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Ruger g.s. Scout rifle.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by krupparms, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. krupparms

    krupparms Well-Known Member

    Just picked up a new ruger G.S.Scout rifle. It is fantastic! Ruger did a great job once again. Have had no luck at finding extra magazines, but I will keep looking. This is one nice rifle &I believe J.Cooper would be proud. Now if they would just build one in. 243win. & .223 rem.! You can not get them at the L.G.S. but I found mine at B-mart. They get 1per. week. :)
  2. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    Congrats! Those are awesome. They do make it in .223. I actually held one, as well as the .308. Both wonderful rifles.

  3. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    I beg to differ. I suspect that Jeff Cooper would be appalled. His specs for a Scout Rifle included "light and handy". The Ruger effort is heavy for a 308 carbine and has a magazine sticking out - way out - of the stock for styling reasons. Not very handy. Ruger could have easily made it with a lighter stock and internal magazine but decided not to for marketing reasons.

    It's not a bad rifle, it's just not a good Scout rifle.
  4. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    Where oh where did you hold one in .223? Any links with news about such a beast? :)
  5. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    I only see over priced polymer Ruger 5 and 10 round mags at places like Gunbroker. I have three 10 rounders on back order with rugershop.com using my 20% new gun purchase discount. Maybe, I will get them this summer? :confused:

    Anyway, congrats on your new Ruger GSR. I do like mine for exactly what it is, whether it meets Cooper's scout rifle requirements or not. :cool:
  6. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

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  7. nipprdog

    nipprdog Well-Known Member

  8. greenlion

    greenlion Well-Known Member

    I am curious about where you saw one in 223 as well. Did it use AR magazines by any chance ??? I have kept an eye out for one in other calibers, but haven't seen any evidence of them yet.
  9. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

  10. Dryft

    Dryft Well-Known Member

    The Ruger website does not have any information on a .223 version.

    Congratulations on your new rifle - I want one in the left-handed model, stainless barrel.

  11. Averageman

    Averageman Well-Known Member

    If it's Ruger it is more than likely a proprietary magazine for that specific rifle.
    I doubt if the 5.56 version even is set up to work with the Mini 14 magazines.
    Think of the money Ruger makes in proprietary magazines and then making new and unique magazines for new designs on older rifles and pistols.
    Old Bill was sly like a fox, I have a feeling the problem he had with Hi-Cap magazines was likely that he wasn't making enough money off the ones that were sold for his rifles.
    Those Scout Rifles could have been designed to take AR or M1A magazines, but Millions of dollars would have been lost to Ruger had the done it that way.
  12. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    Target Sports, Royal Oak, MI Ask for Ray. The .223 model had a 1-9 twist barrel.

  13. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Well-Known Member

    In the prototype phase of the 308 scout they tried the m1a mags but couldn't get reliable feeding.
  14. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing that's in part due to the price point. Over the product life cycle I suspect they will address some of the definicies. Of course there is always the Styer Scout.
  15. sammass

    sammass Member


    Check out Alpha Ind Mfg and their Alpha Ruger GSR mag.


    I have a couple and they are well made, and shorter than the Ruger 10 rd factory metal box mag. This is accomplished by double stacking the lower rounds with a single feed. Forget 308 stripper clips as either Ruger or Alpha box is loaded one round at a time. You just need more mags. The only commentable item is that the Alpha teflon finish is slick when you are removing the mag.

    There are several YouTube vids out there on the GSR and one specifically on the Alpha.

    Also, unless you like the tuning fork ping of the birdcage suppressor, you might consider the Smith Enterprise Vortex suppressor. Again, lots of visuals on their web site.


    Enjoy your GSR. Sam
  16. baz

    baz Well-Known Member

    When did you place your order? I placed an order very early in January, when the 10 rounders were still listed as backordered. No further info until they showed up about a month later! I bought two of the 10 rounders and two of the 5 rounders, from shopruger. I also have two of the Alpha Industry mags, which I ordered when I didn't have a clue as to when I would see the Ruger mags. So, now I've got 7 mags -- the original 10 round mag, the four new poly mags, and the two Alpha mags.
  17. B!ngo

    B!ngo Well-Known Member

    I recently sent an e-letter to Ruger customer relationships congratulating them on their success and asking them if they plan to pursue a .223 GSR. They actually did follow up two days later saying that at this time they have no current plans but will evaluate the market over the next few months.
    So no, I don't think they make one. And I was hoping to get a left-hander too...
  18. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    I ordered them February 4th. Maybe mine will show up in a few weeks?

    If not, I do like the steel mags shown in the link provided by sammass in post #15. I wish I'd know of them sooner. :D
  19. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    I did notice that the Ruger Hawkeye 77 Tactical rifle looks only a couple steps removed from the GSR. Mostly due to that flash hider hanging on the muzzle. It does come in .223 and .308.

  20. BruceB

    BruceB Well-Known Member

    My left-hand GSR is flawless. The action is smooth, the trigger is light and crisp, and function and accuracy are excellent.

    My polymer mags came from Midway, but that was almost a year ago. They work beautifully, and I find the 3-round perfect for carry, backed-up by larger ones in pockets.

    It's a mistake, in my estimation, to cling too tightly to Colonel Jeff's original "formula". Look at the RIFLE! It meets the basic idea admirably, and nit-picking is pointless.

    For myself, I dislike the forward-mounted scope concept; as a result, my GSR wears a receiver-mounted sight....just the way I like it.

    To use a lighter stock is to use a WEAKER stock....the laminated one on the GSR is one of the FEW commercial items of which I'm aware that has a reasonable chance of surviving use for a full-force butt-stroke to an enemy's head.... or even an owner's fall on the rifle on rough ground, or a horse rolling on it. This is a hard-service concept, and such things should be considered.

    As can be seen, I like the rifle and Ruger's execution of the basic concept.

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