I guess be real sure of what you wany ether to do . Very different rifles for really different use's. I own a M&P sport and a older remmy 308 short barreled rifle , not a scout but would never use one in place of the other. The sport is way lower in cost at around 600 bucks or less. Both are accurate . Sports cheaper to feed. Maybe split the differnce, Buy a M&P 300 whisper/blackout for 960 LGS price and have the 30 cal ammo and an ar build.