Kaboom Well-Known Member

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    There are cross hairs but they end at the circle, no intersection. If they want to use something for ranging they could have used the horizontal lines for that. :cool: We are talking about the coyote edition scope.
     
  11. cwinner

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    I guess I could have elaborated a little more as I'm familiar with FFP vs SPF issue and my intended point is that the intent of this BDC function is instant ranging and holdover, ie if the coyotes chest fits in the circle then that's the one you shoot, I agree a SFP reticle is useless for ranging unless you are the prescribed magnification, specified a 9x on the coyote special, or another SFP scope for that matter....I do a lot of calling and my scope is always turned to the lowest setting........now say I need to range a coyote hung up out there, I have to crank the scope up to use the BDC functions......it sounds fine in theory but doesn't work for me!

    Like I said I ordered this scope cause it was cheap enough and the camo pattern matched a rifle that I won.......you get what you pay for and that's exactly what I got!!
     
  12. 1tonpower

    1tonpower Well-Known Member

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    The Nicon BDC is differant from
    The one found on the coyote special
     
  13. Nomosendero

    Nomosendero Well-Known Member

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    The Coyote version looks worthless & crazy to me!!

    The regular BDC is much better, but I would like lines like the Burris Bal. Plex or the Zeiss system
    more.

    because I can get them at a special deal;, I bought a Monarch 4x16BDC & about to get a 4x14 M308. Thou not optimal I think they will work, but I would never consider the Coyote.