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Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

I recently had the opportunity to shoot the Ruger Gunsite Scout in .308 Winchester, and boy was I surprised!

In addition to the 10-round magazine that comes with this rifle, Ruger offers 5- and 3-round magazines. I opted for the 3-round, as it fits flush to the stock, which is more like I am used to.

The rifle comes with the scout-style Picatinny scope base that is located forward of the receiver and comes with Ruger rings if you would like to mount your scope on the receiver.

The scout-style Picatinny scope base is designed for quick target acquisition, but the scopes I found with long eye relief all had less magnification than I was used to, so I removed the scout scope base and used the supplied Ruger rings to mount a Leupold 3-9x40 scope.

I removed the scout-style scope base by removing a couple of screws and then removed the rear site to allow me to use the Ruger rings. All of this was easy and only took a few minutes.

With a few boxes of factory loaded ammo, I headed to the range for some “Fun Shooting.”

Before I started shooting for accuracy, I wanted to shoot a few times to get used to the trigger. After a few rounds I was ready to see how this rifle handled when shooting for accuracy.

The selection of ammo I had consisted of Hornady 165-grain BTSP, 150-grain SST, 150-grain BTSP, Superformance 150-grain Interbond, Remington 150-grain Core Lokt and Winchester 150-grain Power Point.

I would have normally handloaded several types, but the person that was going to hunt with this rifle was not going to handload for it, so I left my handloads at the house.

The first thing I noticed about this rifle was how smooth the trigger was, with almost no creep and a very clean break. Ruger has greatly improved their triggers from the earlier M-77 rifles, and this trigger needed no work to make it a pretty nice one.

Like all rifles I have shot, the Ruger Gunsite Scout had its favorite “flavor” of ammos, as well as some it did not like. Of the ammo I shot, the three flavors I would hunt with were the Hornady 165-grain BTSP (with 100-yard groups of 1 inch), Hornady 150-grain BTSP (with groups of 1 inch) and Hornady 150-grain SST (with groups of less than 1/2 inch).

All of the other ammo I shot printed groups of better than 2 inches. As accurate as this rifle is, I am sure with some handloading, you could get it to shoot one-hole groups or very close.

However, my time at the range showed that these three factory loads shot plenty accurate enough for hunting, so you would not need to load your own.

In the years I have been evaluating different guns, it has been rare for me to find a rifle that shot three factory loads so well right out of the box – and I only shot six different factory-loaded flavors.

As you would expect from Ruger, the Ruger Gunsite Scout is a well-made rifle that would provide a lifetime of accurate shooting with no problems. The rifle comes with spaces that you can add or remove to the recoil pad, allowing you to adjust the length of pull from 12.75 to 14.25 inches, as well as a radial port muzzle break.

If you do not want that on the barrel, you can remove it and add the supplied screw-on barrel thread protector. If you did not want to mount a scope, it comes with an adjustable ghost ring rear sight and a non-glare protected front sight. Another very nice feature is the soft recoil pad that eliminates almost all of the felt recoil.

This rifle comes in either matte stainless or alloy matte steel, with either a composite or laminated stock. The weight is 6.25 pounds for the composite stock or 7.10 pounds for the laminate stock. The composite model comes with an aluminum bedding system that I really like for a super secure fit to the stock.

After running about 200 rounds through this rifle, I was impressed with the trigger, controlled round feed bolt, overall build, fit and finish, accuracy and appearance. If I did not have to return this rifle to the owner, I would have kept it. This is by far one of the nicest Ruger rifles I have ever shot, and it is pretty.

If all firearms were treated as if they were loaded, there would be no more accidental shootings. Shoot Straight, Shoot Safe!


Jim Hammond has had some sort of gun in his hand since he was 5 years old. He started with a Daisy BB gun as a small boy, and with careful instruction from his very safety-minded father, has become a skilled and knowledgeable shooter now willing to share his knowledge and experience as he has FUN SHOOTING. “Safety first and everything else will follow.”