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Is the ruger scout worth it?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Skillet, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. Skillet

    Skillet Well-Known Member

    before I start I would like to make a small intro to myself. I recently joined the US Air Force, and have been a gun nut for a while, but being young, (19yrs old) most of the guns i shot before were my father's. I recently purchased my first lever action (wanting a model 94 since i was a fetus) and I am on the lookout for a good hunting rifle, (i don't have one of those for my own yet) specifically one that can take down an elk, maybe at long distances (I live in NM). I was in the gun shop the other day, and I noticed a Ruger Scout LH .308. It looked like an awesome rifle, with a pad on the stock that was like 55 inches long and it handled very well because of how small and light it is. But, It was 1000 bucks! I just want to know if it is worth it. It had a very short barrel and I didn't know if that would sacrifice accuracy. Maybe I should just stick to my original plan (savage 110LH in 30-06), but any input on THR would be appreciated, it would be nice to learn from all you old timers :neener:
  2. musicman10_1

    musicman10_1 Well-Known Member

    I paid around $800 for mine after tax and I felt that it was a good buy at that price. That was last summer and so the market has changed where price is concerned. I love mine and feel that it will suffice for most of my rifle needs for hunting and range use.
  3. ECVMatt

    ECVMatt Well-Known Member

    I have had for a while now and really like it. It is very accurate, has a decent trigger, and packs easy. I like to take mine on family camping trips and when I am off in the desert by myself. It is fast up close and hammers well at distance. It is an overall winner in my book.
  4. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    There are dozens of real quality reviews of this rifle on YouTube. The reviews are very impartial. Well, the ones I have seen. I don't own one, and so I can say from experience, but the video of reviews in action, were very informative. Check out the reviews by "hickok45" and by "Nutfancy".

  5. Jackal

    Jackal Well-Known Member

    I'd have a very hard time spending $1000 for a M77 with a box mag.....
  6. baz

    baz Well-Known Member

    Here we go again. :)

    Been a couple of lengthy threads on this in recent memory. (Here's one.) Folks either seem to love it, or don't get it. I'm in the first category. In fact, I had my GSR out to the range just this morning.

    As for your questions, the short barrel doesn't seem to be a significant negative as far as accuracy is concerned. (Here's a classic read on the subject.) The gun shoots better than I can. As for the price, I don't know if you could get one right now for less than list, but I got mine less than four months ago for $900 (that includes about $70 in tax), NIB, from a dealer, at a gun show. I jumped on it.
  7. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    The Ruger Scout is by its design a compromise gun. Try googling "scout rifle" to find out more about the idea behind the design

    As such, it's not an optimum choice as a hunting rifle. Not to say it can't do it and do it well, but for hunting there are better choices available for less money like Savage. On the other hand if you have the cash to spend for $800-1000 you can get a very good hunting rifle like the Winchester 70.

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  8. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    Not to me. The 16" barrel is going to hurt perfromance more than I'm willing to give up. While you think it is light, it is actually pretty heavy. The short barrel and balance point make it seem lighter than it is. 10 round magazines are not needed on a hunting rifle and they are expensive.

    $1000 is too much for that gun. All I've seen have been $750-$800.

    A standard All Weather Hawkeye is several hundred dollars cheaper and a better hunting rifle. As would be many others.


    If you have $1000 to spend I'd buy this. Street prices will be $900-$950


    If you really want to experience lightweight and have just about $1,100 buy this.


    The Kimber is almost 2 1/2 lbs lighter than the Ruger, both will be far more accurate.
  9. tomrkba

    tomrkba Well-Known Member

    Not with those sights, especially that rear sight. I'd really like to see Garand or M1A sights on the gun. I'll probably get one anyways, but I really want to improve the sights.
  10. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    The rear iron isn't great, but it is robust and I was getting three inch groups at 100 yards, which is good enough for me. I love mine, and it is my main and practically speaking only hunting rifle. I have other rifles I have and could hunt with, but I genuinely can't imagine choosing one of those rifles over my scout to take afield. Not thats its a highly technical performance review, but of 5 shots in the field, I have taken four animals with it, and the miss was my fault. Obviously, thats highly indicative of my confidence in the rifle as opposed to a truly good review of how this rifle performs in general or in comparison to other similar rifles, but there you have it.

    I do agree that a grand is too much. I paid 800 after tax for mine, though to be fair there was a sale going on at the time.

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  11. Cooldill

    Cooldill Well-Known Member

    +1 for Nutnfancy's youtube review. That should be all the info you need LOL.

    Personally I would rather have a Ruger American rifle instead. I think the Gunsite Scout would have features that wouldn't be useful for what you need a rifle for, and that is why it costs so much.
  12. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    Here you go - Spend another $300 for a scope and mounts and start reloading for it. Lee Enfield #5 Mark I



    As with everything, get what you want but there are always alternatives.
  13. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member


    I came to the very same conclusion. That's a nice little rifle.

  14. qwert65

    qwert65 Well-Known Member

    When I wanted a light 308 and being a lever fan I got a BLR which is the perfect rifle for me
  15. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

    Its worth it if you like the Scout Rifle Concept. I like my GSR and it comes close to Col. Coopers concept,many have debated this to ad nauseum that its a little heavier or doesn't have a bipod,but I believe the Scout rifle is a concept in flux.
    Gunsite and Ruger worked together on the project and yes,certain compromises were made,it was based of Rugers M77 action and their methods of manufacturing.They could not get the M77 action to work with M14 mags so a proprietary one was made.

    Mags are not just limited to 10 rounds,3 and 5 rounders are available for hunting or a more clean appearance.

    I personally do not get people buying the GSR and running the optic over the receiver,why not get a regular rifle??I like the fact I have two mounting options should one fail,the Ruger system was already in place on the M77.

    The GSR is not a sniper rifle,it is not a bench rest rifle,it is a Scout Rifle,for making hits out to medium range quickly and decisively with a full power cartridge.

    Yes,you either like the GSR or do not. I love mine.
  16. baz

    baz Well-Known Member

    Yeah, well, "nutnfancy" doesn't seem to know what a scout rifle is all about, or even how to use a bolt action. Anyone who bases their opinion of the GSR solely upon this video is getting a biased opinion of the gun. Lots of people like the gun, for one reason or another. And others do not. To each his own.
  17. back40

    back40 Well-Known Member

    nutnfancy's review leaves a lot to be desired.

    i really like my gsr. it's one of my current favorites, simply because it does so many things quite well. i've added an a2 flash suppressor, the xs full rail, and a good sling. i also have a 1-4x illum. reticle scope on quick release rings available, but generally shoot with irons. the accuracy is great (about moa), the trigger is really nice for a factory unit, and i like the stock. some claim it's too heavy, but the weight doesn't really bother me being that it's so compact and balances well.

    the 1k price tag for the one you found is too steep. i paid $720 for mine, and just saw one in a shop the other day for $750. there's one on gunbroker for $850 right now.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2013
  18. Jackal

    Jackal Well-Known Member

    I am torn here. I love the M77 rifle series (really like the old tang safeties) but the GSR just does not cut the mustard for $1000. For that kind of money your getting into M1A territory (new M1A basic or used Scout). The M1A can do everything the GSR can, but better (higher capacity, likely more accurate, better sights, etc) . The GSR would be a great $600-$700 rifle.... Heck, even a Garand can be a viable alternative to the GSR. You lose 2 rounds, but gain semi auto fire, better sights, cheap clips, walnut stock and a battle/hunting proven rifle. Enblocs are easy to get and about $1 each while GSR mags are $60 each.... I'll take 60 8rd Enbloc clips over one GSR mag anyday.
  19. back40

    back40 Well-Known Member

    for my purposes, both the m1a and the garand take a back seat due to being semi auto. this is where one really needs to determine what they want from the rifle. some see semi as a plus, where as i see it as a minus.
  20. Seventhsword

    Seventhsword Well-Known Member

    I paid $29 for my 10rd Polymer GSR mags and $759 for the rifle. Why keep quoting the most expensive prices you can find on it? If you don't like it don't buy it....

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