After getting schooled on the scout rifle concept and the history of the rifles(thanks hodge and others), I noticed two things:
Two of the most influential guns around the concept was the model (1)94 winchester, and (2) mannlicher carbines.
Owning and shooting both, I can understand what qualities these rifles bring to the hunt. Nothing carries better than a model 94, and nothing points faster or settles down in the offhand shooting position than a model 94. Mount a scope atop the receiver (angle eject), and you've ruined everything.
Carrying the petite receiver of a model 94 is about the most comfortable carry you'll find, likewise, the strengthened big bore only weighs about 4-8 oz more than a standard 94.....hardly nothing at all.
The 356 winchester warrants the use of a strengthened big-bore, and warrants the use of a 2x scope. It's capable of fast shooting up close, and a well placed 250 grain round nose at 300 yds (max).
This combo IMO, would be the ultimate scout rifle with 250 grain woodleigh round nosed bullets over TAC or Reloader 10x.
Can you mount a 2x EER scope........ scout style on a 356 win big bore?