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#5909844 - 09/02/15 04:31 PM Scope for medium range/coyote rifle
JTPinTX Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/01/15
Posts: 182
Loc: TX Panhandle
I am looking for a new scope for my primary coyote calling rifle. It is a fast twist 220 Swift shooting a 75 AMAX. I call out in lots of wide open country where shots can get long. I also have to walk with it a bunch so I am trying to keep the weight down as much as I can. Coyote shots will probably be limited to a max of 500 yards or so, but I do like to shoot distance as well and I might play with it on steel out to 800 or so. So, criteria I am looking for:

MIL/MIL, needs to dial reliably for distance, and have a decent reticle for holding mid-range without dialing.
Prefer no more than about 30 oz or so.
At least 12x on top end, 15-18 would be better, but don't really need 20+.
FFP
Trying to stay under a grand on price, but might could swing up to $1200 or so.


I know, I am asking a lot, for not much money. Currently I have a SWFA 3-15x42 with MIL Quad reticle on a different rifle, and a second one like that would quite honestly work just fine. I am satisfied with it but want to consider all options. At $700, very reliable, and 24 oz it would be fairly hard to beat.

The Bushnell Elite Tactical 3-12x44 at 24.5 oz and $900 looks like it could be a contender, but I have never used one or know anyone directly that has. What is the opinion on that one?

Besides those two what are my other options? SWFA 5-20x50 HD and Bushnell Elite Tactical 3.5-21 could be on the list but are really a few hundred more than I want to spend. I might could be talked into them though.

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#5909886 - 09/02/15 05:03 PM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6490
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Vortex PST 4-16 or 6-24 are both in your price range. I've also seen the 3.5-21 Bushnell for ~$900-1000 on Ebay every once in a while, and under $1200 quite a bit. Somebody sold an SWFA 5-20 for $900 a while back on the forum.
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#5909951 - 09/02/15 05:49 PM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
Cleric Offline
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Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 2579
If you wanted to go less the vortex 2.5-10 may be an option...

I just got a deal on a 3.5-21 bushy so have a 5-20 swfa listed...

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#5909961 - 09/02/15 05:51 PM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
FiremanJG Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Vortex Viper PST are the lowest price and the lowest weight. They have pretty darn good glass too.
Bushy Elites are solid scopes and track very reliably.
SS 5-20, and Bushnell ERS are built heavy duty, and their weight matches that.

I have one of each of these^^^.
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#5910446 - 09/02/15 09:31 PM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
6.5x47Lapua Offline
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Registered: 12/13/14
Posts: 518
Loc: dfw
Lrhs would be worth a look.

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#5910840 - 09/03/15 07:42 AM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
JTPinTX Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/01/15
Posts: 182
Loc: TX Panhandle
LRHS? I'm not familiar with that acronym. Which one is that?

The more I think about it though, what I may want to do is upgrade the glass on my Creedmoor to something like the 5-20 SWFA (or Bushy 3.5-21), and then just move the 3-15 I already have over to my coyote rifle. But I'm going to have to save up a few months to do that. I don't have enough cash right now. Otherwise I would be on your $1200 deal cleric.

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#5910881 - 09/03/15 08:08 AM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
patriot07 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
Posts: 961
Loc: Royse City, TX
Try to find one of the SWFA options or the Elite Tactical 3.5-21 on the SWFA Sample List. Best value you're going to find IMHO.

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#5911347 - 09/03/15 11:58 AM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
ZK-315 Offline
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Registered: 10/11/13
Posts: 1560
Loc: Temple...Hunt in Freestone Co.
I've been pretty happy with my Vortex Viper PST 4-16. I've shot out to 750 with it and spotted for a buddy out to 1000.

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#5911611 - 09/03/15 02:19 PM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6490
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: JTPinTX
LRHS? I'm not familiar with that acronym. Which one is that?

The more I think about it though, what I may want to do is upgrade the glass on my Creedmoor to something like the 5-20 SWFA (or Bushy 3.5-21), and then just move the 3-15 I already have over to my coyote rifle. But I'm going to have to save up a few months to do that. I don't have enough cash right now. Otherwise I would be on your $1200 deal cleric.


Bushnell LRHS
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#5911734 - 09/03/15 03:04 PM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
JTPinTX Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/01/15
Posts: 182
Loc: TX Panhandle
OK, got it. Thought that was probably it.

By the way, I have a very good friend that shoots long range quite a bit down in Lubbock. Is it Lubbock Shooting Complex that has the 600 yard range? He is out there nearly every weekend. He shoots a 6.5x47 built by West Texas Ordinance quite a bit, but also has a 308 and and a 22LRV he shoots too. If you are out at that range any, I am sure you have seen him.

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#5912441 - 09/03/15 09:13 PM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
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Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 862
Loc: San Angelo
Really pleased with the 3-12 bushnell elite ffp scopes. I have 3 and would buy more if Natchez would put them on for $440 again (I called and Natchez said they will not have more). I want a lrhs for my ultra mag now.

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#5912480 - 09/03/15 09:34 PM Re: Scope for medium range/coyote rifle [Re: JTPinTX]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6490
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: JTPinTX
OK, got it. Thought that was probably it.

By the way, I have a very good friend that shoots long range quite a bit down in Lubbock. Is it Lubbock Shooting Complex that has the 600 yard range? He is out there nearly every weekend. He shoots a 6.5x47 built by West Texas Ordinance quite a bit, but also has a 308 and and a 22LRV he shoots too. If you are out at that range any, I am sure you have seen him.


LSC does have a 600 yard range, I think they make you 'qualify' on the 200 yard range first. It's a pretty nice facility. 0-100, 200, and 600 yard rifle; rim fire; tactical; handgun, and skeet. I'll keep an eye out-I bet we'll meet after I finish my .308 build.
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