Being mainly a handgun shooter, my desire to shoot rifles runs hot & cold. I've had several over the years from .22lr to 30-06 and darn near everything in between. Bolts, levers, pumps, single shots, and several semi-autos, what I do know for sure is, I personally prefer bolt action rifles for their simplicity of operation, ease of cleaning and maintenance, and accuracy. I also prefer shooting through a decent set of iron sights over using scopes. I'm not a hunter.....(unless the sh*t hits the fan, and I have to eat)...... my range only has a 100 yard rifle range, so even with corrective bi-focals I have no real need of optics, and I just want one good defensive rifle just in case it comes to that......!!! I like the whole concept of the scout rifle, battle type iron sights with the option of mounting two types of scopes if you so desire. What I would really like is one chambered for .223 Rem, but no one makes a scout rifle with iron sights in that caliber, but the Ruger has everything else I'm looking for, so I guess it's the direction I'll have to go..... I'd like to hear from others who have one of these rifles, how is the over all quality, function, accuracy, ease of handling, and recoil.....? Also, what type of sling are you using on it, and what type of ammo do they shoot best.....???