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Built off of a Savage Stevens 200 chambered in .308. Redfield 3-9 Scope with Accu-range reticle, Leupold mounts, Harris Lightweight Bipod, Barrel cut to 16 inches with 11 degree target crown, Blawkhawk sling, Buttstock shell holder, 3.5 lbs trigger job. Weighs less than 10 lbs. Sighted in and fired it for the first time this morning.



Sub-one inch group at 100 yards with 150 grain American Tactical FMJ.

 

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Looks great,.......what trigger is in it?
 

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Good lookin rifle...looks like she shoots good too. How much you got in it if you don't mind? I ask cause I've been thinking of putting together a bolt gun. The only one I have that I shoot right now is my smelly #4mk1 that I love.
 

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Wouldn't a true scout rifle have the scope moved forward so it could be used for both intermediate distance but also "both eyes open" use?
 

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Stevens 200, .308Win, 17" barrel, Williams Shorty Sight Ramp, white bead on front blade, Leupold Vari-X III 1.5x5x20 big game scope, Weaver mounts & rings.

If I were to do it over, or next time, I'll skip the front sight to save money and reduce the "snag" factor. But it just "looks right" with the front sight. I'm thinking of putting a DedNutz, one piece base/mount on this, but not enough time and too many other projects.

I have only taken it to the range one time, shot maybe a half dozen rounds to get it close to zero. Minute of pig at 100 yards, from standing position. Too many other guns that day, to spend much time with this one.

This one rests next to the 18" barreled 870 pump, in case I hear a "big" bump in the night.

Oh, the barrel & sight work was done a couple of years ago at Dow Arms Room, Dade City, FL for about $125.00, parts & labor.
 

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Isn't the scout rifle equipped with the optics mounted far forward on the rifle?
 

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Typically, the forward mounted low powered scope is used to allow for quick records from a stripper clip. Weight is also a factor. A scout weighs in the neighborhood of 7 pounds.
 

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Wouldn't a true scout rifle have the scope moved forward so it could be used for both intermediate distance but also "both eyes open" use?
Isn't the scout rifle equipped with the optics mounted far forward on the rifle?
Typically, the forward mounted low powered scope is used to allow for quick records from a stripper clip. Weight is also a factor. A scout weighs in the neighborhood of 7 pounds.
There is a little confusion as to the definition of 'scout' rifle, since it has been interpreted differently over the years. I feel like I can comment since I recently read The Art of the Rifle (everyone should read this btw) - where the concept was first proposed publicly (that I know of- although Cooper may have mentioned it in G&A articles earlier).

The earliest prototypes were built on misurp platforms which used stripper clips (the book has many pics- Enfield actions seemed to be the preferred starting point). This made using a forward-mounted LER scope a good idea, but a scope isn't needed on a scout rifle, as it should have irons. Keeping irons is another reason for mounting the scope farther up the barrel. Cooper also suggests the use of ghost ring sights, which are high enough to interfere with scope mounting.

IIRC 7 pounds, as a maximum, was the goal.

Side note- Col. Cooper thought the red-dot sight was the ideal sight for a scout rifle, but those available at the time were too fragile, heavy, and unreliable. I imagine the modern, well-made red-dots are the ideal sights for a scout rifle, although I've never seen one equipped with one. I may try this.



To the OP- nicew rifle:wavey: Sorry to hijack your thread (not sorry enough to avoid doing it though:supergrin:).
 

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To the OP...sorry but that is not a "Scout Rifle". Nice rifle and I hope you enjoy it but calling it a Scout Rifle doesn't make it one.

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To the OP...sorry but that is not a "Scout Rifle". Nice rifle and I hope you enjoy it but calling it a Scout Rifle doesn't make it one.

Dave
What's in a name? A rose by any...blah blah blah. Purpose and performance is the same, just a few physical differences. Lightweight, accurate, reliable, and utilitarian. You can call it whatever you want, so long as you don't call it a Rossi. :supergrin:
 

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Off topic, but since we are into the scout rifles...
Are there any dedicated rifles in a scout configuration on the market right now?
I'm only aware of Savage.
If not, which rifle could be turned into such configuration without much hassle?
 

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Off topic, but since we are into the scout rifles...
Are there any dedicated rifles in a scout configuration on the market right now?
I'm only aware of Savage.
If not, which rifle could be turned into such configuration without much hassle?
I think that Steyr still make one. They did at one point. Expensive though.
 

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Off topic, but since we are into the scout rifles...
Are there any dedicated rifles in a scout configuration on the market right now?
I'm only aware of Savage.
If not, which rifle could be turned into such configuration without much hassle?
Nestor, is that a vz 58 in your avatar? I seem to remember you mentioning that you owned one in another thread. If so I found these on Czechpoint's website, don't know anything about them myself. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SearchResults.aspx?kp=ctl00$ctlPagePlaceHolder$Keywords

Also check this out. http://www.ultimak.com/

I also think B square makes Scout mounts for various milsurps like the Moisins. http://secure.armorholdings.com/b-square/smarthtml/scopemounts_idx.html

And then there is also XS. http://www.xssights.com/store/scope.html
 
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