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Posted: 1/14/2011 11:53:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2011 1:16:24 PM EDT by deadduck357]
Gunsite sent a rifle from the Ruger Scout Rifle gunwriters' review. This was one of the rifles tested, which I bought while I was there.


The Gunsite logo, as cut into the pistol grip.


The rifle as it came out of the box. As we didn't have much time for inspections at Gunsite, it's good to finally get to handle and look it over.


Specs:

Length: 38 7/16 in. (with 1 half-inch spacer)
Weight: 7 lbs 0.4 oz. (with 1 half-inch spacer)
Barrel length: 16.5 in. (mfr)
Barrel twist: 1/10 RH - 6 groove (mfr)
Length of pull: 12.75 in. to 14.25 in.(mfr)


The view looking forward, showing both the factory irons and the forward mounted rail. The layout is highly adaptive to many different configurations depending on the requirements of the shooter: scout scope, red dot, holographic, or - with the removal of the rear sight - a conventional scope using Ruger's integral bases. And unlike most manufacturers, Ruger includes their Mini-14/30 type iron sights as a standard option.


The M77 action uses a 90 degree bolt throw. Operation of the bolt is a controlled round feed.




The magazine well.


The rifle, broken into component parts. I wanted to disassemble it for purposes of cleaning and familiarization. The stock is black laminate with aggressive checkering and has a solid heft.


The barreled action. Except for the bolt and trigger group all metal parts are alloy steel with a matte black finish.


Detail of the 15-slot 1913 Picatinny rail.
Link Posted: 1/14/2011 11:54:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2011 2:43:54 PM EDT by deadduck357]
Rear sight, fixed to the receiver's rear integral mount by a hex bolt and adjusts for both windage and elevation. Users of the Ruger Mini-series rifles will find this familiar.


Front sight. Fixed blade and non-adjustable with protective wings.


The trigger group utilizes the Ruger LC6 trigger. The safety is three position; rear locks bolt and trigger, middle locks trigger but allows bolt movement, and forward is FIRE.


Polymer trigger guard and mag well group. The magazine release is a lever similar to the Mini-14/30.


The stainless steel bolt. Mauser type external claw extractor.


The distinctive AC556 type flash suppressor. The muzzle is threaded for 5/8 x 24 TPI. It's removable for use with a sound suppressor or swapped for a muzzle brake.


The adjustable stock spacer system. Three spacers included at half inch widths. The butt pad is soft and effective at dampening felt recoil.


The spacers and recoil pad are held in place by hex bolts, for which Ruger has included a proper Allen wrench. Also included are Ruger's 1 inch factory scope rings and a matched Torx wrench.


Average trigger pull was 3 lbs 10.9 oz over a five pull test (with Lyman gauge).


GSR with 10-rd magazine inserted. The rifle ships with a 10-rd metal magazine based off the AI type design, and a 5-rd is also available from Ruger. My understanding is the magazines are a staggered/single feed design.


Having spent some time getting to know this rifle I found the action quite smooth with a solid lockup. With a 1/2 in. spacer installed I find the rifle to be quick handling and easy to shoulder.

Can't wait to get this one to the range. Range test soon to follow.
Link Posted: 1/15/2011 4:08:58 AM EDT
I'm still on the fence about this rifle, thanks for the pics.
Link Posted: 1/15/2011 4:17:04 AM EDT
I want one...need to raise the funds
thanks for sharing
Link Posted: 1/15/2011 6:20:36 AM EDT
I want one––-but there are many other things to be bought first––––first on the list is a new computer to replace this 6 year old one that I've been meaning to replace for 2 years now––stupid thing won't die. Now that I ditched the girlfriend––-spare cash is a lot easier to come by though.
Link Posted: 1/15/2011 9:28:28 AM EDT
boy thats a good looking rifle
Link Posted: 1/15/2011 10:19:41 AM EDT
Uhg, I just bought myself a gibbs quest extreme and now this is another detactable magazine fed weapon bolt gun to go on my list
Link Posted: 1/15/2011 10:44:42 AM EDT
Sweet. Would love to run across a deal on one someday
Link Posted: 1/16/2011 6:32:40 AM EDT
This would have really been something 100 years ago.... Would probably make a good backup SHTF gun today.
Link Posted: 1/16/2011 7:33:06 AM EDT
thanks for the review. I like it.
Link Posted: 1/16/2011 8:08:22 AM EDT
I like what Ruger is trying to do with this rifle. Thanks for the review.
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