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Wet Dog
01-01-2011, 12:14
Been reading quite a bit about this intriguing offering and I'm surprised by the strong reactions it has gotten, especially the negative. My impression is mixed too but I'd really like to get my hands on one. Reminds me of a Mk5 Jungle Carbine without being so clucky lookin'.

Things I like:
Peeps on a bolt gun standard!
Compact size
heavier barrel (mid weight?)
detachable Magazine fed
Robust, debugged action.
Will accept pretty much any sighting system out there.
Adjustable length of pull.

Things I don't like:
Magazine protrudes too far below the trigger guard.
Extra Mag Cost (I hear a less expensive polymer version will be available soon)

Things I'd like to see
A flush mounted magazine even if it only holds 3 rounds.
Threaded ghost ring so smaller apertures could be used.
Less expensive Mags.

01-01-2011, 14:27
I like the thick rubber butt pad. Still, I'll bet I'd put one of those mercury filled tubes in the stock to abosrb that .308 recoil.
Me likey. Does it take an M1A magazine?

01-03-2011, 22:52
Does it take an M1A magazine?

i'm employing my google-fu to find out. if it does, i might need three or four.

01-03-2011, 23:33
i'm employing my google-fu to find out. if it does, i might need three or four.
Not according to this.

01-03-2011, 23:57
general consensus i found is it takes accuracy international mags. 60-70 bucks a pop. waters down my interest a little. maybe hold off for a while and see what the aftermarket does.

01-10-2011, 20:09
Really like the rifle but the cost of the mags is going to slow my purchase. Why not M1A checkmate mags? I would have jumped on it much quicker.

Wet Dog
02-02-2011, 09:49
Well, I decided to take the plunge.

It has a confidence inspiring heft to it. So many new guns with synthetic stocks lack that. The Ruger Gunsite Scout feels like it is up to hard use in tough conditions. There is also an underlying level of refinement to that ruggedness that is also pleasing to the senses.

Both the trigger and the sights were better than I expected. I believe both will contribute favorably to its accuracy potential. The bolt is easily run quickly and I expect it will get better with use.

I ran a variety of ammo through the action from the magazine. The 173 gr cast Lyman 311041 bullet loads would engrave slightly upon feeding while all others including the smaller 120 grain Lyman 311008 cast bullet cycled beautifully.

My goal is to develop a variety of loads to take advantage of this versatile cartridge. Everything from subsonic cast bullet Grouse Getter loads on up to big critter thumpers that I've done with my 30-30 Leverguns. It's nice to be able to harvest Grouse with your rifle and still have something left to eat. The reduced report doesn't put every critter for miles on high alert either. With rimfire like recoil it makes for an excellent round to introduce new shooters to centerfire rifles.

Ruger is marketing this rifle as "The one rifle to have if you could only have one." I intend to test that in the coming weeks and months on targets, long range steel and critters from Grouse to Elk. We'll see how it plays out - but I'm not betting against it..

02-07-2011, 11:30
My Gunsite Scout is on the truck, and scheduled for delivery today.

I've played with one and decided I had to have it. I like the portability, ease of fast handling, and general overall characteristics of this rifle. Being a left handed shooter has me usually favoring something other than a bolt action rifle most days, but this may be the exception to the rule.

From what I've been able to determine, Ruger went with a single stack design for reliability reasons. After-market suppliers are already making shorter ten round magazines, and if the sales keep up, like they have been, I have no doubt that more companies will be offering magazines. I'd like to see a reliable five and ten round polymer magazine in the future.

This is one rifle I'm really looking forward to. I plan to use red dot forward mounted optics, as I find that to be the quickest for sight acquisition. If I plan to shoot anything over 250 yards, which I don't, then I'd look at different optics.

Here I sit crossing my fingers and waiting for the man in the brown uniform.