Ruger Scout Rifle

Ruger’s Scout Rifle is built exactly like a Ruger Model 77. Almost.

by Chick Blood

It’s pretty much understood that Jeff Cooper was first to formally define a Scout rifle. It has to weigh less than seven pounds; sight options should be forward mounted optical or open iron; magazine capacity of ten rounds; be factory prepped for mounting a center bore Picatinny rail; include a threaded barrel for adding on a flash hider/muzzle brake; and have an adjustable length of pull.

So it is with the Ruger. There are some differences that could trip you up in servicing this popular hunting gun. True, it is built on the trusted and proven Model 77 platform and retains the reliable LP6 trigger. Like the Model 77 in .357 we covered in the November 2012 issue and most other Ruger 77 rifles, its firing pin assembly is restricted. Once it has been removed from the bolt body it has to remain as removed until reassembly. Powerful springs combined with a need for unavailable and proprietary tooling make any parts replacement outside the factory off limits if not impossible. Please consider yourself advised. Unlike other Model 77 versions the Scout Rifle has switched from a two-piece to a single piece bolt body configuration. More on how the switch alters an approach to the ejector will come later.

One headache of no small proportions remains present with the Scout Rifle and common to all other Model 77-based rifles.

Read more in the December 2015 issue.

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