Best variable power for coyote hunting


January 9, 2013, 06:49 PM
If you were putting a scope on your coyote rifle what power would you get if the shots would be anywhere from 50-400 yds. :a 6-18,a 6-24,a 4-16 or a 4-12?Thanks for replying.

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Sock Puppet
January 9, 2013, 10:55 PM
2-7X would be my choice. It's easy to over-scope for coyotes because the sneaky bastids have a habit of coming in really close. Some prefer 1-4X or 1.5-5X, but I'm a fan of the old 2-7X. There are reasonable offerings from Leupold, Weaver, and Redfield.

January 10, 2013, 11:23 AM
I use 3x-9x-40 and leave them set on 3x about 90% of the time.

You need wide field of view when they are running at 50 yards much more then 12x or more when they are standing still at 400 yards.

We killed them at 350-400+ yards for years here in Kansas with a K4 Weaver, before people on the internet told us you can't do that.


January 10, 2013, 11:54 AM
I'm also clearly in the 1.5-6x or 2x-7x camp. My experience mirrors rcmodels as well - it's much more common that you spot them inside of 100 yards than not.

January 19, 2013, 10:06 PM
My coyote rifle has a Leupold 6x-18x a/o. It is perfect for the task.

January 20, 2013, 12:09 AM
2.5-10x though the last couple coyotes I killed with a rifle wearing a 2.5-16x, my 7mm WSM elk rifle. All my hunting rifles have a 2-2.5 bottom end magnification scope on them. An AR that I built specifically for coyotes has a 4-16x on it, but it's shooting so poorly that it may never see a stand.

January 20, 2013, 09:40 AM
My varmint gun is a .204. I,m pretty sure that I'm about out of gun at 400yds.

I use 3x-9x-40 and leave them set on 3x about 90% of the time.

^what he said^

January 20, 2013, 11:38 AM
My open country rifle wears a fixed 6X. My timber rifle wears a 2-7X, and still has irons. Only my match rifles have more magnification. A 4-12 wouldn't be too bad though. I still prefer my fixed powers though.

January 20, 2013, 01:18 PM
No more than 3X on the low end. As has been said you use the low powers a lot more. I've always liked the 2-7's and am moving more toward 1-4's.

January 27, 2013, 04:05 PM
Considering my skill level, most of my shots will be in the 50-100yd. range.
If I shoot out to 200 yds thats a reach for me. If I can call them in close a shotgun might do nicely. I might just stay with my 4x .22-250 or 6x 6mm.

January 28, 2013, 08:41 PM

I am also trying to scope a coyote rifle. The rifle will be a CZ 527 bolt action in .223. Because of the rifle, I am limited to a 30mm tube and maximum 44mm front objective. I am looking at the Leica 3.5-14x42 and IOR 2.5-10x42. The IOR is FFP and has an illuminated reticle. The Leica does not have an illuminated reticle and is SFP. The Leica has MOA adjustments and the IOR is in Mils.

So what do you think?


January 28, 2013, 08:47 PM
I still think the same thing I said in post #3.

A 2x-7x or 3x-9x is more power then you need.
Especially given the limited effective range for one-shot kills of the .223.

A 300 yard coyote appers to be only 21 yards away through a 14X scope.
You can throw a rock that far and hit him if you could only find him in the narrow field-of-view!

You will miss way more coyote shots with too much power then not enough.

But I have only hunted coyotes in the Kansas plains & Colorado foothills for 50+ years.


January 28, 2013, 09:03 PM

I completely value your opinion! Do you think the IOR scope I mentioned is suitable? Can you tell me exactly what scope you would recommend? I am willing to spend the money on quality optics! Please don't that that as me being an optc snob!


January 28, 2013, 09:07 PM
IMHO: A Leupold 2x-7x-33 would be a perfect size coyote scope on a little CZ-527.

I've got a 3x-9x-40 on mine and it runs on 3x about 90% of the time.


January 28, 2013, 09:15 PM

What reticle in the Leupold line would you recommend? Can you give me the exact Leupold scopes that you like? Finally can you tell me if your opinion changes any if I tell you I also like to shoot paper at 300 yards. I typically shoot groups at 300 yards with nothing less than 12x. I am willing to improve my skills!


January 28, 2013, 09:20 PM
I prefer the Dual-X reticule in hunting scopes.

If 300 yard target shooting is also in the cards, that changes things.

Just be aware that a good coyote scope with a wide field of view is not the same thing as a good 300 yard target scope with a lot of magnification and narrow field of view.

I can't help you make that decision.

You will have to decide which use is more important to you.


January 28, 2013, 09:55 PM

Sent you a PM.

January 30, 2013, 10:03 AM
I use a 2.5-15x56 Swarovski with the brh reticle on a 22-250

February 2, 2013, 07:26 AM
I have a Taurus Raging Hornet in 22 Hornet with a Leupold 2x-7x that lays handy in the truck most of the time. Most varmint shots 75 to 125 yards get done with it. Anything out of pistol range it depends on if I have my general purpose truck rifle or one of my varmint rifles. Normal truck rifle is 308 w Leupold 2x-gu7x. Varmint rifle will be a myriad of choices. Primary is custom 22-250 with Leupold 5x-20x. Sometimes have my 25-06 w Leupold 4x-16x or 6.5-06 with 6x-18x. So for me small differences in scope don't matter hugely. Most important is knowing how each is set. I print up a 3"x 5" lamented card for each rifle after it is sighted in. The card reminds me is where the scope is set for. Nothing worse than a clean miss because I % doping my rifle incorrectly. My card has point blank range based on its kill zone for my three most popular critters. It also has a chart with bullet rise and drop for that rifle. I had a had a head injury 3 years ago and either that or getting dumber as I age forces me to have the card with me or a phone application for chosen caliber. Can do basic math in my head but having help with specific applications makes it easier.

February 3, 2013, 03:14 PM
I have a nikon monarch bdc 5x20! on a 17 hmr. Punches a lot of paper and has taken many of squirrel heads. I wouldnt shoot anything bigger than a ground hog over 60 yards. I have had less than 1 moa of 5 rounds on a few days with NO wind. A coyote id ahoot at 50 or less w no problems. All about bullet placement. Its like a mini sniper rifle.

Does anyone know if they make sub sonic 17 rnds?


February 3, 2013, 03:21 PM
No, they don't.


February 3, 2013, 04:32 PM
I think a pellet gun fits that criteria!

February 3, 2013, 07:36 PM
I've got a 6-20x50 VXIII on my 22-250. It's sure nice for prairie hunting! It will reach out and touch them.

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