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Ruger's Gunsite Scout Rifle

Trying to answer, “Is Jeff Cooper’s ‘scout’ concept valid after all?”


Many of the best innovations have resulted from gifted individuals pursuing the answer to one simple question: What if…? For the late Jeff Cooper, one such question took seed nearly a half-century ago and ran something along the lines of, “What if you found yourself in dire circumstances and could have only one rifle with which to provide meat for the table and, in a pinch, ensure your own defense?”

Cooper, a retired combat Marine lieutenant colonel and devoted big-game hunter, was uniquely qualified to not only address that question, but to analytically evaluate it. He did so through a series of magazine articles and, in the 1980s, conferences held at the renowned firearm training center he founded in Paulden, Ariz., that today is known simply as Gunsite.

Cooper’s ultimate proposal, cited in his book “To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth,” postulated, “A general purpose rifle is a conveniently portable, individually operated firearm, capable of striking a single decisive blow, on a live target of up to 200 kilos in weight, at any distance at which the operator can shoot with the precision necessary to place a shot in a vital area of the target.” He would eventually dub the platform “scout” after its namesake military operator—an individual dispatched ahead of a main force to reconnoiter an area and who was reliant on his personal skills of evasion and on his equipment for safe return. Of course Cooper knew that a rifle that could serve in that role could just as well serve the civilian hunter, rancher or self-defense-minded individual, and so the requirements he outlined for such an “instrument,” while arguably somewhat arbitrary, were, nonetheless, rather specifically dictated by his considerable experience.

For hunting pursuits, Cooper had long admired the ’94 Winchester lever-action and the Mannlicher carbine for their handiness and natural pointing qualities. So the specifics he cited for inclusion in an archetypical scout rifle are not surprising: an overall length of one meter (39 inches) and a weight of 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) for handiness; provision for a compact, fixed-power scope of intermediate eye relief mounted ahead of the action for simultaneous situational awareness and fast target acquisition; a facility for rapid reloading and/or extra ammunition capacity for adequate firepower; and, finally, a reasonably powerful chambering, preferably in the form of a short-action cartridge such as the .308 Win., for terminal effectiveness on quarry of 200 kilos (440 pounds).

In the 25 or so years since those criteria were established, scout aficionados have struggled to build their own “pseudo-scouts”—often at the great expense that typically accompanies custom gunsmithing—just as Cooper did during the platform’s development. And the concept tended to separate a relatively small but enthusiastic band of riflemen who “got it” from the vast majority who simply didn’t—or, for one reason or another, didn’t want to.

Cooper’s experimentation progressed through a series of scout prototypes built on bolt-actions ranging from a Remington Model 600 to a Brno ZKK Mauser action to a Ruger M77 Ultralight fitted with a rib from a Ruger No. 1 single-shot action. Ruger later legitimized the latter configuration as a factory pseudo-scout in the form of its now-discontinued Frontier Rifle, which whetted some shooters’ appetites and laid the groundwork for a more thorough execution. Surprisingly, it has been reported that Bill Ruger, when shown Cooper’s Scout III, the Frontier’s forerunner, was nonplused. Regardless, the Frontier could be considered the forerunner to the company’s latest offering: the M77-based Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle.

The new rifle is the result of several years of collaboration between Ruger and Gunsite, but according to Ruger Product Manager Mark Gurney, discussions that led to rifle’s development got underway in earnest in November of 2009, only a year before its launch. Initially Gurney and Ruger Media Relations Director Ken Jorgensen met with Gunsite Range Master Ed Head in Arizona to discuss the project. They returned to New Hampshire to iron out the details and create a list of potential features. They later revisited Arizona where both Head and Gunsite owner Owen “Buz” Mills provided key input on the project. Back in New Hampshire, longtime Ruger engineer Roy Melcher turned his creative mind to the project. Melcher had developed the Security-Six revolver series, had contributed heavily to the original Mini-14 project and had designed the 77/22 bolt-action rifle. He had been called out of retirement several years earlier when Ruger re-tooled the Mini-14 production line and product offerings. The Scout Rifle would be his final contribution to the company before his death late last year.

“The Ruger Gunsite Scout is a credible rendition according to Cooper’s concepts,” said Gurney. “It is not an attempt to blindly follow a strict recipe, because Cooper didn’t have a strict recipe. He had guidelines based upon an ideal, and Ruger and Gunsite followed those ideals as best we could while keeping costs and development time reasonable.” Gurney added that Head, too, “did not have a dogmatic, ‘this is the recipe’ approach.”

According to Gurney, Melcher took the laundry list and created the first couple of prototypes. “We initially wanted the gun to take M14 magazines and even thought about making our own M14 mag,” he said. But inconsistencies in how existing magazines presented the rounds for feeding into the action dissuaded the team from that approach. A second prototype had a polymer stock and fed from Accuracy Int’l-pattern magazines guided by modified bottom metal from Badger Ordnance. “We took both—the wood-stocked M14-magazine gun and the polymer-stocked AI-magazine gun back to Gunsite for Ed to wring out,” said Gurney. Both Mills and Head preferred the more substantial feel of the wood stock, and at 7 pounds the team decided that the quarter pound that could be saved by using polymer would actually be detrimental to the rifle’s shooting qualities. “Also [Head] was insistent that the stock have an adjustable length of pull, and doing that in polymer would have cost quite a bit more,” said Gurney.

What finally emerged is both a true scout rifle and one of only three widely available production scouts on the market. What’s more, it neatly fills the void in price and features left between the other two. The Steyr scout, which Cooper personally collaborated on with Steyr of Austria, is certainly more feature-laden with its integrated bipod, multiple sling points and integrated spare magazine stowage, but it is priced at more than double the cost of the Ruger. The only other factory option, Savage’s 10 FCM Scout, while now in its second iteration and featuring that company’s proprietary AccuTrigger and AccuStock, comes standard with only a four-round detachable magazine and is not significantly less costly than the Ruger.

The Gunsite Scout Rifle is based on the proven Model 77 bolt-action that Bill Ruger launched in 1967, marrying his company’s investment casting capabilities with the best mechanical features of the military Mauser 98 and sporting Winchester Model 70. After undergoing a series of refinements in the ensuing years, the Model 77 proved to be strong, trouble-free and adaptable. Most recently it was improved through the Hawkeye line of rifles with trimmer stock dimensions and the LC6 trigger, which has better internal geometry for a crisper let-off.

The Gunsite Scout Rifle possesses the M77’s signature features: a flat-sided, flat-bottomed receiver with a forward-angling front bedding screw secured to the receiver’s integral recoil lug; integral mounts for the included Ruger rings; a one-piece stainless steel bolt and handle; a Mauser-type claw extractor; a receiver-mounted pivoting blade ejector; and a receiver-mounted, three-position safety.

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67 Responses to Ruger's Gunsite Scout Rifle

Ed wrote:
November 28, 2014

Rob- sounds like the primers are too hard for the rifle. I get that sometimes with striker-fired pistols or when using mil surp ammo with non mil surp rifles. My advice is to try some mainstream commercial ammo- Winchester, Federal and Remington all make cheaper ammo on the same production lines as their premium name brand ammo. I'm not saying its exactly the same, but its really good ammo for much less money.

Rob wrote:
November 22, 2014

I am also having a failure to fire problem. I have fired about 30 rounds so far and have had 2 ftf. One was with Wolf ammo and the other was with Hornaday Steel Match. Both times the rounds fired on the second strike. Any Ideas?

Ric wrote:
November 05, 2014

I bought the rifle recently and I found some problems. Main problem was with ejection of the cartridge, it fail very frequently and the other it was the suppose 10 rounds steel magazine only accept 9 rounds. I am planning to send it back in the store that I purchased. I feel like kind of disappointed because all the fault opaque the good things of this rifle

Dallas wrote:
September 05, 2013

I would like to know which scope was used in this review. It was mentioned in the print article, but I can't find my copy.

Martin H wrote:
September 04, 2013

Michael: You didn't say if the rounds fire on the 2nd try. If not, may be bad primers, if factory rounds fire I'd suspect headspace problem. May be moving shoulder back enough when sizing case, try neck sizing only, better accuracy in bolt anyway (if I need to explain why, you haven't done your reloading homework) Next I'd disassemble the bolt and clean the insides well. This is something all new rifles need and is often neglected. while you are at it, check that the firing pin protrudes well from the bolt face. If that's good, then. Lube with a good oil and put it all back together and see if the problem persists. I'll watch this thread for your response, and will advise as needed. These are great, reliable weapons. If hunting, you can carry 5 round mag in it if our state requires that. The larger cap mags can be limited to hunting capacity by inserting an appropriate sized wooden block, much as the 5 round tube of a duck gun has a 3rd limiting dowel inserted.

Michael B. Saari wrote:
September 03, 2013

Please Help! I am not new to reloading, since 1979. However, every third or fourth reload is a dead strike on the primer. (No Fire) I've switched primers and still have same problem and cant figure this one out. Thinking weak or short stroked striker pin. Not sure. Makes me want to sell this rifle and make youtube vid showing this major problem. I am so dumbfounded over this. Hope someone can help. -Mike

Bill wrote:
August 26, 2013

Not yet...

Curt Itson wrote:
July 21, 2013

In California the legislature is attempting to clasify ALL semi-automatic rifles (inclusing rimfire Ruger 10-22s) as assault weapons that must be registered with the state. I think this is a good alternative to my AR-15. not as fast I agree but leathal and compact and not a California assault rifle.

Shotgun18 wrote:
April 08, 2013

When I bought my GSR I had no concern whatsoever for Cooper. What he or his devoted followers believed or wanted had no bearing on my selection of what I continue to find to be an excellent rifle for my purposes. I am not concerned with weight or tradition and have added a bipod because I like them and they help keep the dirt out. I put an xs rail on it to allow some mix and match optic options. I like the big magazine just like I liked a full bay of ammo on an AH-1G Cobra. I like the bolt because it is simple and rugged. I like the .308 for the utility over many target possibilities. All the moaning over what Cooper might have said, or what Ruger could have done to meet some personal preferences seems a bit juvenile. Firearms are tools..and toys..get what does the job and what makes you happy. In a world full of choices, this does not seem worthy of all the wrist ringing. Don't forget to vote.

Ken m wrote:
March 19, 2013

Bolt hangup problem seems to be caused by lumps left on side front edges of full length extractor when bolt starts into bolt lug rails. Got rid of bumps with fine stone no more hangup

Nick wrote:
February 27, 2013

I am a proud owner of the Ruger GSR. I am a soldier and find this rifle verry versitile. I went to break the barrel in and right out of the box was getting sub MOA.I have fired this rifle from several positions and have yet to have the 10 round magazine get in the way.The negative comintators can maybe find gandolf the wondering wizzard to craft them a magic wand the size of a stick that would be more suitable for them. I really think the bad review writers just dont like something different from there applications. thanks Ruger.

Balls McGee wrote:
February 26, 2013

I own one and I love it. REALLY accurate. One of the nicest rifles I own. Very maneuverable because of the short barrel. A great truck gun! Stuck a Burris Fullfield II scope on the provided rings and it's a damn fine hunting and defense rifle with quick target acquisition and a perfect fit when shouldering. Best $1000 I've ever spent on a gun. Only $1000 I've spent on a gun.

Jeff wrote:
February 06, 2013

I bought the Ruger Scout rifle in November 2011 for Christmas for myself. It sat in the gun case for a few months and then finally took it on the farm to shoot it. Shooting 150 and 160 grain ammo, I had shot groups les than 4 inches at 100 yards with the iron sights. Purchased the bipod from the Ruger Shop and made no adjustments to the sights. The trigger on this rifle is the smoothest I have shot so far. Easy cleaning and easy to carry. Looking for the best option for a scope, using the 1 inch rings. Any ideas? I can't a acquire the mid eye relief sight picture. Buy this rifle, you won't regret it.

Hammerdog wrote:
January 04, 2013

I got my Ruger Gunsite Scout about three weeks ago. It's the perfect .308 carbine IMHO. Simple, compact, durable, and versatile... Now I'm waiting for magazines I ordered from Ruger. They're back-ordered, and sending them out on a first come first serve basis. Now to find some good ammunition and sight in the gun! Thanks Ruger.

Michael wrote:
December 21, 2012

I just picked up my RGSR and am diapointed with the sloppy fit of the bolt. Am I missing something here?

KSN Drywall wrote:
December 06, 2012

I have recently purchased a Ruger GunSite Scout. I have found this gun to be highly functional and accurate. I am shooting Federal 150gr through it and am experiencing 1.5in. groups at 100yds. I feel this speaks well of this rifle set-up. As with all M77 actions you need to make working the bolt with very distinct actions. Over all I feel the fit and finish of the gun is superior to most bolt action rifles on the market from a hunters point of view. Low recoil and very little lift upon firing. The iron sights are easy to adjust as well as the rear peep(ghost ring) is an excellent idea. I do reload so this will be interesting to build a load for this short barrel. I don't believe the controversy over the short barrel and loss of velocity.....is all that big of a deal if you use this rifle for its intended purpose. I find this rifle is fun to shoot, highly functional, great fit and finish, rugged without the ugly.

ownwe wrote:
November 30, 2012

For those wondering about availability of scopes, a handgun scope works fine as a long eye relief scope. And how many do you need? You don't need to put 10 different long eye relief scopes on your rifle... As far as the other "flaw", the short barrel loses <50 fps compared to the 18 inch and cuts weight. The flash hider is removable. The rifle is within the Scout parameters (weight being the issue, max weight for the Scout concept is 7.7 lbs, this weighs in at 7.5 lbs with a Burris scope and light rings). It isn't a 1000$ gun. I picked mine up a few days ago for 710$. Most of the /rage on here, I suspect, is from people who want one, can't find one, and have a tinge of jealousy. It's a sweet rifle. .308 is my favorite caliber. Looks far more cool than my R700, and is half the weight of my AR in 308, though not half MOA like the other two.

serg wrote:
November 27, 2012

love my ruger .308 great rifle

.44 magnuholic wrote:
November 08, 2012

It's pretty incredible how many people here are blaming the design flaws of this rifle directly on Ruger. I've researched this rifle quite a bit and I actually own one. To be perfectly clear, Gunsite (FOUNDED by Col. Cooper) had a lot of say in the characteristics and design of this rifle. Meaning, they found a manufacturer of already good bolt guns willing to allow them to create a new platform for a very niche market. Stop blaming Ruger for all the things you see wrong with this concept. And for what it's worth, I'd be willing to be 10% of the whiners crying about this supposed "abomination" to the scout rifle concept haven't even held, shot or worked the bolt on one. Please find another niche gun design to cry about, would you?

Mc wrote:
October 26, 2012

1000$ what a joke get the mossberg MVP

Bob Delano wrote:
September 24, 2012

When I return from this deployment in November my hopped up and ready RGSR will be waiting for me at my local FFL. Direct from the fine folk at Impact Guns comes their Xtreme Custom Shop Package that includes a trigger job for crisp 4 lb. pull, swivels and a Galco Ching Sling, a Harris bi-pod,forward mounted and bore sighted Burris 2.75x20 Scout scope, three additional magazines; two polymer 10s, one polymer 5 to go with the steel 10 that Ruger supplies, all neat and tidy in a good hard case. Total cost is 1550$. I'll let you know more about the package after running it through the paces. This is less than the sum of the rifle, parts, and labor, and it saves the time addressing any of my previous concerns that I had about the rifle on it's own merit directly as it comes from Ruger. It's worth a look. (And no, I don't work there!)

Mack Missiletoe wrote:
September 12, 2012

@ Thom McMillan: Try looking at it from the point of view of those who LIKE it. Your pov sucks! BTW it has a laminated checkered wood stock. Many of the negative thoughts you have are actually good--comparing it to a 1943 rifle, an M14, the large mag. We WANT that sometimes. If we wanted a 77 Hawkeye hunting rifle we'd buy that right? YUP! HRRRP DRRRRP The RGSR is both a hunting rifle and a '43 Enfield lol It's okay to have a decorated bolt action rifle. Look at all the iterations of the AR--but as soon as a 'different' bolt rifle comes out all the hunting guys flame and troll it. And you ALL suck for that! Go shoot your hunting rifle or AR-15's. We like a defensive/offensive bolt rifle and there's nothing you can say to change our minds. Though it would be nice in .223 and .243 with a 20" length copy of the barrel profile...

Mike wrote:
September 08, 2012

This rifle is a go getter. I do not agree with the negativity about this rifle. I live in FL. and most of the hunting I do is brush hunting. This rifle is light wieght, compact, with the bonus of 10 rd.s of 308. And reliability of bolt action. I love it. If u can't handle the recoil maybe u should stick to a 22. Lol

Thom McMillan wrote:
August 16, 2012

DUMB Idea because ... has a huge 10 round M-14 box magazine. Ver short bbl. (16.5") with attendant excessive muzzel blast and sound signature. The plastic stock is extremely thin at the wrist just behind the trigger - one can actually make the rifle flex at this point. The fixed power Bushnell scope (3 out of every 5 need to be returned for replacement as they are no good out of the box) has a mininum built in eye-relief of some 18 inches. If the scope is mounted, one cannot use the stock peep sights. The rings that Ruger ship with the rifle are designed to fit Ruger's grooved reciever ... but the reciever has a rail mount ... that requires after market rings to mount the scope. Chambered in .308WCF in a 7 lb package, recoil and muzzel blast are excessive. One cannot carry this contraption easily through the woods because of the huge magazine. The rifle looks like a bolt action M-14 ... The Lee Enfield from 1943 is a better execution of the basic principal, and allows one to mount a knife out front. What progress? The late Bill Ruger hated the concept but hey, it looks cool ...

[sad] Mack Missiletoe wrote:
August 09, 2012

I had to do what every parent absolutely dreads: I had to sell one of my children, my Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. I did not want to sell my RGSR but I needed the $$. Lost my job. I just want every one of you to know that I really enjoyed my RGSR, It was a fien rifle and I do plan to again buy Ruger. I think I'd enjoy a .223 or .243 Ruger. Or another RGSR. I really wanted to put a silencer on it... oh well. Enjoy yours!

OneShot wrote:
August 05, 2012

All comments aside, This rifle is well thoughout,lamited stock for weather conditions. Replical well known mauser bolt action,free floting barrel and it being a .308. This not only a great looking rifle but powerful.I actually purchesed this rifle at a Big 5 for only 899, no complants here.

Eric wrote:
July 16, 2012

This thanks to the good Col's advice and good eye on the final concept has made me a protector of Americans and good people in my circle of family and friends in any event ... And my G-26,G-22 will make sure on arrival of a near threat is dealt a heavy blow to close the eyes on an attacker of any sort furry or dressed in a flak suit.... I just pray that none step into that line of meeting thier maker... The Col. and my friend Mr King of King Glock have tweeked my tools of defense to perfection... My thanks to the manufacturers and designers of both Pieces of Art of Defense and Soverinity ... Kudos..!!! Simple is better and in the case a longevity for all if I am avaIlable to do so... Great concept to reality !!!

Frank D wrote:
May 29, 2012

05-29-12 Just picked my scout rifle today waited six months for it but mine is left handed look like it was worth the wait can't wait to take it to the range Jeff Cooper is a personal hero to me and his advice is always on the money

Gina wrote:
April 05, 2012

I wanted a 308 Rifle to have in my Jeep, however there is still to much of a controversy going about this GSS. I looks perfect, the flashhider,sights and a good weather proof stock. However again, I'm gona stick with my Win70 30.06 20in bl on a kev stock until the get this one figured out.

David libersat wrote:
February 07, 2012

Ruger sells a three round mag for $39.99. Finally got mine. Tried a long eye relief sight from hi lux. Do not recommend it. Put a Nikon 2x8 monarch on it. Had trouble getting the rifle to group. Trying to determine problem. Anyone else having grouping problem?

bzzyman03 wrote:
January 30, 2012

One great looking rifle! I have one question: if I intend to use this rifle to hunt with (in CA) how do I comply with the 3 rd maximum cartridge restriction in this state? Does the magazine have a restrictor or does the rifle come with another low-capacity mag to comply with hunting regulations?

carter wrote:
January 05, 2012

I love mine fires like a dream. The bold could be alittle smoother but got used to it quick. Used open sights first time around now mounting optics

Gram wrote:
January 03, 2012

Like what I see and read about this rifle. Hope to have one in my hands soon. NOT an optics guy anyway. Fixed Sights,a Skill we have let go and should relay on more

Ralph Azgunnut wrote:
December 15, 2011

Mike is right when he says "if you like it, buy it, if you don't like it, don't buy it"

Alan D wrote:
November 14, 2011

By far my favorite rifle in the safe. Can't wait till Christmas as the wife already bought me the ACOG :-D

Trisatn wrote:
November 08, 2011

This is one sexy gun

Mike wrote:
November 03, 2011

I can't believe all the negative comments coming from stodgy crumugeons about a rifle they have never handled. I bought a GSR as a coming home present to myself after a rather difficult deployment overseas. I love it. It is the most accurate bolt action rifle I have ever owned and about the handiest. I LOVE the flash hider. I LOVE the barrel length. I love the 10 round magazine. This rifle is just about as perfect as can be for its intended purpose, that is a rifle that can do it all reasonably well. You Fudds can keep your three round internal magazines, and your glass-optics only hunting rigs. If you don't like the GSR, don't buy one. For many of us, its perfect.

Greg Williams wrote:
October 28, 2011

Amazing, compact rifle with a distinctive military look. I have a half dozen .308 Win bolt action rifles in my arsenal- bun none as fun as this Ruger Gunsite Scout. I am not a Cooper Scout purist- and will not put a forward mounted scope. I prefer the open sites and must brag on Ruger- this gun was a tack driver straight out of the box with "zero" adjustments made. I plan to hunt unfortunate coyotes and tight timber deer with it. It will also serve me as a practicle "home defense" weapon. I have had many rifles in 47 years but nothing like this one. It might not be good at any one thing but it is an everything rifle in my humble opinion.

ntrudr_800 wrote:
August 16, 2011

About my earlier comment on the bluing scratching easily... don't listen to that! It looked like the bluing scratched, but it turns out that it was just a rub, not coming off :D

XRGRSF wrote:
August 14, 2011

Considering the comments on available scout scopes shooters should consider the option of pistol scopes on scout rifles. I have a Leupold Scout Scope on my Marlin Guide Gun (45-70). However, I have Burris 2 to 7 pistol scopes on both of my scout rifles. The pistol scopes mount just forward of the ejection port, and the eye relief is perfect. The variable power pistol scopes work like a charm, and the added magnification makes engaging small targets or targets at long range vastly easier. Try a variable power pistol scope; you'll like it.

XRGRSF wrote:
July 31, 2011

Ruger failed to incorporate TWO of Cooper's required features in their Scout Rifle. The magazine cannot be topped off while in the rifle nor can the rifle be fed with single rounds. The use of the M-14 mag would have been an enormous advantage, and solved these glaring problems. I have converted Ruger 77s to use M-14 mags, and they work just as well as the original fixed mag. It seems to me that Ruger is more interesed in making money off of selling magazines than they are in providing a superior product for the American shooter. What a shame.

chuey wrote:
July 28, 2011

all comments are interesting to say the least. i hope ruger is listening. maybe they can't do anything to the looks and the mechanics of the rifle. but maybe they can for make it available and lower the price so we can some how support there cause of donating there 1 million dollar donation. there is a job and money druaght going around the country. i would like to know where i can maybe go look for myself to buy one. but nobody seems to carry them in california. everyone keep up the good work. psalm 144:1

ntrudr_800 wrote:
July 13, 2011

I have been thinking I'd rather have an 18" barrel myself. Now if I was going to put a suppressor on it the 16" is fine but I do not plan to do so at this time. Now the 16" is quite handy... but I'd prefer an 18-19" with the thick barrel profile. I still like my GSR a lot & the shorter barrel saves some weight, on the positive side.

ntrudr_800 wrote:
July 13, 2011

Leupold FX-II 2.5x28mm IER Scout. It comes in different finishes so it is best to check out the website or go to MidwayUSA.com. Here is the link on Leupold's website http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-shooting/products/scopes/fx-ii-riflescopes/fx-ii-2-5x28mm-ier-scout/

sbryant wrote:
July 11, 2011

Have looked all over Leupold site no mention of the test scope, can someone give part/order numbers for the scope and rings used on the test rifle in the article

Bud wrote:
July 10, 2011

Is a 18" barrel being manufactured for export? Sure would like to have that option here in the states!

ntrudr800 wrote:
July 08, 2011

Ruger has a left handed version out now!

scott mcdermott wrote:
June 15, 2011

can someone tell me what scope rings were used to mount the Leupold scope in the article? thanks

dap maritz wrote:
June 12, 2011

Love it

ntrudr_800 wrote:
June 10, 2011

Leupold, Burris, and Weaver all make Scout Scopes. Burris & Leupold were used during the Gunsite introduction of the rifle. I am not sure if Weaver was used, but Weaver has the least expensive yet quality option that I am aware of. Midway USA carries all three of these scopes!

Barefoot Scout wrote:
June 09, 2011

Really what manufacture is the scope? I bought the rifle and really want to know what kind of scope is in the article

ntrudr_800 wrote:
June 08, 2011

Good news. Ruger just introduced a left-handed version of their Gunsite Scout Rifle! Now you have a reason to hold one in your local gun shop. I haven't shot mine much yet but I do like it a lot. Best to try it for yourself though--it's my first centerfire rifle =P

bordersgun123@yahoo.com wrote:
June 01, 2011

What scope do they have mounted on the gun in the picture ?

David LeFevre wrote:
May 08, 2011

Please identify the scope rings. Thx.

michaelb wrote:
April 28, 2011

The shortcomings of the RGSR could be easily addressed by Ruger. A third swivel to attach a Ching Sling is easily installed by those who understand its value, but it wouldn't have cost the factory a dollar to install one. Those of us who live in states where suppressors are prohibited would appreciate a release of the 18 inch "export" version to the U.S. market. Finally, I'd like the option to use a a 2-3 round magazine that fits flush with the stock so the rifle can be gripped around the action while on the move. All that said, not a bad piece of work. PS I'm not left-handed, but I'm pretty sure Ruger would find all the lefties a very grateful market segment.

deerbandit wrote:
April 25, 2011

Another thing you need to check after shooting the rifle, are the screws on the scope mount secure. I found that they needed to be tightened up and there was oil but no loctite. The last thing you need is to have that or the screws falling out while in the field. Thankfully there are back up sights but it would be a pain to have to get that fixed.

Ned N. White wrote:
April 23, 2011

I got a kick out of the Ruger, gunsite Rifle. I have owned a Bolt 308 with detachable box mag for almost 20 years, I always said it was a great rifle, An 1895 Chileano Mauser with Aim-point site. Re barreled by Nato for 308. A very nice stock with steel buttplate. No iron sites. I saw the new Ruger and said, That's my rifle!

Matt S wrote:
April 22, 2011

When I read this article I just kept thinking to myself, "This sounds an awful lot like the Lee Enfield No. 5 jungle carbine from WW2". And thats not a bad thing. I always liked that design but never could find a good one for a price I was willing to pay. Maybe what Ruger should have done is simply make updated versions of the No. 5 in modern chamberings.

Solomon wrote:
April 22, 2011

I am a dedicated shooter, firearms collector, and restorer of older military firearms. It is quite understandable why all firearms manufacturers focus their products for right handed shooter. However, I personally would be willing to pay a premium to acquire an assortment of premium firearms for myself as a left shoulder shooter. :-)

ntrudr800 wrote:
April 21, 2011

I could care less about how perfectly true to Jeff Cooper's vision my Ruger GSR is after firing it. His opinion was used in influencing my Ruger GSR, & that's enough. Not everyone has the same exact idea of what makes a scout rifle what it is. Like weight-limit for instance. I personally want a very thick barrel for a rifle that will be used for quick shots, so it'll weigh more. I also love the 10-rounder. So the Ruger GSR is great. I wish the barrel were an inch thick, but it ain't a bad start. Go hold one before you start complaining! Something I noticed is that everyone always complains about how a certain scout rifle is not exactly like Jeff Cooper's. Well guess what? I'm not Jeff Cooper--& neither are you! The Ruger GSR got it right. It is dynamic like the m15, but it's a bolt like the k98k. Very fun :) I like everything about it. It has a lot of features versus the basic hunting rifle, that's why it costs more. Go hold one & be open minded. Even if it's not your cup o'tea, remember it ain't just for hunting deer.

Paul wrote:
April 20, 2011

So why the forward mounted scope if you have a detachable magazine? Just mount the scope where it belongs (say an ACOG) and use the magazine to reload.

joe blakley wrote:
April 20, 2011

what about us southpaws?

FormerFlyer wrote:
April 20, 2011

The Col. probably would have appreciated that this rifle was available, but he was fairly intolerant of folks that renewed their efforts after they missed the objective. Ruger came pretty close, but some of the design elements are downright ignorant. By insisting on a 16.5" bbl for handling, then adding the world's ugliest flash hider, they've got all the problems of an 18" bbl without the benefits. The muzzle blast from the 16.5" is astonishing, made worse with the flash hider. And the difference in velocity between a 16.5" and an 18" .308 is substantial! Using the a synthetic lightweight stock and a longer, slightly thicker barrel would keep the weight the same and move the balance slightly forward for better handling. Flash hiders are an anathema to the design parameters of a Scout (shoot seldom, rely on discretion and movement for security). The Harris bipod is specifically called out in his writings as an abomination. The magazine hanging down right at the point of balance, ruining the ability to carry the rifle comfortably in one hand. . . . So many easily correctable design decisions, and they clearly didn't care about what the Col. actually wanted. They wanted to use the name, but couldn't bother to make simple adjustments. This rifle is a swing and a miss.

Mike wrote:
April 20, 2011

Well Now, The Ruger Scout is NOT what Jeff Cooper visioned. Years ago, I read all his concepts and a military cross breed is not what he envisioned. Simplicity, performace and comfort , YES. A Fixed power scope for simplicity WITHOUT the bells and whistles hanging all over what should be a nice rifle. While interpreting his writings, I decided to buy a scout, out of the box that would perform like his vision. It was a Remington 700, Fixed 6 power Redfield, and Redfield mounts and rings. It is 7mm EXPRESS ( 280 cal. loaded up for peak performance in a BOLT ACTION RIFLE ), Glass bedded the action and floated barrel. One shot Clean kills up to 400 yards for me. Wasn't a need for a military, BULKY and UGLY 10 shot magazine hanging in the way. The concept that the Ruger Boys came up with is strictly THEIR CONCEPT, NOT COOPER'S !! I Love Ruger firearms but they should claim everything on their own and don't use Cooper's name on something like this. You guys keep up your good work but please use caution when riding the coattails of good men that can't give you their opinion any longer. If Ruger wants to build the Military looking junk, fine ! We old timers aren't buying this crap. Don't lose your CLASS. Mike

LaramieRancher wrote:
April 20, 2011

Comprehensive review, but almost totally ignore the problem of optics. How many "long eye relief" scopes are available? Two? Three? For those of us who are older, optics become mandatory, not optional, and this problem needs to be addressed, not glossed over.

ntrudr800 wrote:
April 19, 2011

I recently bought a Ruger GSR. You can mount a scope normally or forward in the scout configuration! Feels great, much better than the cheap-stock Remington 700 SPS I was looking at. It is a step up, & it's worth it. I kept going back to the GSR at the gun shop so I bought it for $850. I love the laminated wood stock, it's nice. I tested it out on 50yd target & I hit a .75-inch X, one shot with irons! Impressed my friend. I have not sighted it in yet either. I'm saving for a scope... yah it's my first centerfire. The only thing I noticed that's bad so far is it seems the bluing scratches too easily. I personally think it should have a thicker barrel, it is a medium contour--but I'm not sure how thick a .308 assault-style barrel should be. It's fine for what it is, not a thin barrel. I think it's around .65 inch thick. Be sure to adjust the LOP properly for yourself. It has a lot of features! Now I want a .223 Ruger Hawkeye or maybe RRA M15. The DTS SRS looks nice too... :) But the GSR is my favorite item I own so far. Besides my Bible, of course

FeedDog wrote:
April 18, 2011

Nice rifle but why so expensive?