Today’s non-fiction writing contest entry was submitted by WVMike
Ever since I bought the Ruger Scout Rifle in 7.63/.308 I have been hoping they would come out with one in 5.56. Two weeks ago I saw (and bought) one. One of the first things you will notice is the price tag. $1039 for a bolt action rifle is in my opinion very high. I ended up paying $850 out the door and traded for two more Magazines to go with it ($70 each from Ruger).
The first thing I would change on it is making them both accept AR Mags (or even M14/mini 14) as the ones they have are not only expensive but hard to find. The next thing I would change is nothing. This gun is great!
The 1 in 8 twist make it fine for your 55 grain military rounds but shines with 62-69 which give you a great deal of versatility in your hunting ammo selection. The optimum range from a 16” barrel in my opinion is going to be 300 yards and closer and at that range this gun shoots less then MOA. This will not replace the sniper rifle in your arsenal but be able to handle most shots that an average shooter will take.
A lot of thought went in to the making of this rifle, out of the box it has very usable ring and post sights that are usable for precision shooting out to 100 yards and would be find on man sized targets out to 300. It has a forward rail for a scout scope or any electronic sights one might choose. It also comes with rings for a normal scope but the rear sight needs to be removed to put them on. The birdcage flash suppressor is removable to allow a silencer or other attachments, and the stock comes with several spacers to allow a change in pull of the rifle.
If you have the money and are looking for a nice do it all rifle I would strongly suggest this one. If you are looking for a tool to fill a specific role, this is probable not the one for you. An AR is almost as accurate and can be deployed as a defensive rifle much more effectively.
A higher powered scoped rifle can reach out further and hit harder then this one for hunting and sniping. A Ruger 10/22 will take small game with less damage to the meat. While I really love this little rifle, honestly for the money I would make sure you have your other bases covered before purchasing unless you only plan on one firearm.
My final opinion of this rifle is it is a fast, lightweight, accurate firearm that can be used in a variety of roles form taking small to medium game (rabbits to deer) and even large with head shots. It could be employed in as a defensive rifle with interchangeable magazines and would be especially good for people with smaller frames or ones who could not handle a lot of recoil.
Over all it is a great fill in gun that I plan to take on camping trips or day hikes where I don’t expect to need a firearm.
Prizes for this round (ends April 23 2015 ) in our non fiction writing contest include… Please send your articles now!
- First place winner will receive – A case of six (6) #10 cans of Freeze Dried Military Pork Chops a $300 value courtesy of MRE Depot, and a WonderMix Bread Mixer courtesy of FoodPrepper.com a $300 value and five bottles of the new Berkey BioFilm Drops a $150 value courtesy of LPC Survival – total prize value of over $750.
- Second place winner will receive – A gift a gift certificate for $150 off of Federal Ammunition courtesy of LuckyGunner Ammo.
- Third Place winner will receive – A copy of my book ”31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness“ and “Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat” courtesy of TheSurvivalistBlog.net and copy of “The Survival Medicine Handbook” courtesy of www.doomandbloom.net.