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#3246871 - 06/18/20 09:33 AM Calling scope power
AWS Online
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Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 5246
Loc: NM
What is your favorite predator CALLING scope power, your usual shot distance and the type of terrain do you hunt?

I hunt out in the west but I like to call I thicker cover, pockets in tall sage, mesquite thickets, and treed ridges. Most of my shots are under 100 yards, many inside 20 yards. I like to shoot combo guns(shotgun/rifle 12ga/5.56x50R Mag 12ga/22 Sav Highpower and shotgun/shotgun/rifle 16ga/16ga/6.5x58R) when the cover is really tight and my go to scopes are 1-4x20mm, on 1x the FOV is huge, target acquisition is fast, I've killed ducks and pheasants with the shotgun barrel returning from a stand and 4x makes for a pretty easy 200 yard shot on a coyote if needed but rarely do they ever get off 1x.

When the country is a little more open with shot range out there a little further my bolt actions(20P/222Rem/22-204/6.5G) wear 1.5-6x40mm scope, just a slight reduction of FOV and a little more power on the top end. Even in this type of country I find myself trying to stay closer or in any available cover as it seems to me it is easier to get coyotes to come in if they don't have to expose themselves.

I do have a couple 22-250's that I set up for really open country with 2.5-8/10x40mm scopes. I rarely take them out and the couple times I have my kills have been around 20 yards, I've never taken them off 2.5x to kill a coyote. You know how it is your in a big open country, you know you'll be able to see one coming a mile away and the coyote you call in sneaks all the way into the caller in tiny crease in the terrain and pops up right at the caller.
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#3246929 - 06/19/20 07:54 AM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
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Seasoned Member

Registered: 03/28/03
Posts: 448
Loc: KY
The good ole 3-9x quality scope is my general purpose. I also run 2-7x scopes alot.
I like the 6-18x scope for load development.

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#3247060 - 06/21/20 04:02 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
varminter .223 Offline
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Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 2593
Loc: south central Illinois
Two or three base power and figure will rarely turn it up. Fov is important.


Edited by varminter .223 (06/21/20 04:02 PM)

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#3247069 - 06/21/20 08:15 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
Terry Lightle Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/13/19
Posts: 139
Loc: Sand Springs,Okla
Use 3.5x10 when calling set it on 5

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#3247285 - 06/26/20 12:43 AM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
Brendan43 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 1307
Loc: Meridian,Idaho
3 or less usually.
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#3247353 - 06/27/20 12:53 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
arlaunch Offline
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Registered: 04/09/17
Posts: 465
Loc: OR
2x7 scope with most shots around 100 yards.

50 yard zero with confirmations at 200 yards.

I wish i had a 22-250
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#3247370 - 06/27/20 08:02 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
Coyotehunter_ Offline
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Registered: 06/04/08
Posts: 675
Loc: Southern IN
I chose the EOTech HSS-1 system. EOTech with a very wide Field of View and then a flip to the side 3X magnifier. The EOTech has a reticle designed for the M855 bullets 62 grain 5.56 caliber. It's calibrated for 0 to 300, 400, 500 and 600 meters. I don't shoot any further than 200 yards with it and when shooting of a bench is pretty accurate. My only problem is having an astigmatism in my right eye which is my shooting eye. So sometimes I see double reticle images.

When in thick cover I just flip the magnifier off to the side or take it off as it's a quick detach type.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K4LIwMcL5g&ab_channel=MrgunsngearChannel


Edited by Coyotehunter_ (06/27/20 08:04 PM)
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#3247379 - 06/27/20 11:24 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
BrianID Offline
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Registered: 12/03/18
Posts: 168
Loc: El Paso, TX/Idaho
The gun that I've killed the most coyotes with is a 223 bolt gun with a 6X-18X. I leave it on 6X most of the time but I have turn it up to 18X for a longer shots on coyotes many times. Even if the coyote is only 150 yards away, I've turned it up to 18X to help me "aim small to miss small". I built an AR 223 wylde about 3 years ago and put the same model scope on it and have killed a lot of coyotes with it as well. I've never had an issue quickly finding a coyote in that scope at 6X. If they are closer than 40 yards, I often pick up my shotgun instead.

I have a 22-250 bolt gun and another AR with a 3X-9X. An AR with a red dot and another AR with a 3X-12X. I've used 20X to shoot several coyotes with a bolt 6mm 5X-20X but it normally stays on 5X. I have an 8X-32X on an AR10 6mm Creedmoore and I have turned it up to 32X to kill more than a couple coyotes but normally it stays on 8X.

My average shot distance on a coyote stand with a rifle is around 100 yards. I'll generally take the first good shot on any coyote when I have called it 200 yards or less. Even though I have many opportunities to shoot at coyotes at longer distances, I rarely take shots more than 200 yards. Even for western coyote calling, I don't think more than 6X is really needed. The high power scopes are really nice for long shots at coyotes and prairie dogs. 32X was really nice last year for shooting at prairie dogs at 400+ yards.

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#3247460 - 06/29/20 02:29 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
marine guy Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 02/09/18
Posts: 53
Loc: indiana, united states
1-4x20mm,1.5-6x42,2-7x35,or 3-9x40. I'll take field of veiw and good glass over magnification. I hunt Northwest Indiana. No need for a telescope around here. I sight in all my calling rifles at 200 yards. That covers pretty much all my hunting properties.

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#3247462 - 06/29/20 03:02 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
AWS Online
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Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 5246
Loc: NM
This is kind of interesting, BrianID and I hunt a lot of the same area and are on opposite ends of the spectrum of scope power.

This area has a quite varied terrain from rolling hills, mountains, open desert, thick mesquite covered dunes&flats and brushy bottomed arroyos/canyons/gullies. Most of the time I call coyotes in areas that I wouldn't even see them at 100 yards. I'm thinking that stand selection has a lot to do with preferred scope selection. I'm looking forward to doing a couple stands with him next winter, we were going to get together this past winter but it was just when I crushed my foot.
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#3247531 - 06/30/20 10:27 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
BrianID Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/03/18
Posts: 168
Loc: El Paso, TX/Idaho
AWS,

In a few months we will have to get together for some calling.

I often try to select my stand location for a spot that gives me some elevation so I can see them coming from a long way off. Occasionally I'll make stands in places I can't see them until they are 100 yards or less but I really enjoy seeing coyotes 800+ yards out and watching them come all the way into shotgun range. I do call some up in the Gila mountains but most my calling is in the lowland desert.

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#3247875 - 07/06/20 05:38 PM Re: Calling scope power [Re: AWS]
Danh20 Offline
New Member

Registered: 11/13/19
Posts: 14
Loc: NE
Most of the terrain we hunt is open grain fields with rolling hills. When calling, my scope is at low setting depending on the gun being used. My .223 has a 3 x 9 and my .243 has a 4 x 12. Most shots are under 100 yards, but have taken a few at 200+

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