First I want to say that this rifle was basically a gift from the guys at The Specialists. Thank you again!
Well right when my gun shop opened this morning I hurried down there to get my Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. I get super excited and shaky when I find myself filling out the 4473. Ya I know, I’m weird. Well here’s the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle:
I really don’t think many people have actually shot one of these rifles or owned one, unless you shot at Gunsite when Ruger showed them off. I really don’t know where to start. I really don’t want to write about when everyone writes about when talking about this rifle, the specifics on what Jeff Cooper wanted in a scout rifle.
I could see myself carrying this rifle for miles. The versatility and weight of this rifle makes it very pleasing when thinking about walking for miles on a hunt. Some first reviews of the rifle talk about how this would be a good home defense rifle. I completely disagree. Why would I use a rifle in .308 for home defense. Maybe if they were 300 yards away but then I wouldn’t be worried about home defense. Unless it was some sniper shooting at my house. I don’t foresee that happening anytime soon. If someone is posing a threat to my home and they are at distance that a shotgun can’t reach I’m going to use my AR-15.
Ok, back to what I think of the rifle. My first thoughts when I unboxed it were that the wood was beautiful and I love the size of the rifle. I’m not sure if I quite like the look of the flash hider with the rifle but I’ll get used to it. I see flash hiders more as an assault rifle muzzle attachment, not a hunting or LE rifle attachment. I may someday put on one of these muzzle attachments from Primary Weapons Systems. Someday.
When I went out to shoot the rifle I did get some glare on the bottom of the rear ghost ring. But then again I was shooting into the sun. It didn’t really affect my ability to focus on the front sight post. I really don’t know what I’ll put on the rifle as far as optics goes. This scope made by Millet may be my best option. I really like the idea of a forward mounted scope on a rifle. I like having iron sights on the rifle too just in case something happens to the scope and has to be taken off the rifle and I need to shoot. This rifle could be a good option for law enforcement to put in their cruisers.
Shooting the rifle isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Yes the recoil is manageable. But you definitely have to have the rifle pressed tight to your shoulder. Trigger pull is pretty light, which I like. Most of my rifle have somewhat heavy trigger pulls. A light trigger pull is very nice when trying to shoot for precision and long distance. Shooting iron sights were surprisingly accurate with this rifle. Maybe someone will make a thin front post and maybe fiber optic for this rifle. Cycling the bolt was pretty smooth and should get better with use.
One complaint I have with this rifle is the loading system. Some complaints I read from people is that it should have a way to load the rifle from the top of the rifle. I really have no issues with having a way to load the rifle from the top. A magazine is a very nice way to load the, if the magazines were plentiful and reasonably priced. Ruger should have used a magazine that is already being made or used by another rifle. Also a five round magazine, which I need to hunt with in NYS, is $64 and was out of stock. Now it’s not luckily. I may be cheap but I think $64 is a bit much for a 5 round magazine. And one that doesn’t have anything to make it ‘anti-tilt’. I don’t think anti tilt is a big issue with this rifle since it’s a bolt gun.
When reading the manual it seems like disassembly of the rifle is straight forward. Remove three bolts and the rifle is disassembled.
I never realized that the trigger guard and magazine well piece are polymer or glass re-enforced. I really like how easy it is to take out the bolt and to replace it. When I went to adjust the rear sight I had to tighten some bolts up. I couldn’t get the rear ghost ring to stay straight. Not really a huge deal, just looks nice if it is perpendicular to the rifle. I’ve added a spacer to make the length of pull a little longer. I have somewhat longer arms. We’ll see how I like it. When I pull the bolt back, the bolt is about 3 centimeter from my nose if I’ve got my head rested on the butt stock to look down the sights. I think if I had to load another round in the chamber I’d take the rifle out of my shoulder to watch my target or animal and load quickly.
I added a bipod, made by Ruger and a Millet illuminated 1-4 scope. Very very nice additions to the rifle. I recommend both products. When I was out in Utah with this rifle I shot stationary clay pigeons at 150-200 yards with ease. Love the rifle. I tend to like it a little more than an AR. I know, that’s a dangerous statement.