Originally Posted by JimRau
If 308 is your choice I would highly recommend the Ruger Scout!!!
I bought one several month ago and I have been very pleased with the out of the box accuracy and function. No 'blood' on it yet, but the hogs are back so it will not be long!
Please keep in mind... this is just my
opinion... It all depends on exactly what you're
looking for in a gun.
I've been looking to get a bolt action as well (for hogs also...) and have considered a Scout, but recently I was at my local Ma & Pa and they had several Ruger American
bolt actions in... and I have to tell you, the action on those is smoooooooooth!! Of course, they didn't have one in the correct caliber and barrel length (I'm looking for a 30.06 in a 22 length) but they said they could get one in a week if I wanted for around $350
While I'm not saying the Scout is a bad choice... I have yet to hold one and see how they operate & shoulder... Also, the Scout have a stack magazine (10 capacity in 308), while the American has a rotary box one (4 round capacity) and I don't know if that would be a consideration for you as well... and it doesn't come in a 30.06 configuration or with a synthetic stock (...yet
that is) which I
prefer for a field gun to hold up to the rough environments you might encounter. But I will admit, that laminated factory stock does look good!!