So I'm thinking about doing it, that is, getting a "scout" rifle for woods, "mountains," and as a general truck gun for the ranch. I've been over to the scout rifle forums and read most of the threads and I've read Cooper's writings/musings/ramblings on the topic but want to know what this group's take on them is. I'm specifically interested in the forward mounted scope since I've really enjoyed the AR's I've shot with red dots way up front. I like the idea of doing this with a low magnification scope on a brush gun. I'm thinking a Leupy FXII 2.5x28 equipped with Stoney Point elevation turret so I can dial elevation if a 4-500ish yard shot presents itself (I'm not good enough at shooting in the wind yet to attempt a shot on game that'll need much windage adjustment out that far anyway). Further shots can present themselves where I hunt but if I'm going to that area I'll bring the big gun on a still morning. What say you? And what would the lightest rings be for the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle? I'm thinking Leupold makes aluminum Mark 4 rings in one inch. I really wish I could get the NF rings for it but I think reducers would negate the weight savings.