One of many well received and welcomed Ruger rifles is the Gunsite Scout line. Initially these could be purchased with only an ability to shoot 7.62 NATO/.308 Winchester, but that has now changed. At this time, the Gunsite Scout bolt-action rifle line is set to feature additions that are being chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington. This is exciting news for shooters who embrace a bolt-action rifle, as the smaller bore will be great for a plethora of purposes, allowing for the use of a weapon similar to the original Gunsite Scout line that is a little more economical to shoot.
Although there are changes that have been made with the birth of the 5.56/.223, they are fairly minimal. The weight is 0.1 pounds heavier while the barrel length and chamber have been made shorter, giving the rifle an overall length reduction of about one inch. The magazines have also been tweaked to allow fit with a shorter cartridge; this rifle does not accept AR-15 magazines, instead using a proprietary magazine design which bears a 10 round capacity. (Yes, opportunity lost here, as other manufacturers, such as Mossberg with their MVP series, offer bolt-action rifles that do take STANAG mags. What can we say, Ruger didnt do it on the Mini-14, why would they on the Scout?)
Similarities to its predecessor, on the other hand, include the same fixed-front and adjustable-rear sights as well as a rail to accommodate low-power, long eye-relief 'scout' scopes. Also present are a thick rubber buttpad and adjustable length-of-pull inserts. Birdcage flash hider and fixed sling swivels are included in the overall package and the barrel is threaded to allow simple replacement of muzzle brake with a suppressor should you choose to do so (as long as the TPI matches up).
Besides hunters, plinkers, and preppers, the gun could prove popular with law enforcement as an alternative to generations of Remington 700 'Tactical" rifles that currently haunt SRT/SWAT arsenals.
According to the following press release, this is some of what Ruger had to say regarding this rifle:
"Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is now chambered in 5.56 NATO. This newest version of the Gunsite Scout Rifle features a hybrid chamber that shoots both 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem. accurately and safely. The rifle weighs approximately 7.1 lbs., features a 16.1", 1/2-28 threaded barrel with a 1:8 twist rate, offers controlled round feed and is shipped with a 10-round detachable box magazine.
"This is a natural extension of the Gunsite Scout Rifle line," said Gunsite Instructor Ed Head, one of the contributors to the original Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle design. "Being chambered in a lower cost, universally available caliber, and with the Ruger reputation for reliability and accuracy, this is another serious rifle for those serious about rifles," he added."
A total of four models will be offered as part of the 5.56 scout line. Featured will be left and right handed models with stocks available in either matte black or stainless steel. The matte black variety will be priced at a retail sales value of $1,039 while the stainless steel finish will go for $1,099. Street price will likely be 10 percent lower or so.
With a September announcement, it would seem these would be out on dealers shelves just in time for Christmas.
Is the Gunsite Scout rifle being newly chambered in both 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington of interest enough to you to warrant a purchase? Do you instead prefer the way things were, opting to stick with the 7.62 NATO/.308 Winchester versions? Are there any other changes you might have preferred to see made in the development of this rifle? Let us know in the comments.