Ruger scout rifle


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Mr.Barty
July 18, 2011, 10:37 AM
Does anyone here have a experience with the ruger .308 scout rifle? The bolt action, detachable 10 round magazine and wood stock all appeal to me but I'm not so sure about the price.

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Art Eatman
July 18, 2011, 10:43 AM
We've had a couple of threads on it; do a bit of search.

I shot some with a buddy's. I like everything about it except the magazine. My personal preference is for carrying at the balance point when the rifle isn't slung on my shoulder. Other folks, other preferences. I'd call it a good general purpose .308.

I won't comment about the price. At my age, the whole world is sticker-shock. :D

Agmundr
July 18, 2011, 12:23 PM
I absolutely love mine, and I'd suggest doing as Art suggests and doing a thread search. There's a huge amount of fantastic information in those old threads.

351 WINCHESTER
July 18, 2011, 02:20 PM
With that short barrel muzzel blast is going to be pretty nasty. You're also going to loose so much velocity that you will, in effect have about the same ballistics as the old .303 British. It really needs a 18.5" barrel.

ECVMatt
July 18, 2011, 03:35 PM
I posted some info on mine. I still love it after several months and hope to do an update after my next extended desert trip. I just had it up near death valley and we had a blast with it. Muzzle blast is not that bad. I did not notice a difference between it and the other rifles we were shooting. If you can't find the threads, PM me and I will help you.

Agmundr
July 18, 2011, 03:58 PM
The .308 round only loses about 30 feet per second per inch of barrel, so the muzzle velocity loss isn't all that crucial. That's according to the guys at Gunsite, mind you.

Sheepdog1968
July 18, 2011, 04:37 PM
My only hesitation in buying one has been that I love my Marlin 30-30 lever action so much I'm afraid this rifle would replace it.

Dobe
July 18, 2011, 11:02 PM
I like mine also. It's a nice rifle for its intended purpose. Ruger is batting a thousand this year.
http://www.scoutrifle.org/index.php

JustsayMo
July 20, 2011, 10:53 PM
Sheepdog: I hear you. As much as I LOVE my leverguns, including the 30-30, if it came down to which gun am I taking out the door when it will be my only rifle is the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. The advantage it has over the 336 is the cartridge - it gives a little higher top end - not that the 30-30 is lacking in any way, it's just that the 308 does a little bit more. It's only slightly heavier though not quite as handy to carry. It has good iron sights. The Ruger GSR also has the slight advantage in ruggedness.

The Ruger GSR is just one of those rifles you like to have in your collection because it can do so many things. There are better rifles to do specific tasks but there are few, if any, rifles that can do as much or are as adaptable. It is just a super platform, and Cooper was right, a rifle in capable hands makes and individual exponentially more formidable.

Sheepdog1968
July 22, 2011, 05:33 PM
Sheepdog: I hear you. As much as I LOVE my leverguns, including the 30-30, if it came down to which gun am I taking out the door when it will be my only rifle is the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. The advantage it has over the 336 is the cartridge - it gives a little higher top end - not that the 30-30 is lacking in any way, it's just that the 308 does a little bit more. It's only slightly heavier though not quite as handy to carry. It has good iron sights. The Ruger GSR also has the slight advantage in ruggedness.

The Ruger GSR is just one of those rifles you like to have in your collection because it can do so many things. There are better rifles to do specific tasks but there are few, if any, rifles that can do as much or are as adaptable. It is just a super platform, and Cooper was right, a rifle in capable hands makes and individual exponentially more formidable.
I agree that the 308, especially in the Scout format, has a lot going for it and does have better balistics than my 30-30. If I hadn't bought my 30-30 and loosely made it a "scout" type set (and fallen in love with it) and had to do it over again, I'd be torn between the Ruger Scout and the Browing BLR in 308 in takedown. My other "hunting rifle" is a 30-06 with a 4x scope which also makes me a bit reluctant to get a Ruger Scout since I feel covered for a comparable caliber to 308 thought I agree the scout setup of the Ruger is a bit more handy. Again, if I didn't have that, I could justify having two huntig rifles and get the Ruger Scout. Do I really need three hunting rifles.

I will probably buy one at some point. I'm also curious to see how they expand the line if it does well (maybe offer a synthetic stock model that costs more, etc). They released a left hand version so that's encouraging.

BikerRN
July 23, 2011, 02:51 AM
I have one and it is my "Go To" rifle.

It's easy to carry, reliable, and accurate. What more could I want? As for the price, shop around. I paid $730 for mine plus $45 for Shipping and Transfer fee.

BikerRN

ShawnC
August 20, 2011, 11:02 PM
"Do I really need three hunting rifles."

Does a golfer only have 2 golf clubs? ;)

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