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#6080515 - 12/12/15 07:46 PM Y'all like the Ruger Scout?
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So my deer rifle is my trusty old marlin lever action 3030. Got an old Simmons scope (3x9) on it and it's got a ton of sentimental value. It's always put it where I want it, but it is a bit cumbersome for me. Friend of ours has offered to sell us his Ruger scout (left handed! Woohoo!) with a 4x12 Leupold rifleman. It definitely feels more compact (though it really is just a hair shorter and about the same weight, just seems to "come up" right )and I'm liking the scope a lot. Offered a pretty good deal on it plus $$ of in the form of a trade of our Foxpro.

Thoughts on the Scout? Reliable? I dink around with my 22-250 and 223 for varmints and hogs but have always been rigid about my deer rifle (it belonged to my papaw who is very sick with cancer. He loves seeing photos of deer I've taken with his old rifle as he can't really hunt anymore. It's also the gun I learned to shoot with.) what do y'all think about moving to a 308 from a 3030? Big change or no?

Appreciate it, y'all!

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#6080534 - 12/12/15 07:56 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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It is a step up, you will get longer range availability, more kick, larger game IMO (maybe not others opinion), more ammo variations.
I will be interested in others report.

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#6080536 - 12/12/15 07:56 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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This is it, btw...
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#6080545 - 12/12/15 07:59 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: Dalee7892]
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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
It is a step up, you will get longer range availability, more kick, larger game IMO (maybe not others opinion), more ammo variations.
I will be interested in others report.


Ahh, didn't even think about the ammo variety! Right now I use the Hornady Leverlution rounds. It is also noteworthy we are set up to reload .308...
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#6080586 - 12/12/15 08:28 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Zero experience with the Scout, but not a stranger to Ruger. They are built hell for stout, and have never had one fail.

Pretty sure you won't be disappointed. I'd jump on it. Beautiful rifle sir.
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#6080611 - 12/12/15 08:44 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Thanks for the input, Janie! Never had a Ruger myself so good to get some feedback.

I'm female, but I know what you meant laugh I'm partial to the look myself. Looks really slick! I'm borrowing it to put a few rounds through before I commit to purchase. Think I'll do that tomorrow.
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#6080618 - 12/12/15 08:50 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Originally Posted By: GimmeABuck


I'm female, but I know what you meant laugh


I am so sorry! Tend to forget there are more females here, than just Pink and myself. Please accept my apology and then please let us know how you enjoy that Ruger.
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#6080620 - 12/12/15 08:50 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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I've got the M77 stock in 203. Built like a tank. The only other adjustment you might consider is the addition of the external magazine. It's loud and requires more attention when noise discipline is critical.
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#6080780 - 12/12/15 10:25 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Ruger makes great rifles.
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#6080870 - 12/13/15 12:28 AM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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I had one for a while. It was ok, accurate enough for what it was. Took a couple of good hogs with it between 100 and 250 yards with 150 grain Remington Core-Lokts. Handled nicely for a short rifle, though I never really liked the stock trigger. Not the smoothest action either, pretty easy to bind up in a rush. Good extraction and ejection. To me at the time it was just a bit pricey for the platform you get. Ended up trading it off and getting a T3. I'm happy now.
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#6080972 - 12/13/15 07:21 AM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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The binding sounds like a magazine problem. I have 5 Hawkeyes with bottom metal and they are 100% reliable. They are control feed so it's impossible to get excited and short stroke. I agree there are smoother actions but nothing more reliable or rugged.


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#6081165 - 12/13/15 10:17 AM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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30-30 will do just about everything most folks are capable of doing. I don't like the forward mount scopes, so I wouldn't buy that rifle. A regular Ruger in .308, however, I would have no issues with.
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#6081174 - 12/13/15 10:23 AM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
30-30 will do just about everything most folks are capable of doing. I don't like the forward mount scopes, so I wouldn't buy that rifle. A regular Ruger in .308, however, I would have no issues with.


Where's the forward mounted scope?

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#6081216 - 12/13/15 10:57 AM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
The binding sounds like a magazine problem. I have 5 Hawkeyes with bottom metal and they are 100% reliable. They are control feed so it's impossible to get excited and short stroke. I agree there are smoother actions but nothing more reliable or rugged.


Nope.

Had several of the available different types of magazines, they all operated as designed. Mauser-type action also worked as it should and was rugged and reliable, I never mentioned or had a short-stroke issue. The bolt operation, specifically opening and closing the bolt quickly was what I was talking about. More side to side axial play present than what I'm used to I suppose. A comparison of controlled round feed rifles, like a Winchester Model 70 vs. the Ruger action, is a night and day proposition. The Winchester is light years smoother and has a better factory trigger. YMMV. I still have my Model 70.

M77 action is a good one, though. It's all what you are used to, I guess.
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#6081421 - 12/13/15 01:16 PM Re: Y'all like the Ruger Scout? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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If your dad can't get out and loves knowing that you are taking game with his rifle, I would stick with that, no matter what. I'm sure it makes him proud.

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