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#3213291 - 09/25/19 09:56 PM Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote?
Jason50cal Offline
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Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 12
Loc: Ohio
Iím looking at getting a scope for my new 6.5 Grendel upper and will be used for daytime coyote hunting. Shots out to 500 or so yards at most. Iím thinking of the Sightron S-TAC 4x20x50 as I have a few of them and love them but wanted to ask here first. What would you go with?

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#3213300 - 09/25/19 11:58 PM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
Tim Neitzke Offline
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NF NXS 2.5-10 x32 or 3.5-15x50
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#3213303 - 09/26/19 12:22 AM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
GRIZZLYONE Online
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 3525
Loc: So Cal
I'll second the Night Force NXS 2.5-10 X 32. I have one on my Dtech AR. Grizz
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#3213307 - 09/26/19 04:45 AM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
gooseisland Offline
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Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 376
Loc: minnesota
Trijicon accupoint. I have 2 with the mildots and green center. Great solid scopes!

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#3213372 - 09/26/19 11:44 PM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
mbaysinger89 Online
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Registered: 07/08/13
Posts: 1179
Loc: kansas
For 400 bucks exactly what you said. Has some CA problems, but i like the nice thin reticles and zoom ranges for coyotes and glass is the best I have seen in that price ra ge.

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#3213398 - 09/27/19 10:00 AM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: mbaysinger89]
spotstalkshoot Online
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 1506
Loc: so.mn
CA color aberration? I really like my 3 4-20 stac, 2 duplex, 1 moa2. The moa is very fine on the top end, pretty tough to see at low light. All three turrets adjust perfectly and have shown no shift. I have moved these on off rifles for load testing and optically zero them before mounting. I will use one of these if I suspect a scope issue on a friend's rifle.


Edited by spotstalkshoot (09/27/19 10:04 AM)

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#3213485 - 09/28/19 03:40 PM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
coyotezapper Offline
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Registered: 06/03/16
Posts: 350
Loc: New Mexico
Leupold 2.5-8x36 on my 223 Rem
Swarovski 2.5-15x44 Z6 on my 17 Tac.

I like to have the wider field of view on the bottom end. Its easy to lose sight of a dog at higher magnification.

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#3213594 - 09/29/19 07:35 PM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
zr600 Offline
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Registered: 02/21/14
Posts: 1336
Loc: North dakota
I love my leupold vx5hd 3-15.

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#3214074 - 10/04/19 11:45 AM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
AWS Online
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Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 4790
Loc: NM
I prefer a 1.5-6x40mm scope on my bolt gun for calling coyotes and big game hunting, I have them by Burris(2), Bausch&Lomb, Sightron(my favorite) and Alpen Optics. On my combo guns it is straight tube scopes so they can be mounted low favorite is the Leupold 1-4x20mm(4), Weaver V-3(2) and Nikon Monarch.

I find scopes with at least a 40 foot FOV on the bottom end best for called critters 6x on the top end will kill critters as far as I care to shoot. I have a couple of 2.5-10x40mm's(Elite 4200's) but rarely hunt with them. I did use a Athlon optics 2-10x40mm and it was a nice scope , I just didn't care for the tall turrets and gave the rifle and scope to my granddaughter she's more of a paper puncher.

I just came back from a week of coyote hunting with my nephew and his favorite deer and coyote rig is a Kimber hunter in 243 with a Leupold VX-3 in 1.5-5x20mm, he's just plain deadly with it.
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#3214311 - 10/07/19 07:05 AM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
TFI Online
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Registered: 09/15/19
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Loc: Nebraska
I have 6x swfa on all my day guns

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#3215924 - 10/23/19 04:10 AM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
jasonprox700 Offline
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Registered: 11/07/06
Posts: 680
Loc: West Central Wisconsin
What sort of terrain do you hunt? I see you're in Ohio, so I assume you'll be hunting a mix of fields and woodlands.

I try to use something with a low end with a max of 3x. Field of view is your friend when hunting these critters. My favorite calling scopes are my Leupold VX5HD 3-15 and my VX6 2-10. Even with the 3x, I don't have problems picking up animals up close. I shoot with both eyes open, so that makes a huge difference in being able to pick up targets, especially moving ones.

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#3215925 - 10/23/19 04:49 AM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
TrappingGus Offline
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Registered: 11/29/17
Posts: 12
Loc: Colorado
Last year I started using a Leupold Mark Ar MOD 1 1.5-4x20 on my 17wsm for the close quarters stands. The scope is clear and holds zero well.The lower power allowed for getting on target quicker. The 17WSM did great on cats, coyotes and fox at close range. For the price it's a good choice.

For longer ranges I used Vortex Viper HST 4-16x44 on a .223 and .243. I like the scope but the high turrets have heavy lugs that will catch on your pack when your gun is slung. Unfortunately Vortex only offers the Zero stops and not locking turrets. This cost me 2 coyotes on one stand. After kicking myself and wounding how I miss both within 75 yards. I looked over my rifle and notice my turrets both were both rotated at least 2 full revolutions. Now I check my turrets before I start each stand.

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#3216105 - 10/24/19 10:23 PM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: TrappingGus]
K22 Offline
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Registered: 10/19/03
Posts: 2165
Loc: Western NC
All of my Coyote rifles have Leupold VX2 2-7X33 on them. The scopes are set at 3.5 power and almost never change. A Bobcat out to 300yds. is no problem at 3.5 power...........for me anyway.
Now that I think about it my Deer rifles have the same scope on them.
I have never felt under scoped with 2-7, but then again maybe my age is showing.

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#3216236 - 10/26/19 05:02 AM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
TrappingGus Offline
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Registered: 11/29/17
Posts: 12
Loc: Colorado
K22,
I agree, If someone feels they are under scoped. It is probably not within there effective shooting range anyways.

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#3216326 - 10/26/19 11:03 PM Re: Whatís your favorite daytime scope for coyote? [Re: Jason50cal]
skinney Offline
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Registered: 12/21/09
Posts: 3358
Loc: South Dakota
Originally Posted By: Jason50cal
Iím looking at getting a scope for my new 6.5 Grendel upper and will be used for daytime coyote hunting. Shots out to 500 or so yards at most.


No matter what anyone tells you magnification at 400yds plus, is your friend, trust me.

I usually run optics that are nothing more than 5X on the low end. Last year we used the PMR 428 and it's 4.5-28X, Over scoped? I'd rather have the option of more mag for those 400+ shot's than not have it.
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