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help decide best scope choice for new coyote rig.very long

Postby confused on Fri May 28, 2004 1:35 pm

I'm sure thats a loaded question!
I'm looking to balance out 3 or 4 things to make my best choice in a scope for a new coyote rig. It's a NEF Super Lite Handi rifle in .223. That alone tells you that I'm after Value, not Status. I need it to shoot minute of coyote at 100-150 yards and come in under $200.00.
My concerns in order of priority are: 1) Clearest, sharpest optics on all power settings during daylight hours. 2) Best light gathering ability for night hunting with red spotlight (legal for yotes in my state) Optical sharpness can/will decrease for this situation. 3) size, weight, price.
Numbers 1 and 2 above is where I'm stuck at, because i'm not currently hunting yotes at night but plan to do so in the future. My hunting might end up 50/50 of each.

My present choices to balance this stuff out are:
Leupold Rifleman, 2-7X33mm or VX-1,
2-7X33mm, both for about $180.00.
Also in the running,
Nikon Pro Staff 2-7X32,$130.00 or 3-9X40,$150.00.
Lastly,
BSA Cats Eye Illuminated 3-10X44,$140.00 or 3.5-10X50, $150.00.

On paper it seems that the BSA 50mm would be the best choice for condition 2 above, but it might fall down on condition 1. The illuminated reticle just makes it the huckleberry-- on paper.
The Leupold units should win condition 1, based on past performance from this company, but how about condition 2 with the 33mm objectives? Will it need more light at night?
Finally, the Nikon has the chance to fall between the others. Certainly no slouch on condition 1, based on their past optics history, and 40mm objective might/should do okay at night.
If the Leupold or Nikon or Something Else as you suggest are the better choice, do those add-on reticle light things work ok? I've only seen them in catalogs, and I won't mind using one at all.
Thank you for sticking with my story this long and I hope you have some answers to this little problem.
confused
 

Postby Max Optics on Fri May 28, 2004 3:54 pm

Well I do have a couple of suggestions you might be interested in. The first on is the Tasco 1.5-5x32/44 EXP Extreme Performance Rifle Scope located at this link, http://store.yahoo.com/opticsplanet/tsc ... -44lt.html. The oval shape to the object has the ability to provide very good field of view and this will be ideal for night time hunting. No illuminated reticles on this one though. The other one I have in mind is the ATN 2-6x40LU Professional Riflescope, located here, http://store.yahoo.com/opticsplanet/atnrifprof26.html. I know this scope is a bit more then what you are looking to spend, it does have an illuminated reticle that real works great at night. Please check this link to see what the reticle looks like, http://store.yahoo.com/opticsplanet/amprof5xilre.html. Now that link also has a 5x33L which is not a zoom scope but also will work well at night and is under $200.00. These scopes meet your needs for weight and they will definitely perform at night. It is up to you if you want illumination in your scope and I have never used add-on reticles before so I can not tell how they work or they are worth it. I hope this helps you out. Thank you and have a great day!
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Re: help decide best scope choice for new coyote rig.very lo

Postby Guest on Thu Jul 22, 2004 11:31 am

confused wrote:I'm sure thats a loaded question!
I'm looking to balance out 3 or 4 things to make my best choice in a scope for a new coyote rig. It's a NEF Super Lite Handi rifle in .223. That alone tells you that I'm after Value, not Status. I need it to shoot minute of coyote at 100-150 yards and come in under $200.00.
My concerns in order of priority are: 1) Clearest, sharpest optics on all power settings during daylight hours. 2) Best light gathering ability for night hunting with red spotlight (legal for yotes in my state) Optical sharpness can/will decrease for this situation. 3) size, weight, price.
Numbers 1 and 2 above is where I'm stuck at, because i'm not currently hunting yotes at night but plan to do so in the future. My hunting might end up 50/50 of each.

My present choices to balance this stuff out are:
Leupold Rifleman, 2-7X33mm or VX-1,
2-7X33mm, both for about $180.00.
Also in the running,
Nikon Pro Staff 2-7X32,$130.00 or 3-9X40,$150.00.
Lastly,
BSA Cats Eye Illuminated 3-10X44,$140.00 or 3.5-10X50, $150.00.

On paper it seems that the BSA 50mm would be the best choice for condition 2 above, but it might fall down on condition 1. The illuminated reticle just makes it the huckleberry-- on paper.
The Leupold units should win condition 1, based on past performance from this company, but how about condition 2 with the 33mm objectives? Will it need more light at night?
Finally, the Nikon has the chance to fall between the others. Certainly no slouch on condition 1, based on their past optics history, and 40mm objective might/should do okay at night.
If the Leupold or Nikon or Something Else as you suggest are the better choice, do those add-on reticle light things work ok? I've only seen them in catalogs, and I won't mind using one at all.
Thank you for sticking with my story this long and I hope you have some answers to this little problem.
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