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Old 11-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Wanted to ask if anyone has used the Nikon Coyote Special Scope Camo 3x9 With BDC Reticle in the field on varmints and coyotes? I have one on my Savage Predator Rifle. I sighted it in at 100 yards but do not know whether I can get use to that particular reticle. Not use to putting a circle on the target. So asking if anyone has used one how it was. Guess I have been using the traditional cross hairs too long! Please advise if it has worked well for you. Here is some pics of the scope and reticle. Hope I can get use to it!

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I have not used the Coyote special, but have a Prostaff with BDC, that also has BDC rings. I have taken it to the range and put a few loads through my AR with it at ranges from 100 to 300 yds and recorded my hold overs for certain loads. A 68 gr Black hills load was on at 100 with the cross hair, on again a the top intersection of the next ring and on again at 300 at the top intersection of the second ring.

Nikon has a program on their website that lets you put in what scope you are using, and the load and it will tell you where your hold-overs should be. It's actually kind of nice, then you can print out a little range card for that load to tape to your stock as a reminder.

Took some getting used to and thinking at first, but it's actually a pretty nice feature.

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The Program is called "Spot On" and is available on their website.

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Most BDC reticles are just a sales gimmick. If you want to waste a crap load of ammo checking the reticle to your ammo,they do work. I tried a Nikon Monach with a BDC reticle on my Ruger #1 300WM many years ago,and found it more of a pain in the a$$ than anything.
I'd rather range a target/game,and turn the turrets.I know that I'm dead on that way.

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I have the NIKON buckmaster with the BDC reticle and love it. Use their "spot on" program and you will actually be spot on. When I was shooting more I could get to 600 yards with it pretty consistently on a plate (sucks how that's a perishable skill, wish it was like riding a bike). There are better scopes, but you will drop a pretty penny. Look at vortex too.

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I have not used the Nikon but have used circle or peep reticles. They are very fast for target acquisition. Great in a situation where you need to shoot fast like coyote or pig hunting.

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I have not used the Nikon but have used circle or peep reticles. They are very fast for target acquisition. Great in a situation where you need to shoot fast like coyote or pig hunting.
How about accuracy? I've looked through circle reticles, but never shot with one. I've imagined the circles would make it hard to keep tight groups.
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Thanks to all for the information. I suppose it would be like when we shot competition with our NM military rifles. I guess after thinking about it! It is amazing how the eye can exactly place the front sight post on them half way up and in the middle of the round rear sight aperture!
It is definitely going to take some getting use to after all these years using a crosshair of various types when using a scope! Whether Std. Crosshair, Duplex or Long Range Mil-Dot.
Thanks again. If anyone has ever Coyote hunted with one please comment! I can see where the circle could possibly and readily acquire a target on the move. I will have to experiment!
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