Here's my scout squad, soon to be sporterized, being popped off by my son, Mini-Me.
I borrowed the Burris 2x scope and rings from my Ruger MkIII Hunter to see how the scout concept would work out. - It's OK, but for hunting in the mountains I'll need more magnification... 2x just won't cut it.
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I have ordered a 5 round magazine, and some stripper clips so I won't have to try and pry the stubby magazine out for reloading. Later a Burris 2-7 scout scope will be mounted, and a walnut stock that I am currently sinking the action into.
It'll be my backup gun on hunts, and of course a fun plinker. With Russian "polyformance" steel-cased rounds it currently shoots into 3" at 100 yards.
Recoil is soft for a .308, it's very nice to shoot and handles well. The muzzle brake does a fine job, but I may remove it and put a thread protector on the barrel for hunting. - Very few hunting guides will tolerate a muzzle-brake, the gun will then be four inches shorter, and there's no need for a flash hider as mule deer and elk hardly ever shoot back.