It's a good thing that everyone doesn't like the same thing,( everyone would want my wife). The Scout rifle concept is an excellent all around rifle.
The Ruger "Gunsite Scout"is,in my opinion not as close to the basic plan as the "Ruger Scout" which is the export model.
The difference is that the export mod.,is stainless and has an 18.75 in.bbl
May not be the best at a specific discipline but it is my all weather/all purpose rifle.
Having said this I have rifles to suit all my specific requirements,this one just covers a whole lot of area in one good handling piece.
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