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Old 12-05-2013, 08:21 PM
bburrell bburrell is offline
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Default Best optics for 17hh

Its the end of the year and I am sitting here trying to match rifles and calibers up with the right scope. I can't quite figure out what to put on my 17hh. I started out with a vortex viper 6.5x20 but ended up moving that scope over to a .204 I am working on. That left my 17 scopeless. I've been shopping for a new scope but can't quite settle on the right one. I know that a lot depends on how this little caliber will be used. Since this caliber is one step above my rimfire guns I go back and forth between something I would put on a rimfire and something I would put on a little bit larger centerfire - like my .204. Likewise, my budget goes from under $200 to over $600 depending on the time of day and phase of the moon. Thought that i would take a survey and see what others have done. What optics (and why) did you decide to put on your 17hh (or 17ah), What power range, what reticle, and finally what is your primary use (squirrels at 100 yds, coyotes at 200 yds, prairie dogs at 400 yds. etc.).
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:36 PM
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I have a 6-18x40 on my17ah now. When I was using it for calling coyotes I had a 3-9x40 on it. The extra magnification helps while prairie doggin'.

Aaron
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:41 PM
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I have thought about using two different scopes on this rifle - one for prairie dogs and the other for winter coyotes. It only takes a few minutes to remount a scope and about 15 minutes at the range to re-zero.

What brand scopes are you using and how effective is that 17 on coyotes. I live in utah and get shots from 35 feet to 400+ yards, so I am more inclined to use my .204 just in case I only get a long shot.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:23 PM
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Both are leupolds. I think the 17ah is a 150 yard coyote gun, 200 max.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:34 PM
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I put a 6-18 Nikon Buckmaster on mine, anticipating PD shoots. It seems to be "just right", and Midway often puts them on sale at around the $300 mark (depending on reticle). It's bulky, but good optically, and it comes with a sunshade and alternate turrets.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:39 PM
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I looked at a buckmaster on Tuesday. They seemed brighter than the Redfield I also looked at. The cross hair was fairly thick and made me wonder how it would work on small targets (translation: prairie dog heads) at a distance. Which cross hair did you select.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:09 PM
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Default as far as power range...

I like a 4.5x-14X on my 17s. Many trips to Montana for ground squirrels and they've worked great.
Sometimes after hours and days of shooting and twisting the power ring, we look up, ask each other "hey, what power is your scope set on??"
We don't know because we loose track and have to LOOK [lol].
We find they are often on 7 to 9 power. This is drive by ground squirrel shooting. When on a portable bench the 14X gets used, and if you do it a lot a 6.5X - 20X would be fine.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:13 PM
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Thanks Alan, Which brand scope are you using and which reticle?
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:21 PM
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I have a 12X Leupold on my Cooper 17AH. I always figured this was a 250 yd. gun and 12X is enough. I have a Swarovski 4 X 12 on my CZ Varmint 17 HH. I have had my Cooper for 10 yrs. but I do not think that I used it for prairie dogs. I did shoot rockchucks out to 300 yds. with it. The 17HH is new.

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Old 12-05-2013, 10:44 PM
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On this rifle on a calling gun I think a 3 X 12 Nikon Monarch or a 4.5 X 14 Leupold would be ideal.
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