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do you think a 3x9x40 is enough scope for praire dog n? i have never been but would love to go. the reason i ask this question is that here in illinois we hunt yotes. and most of the time they are running flat out. i never have my scope above 6 power. i am going to trade my vx1 of for a nikon. i think the nikon is brighter and more clear. i was thinking that a 3x9 would have a better fov for faster pic up on those running dogs. but if i ever get to shoot p-dogs am i going to be underpowered? thanks lee  anyone need a 4x12x40 vx1
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try a 4.5X14 perfect for both yotes and pdogs
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I would have to agree with pyro6999 I have used a 2 1/2 to 10 power and always wanted a little more and a 12 to 14 is about perfect for pdogs. They seen to be smarter and diveing in holes sooner or I am just older and slower.

 

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I think I would like the new Nikon Monarch 5-20x44 or a 10x Super Sniper for the prairie dogs but you may want lower power for coyotes.
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For first Pdog hunt you may want to practice a little and bring ammo, a pdog is about the same size as a pop or beer can. If you put a couple of marbles in some cans and take some string or fishing line set the cans up on a little hill and back up. Start close about 300 yards then pull the string so the cans go falling down the hill and shoot at them you will hit about the same number of pdogs as the cans then go to 400 yards and try it did I mention bring ammo. It helps if all you ammo is the same and you have sight in with it, also helps if you put the drop and wind charts on a 3X5 to carry with you and bring more ammo. I used to sight in my scope for 300 yards here in open country for pdogs. I think the ammo companies raise pdogs and trun them loose at night cause there are always more of them. Check tomake sure  there are  sporting goods stores where you are going hunting so you can buy more ammo.

 

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I shoot mine with a Weaver K3 with a post & crosshair but it's on a .177 air rifle.
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Originally posted by skeetlee skeetlee wrote:

do you think a 3x9x40 is enough scope for praire dog n? i have never been but would love to go. the reason i ask this question is that here in illinois we hunt yotes. and most of the time they are running flat out. i never have my scope above 6 power. i am going to trade my vx1 of for a nikon. i think the nikon is brighter and more clear. i was thinking that a 3x9 would have a better fov for faster pic up on those running dogs. but if i ever get to shoot p-dogs am i going to be underpowered? thanks lee  anyone need a 4x12x40 vx1

 

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Although I would personally want a little more magnification on the upper end than 9X for PDs, it will work o.k.  You will probably find as I have that the midday mirage out on the prairie makes it difficult to use much more additional magnification than around 12X effectively during most of the day.  IMO, a ballistic compensating reticle of some sort, target/tactical style turrets, or both is more important -- within reason -- than magnification.  PDs at long distance are very small targets, and the proper reticle is very important.

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