Any fans of "Scout Rifles" here? I was inspired to post this by seeing an ad in the paper where a local emporium was offering Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifles for $839.
Although Jeff Cooper was a pretty good friend of mine, I have never quite seen the point of these things. Better riflemen than I have told me they have never seen the virtue of these long-eye relief scopes compared to conventional scopes. I suppose if you want to use a stripper clip or carry the rifle at "trail arms," it has some merit, but the Ruger offering has a ten-shot detachable box magazine that cancels these minor virtues.
I am sure it can serve an acceptable big-game rifle, but there are certainly scads of good big game rifles about in numerous configurations that are as good as and in many cases better than a Scout Rifle for this purpose.
Otherwise, it is not much of a sniper rifle, and, like any bolt-action, it would make a fourth-rate fighting rifle by contemporary standards. It is certainly not a target rifle.
So, what exactly is it first-choice for?
I will mention that Finn Aagaard, a man for whom I had enormous respect, had a Scout Rifle that he used for hunting, so it must have some virtues if it was good enough for Finn.
Anyway, any of you fellows care to make a case for the Scout Rifle?