Nikon Coyote Special Rifle Scope
A great varmint and predator hunting rifle scope for both precision bolt actions and MSRs, the Coyote Special Rifle Scope from Nikon® will satisfy the most demanding predator hunters. Fully multicoated optics provide a clear and vivid view and great low light performance to help you make the most of the scope's special BDC Predator Hunter reticle. This reticle's unique open circle design gives you ballistic compensating marks that don't obscure your target, making moving shots easier. The Coyote Specials also come with Nikon's ARD (Anti Reflective Device) technology, a special screw-in honeycombed screen that eliminates lens reflection that can tip off a varmint. Spring-loaded, instant zero-reset turrets provide easy and precise, 1/4 MOA click-stop adjustments in the field. Optimized for use with Nikon Spot On Ballistic Match Technology. Nitrogen filled and o-ring sealed for waterproof and fogproof performance.
- Quality rifle scopes built especially for varmint and predator hunting
- BDC Predator Hunter reticle - Unique, open circle, ballistic compensating marks
- Anti-Reflective device screw-in screen - no more lens reflection to spook the target
- Fully multicoated lenses
- Spring-loaded instant zero-reset turrets –easy, in the field adjustmentsHand-turn 1/4 MOA adjustments
- Nitrogen filled, o-ring sealed - waterproof and fogproof
- Optimized for Spot On Ballistic Match Technology - custom precision at your fingertips
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I am a rookie hunter with both nystagmus - eye movement disorder (well controled though with sleep and surgery years ago) and must wear glasses even when looking through the scope. If I don't wear my glasses when raising my shotgun from a tree stand while deer hunting - I can loose the location of the dear in the background. I am a surveyor by trade and have done plenty of topo surveys in the woods so I know how to deal with this (glasses on glasses off - survey instrument eye piece is tiny compared to a scope).
Summary - being a rookie, and with some of the above factors I think the coyote/predator reticule might be better for me to hit the boiler room of a deer. I also tend to over think a sight picture and hesitate on the trigger. So maybe a cicle big enough at 50--100 yds for a shotgun is enough to hit vitals. Accuracy within a 9" circle at 50-100 yds & something quick to help me not over think with a shotgun slug/sabot is what I'm after.
The Nikon M223 one piece scope mount works great for normal range targets (100 to 200 yards) and is really easy to install. It has 2 cross bolts that secure the mount to the Picatinney rail. I've installed two and both times had no problem zeroing the scope. Once zeroed, no problems thereafter. Very secure mount.
The Nikon M223XR is designed for long range shooting (500 yards) but is a bit trickier to install as it has 3 pieces and 3 bolts that secure it to the Picatinney rail. I've installed four of these and on two of them had to take the mount off and re-install it to the Picatinney rail to get the scope to zero. Once zeroed, no more problems thereafter. Very secure mount.
If you are not mounting to an AR platform, any reputable scope bases and rings will work. I've used Weaver and Leupold on bolt actions, lever actions and pump actions and never had a problem with either. Weaver is cheaper and, in my experience, just as good as the more expensive bases and rings .
Field of View = the diameter of the circle you can see through your scope at a given magnification at 100 yards.
So at 3 power your FOV might be 30 feet at 100 yards (you will see everything in a 30 foot circle - 15 feet to the left and 15 feet to the right of your crosshair). This works great for deer and other large targets.
At 10 power your FOV might be 3 feet at 100 yards (you will see everything in a 3 foot circle - 1.5 feet to the left and 1.5 feet to the right of your crosshair). Works great for ground hogs or small animals.
So the bottom line is the smaller the animal (or target) you desire to shoot the higher magnification you need and the smaller FOV you will get. For prairie dogs I like a 6 to 20 power scope so I can scan the field at 6X looking for targets then zoom in to 20X to shoot a prairie dog. At 6X I can scan a lot of territory quickly. At 20X one prairie dog fills the FOV making it easier to center the crosshairs on him.