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    Anybody have the Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle? Been seriously looking at it for an all around carry gun. Not a huge fan of the 308 but with the bullets available now it will do.....looks like a tough little package, and that is something I have found lacking in todays crop of rifles.

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    Had one. Liked it a for the most part, took off the silly flash hider and put on a thread protector, mounted a scope in non-scout position, and it was a fun little rifle, but 16.5 was a bit short on the barrel. Sold it to a friend who liked it more than I did. That was before they started making the stainless version with the 18 inch barrel, which I think would be perfect as a scout rifle, truck gun, and/or general purpose. Trigger was actually not too bad, but on the flip side, the action was somewhat sloppy. Was recently thinking I might try another one and rebore it to 338 Federal.

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    I am way more fond of the Ruger MKII vs the newer Hawkeye. In blued and stainless the MKII action was very smooth. For a very short period of time they made the Ruger Frontier in blued and stainless, AND they made one in 338 Federal. I have a stainless Frontier in .243 with a 16.5" barrel and it is awesome to carry and it is a tack driver. I also have a Ruger Hawkeye Compact Laminate in stainless in .243 with a 16.5" barrel and it is also awesome to carry and it too is a tack driver, but man it is not a smooth action, it is rough and sloppy, and the matt finish is very hard to clean.

    The GSR is great to shoot and tote around but I don't really like the magazine because that is the natural carry point for the rifle. I would suggest to Yukon254 to try a Ruger Hawkeye Compact Laminate. .223, .243, .308, and 7mm-08, OR keep an eye out for a Ruger Frontier.

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    I have one and like it. My only complaint is the 16.5 inch barrel. With the 3 inch flash suppressor it's 19.5 inches. I would rather have 3 more inches of barrel then the flash suppressor. I like the forward "scout scope" and have a 1.5-5x scope on it. I also like the ability to adjust the lop to 14.5 inches. The only other thing I discovered is the floor plates on the mags come apart under recoil, had to tape them to keep them in one piece.


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    The comments so far about the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle have been spot on.


    I have the GSR and have always been interested in the concept of a scout rifle. I mounted an IER Leupold FX-II 2.5 X in the forward position. The rifle is fairly accurate, strong, compact, and has a 3 position safety with a Mauser like bolt, which I like. The rifle is also pretty handy and fun to shoot, and packs a .308 punch.


    But it also has a few quirks...


    My barrel is too short at 16 ins. 18 or 20 ins. would be nice.


    Out of the box, working the bolt was a rough surprise. After several hundred rounds downrange, the bolt is now much smoother.


    Ruger's proprietary 10 round box magazine (metal mag) is spendy and loading it as a single stack takes getting used to. The plastic version is cheaper. I only wished Ruger had gone with a standard M14/M1A magazine system with all the cheap surplus mags out there.


    The front iron sight blade is also a bit too wide for my tastes. I can also take or leave the flash suppressor.


    All in all, the GSR is a fun rifle to shoot, and accurate enough to keep my interest.


    I understand there is a 5.56 version of the GSR available. Anybody have this one?

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    Thanks guys, Im left handed so need a lefty version, and wouldn't want anything smaller than 308 with the bear population as high as it is. I wish they chambered it in 338 federal. I have a Tikka T3 in that caliber and love it....its just not a tough rifle for hard use, and the GSR looks like it would be.

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    I would trust the GSR to stand up to a lot of use and keep functioning--would have no hesitation in using it for your purpose.

    Have you considered a Browning BLR in 338 fed or 358 win? Not quite as rugged but still tough and trustworthy and the lever would negate the righty-lefty issue.

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    Forager, I did have a BLR in 358 and would never own another one. About half the time it would fail to fire. Many others have had the same problem, some members on here included.

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    Good to know. I had one in .308 and had no problems with it, just didn't like having to pop out a magazine to load it in the field.

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