|01-05-2021, 08:36 AM||#3|
Joined: May 2004
From: Central Arkansas
Those are some neat 'all around' rifles, and short of combat imo they can fill a whole lot of roles. I fell in love with the Steyr Scout after handling one when it came out, but simply couldn't afford one; they were $2600 even back then (1999 or 2000 iirc), and my kids were still young. After that, I started looking for a cheaper alternative to see if I could cobble one up. I was looking around for a Remington model 7 or a Ruger compact (don't recall the ruger model number; likely some version of their 77) at a gunshow in 2001 and came across a gun I hadn't seen before; a weatherby lightweight carbine, but in normal .308 instead of a weatherby caliber. I'd never owned a weatherby and had never even encountered a weatherby that wasn't in a weatherby-proprietary caliber, but this one was small, light, the right caliber, had a weather-resistant synthetic stock, has a VERY good trigger, and iirc was something like $399; so it easily won out over the others.
This was around the time that Redfield went out of business (or reorganized or whatever) and I was able to get one of their scout scopes at a huge discount. Mount is a Ching Ring, by Eric Ching (out of Arizona iirc), and the scope is the Redfield scout scope. This is an old pic from probably 2005 or so:
The elastic shell carrier is kind of cheesy, but it was a gift from one of my kids when he was little, so I left it on the gun for a few years. Same kid's the size of your average yeti now, and has used this gun to take deer with. I've promised him that it's his when I'm gone. Also, it doesn't have a removable magazine, so technically that aspect disqualifies it for 'true' scout rifle definition.
This is the first gun I'd ever had a scout-mounted scope put on, and it got me completely enamored with the concept. It's not as fast as a red dot, but noticeably faster than iron sights (for me, at least) and lets me reach out further than a red dot or irons do. Love the stupid thing.
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