silvertip: Are you sure the scout concept didn't come first? I agree with you about the BOSS. I had one and it didn't seem to make any difference.
Ken Snyder: I'm sorry but I didn't exactly follow your post. I think you had a pretty good point about the general purpose/practical rifle/scout idea in relation to marketing but I'm not 100% sure what you were trying to say. Interestingly Cooper wasn't sold on the forward mounted scope as being a must have. Some of his "scouts" had a traditional scope. Being a bolt action, lightweight, and short enough not to get snagged on stuff were much more important to him. Most "sheep" rifles qualify according to his actual writings unless they're really long. Which isn't as big of a deal IMO.
Here are my thoughts on the Ruger Gunsite Scout after putting 70 rounds through it, carrying it for 3 days around the ranch, and hunting with it a few times.
The ergonomics are excellent. I guess that's to be expected but this is my first time messing with a Mauser-ish action of any sort (one of the reasons I wanted to try this gun out actually). Not having a scope over the action is nice if you like to shoot and play as much as I do because there's no way to pinch ones fingers between the scope and bolt handle.
The magazine release is very convenient but for hunting I'm replacing the goofy 10 round mag with a 3 round polymer magazine. This is for legality, weight, and ease of carry. Plus the ability to top it off I guess. When it's riding around in the truck it'll keep the 10 round setup for hogs and organization.
Accuracy is fine for a sub-600 yard gun but I could use some more practice shooting with a sling. At some point I'll put my bipod on it and see how it goes but right now I'm getting 1.5-2 MOA groups at 100 yards with Federal factory loads and a sling. All things considered I'm pretty happy with that really.
As far as it being a crescent wrench: it shoots as well as most guns out there (if not better) and has the bonus of having excellent iron sights on it. The forward mounted scope doesn't seem to be effecting accuracy at all. It makes for a great general purpose hunting rifle and I like it much better than the .243 Browning A-bolt it replaced (which ironically enough is the gun that had one of those worthless BOSS systems on it).
I haven't found the forward mounted scope to be awkward at all. You still go for a good consistent cheek weld, put the cross hairs on the target, and squeeze. The difference is it's easier to see the scope coming up in ones peripheral vision and line things up quickly. The handling benefits are there too but are secondary IMO - at least on a rifle with easily swapped magazines. I think a lot of people just don't like things that are different than what they're used to but next year (after my firearm allowance resets
) I'd like to try a high end 1-4 in a reversed Larue mount on it.
The good news is the Ruger can easily be setup however-which-way one wants and even comes with traditional mounts in the box. And that's what's so great - it's an excellent platform to work off of due to all the options afforded the end user.
I ended up going with alloy TPS rings btw. They seem to be excellent and, according to the guys at SWFA, they have been (or are) making the rings for Badger Ordinance. No lapping was required and they're pretty stinkin' light.
Next on the list is a thread protector to get rid of that goofy flash hider.