Was looking for a youth rifle for my 10 year old. One dealer handed me a ruger scout rifle and said it will grow with him. The removeable spacers, being a 308, being able to get 5 round mags, multiple sighting posibilities. This was one rifle I never thought of let alone as a youth rifle. It fit my 5' 10 year old well as well as my 6' 14 year old. Price was a bit more than I was looking at but do not need to buy a youth rifle then upgrade in 4 or 5 years either. Was worried about the 16' barrel but my oldest shoots a 30/30 so not a worry really. Really opened my eyes as I am kind of traditional when to comes to hunting rifles.
The idea of this as a family rifle makes a lot of sense to me. My youngest was able to handle the rifle better than the traditional youth rifles and his mom can fit it as well. I would pack it around where I leave my main rifle home(wieght and size). The oldest will be able to use it even though he is enamored with his grandpas 30/30.
I am leaning towards this rifle but also would like feedback. Thanks.