Yeah, Ruger could have done a better job on their scout. They should have went with a 19" skinny barrel instead of the mid weight and the detachable box magazine is not really necessary if you use a scout scope being that you have complete access to the action for reloading. That being said, I like mine. It's a tack driver. The best thing I did to it was replacing the laminated wood stock with a synthetic. This takes some weight off. I have a Kimber Montana in .308 that I think would make the ideal featherweight scout rifle. Doves custom makes a scout scope mount for it so this may become one of my future projects.I have the Ruger Scout rifle. Too big and heavy to qualify as a light and quick handling rifle. I do like it though. I think the Ruger American fills the bill much better. I have two, 7.62x39 and .450 Bushmaster. Like them both very much. I have not tried subsonic suppressed loads with the .450 yet, but it is on my "things to do" list. I also have an older Gibbs or Navy Arms Ishapore 2A1 "Jungle Carbine" in .308 that is pretty compact.
I have built a few scout rifles on various military actions, and I have had some what I'd call 'tanker' shortened versions of military bolt guns too. When I could still see iron sights I much preferred them; I recall one set on a 'tankerized' No.4 Enfield that really helped that rifle be very accurate. Now I usually use a low power scope mounted forward as to allow for stripper clip loading. I have a SMLE 2A done up that way in a composite stock that is very light and quick, but it's not really all that accurate. I understand this is common on chopped SMLE rifles, but I haven't given up on it quite yet, there's a few things left to try on that one. Never had an FR8 but those look like the cat's meow right there straight from the factory. One of those in a composite stock would be pretty much apocalypse-proof I'd think.
One surprising one I did a long time ago was built around a Carcano Model 41 in 6.5 with the normal rifling instead of the gain twist common to the other versions. That way the barrel can be shortened without slowing the rifling twist and wrecking the accuracy. That one really surprised me with how accurate and pleasant it was to shoot. I messed it up by putting a folding stock on it, which pretty much destroyed the accuracy but did make it hella short for storage, then traded it off for something else instead of fixing it back up. I liked the six round capacity and rapid loading that rig had and have been thinking about building another one when I get a free minute (which doesn't seem like it's going to happen any time soon, but you never know.) Someone was building a forward scope mount that was a sleeve that you'd epoxy around the entire barrel just forward of the action, then inlet the stock to suit.. Those were rock solid and I really liked them, but I can't recall who made them or if they still do? That's the way I'd go again. No folding stock this time though, I learned my lesson!
Stock is way too heavy on the Ruger, too bad someone doesn't make a light one.I was so excited when the Ruger Scout was announced but it’s too heavy in my opinion.
Last I saw Gunsite uses Ruger American Ranch rifles in their classes, I view them as almost a disposable rifle but good enough.
I have one that shoots well.
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I'd say that qualifies.Winchester 70, 308, Burris 2.75 X, funky sling. I think this qualifies as a Scout Rifle. Was put together by Shlomo, and I bought it from the estate. Didn't really have a use for it but he was so taken with the thing. Had me sitting at the end of his driveway scoping out the tree line on the other side of the road.
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