They keep making more and more scout labeled rifles and scout-like rifles, yet functionally there is little a modern semi auto can't do better so I'm failing to see any point here. Was looking at a new Savage scout. 16" barrel in .308. Whats the point of that caliber in a barrel that short? Utterly no advantage to these unless you have to travel to Alaska via Canada or live in some place with restrictive gun laws. Maybe a lighter weight beater bolt gun for bears with a short barrel you won't stick in the dirt while you are out in the woods being more focused on non-gun activities? Why not a 12 gauge then? Tell me why these are proliferating when functionally they are relics. Just selling stuff with more marketing than functionality is my guess. Any AR-15, AR-10, FAL, AK makes a better scout rifle except occasionally in the weight department and perhaps a side by side accuracy comparison (even though tack driving isn't what a scout is supposed to be for anyway).