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Ruger Scout rifle

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by capvan, Oct 30, 2012.

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  1. capvan

    capvan Active Member

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    Anyone have any experience with the Ruger Scout rifle. Good? Bad? Why is it different than any other Ruger rifle?

    Thanks!

    cap
     
  2. Fraz

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    I've had one for the past two years hunt in 308,saddled up with a Leupold 2.5 Scope, forward mounted - If you shoot both eyes open its very fast and accurate.
    One eye shooting would be the same, the scope of course is your choice. great for the short shots, just fine for the longer, set mine up both ways - 50 yds & 100.
    I shoot 165 gr. Federal - off hand or on the bench you can hookem together.
    She's packed for another trip to Canada as I write.
    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Shooting Coach

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    I found one a while back, and thoroughly enjoy it. This rifle has taken the place of several favored guns. It has a monumental increase in power, accuracy, and range over my beloved 1894 Winchester.

    I have not mounted a scope on it yet, but even with my tired eyes the 200 yd steel plate at my Sportsman's Club gets a beating every time I take the gun there.

    The gun does not seem to favor one load over the other. Every load, from 110 gr to 170 gr bullets, shoots as well as I can hold it.

    Carries like a '94 Winchester, points like a well fitted shotgun, hits like a modern centerfire. Recoil is mild, considering the light weight. An adjustable LOP helps the gun fit most folks.

    Like most 308's, mine has a (1.635") 7.62 NATO chamber. NOT A BAD THING.
     
  4. DB Bill

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    I put about 100 rounds thru one a friend has and except for the extended magazine I liked it -- I kept snagging things on it. If they made one that held 3 less rounds I'd probably buy one - in fact I'd like a pair if they also made one in .223.

    Ruger has become very innovative in the guns they market.
     
  5. Shooting Coach

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    Five round mags are available.
     
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    Do they make a lefty version ?
     
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    Yes.

    They make a lefty.

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    Anyone actually fire some test groups at 100 yards?
     
  9. illtrap1

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    What do they sell for new 308?
     
  10. Shooting Coach

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    The 7-08's I have shot seemed to kick about like the 308, and don't forget cheap Military brass and ammo.

    A 7-08, 260, and 243 Scout would be a good idea. I like the 260 best of all, although it flopped commercially.
     
  11. MTA Tom

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    illtrap1, I saw a new, left-handed .308 Ruger Scout at the Mason, Michigan gun show on Friday for $767.
     
  12. Shooting Coach

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    Owners of this gun should know it is a true controlled-feed arm. Despite what the owner's manual might say, the bolt will NOT close on a round manually inserted into the chamber.
     
  13. mtimney

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    I don't understand the purpose of this gun. It would seem to be a poor substitute for a hunting rifle or a tactical firearm.

    All due respect to those of you who bought it, but aren't you giving up:

    1) Some accuracy because of the light-weight build and forward mount scope;
    2) Velocity because of the short barrel;
    3) Overall firepower/tactical ability because of the bolt action;

    and taking more of a beating from larger calibers' recoil because of the light weight???

    I am not saying there's anything wrong with buying this gun, but to what end is it worth buying other than just to have one. It does look cool.
    Mark T.
     
  14. Shooting Coach

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    1 Accuracy?

    My gun has iron sights, which is what I want. It does what I need it to do. Making shots up to 300 yds on a theoretical man-sized target. I did not buy it to engage a 400 yard target.

    2 Velocity?

    Losing a little speed at ranges to 300 yards is of no consequence.

    3. Firepower?

    This gun still shoots a 150 gr bullet around 2700 fps. Many things that would be cover for a 223/5.56 would be concealment for the 308. I have a 5.56 Patrol Rifle, but would rather have the Scout. Recoil of this firearm is mild. I shot 75 rds through mine on its first outing, would have shot more, but 75 rds was all I brought.

    It does replace several rifles that I intended to keep. This was my intention. I will still likely hunt with my old friend, the Ruger All-Weather 30/06 (scoped)
     
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    Do they have a decent trigger?
     
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    Speaking as a former full line gunsmith, I do not intend to tune the trigger on my Ruger. It is crisp with no creep, lets off at around 3 1/2 lbs. I have been impressed with the firearm since I got it out of the box.
     
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    Looks like a great "Doomsday Prepper" rifle!!
     
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    It is a hoot to shoot. Replaces most of my peep-sighted deer rifles, with a lot more power, accuracy, not counting ammo variety and availability.

    Reloading? The sky is the limit. A friend gave me a bucket of 30 Carbine bullets. They will work fine for the (rifle) plate rack at 50 yards.

    Doomer gun? Theoretically speaking, it would fill the need.
     
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    Mossberg is making a .223 rifle like this, called the MVP. It has a full 24 inch barrel and takes AR15 magazines. It mounts the scope in the regular position. My son bought one and it was shooting quarter sized groups at 100 yards. I bought one for varmint hunting, and the 1st time I took it out, it easily put 10 rounds under a 1/2 dollar. The trigger is adjustable, but I have not bothered with it yet. The stock on the MVP is a little short, but I am 6'2", a lot of rifles are a little short. I figure that is why kickeze makes the 1 inch butt pads. I have been looking at the Ruger, I do wish Ruger would put a full 22-24 inch barrel on it.
     
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