I’ve spoken before about Scout Rifles in general and some specifically. The biggest thing going right now is the Ruger Gunsite Scout. Now, just because something is big now, doesn’t mean it’s all that great, just inexplicably popular. Remember, last year a Snookie was pretty big… I don’t know what that is, but evidently it washed up on the shore in Jersey. It should probably be thrown back in… But I digress.
The Ruger Scout has three things I don’t like about it. I don’t like the stock, the flash hider, and the 20 round mag. A synthetic stock could be cheaper and certainly lighter. The flash hider is some generic next to useless contraption that Ruger even puts on their “Tactical” 10/22 rifle. And that 20 round mag just sticks out way too far. This makes the rifle clumsy and awkward in my opinion… and I think it kind of looks goofy. I like at that thing and think, “why not just get a Springfield M1A Squad Scout?” You are spending almost up there in dollars… might as well go all the way.
But maybe I am being unfair to the Ruger. I know several guys that I respect, who have them and they like them. I have to ask “Why?” Sell me on the Ruger. But don’t mention Jeff Cooper or Gunsite while doing it… give me a reason that this Ruger stands on its own.
I’ve got some Scout Rifle suggestions for you instead of this Ruger. A Marlin 336 or 1895 with a Scout rail on top… in .30-30 or .45-70 makes for some classic old school Scouting. A Savage 10 Scout will give you a Sub-MOA Scout… because a Scout doesn’t have to shoot 2″ groups. Mediocre groupings doesn’t a Scout make. Then there is the Czech Scout… a CZ 527 Carbine in 7.62x39mm… That alone – with nothing else – makes a fine Scout for little money.