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#2167005 - 02/28/12 02:27 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: dmpowder]
Blackhawk43 Offline
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Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 1236
Loc: Nebraska
That is just my opinion, if your opinion is different no problem. There are more than one good scope out there. I am of the opinion you should go to the upper end of what you can afford.

#2167456 - 02/28/12 09:14 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: Blackhawk43]
Rohde009 Offline
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Registered: 10/23/11
Posts: 112
Loc: Michigan Saginaw
Use to love nikon till they came out with a reticle full of circles who can aim with circles

#2167487 - 02/28/12 09:28 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: Rohde009]
Rohde009 Offline
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Registered: 10/23/11
Posts: 112
Loc: Michigan Saginaw
I would go with whats in your budget 30mm tube 50mm objective in 3x9 or 4.5 x14 i went with a Burris Black Diamond 6.5 x 24 with a 50mm objective and a 30mm tube and love it but it was 749.00

#2167511 - 02/28/12 09:40 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: Rohde009]
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#2169778 - 03/02/12 01:32 AM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: CS TACTICAL]
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Registered: 11/10/08
Posts: 2913
Loc: Las Vegas Nevada
Not sure if they still make it but the 2.5-10x40 4200 elite was a sweet scope if you like a little more power.

I'm sold on the 1-4x20mm's.

You might consider the vx3 2-8 vx3. It is really popular. Its good enough for byron south so I suppose it would be good enough for 99% of predator hunters with a .223.

Don't over scope, it is not an advantage. 2-7 is plenty.
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#2171684 - 03/03/12 11:18 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
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#2172801 - 03/05/12 08:09 AM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: TripleDeuce660]
1holeaddict Offline
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Registered: 03/04/12
Posts: 46
Loc: Northeast PA
I have the Nikon coyote in 4.5x 14 on my 243 win and love it. Word of advice do ur load development with a different scope first. It is hard to produce groups with a circle that = 3" at 100 yards.

#2175700 - 03/08/12 12:41 AM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: 1holeaddict]
perch161 Offline
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Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 235
Loc: Lindenhurst IL
schmidt and bender, swarovski, or night force are all kinda decent.

#2176869 - 03/09/12 09:59 AM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: perch161]
Bernie P. Offline
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Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2239
Loc: NY Adirondack Park
I have Leupolds VXI 2-7 on my .223.Cant see where I would ever need more power.

#2176874 - 03/09/12 10:04 AM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: Bernie P.]
savage223um Offline
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Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 118
Loc: USA
I use 2x7 shotgun scopes there tough and stay sighted in.

#2177375 - 03/09/12 09:20 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: savage223um]
TAG-Pred Offline
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Registered: 01/26/12
Posts: 49
Loc: AZ
I also have the Nikon Coyote Special 4.5-14 on my .223 and like it. It groups just fine (nickel) at 100 yds (you have to look at the center of the circle d:~})

I've been thinking about the Leupold VX-6 2-12x42 with 30 mm tube. Seems like a great range for predators. It's pretty pricey at $775-$1,000, but .....

#2187761 - 03/23/12 08:07 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: TAG-Pred]
fr3db3ar Offline
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Registered: 08/27/09
Posts: 169
Loc: Holland, MI
Nikon 4.5-14 Coyote special 100 yards. Stevens 200 223. 3 shots. Not all day every day but often enough to keep me happy.

If you want to shoot target with it the trick is to use circle targets.

I like the quick target acquisition on 4.5 with the circle.

#2187765 - 03/23/12 08:14 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: fr3db3ar]
Take The Shot Offline
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Registered: 01/15/12
Posts: 38
Loc: North Las Vegas, Nevada
The best predator hunting scope hands down is the one that you can see through clear enough to make the kill. Other than that, it's just a name brand on the side.

#2188440 - 03/24/12 07:04 PM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: Take The Shot]
bigoledodge Offline
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Registered: 06/17/11
Posts: 281
Loc: indiana
bushnell imo is a pretty good scope in the affordable price ranger. have one on my 243 4-12-50 and a doa 600 on my ar 3-9-40. nikon coyote special seems to have better glass but i HATE those circles. the doa has actual dropped lines for the different distances rather than aiming through the circle or bottom edge of circle like nikon. i think the doa was 160. have yet to sight it in yet. the other, a dusk and dawn with lit reticle has gave me no problems whatsoever a can shoot 1/2" groups at 100. i dont get real caught up in name brands. you get some people that will spend all that money and then will yell at the top of there lungs how awesome it is to anyone that will listen. get something in your price range that has good reviews and you will be more than happy

#2188748 - 03/25/12 10:16 AM Re: Best predator hunting scope for 223? [Re: bigoledodge]
jasonprox700 Offline
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Registered: 11/07/06
Posts: 687
Loc: West Central Wisconsin
Favorite? Tough question. I can't really say I have a favorite. That's why I have different scopes on different rifles. They all serve different purposes.

I recently placed a 2.5-16x40 Bushnell 6500 on my calling 5.56. I use it for hunting and plinking. I really like the low-end power and the high end for paper punching and small targets way out there. The glass is pretty awesome too. I also have a red dot and magnifier I can slap on at any time if I plan on doing some heavy cover, thick woods hunting.

My AP4 .308 wears a Leupy VX3 Illuminated 1.5-5. I use this for deer drives and heavy cover hunting. Hopefully, I will be using it for wolves here in Wisconsin soon!!! I also have a Zeiss 3-9x40 for it that again, I can swap out if I'm sitting in a stand and shots are longer.

My Bushy Varminter wears a 6-20x50 Burris. This gun doesn't see much hunting use due to the length and weight, so as a dedicated pdog and bench gun, this scope is almost a perfect fit. The scope on this gun is in Bobro mounts so that I can swap it to other guns for load development. My heavy barreled Rem 700 .22-250 wears a 6-20x50 Leupy VX3. This is also a dedicated bench and pdog gun (weighs about 13lbs).

My .243 WSSM wears a Weaver Super Slam 3-15x50 w/EBX reticle. With the wide zoom range, this scope gives me the low power for close stuff, and the high zoom for the longer stuff that the .243 can handle.

In order to find out the perfect scope, you really have to sit down and look at the task at hand for your rifle. None of the scopes above are perfect. If I had a few grand too spend on glass for each, then I'm sure I could find the perfect scope for each. What I did was pick the scopes that fit my task for each rifle and that fell in my budget at the time. So far, it's working for me.

Another side note. If you have a rifle that is used for many different purposes, then it might be helpful to have your scopes in high quality QD mounts (LaRue, Bobro, & ADM). I started doing this as it is cheaper to invest money into mounts rather than a new rifle (although new rifles are cool too!).

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