I admit it, this is one rifle that I don’t own but want to badly! I love the beauty, the accuracy and the reliability. I like the .223 for all-around utility in N. America, and matching the proper ammo to your target and exercising good shot placement make this a quite capable round.
It’s not a cheap gun but it’s one you’ll be proud to hand down to your children. You can find them in most cities used for around $700 and new for $900 and up. In .223 (vs the original .30 caliber design) you can shoot targets and varmints (even small game if your state laws allow using a .223) a lot cheaper, and these days that is an issue.
In an article at GunDigest.com they wrote:
“Consider this: After getting a rough zero through an extended eye relief scope mounted on Ruger’s new version of the Gunsite Scout rifle chambered in .223 Remington, I leveled it at a couple of clay trap targets at 200 yards and what I didn’t hit, the misses were so close as to be negligible had I been shooting at a coyote or anything bigger.
That’s one very good rifle. Originally introduced in .308 Winchester, as the late Col. Jeff Cooper envisioned this concept, the Scout, as Cooper dubbed his rifle, is a short-action model on which a long eye relief scope is mounted just ahead of the action. It was and remains a good idea, but just because the original concept was a .30-caliber model doesn’t mean that is chiseled in stone.”
If there’s one commonality amongst reviews on this rifle it’s the ridiculous out-of-the-box accuracy potential. This gun will smoke your vermin easily out to 200 yards. There’s not much to write that hasn’t been written, but let this serve as our nod that this rifle is one worth owning.
Here’s a great walk-through and shooting video featuring the Ruger Gunsite Scout, by our friends at GunBlast.com.
So if you’re like me and have a deep love for tradition, reliability and all-around utility, then you’re going to love everything about this rifle. It pains me to write about this as an admirer rather than an owner-fired range test, but it’s one gun you can guarantee that I’ll own sooner rather than later. It is so capable that really everyone should own one of these regardless of their hunting or shooting preference.
I hope that this test and review of the Ruger .223 Gunsite Scout has been helpful, or at least entertaining. As soon as I have a chance I’ll take one out to the range for a more hands-on look at the rifle. In the meantime, if you own this rifle or have looked at them, what do you think about it?