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Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle at the Range

by Guns & Ammo TV   |  August 9th, 2011 59

In this clip from Guns & Ammo TV, Executive Technical Editor Dick Metcalf and Ruger’s Media Relations Director Ken Jorgensen take the Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle chambered in .308 Win. to the range.

The Ruger Gunsite Scout is a carbine-length bolt-action rifle with a forward-mounted Picatinny rail and a detachable 10-round magazine.

Are you interested in buying one?

  • ntrudr_800

    I have one. I love it. My RGSR is my favorite possession. The action is not real smooth but I'm sure it will get better with use.

    Go to the shop and hold one. They feel great

  • Brian

    I have one with the left hand bolt, the right way. I'm no expert and at 100 yards hitting 1.50" to 2.25" groups with a no magnification forward mount sight. Love it and will never get rid of it. What to change- nothing, it does exactly what it's supposed to do. But I wouldn't mind seeing Ruger put together an upgraded "sniper" or "match grade" version with a 20" crowned barrel. If they do, add one to my shopping cart.

  • sonny

    ability to accept ar10 mags,

  • bigjohn

    why? There are so many 308 rifles out there that do a much better job and some are even cheaper.

    • camoman

      bigjohn:: I think your right. $1,000.00 is a little too much when there are others out there a lot cheeper. you are paying for the ruger name.

      • Sproutz

        I got mine for under $750 brand new. I'm completely satisfied with it and see no other choice in this price range for the weight/capacity

      • ntrudr_800

        That's MSRP my friend! I paid LESS THAN US $850- including tax. With all the included features, and compared to a 'hunting rifle', the price is right. This is a special rifle. It's got extra features.

        It seems that Ruger's M77 Hawkeye line sells for a bit less than MSRP.

        Looking at pictures of the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle online does not do it justice. You have to see one, hold one, feeeel one :D They feel nice. If it's not your cup'o'tea that's fine. But there are many of us who enjoy Bolt Actions and would like something a bit more practical than an 'American' hunting rifle that has no iron sights.

      • ntrudr_800

        There are many names involved with the creation of this rifle, not just one. It cost me < US $850 AFTER TAX, not 1000! MSRP is different than actual cost. Most often a rifle will cost US $100 less than MSRP. In Ruger's case, their M77 Hawkeye Rifles and their Gunsite Scout cost much less :D

    • Brian

      Such as? Remember- 7 lbs, bolt operated, 39" total length, 16" threaded barrel, composite stock, magazine fed and free floated barrel. Just asking cause I don't know any.

  • 58Hawken

    Just another way to get the gun buyer to part with their money – as with all the "new" cartridges that are essentially redundant because they really aren't substantially different from something already on the market. Add the word "Tactical" and the response is Pavlovian.

    • earl

      what the hell did he just say???????????????

    • ntrudr_800

      I did not buy the Scout Rifle because it was 'Tactical' — I don't buy into the whole 'Tactical' crap. It makes me feel uncomfortable. I prefer wood grain, dim light, leather recliners, and brass Zippos. I can see you have a problem with it too, favoring the 58 caliber Hawken Muzzle Loader. We don't delight in plastic stocks & quad-rail fore ends. It doesn't bring any more peace to us at night.

      I bought The Ruger GSR because it reminded me of a modern version of the old Battle Rifles (BR's) that were used in WW2. Modern = smaller, lighter, …maneuverable. So it's not a BR but it does well all-around eh?

      The iron sights, the 10rd magazine, and the short-action .308 caliber (a modern .30-06 if you will) is what got my attention quickly :D It makes a dandy first Centerfire rifle for those who find 4 round capacities & invisible iron sights unacceptable. A short action befits a short rifle. It's considered a Carbine too.

      It kicks. It's supposed to! Bolt Action Rifles are all about power. If I'm going to shoot slower than an autoloader I might as well be powerful, eh? Yay!

  • Ofug

    Does anyone not remember the original concept of the "scout" rifle? Compact, light weight, major caliber, easy to carry on a mission and quick to get into action. Forward mount QD 1X scope-quick to get on target, backup iron sights, quick-to-use Ching sling, The genius of the scout is not in its shooting, it's in the carrying, hence the term "scout." This video does not touch on any attribute of a scout. Does the rifle?

    Would Col. Cooper approve of this version? I don't know. Gee, I miss him.

  • Bruce A.

    $1000!??? I would have thought more in the line of $400-$450. I can buy a semi-auto for that thousand dollar price tag!

    • ntrudr_800

      When has a new, nice, QUALITY hunting rifle cost $400? NOT that cheap PLASTIC STOCK bullcrap,,, I'm talking nice laminated wood stock.

      A Bolt Action is more accurate by design, can handle MANY more bullet types, is simpler, and is easier to maintain than a Semi Auto :P :P :P

      Honestly. An open-bolt Fully Automatic design is cheap to build, so action type has nothing to do with price. It's the features and the quality of the firearm that has the most price impact :D

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    • Jeff

      check out American Rifleman May 2011

  • John

    I think they should have made it where it would accept M14 mags that would have made it a lot better in my opinion. The concept is great but should also offer it in 223 that would accept AR mags.

    • Richard

      John the mag. Retention is so under engineered that I'm surprised that the mag even will feed. Hold on mine did and that is the reason I got rid of that piece of crap. I expected more from Ruger. Bill would have never let quality like this to have left the factory.

  • Frank Nelson

    I have a Frontier in .308 and it's the go-to gun for anything other than birds in California. It's the gun that both my boys go to and love. My Frontier is handy, more accurate than I am and very easy to carry. It's the gun I'd go to for anything you can name, including self-defense TEOTWAWKI. It may not do anything "the best", but it will do just about everything well. However, if I had to make some changes I would want iron sights, magazine fed and a rail on top. Never thought about the flash suppressor but I'll take it.

  • http://MSN Tiny

    Why only the 308 Cal. Would like same weapon in 6.8, I think this would be a really nice round for this gun.

    • Mack M

      Or .243! Or .260 Remington! All .308 cousins… I would gladly buy one in .243 with a 20" barrel.

  • Robert

    Too bad it isn't a semi-auto or a pump so it truly is all purpose, even a lefty can easily use it. But Ruger wouldn't have developed a gun based on Rem action. Odd-ball mags is another issue. Why not a true adjustable stock, similar to M4.

    My ideal Scout is based on Rem 7600 as it is about the only pump rifle on the US market in .308. with adjustable stock available for Rem 20 Ga shotgun – which is a direct bolt-on to M7600 receiver. At about half the cost used or new at 2/3 the cost of Ruger Scout.

    • ntrudr_800

      The design of the 'Scout Rifle' is based on the Bolt Action Rifle design. There is nothing bad about it. It's a Hunting and Battle Rifle style. Not an AR style. Not an AR Carbine style. Not a Shotgun style. Not a Remington style.

      If you want a 'Scout' Autoloading rifle, check out Ruger's Mini-14 Tactical. Also the Ruger SR-556 design pretty much sums up the Scout configuration in an autoloader. See? It's already been done to death in the autoloading segment…

      But the Bolt Action Scout Rifle is scarce. And there is a Left Handed Version of the Scout Rifle, quite amazing if you ask me!

      A Pump Action Scout Rifle? Interesting, yet I prefer Bolt Action & Autoloading. The people who design the RGSR know what they are doing. A pump action will not sell well in my opinion. You wouldn't buy one anyway, would you?

      Odd ball mag? Well, it depends on how you look at it. Many many many firearms have their own mag design, I don't see it as weird or oddball. In fact, the 10rd mag that came with my RGSR looks to be made very well–and most importantly–is designed for the rifle that uses it, not the other way around.

  • Andy W

    New !

    Ever hear of the Rem. model 600?

    Bought mine in 1967,308 cal..

    Still own and use it during PA deer seasons.

    A collector's piece,and still less expensive to buy one today.

    • Ofug

      Col. Cooper's original scout was a 600, as you probably know. I built mine just like his, Leupold forward mount, Ching sling. Only difference is Col. Cooper removed the plastic rib from his; I left mine on.

      Put on a forward mount low power scope and yours will be perfect for the Penn. woods–and you will get on target twice as fast as a standard scope.

      • Da Tray Por

        Especially with the Leupold FX-II 2.5-8 scout scope with 9.5" eye relief!! Being chambered in .308WIN, I think that it would be great for any wooland hunt.

  • HDibos

    A cheaper version of the scout rifle was the Remington model 788 in .308 Win, with a 16" barrell.

    Great woods rifle, accurate, handy and hard hitting.

    The 3 shot mag. could be improved.

    • ntrudr_800

      lol 3 shot mag haha that's funny, good joke

    • MIKE

      you got that right the rem 788 in .308 is one of the best handling and accurate rifles i have ever owned.but like a fool i sold mine,but i will buy me another one as soon as i run into the one i this time my fav. .308 is a rem vtr and it is a tack driver.i guess the funny part of this little story is i don't even like rem.rifles!! i would rather have a browning or tikka anyday of the week!

  • http://Spider??? Harold Jenkins

    I watched the video; the rifle looks great to me, I have quite a few Ruger firearms, pistols and rifles.

    The only thing that I can find wrong with the film clip, is at the 0:55 point, where Mr. Jorgensen used the terms '.308 ' AND '7.62 by 39' in the same breath, AS IF they are 'one and the same'. 7.62 X 51 mm. is the right ''METRIC" (puke) term for the caliber.

    • Bill Van Luchene

      I think you misheard. The speaker was describing Col. Cooper's concept of a scout rifle. At the point you highlight the speaker (paraphrasing) said it should accept readily available rounds like the 308 OR the 7.62x39mm, not that the Ruger accepts the 7.62 x 39.

      • Da Tray Por

        No…..I think that he just loosing is mind at his age. 308 WIN or 7.62 NATO. Slight differences in pressure and case dimensions. At the end of the video he say only ".308WIN"

  • Frank

    I have 3 issues with this rifle. 1) Price- it is a bit expensive for a bolt action .308 2) The bolt is not smooth action. You can really see this at 1:34 of the video. Try one on the shelf at your gun dealer and you will see what I mean and 3). This is a scout rifle. The rings that come with it won't fit a scout rifle scope. The rings fit a standard scope. You will have to buy rings specifically for a scout scope

    • ntrudr_800

      It's not that expensive, it's actually in the same price range as the average high-quality bolt action.

      I agree with the RGSR bolt-action not being smooth. It's disappointing and I hope Ruger can 'smoothen' it up. I am sure it will smooth up a bit after more firing.

    • Keith Lorio

      I agree to an extent about your second point, when you first work the bolt, It CAN stick a bit, but keep in mind its a Mauser style bolt and ejector and is meant to be worked in a rapid motion rather than a slow working of the bolt…any new bolt gun right off the shelf might stick a bit working the action but after putting a few boxes through it, and rapidly cycling the action you'll see it doesn't stick at all.
      I own one and have had no problems working the bolt after "breaking it in", your right about the rings though but the scout rings I bought are quick detachable and to me that ability to quickly remove the scope and use iron sights was worth the extra $60 for them

  • Sivispace

    It doesn't appeal much to me. Give me an FAL carbine and I'll go to war anywhere. This gun suffers from a slow-cycling action whereas a semi auto allows for quick sighted follow-up shots.

  • nrsolberg

    Metcalf is shooting left handed – too bad they didn't let him try a LH version. I like the concept, caliber, magazine (though an interchangeable M14 would be better), etc. Might try one.

  • JT

    It would be nice if Ruger worked with Larue Tactical to come up with a super-slim flip-down scope mount that wouldn't obscure those iron sights when flipped down. That and the option for a length of picatinny rail on the rear of the receiver.


    Sure, I have a semi-auto FAL too. Why the bolt action Scout? Less things that can go wrong. Living in an area that routinely gets to -40 degrees F in winter, with snow, ice and dampness, the chances of my abused bolt action rifle actually firing is far greater than your semi-auto. And that is one of the basic ideas. Sure, on the range in pristine conditions where pot-bellied men vie for tack driving status and extreme firepower – go with the semi's. But if you want the most dependability when you are living in the mud and the snow and wet and your life depends upon it, bolt action could be a great consideration. Because should your FAL fail you, you could find yourself throwing snowballs trying to knock out my scout rifle.

  • creepnslow

    Man all I can say is if you dont like the rifle dont whine about it go look/buy some other brand. Rifles and pistols are like condoms: one size doesnt fit all. Personally I like the design; simple,sturdy, no bs bells and whistles and in my favorite caliber. You Rocked this one Ruger and if you ever need anyone to test one of these babies look me up.

    • Jake

      and rifles, like condoms, the big ones fit me best :)

  • Steve C

    Regarding additional calibers: Ruger says it is trying to keep up with demand and will only make it in .308. I have too many .308's now and (shorter or longer) they are all much more accurate than reports on this one indicate. Forward mounting opitcs was tried long before Cooper. Periodically, the system comes up with some major touting and then dies out. I have tried all manner of these systems with different scopes, red dots, etc. With others, I have also gone back and forth comparing sighting with scopes and red dots on a mini 14, moving the optic forward and then back from a forward picatinny handguard. Compared for quickness and also on moving targets. There is much discussion and arguing going on about this stuff, but every time I ask someone if they have really gone through the processes of physically comparing rather than theorizing, guess what? One other issue is it is harder to protect optics and lenses when going through rough stuff, especially with caps open. I believe a SLIGHTLY forward mounted low power scope or dot is good on a heavy caliber rifle. Hunting dangerous stuff might give you no chioce having to shoot quickly from some wierd, off balance, bad hold positions. The optic slightly forward might just save your eybrow, orbital bone or maybe your eye from serious impact damage. Hey!, how about a high capacity, scout type, dangerous game rifle in .375 through .458?

  • unknownjoe

    whats the difference between the GSR and the M77?

  • old vet

    Did these two jokers just mention Col. Cooper and the 76.2X39 in almost the same sentence? Cooper was a large caliber heavy bullet fan. One of his pets for the scout concept was called a spark plug. It was I believe .35 or so. If Ruger was to give me a rifle I'd praise it to Heaven too!

    • old vet

      Of course I mean 7.62X39!

  • Matthew Vreeland

    I have one of these fine handy rifles and I love it. I did two things to it to make it more user friendley. I removed the flash hider removed and installed a muzzle brake this tamed the recoil from this light rifle to that of a .243 so you could shoot all day with it. Also I recrouned the barrel while the flash hider was off. This gave me a center to center group of abot 1" to 1 1/2". A fine shooter. The only complaint is the magazine. It must be loaded from the front of the mag and after 1 or 2 rounds becomes somewhat hard to load. Love the 10 round capacity though. I'll tough it out..

    • old vet

      Why have to tough it out? If the powers at Ruger wanted a removable mag why oh why did they not just design it to take M14 mags.? If it is a "scout rifle" and in 308 it should use readily obtainable mags, not some part over priced you can only get from Ruger !

    • Keith Lorio

      I own one too and admit the recoil can be a bit rough after shooting a box through it…Ever thought of a Suppressor instead of the Muzzle Break? I know the waiting period on one can be tough and not everyone can get one in their home state but Ive already ordered mine and am wondering now if I shouldve just got the muzzle break and foregone the 6 month waiting period

  • old vet

    Went and checked one out at local show. Got to say, looks cool, but action feels as if it's full of lapping compound. not cool. also scope mounts are NOT as mentioned before right for true scout scope. It is a neat little bolt gun but not a SCOUT RIFLE!

  • chucksmacker

    does this come in anyother chambering? i would be interested in a 6.5, 243 or even the 17 hornet, for long walks through the thick woods for fox and the like

  • Henhouse1

    Amazing! Ruger can't make these things fast enough and still has to endure criticism from all the folk who can't afford one or just don't like it because it's different. I love mine and for those who have "Proprietary Magazine Madness Syndrome", the new polymer 3, 5, and 10 round mags work, look great, can be top loaded and are very reasonably priced.

  • BruceM

    My son owns one of these and although they are nice there is no way of adjusting the sights both fore and aft. If this rifle was fitted with the style of sights on FAL L1A1 SLR .308 this would be an awesome rifle. However easy it is for set up now you can't really adjust the lateral and up or down (lowering and raising the point of impact) movement of the rear sight unless you use not only the hex key but a feeler gauge to raise of lower the rear sight and keep it central to suit OUR INDIVIDUAL needs and aim point. Ruger promotes this for a long range rifle as well as short range but give it a shot at longer distances and you will know the weapon's shortcomings. Having an adjustable fore sight by screwing a post type sight up and down to suit (as the end user) would make this a weapon to be adjustable in one simple motion of the rear sight (L1A1 SLA style). In one move you could take the zero for 100 yards to two yards without guestimation (Aussie slang for guessing and estimation). This weapon would be phenomenal if these features were added. It would be nothing short of brilliant. I used to be a scout in the Australian army and knowing the distance was everything to us. Add a rear sight style from the M16 with two size apertures on the back sight for those who use glasses and hey Presto!!! One awesome rifle to suit all. The first few shots are the most critical. A hit will drop an enemy patrol, a miss will have them looking for you and returning fire. A few old edges to fit the bill " Miss by an inch, miss by a mile" "fast is fine, but accuracy is final" Not that this weapon would be used for any military engagement but you call it a SCOUT RIFLE and it s title says, whether people like to admit it or not it could be used in as you guys put it "Home land Security" scenario. Taking something good and making it excellent would be the greatest step in this rifles evolution.

  • Mr Grant from AK

    this Rifle is pretty sick, although having the ability to adjust the iron sights would be nice & also it would be nice if you can add a bipod foregrip and atleast a small piece of picatinny rail on the side so if your doing night time hunting without the night vision goggles you can add a surefire…all in all this gun is nice, yea you can get something better for just as much or hafl this price but Ruger stands behinds there firearms & have been with us for quite awhile! Bolt action, magazine fed, short barrel with stock iron sights is nice…something that you dont see a lot & living here in Alaska, remotely, with the tundra in extreme conditions most of the year makes this rifle more than reliable. Im looking forward to having one here shortly

  • EagleWindRider

    I bought this rifle apx a year ago. Installed a LER Hi-Lux 2-7X32mm scope on it and it shoots magnificent. So Husky feeling.. I love it. After learning how to work the bolt properly which btw I learned on Kirby Creek You Tube video’s it is a dream to shoot, love the magazine both steel and polymer (which you can top load) installed a sling and good to go. I don’t do the sit on my ass put the rifle in a Vise and pull the trigger (not slamming those that do) I shoot as taught in Army and when I was a kid with a BB Gun. Point and shoot standing up, crouching down or prone but mostly standing up and it hits what I point at all I can ask… Recoil minimal but if to much for some could always remove flash suppressor and install a muzzle break. I have a Muzzle Break on my SA M1A/M14 that shoots the same round 308 or 7.62×51 and has about 30% (swag) less recoil than the GSR but has 50% more noise than the GSR. The 1,000 yd range was closed the day I went so, shot at the 50 to 150 yd range.. hit everything I aimed at and quickly standing up… Love all the Ruger firearms I own and use. My new addition of a Browning XBolt SS 300 win mag.. now there’s an ass kicker.. Whoooommmmmmph….

    • Michael Saari

      Metcalf believes the 2nd amendment allows for major firearm restrictions. This is contrary to the actual 2nd amendment rights. (Metbitch to leave our country

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