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Ruger has released their new Gunsite Scout Rifle. The rifle was designed in conjunction with Gunsite and based off Jeff Cooper's concept of what a scout rifle should entail.

Colonel Cooper's idea calls for a rifle of light weight, quick-handling, and chambering in a cartridge suitable for both fighting and hunting. This new offering - the latest evolution of the M77 - is highly adaptable to almost any conceivable role, featuring a 1913 Picatinny rail positioned adequately for either a forward-placed scout scope or any number of holographic or red-dot optics. Further, Ruger saw fit to make standard fixed iron sights such as those found on the Mini-14 and Mini-30. Removal of the rear sight will allow for use of a traditional hunting scope through Ruger's proprietary integral mounts. Notable also is the inclusion of the AC-556 styled flash suppressor (with muzzle threaded to 5/8x24 tpi) detachable in the event one wishes to affix a sound suppressor.

Taking into account the varying builds of the individual, the rifle's length of pull is adjustable by means of three spacers. The stock butt pad is soft and highly recoil absorbent. With a 16.5-in. barrel and chambered for .308 Win. my initial impression was that the rifle would give a brisk kick; that wasn't the case. To my surprise, recoil was negligible and led me to believe that the butt pad is highly shock dampening. The stock is black laminate and has a substantial feel not found in rifles fitted with polymer offerings.

The rifle feeds from either a 5-round or 10-round single stack detachable box magazine, which comes from the Accuracy International and Badger designs. Ruger opted for the single stack over the double with an aim of improving reliability. Releasing the magazine is accomplished through a lever similar to that of the Mini-14/30.






I had the privilege of being invited to a gunwriters' review by Ruger for the unveiling at Gunsite. Needless to say I jumped at the chance. We spent three days at Gunsite - one for the introduction and initial range session, the second spent on our choice of shooting courses; the Scrambler was a blast. Temperatures were in the upper 50s during the day and the nights were in the upper 20s and lower 30s.



At the introduction we also received a Carhartt jacket embroidered with the Ruger label and a Ruger/Gunsite Scout Rifle shirt.




The target is from Ruger's 50-yard testing of the rifle. After 4,170 rounds of Winchester Power Point 180-gr, an accuracy test was performed with 30 rounds and a Leupold scout scope. The result is this following group.
 

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The rifle I was given for review. Mine was fitted with a Burris 2.75 Scout Scope and a Ching Safari Sling. Other participants used rifles in varying configurations, including iron sites, conventional scope setups, and holographic red dots. In excess of twenty rifles were provided by Ruger. Overall length is 38.00 in - 39.50 in. depending on spacers used. Weight is 7 lbs.


The distinctive AC-556 type flash suppressor. The rifling is 6 grooves in 1/10-in. RH twist.


Mag well and trigger group are a single unit. Visible here is the lever magazine release.


Gunsite's logo is prominently displayed on the bottom of the pistol grip.


10-rd metal magazine.


5-rd metal magazine.


The single column magazine.


Loaded.
 

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The Gunsite instructors and range officers. Left to right: Il Ling New, Ed Head, Chris Weare, LaMonte Kintsel. All were very helpful. On the first day they all came across as hardasses, but by the third day they were easy to get along with.


One of two racks of rifles.


Il Ling New demonstrating the high ready position and handling of the rifle.


Il Ling instructing on the kneeling position.


And the sitting position.

She knows her rifles.

First group on the firing line, shooter's choice kneeling or sitting.


Jeff Quinn putting the Scout rifle through its paces, offhand.


Mark Gurney from Ruger (at right) and me at left. High ready.
 

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Another gunwriter running the Scrambler.


Another stage.


The Scout rifle, fitted with the 10-rd magazine.


And the 5-rd.


Left to right: Michael Bane, myself, and Jeff Quinn.


Three days at Gunsite. Lots of new stuff. Lots of good memorable times. I met a lot of good gun people, shot some new firearms, burned a lot of free ammo - what could be better?

Thanks to Ruger and Gunsite for the opportunity to participate and the experience. It was a blast.
 

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Just got the e-mail from Ruger today introducing this new rifle.....it sure has my attention.....

Anyone know what the street price of this will be......???
 

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It is #2 on exactly what I'd want Ruger to make next . . . this is good, or bad if you are my pocketbook/budget/wife/etc. I wasn't really expecting my number one wantzy, or my #2, so this was a real, wow! It is beautiful
 

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I like, but the cost for new mags is HIGH $64 for 5rds and $70 for 10rnds on Ruger's site. Its not a deal killer and I understand why they didn't want to use FAL, M1A, style mags and went with Accuracy International mags. Surplus mags are not reliable. Just hope the price comes down as they sell lots of these fine looking rifles. One of the reason mini 14's have the same sales killing problem, expensive hard to find mags. Just my uneducated opinion.

P.S. I know its easy to sit back and pick apart this rifle, and I apologize. I want one, give it a year and prices will settle out. Hope Ruger does well with this one they have been really coming up with some great gun and will only get better we all hope. Happy New Year all and happy shooting.
 

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I like, but the cost for new mags is HIGH $64 for 5rds and $70 for 10rnds on Ruger's site. Its not a deal killer and I understand why they didn't want to use FAL, M1A, style mags and went with Accuracy International mags. Surplus mags are not reliable. Just hope the price comes down as they sell lots of these fine looking rifles. One of the reason mini 14's have the same sales killing problem, expensive hard to find mags. Just my uneducated opinion.
Ruger is working on 5 and 10 round polymer mags that should be at a much cheaper price.
 

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Macx said:
Would it be completely wrong to put an ACOG and a can on it?
A "muffler" was my first thought, also. :)
 

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A 16.5 barrel just begs for some of that kind of lengthening. It is the only reason besides being tacticool (like my Saiga .308 :rolleyes:) I can think of to have a .308 at less than 18".

If the zombie hordes attack, this looks like a perfect urban rifle for the "Enemy at the Gates" sort of environment I find myself in. In any case, I'd think Ruger's new offering would be better at making those all important zombie headshots than my AK based .308.
 

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Would it be completely wrong to put an ACOG and a can on it?

This is the first new product by a manufacturer (not just Ruger) to really excite me in a while.
My thoughts exactly. This is crying out for an ACOG or Triji RMR (holgraphic) and a QD magnifier for longer hunting shots. The threaded bbl makes so much sense. I know many guys hate compensators and the like on a hunting rifle, but just great to have the option and not have to go to a smith.

Also the first rifle I have seen in a VERY LONG time that has made me go 'AAAAH'!
 
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