Educational Zone #134 – The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

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My buddy Liem called me a few days ago and told me he had a new Ruger Scout rifle and wondered if I wanted to shoot it. I said, Sure!

Today we took it to the range. Here it is.

As many of you know, the Scout Rifle concept was developed by Jeff Cooper and was intended to be a light weight, handy rifle, capable of use for a variety of uses, from hunting to self-defense.

It is not as good as a “specialty rifle” for any one use, but is good for many uses.

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Liem had it glass bedded and had the trigger tuned up a little, and installed a scope.

The rifle comes with a mount and rings, but you have to install the scope of your choice.

Liem installed a Burris pistol scope with long eye relief. It is a 4 power scope.

Some folks might want less power on a scope for a scout rifle, but we liked the 4 power scope for shooting best at 100 Yards.

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Let’s look at the rifle.

First it has a very unique muzzle brake.

You can also see the well-protected front sight.

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The rear sight is high quality and could be used if you didn’t want to use a scope.

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It has a 10 round, removable magazine.

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This magazine worked well, but we noticed that if you weren’t careful, it was easy to insert a shell too far back and jam the mag.

Nothing too critical, but just something you need to learn to watch.

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The bolt has a big extractor that works well.

(The red coloring is grease, not rust.)

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The barrel is marked .308 Winchester.

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The butt pad is nice and soft and has removable inserts to adjust length of pull.

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The magazine release is in front of the trigger guard and is easy to operate.

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Another view.

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The bolt holding the action in the stock is at an angle, like some other Ruger rifles.

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The Safety is in the rear of the bolt and works great.

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Today we shot some National Match ammo.

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And some handloads that Liem loaded.

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Well, let’s get to shooting.

First Liem wrings it out at 75 yards, to check scope zero.

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Here are his three shots.

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I tried my hand at it.

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And here’s my group.

We made some adjustments to the scope and shot more groups.

Then we moved the target to 100 yards and shot some groups.

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Liem also shot it off-hand and we found it to be “fast” to the shoulder and easy to shoot at a man-sized target at 100 yards.

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Here’s my group from 100 yards

A nice group with two fliers, probably my fault, not the rifle’s.

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I told Liem that what I should have done is to cover the holes like this for the picture.

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The Ruger Gunsite Scout is a fun rifle to shoot.

Not a real precision rifle, but plenty good enough to shoot “minute of deer” groups.

Conclusions:
If you want a Scout rifle, this is a good one.

 

2 Comments on Educational Zone #134 – The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

  1. Was this the 16 or 19 inch barrel?

  2. This is one of my favorite rifles. I love the feel and heft of it. Anything under 3″ is dead to me. I have other rifles for distance or shooting wings off flies but for overall use; I love it. Replaced the Flash suppresor (causes a ringing) with a Compensator and wow what a difference that made in recoil and staying on point of aim. Good Article enjoyed it.

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