I have one of these Ruger Scout Rifles - the Baby 308 I call it. I grabbed it for the novelty factor and that my armoury is full of 24 to 26 inch long range precision gear, so something neat, light and easy to jump around with in close scrub was on the menu.
The rifle's bark is nasty, being a 16 inch barrel and she jumps up some, so I've put a muzzle brake
on it. The mag system feels flimsy and it works ok, but I still don't have 100% confidence in it. I find soft tip rounds tend to mis-feed (jam) with it because the brutish Ruger system forces the bullets too hard against the magazine feed ramp.
The main problem with the rifle is the bolt system. Rough as guts doesn't even come close to describing it. This maybe a consequence of a factory production process or just plain poor QandA, but it is seriously poor quality. Right now my Scout Rifle is in about 200 pieces at my armourers shop being machined and all working faces polished to try and get the bolt system working properly. Out of the box, the bolt system is so ridiculously rough, it jams - metal on metal - if you work it at any speed other than slow motion.
See what happens when I get it back. If its no improvement, I will be getting rid of it.
I'll let you know.