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I have a Winchester 70 "Stealth" 22-250 on layaway. I should have it paid off in the next couple of weeks. I have been doing research on optics and mounts and I was looking for some feedback. I have a good friend that is a professional in the field (former Ranger sniper + post service "contract" work). He has recommended several different scopes.

Here are the rules to the game. The gun is the formerly mentioned Win. 70 22-250 Stealth with a 26" barrel. It is to be used primarily for coyotes with the occasional practice session on potguts/squirrels. Shots on Coyotes here are usually in the 150- 500m range not the close up 50-200m like in areas with heavier cover. I am going to use Badger Ordinance rings and rail to mount my optics.
I don't need "TOO MUCH" scope for the gun. In other words I really don't expect to be able to push that 22-250 much beyond 500meters. I just think the small bullet won't buck the wind. I want respectable brightness and clarity. Recticle can be simple so Mil-dot is not a requirement. Out of what I have chosen what do you have to say about these options:
1.     Bushnell 5-15x50 Elite 3200   $328.95 multi x, 5” shade
2.     Bushnell 5-15x40 Elite 3200   $338.95 fire fly 5” shade
3.     Burris Fullfield II Tac (Olive Drab) 4.5x14-42 “Ballistic Plex”, 1”, $377.95
4.     Burris Signature Select 4-16x44 “Ballistic Plex”, 1”, Adjustable Objective
       $438.95
5.     Burris Signature Select 4-16x44 “Ballistic Plex”, 1”, Adjustable Objective
       (+ Posi lock $487.95)
6.     Burris Black Diamond 4-16x50 “Plex”, 30mm, Side Focus $570.95
7.     Burris Black Diamond 4-16x50 Mil-dot, 30mm, Side focus $645.95
8.     (+posi lock $686.95)
9.     IOR 4-14x50 Hunting 30mm Illuminated 4adot $689.95

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Budbeater,

 

It looks like we are looking at similar scopes with some slightly different rules (different targets and I am considering the mil dot reticles and higher power).  I will watch your replies as well.

 

I don't have a lot to offer that you haven't already covered.

 

Good luck with your decision!

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Ive used a number of reticles for long-range coyote hunting, and have settled on the Leupold VH reticle as my favorite, due to it's flexibility, as it provides excellent windage reference with the ballistic reticle as well as good windage reference along the horizontal axis when using a turret for elevation only. I only use the reticle at it's highest magnification which nets me 9.35 MOA of trajectory comensation, then onto clicks using the lower post tip as a zero reference.

 

This system netted me a 520 yd. shot recently in a 7-10 mph x-wind with a Savage Striker 243 WSSM-- second time out with the rig.

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A 22-250 is an easy 500 yd poodle (coyote or otherwise) gun if you don't get a cross hair that is so large it blocks the shot. Nikon 6.5X20 comes with "hunter turret" covers or "glove" turrets. If 20 bothers you set it on 15. A classic Sako varmiter.

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Well I paid the gun off last night so it is now time to spend the cash on the mounts and rings. I have my buddy's Brownell catalog and I am going to go paw through it to find my Badger Ordinance stuff. Since the good dog hunting is almost over for a while (here at least) I have some time to save more money. I am really starting to lean to the IOR on my list. At the very least I am thinking I want a 30mm tube for more light collection.

On another note. My friend offered to sell me his .338 Lapua! Waaaay cool gun. Although it is supposed to be a "two legged varmint" killer he has used it to kill Coyotes at 1300m!

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