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#3250595 - 08/19/20 10:25 AM Recommendations for .223 coyote scope
Rhino20 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/20
Posts: 23
Loc: MN
New guy looking to get into the AR platform and start coyote hunting, (along with varmints ect)
What should lead my thought process?
What would be quality scope options to consider?
Thanks

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#3250608 - 08/19/20 01:04 PM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: Rhino20]
AWS Offline
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I guess it really has to do with how and what your hunting, if your calling coyotes in forested areas or thick cover a 1-4x20 thru 2.5-whatever work well, I like to have at least a 40' FOV on the bottom end and keep it there until I need more X's.

Shooting open country for coyotes is a different game, and throw in colony varmints with the same rifle and a 4-16 thru 6-24 would not be out of the question.

I like 1-4x20mm scopes on my combo rifles, great for close in stuff with the shotgun barrel and still 300 yard capable with the rifle barrel. On my AR and bolt actions for calling coyotes a 1.5-6x4?mm scopes. I have a couple of longer range rigs and they wear 2.5-10x40mm and 2-12x4?mm scopes.

I'm not brand conscious and am shooting Leupold, Burris, Weaver, Konus and Athlon scopes. I would stay away from any brands bottom end scope but I haven't found that I have any need for top tier scopes to kill coyotes. I find the simpler the scope is the better it is on a coyote stand.

Good luck with your selection, remember picking a scope is easier than picking a wife, you can always sell the scope if it doesn't work for you.
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#3250695 - 08/20/20 11:23 AM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: Rhino20]
JoeyJ Offline
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Registered: 02/01/13
Posts: 270
Loc: North Dakota
Money/cost will probably be your deciding factor.

If you think you'll be walking some - a scoped AR is somewhat a pita relative to carrying. I would recommend looking at red dots - the 2 moa variety. I use a 1-8x24 Burris 5% of the time and the micro T-1 aimpoint 2 moa red dot 95% of the time.

I mount the scope on my AR when I think I'm probably going to be shooting 300+ yards and "need" to better identify my target. I rarely shoot 300+ yards and when I do - I rarely hit what I shoot at with my 1st shot. crazy

Accuracy wise, the micro red dots will be just as accurate as a 2X scope in the average shooters hands out to 50 yards and after that distance, your group size will open up to minute of coyote.

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#3250711 - 08/20/20 01:36 PM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: Rhino20]
arlaunch Online
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Registered: 04/09/17
Posts: 510
Loc: OR
I have had great luck with the Redfield 2x7 scope. It has great glass, warranty and price. Also made here in the USA.

I have no problems doing load development, and target work at 300 yards with this scope at 7 power.

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It is and excellent scope that is light weight, durable and inexpensive.
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#3250817 - 08/21/20 06:10 PM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: arlaunch]
Rhino20 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/20
Posts: 23
Loc: MN
I live in SE MN, Bluff country so not really long range shooting, I suspect. Would a 3x9 be a quality choice?

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#3250834 - 08/21/20 08:44 PM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: Rhino20]
SlickerThanSnot Offline
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Registered: 01/31/14
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Originally Posted By: Rhino20
I live in SE MN, Bluff country so not really long range shooting, I suspect. Would a 3x9 be a quality choice?


can't really go wrong with a 3x9. there is a reason that variable power 3-9 out sales all the others.

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#3250861 - 08/22/20 07:40 AM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: Rhino20]
crazyyote Offline
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Registered: 03/15/11
Posts: 550
Loc: ohio
I vote for a 2x7 or a 3x9 variable depending on the terrain you plan to hunt. Quality.. to me this means something along the lines of a Zeiss or Leupold. Both have very good glass and internal components at a $300.00-$400.00 price point. Of course used you can do better. You want a good warranty behind your optic. Oh, and a quality one piece AR mount too. Not mentioned, a quality trigger. Good luck.


Edited by crazyyote (08/22/20 07:40 AM)

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#3251025 - 08/24/20 08:41 PM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: Rhino20]
shepman Online
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Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 980
Loc: ks
I like the min 3x and anything at least 9x on up for the top end and nothing that weighs over 20 oz.

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#3251052 - 08/25/20 12:21 PM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: Rhino20]
Coyotejunki Online
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Registered: 04/03/04
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Loc: MO
I have killed a bunch of critters, not just coyotes and bobcats with a regular ole 3x9x40 scope. A plain old Leupold vx11 or better has worked for years.
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#3251264 - 08/27/20 11:03 PM Re: Recommendations for .223 coyote scope [Re: Coyotejunki]
Rhino20 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/20
Posts: 23
Loc: MN
Just picked up the Leupold VX Feedom AR 3x9x40
Thanks for all the Info!

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