I don’t need it, but I want one. Big 5 has them for $819…. add 8% and $30-35 to the state and I’d be looking at $900 to $920 out the door and it would still have a barrel 2″ too short and a very expensive mag setup.
Not quite a true “Scout Rifle” but close. From “The Steyr Scout Rifle Page”
By the definition of the Scout Rifle Conferences held under the auspices of Jeff Cooper the scout rifle has been defined as a general purpose rifle suitable for taking targets of up to 400 kg (880 pounds) at ranges to the limit of the shooters visibility (nominally 300 meters) that meets the following criteria:
Weight-sighted and slung: 3 kilograms (6.6 lb). This has been set as the ideal weight but the maximum has been stated as being 3.5 kg (7.7 pounds ).
Length: 1 meter (39 inches)
Nominal barrel length: .48 meter (19 inches)
Sighting system: Typically a forward and low mounted (ahead of the action opening) long eye relief telescope of between 2x and 3x. Reserve iron sights desirable but not necessary. Iron sights of the ghost ring type, without a scope, also qualify, as does a low powered conventional position scope.
Action: Magazine fed bolt action. Detachable box magazine and/or stripper clip charging is desirable but not necessary.
Sling: Fast loop-up type, i.e. Ching or CW style.
Caliber: Nominally .308 Winchester (7.62 x 51 mm). Calibers such as 7 mm – 08 Remington (7 x 51 mm) or .243 Winchester (6 x 51 mm) being considered for frail individuals or where “military” calibers are proscribed.
Built-in bipod: Desirable but not mandatory.
Accuracy: Should be capable of shooting into 2 minutes of angle or less (4″) at 200 yards/meters (3 shot groups).
Well I have a couple of spare Yugo M.24/47’s and LOTS of surplus 8×57 ammo. As well as reloading dies and bullet molds for them.
Depending on the shape of the crown, I could pay to have the barrel shortened a half inch or so but it would not be critical.
Then install a XS sight Systems, Inc. scope mount for $60
and get a Leupold Scout Scope for it ($299).
Being a oddball length receiver, pretty much means that I can’t get a Glass Stock for it so I’d get a Boyds stock for it ($100)
So far I’d be about $460 – $500 into (adding shipping costs).
I could bed it myself (sort of) and the scope base is also a “User installable item” but I would want it refinished. Either Parkerized ($) or painted (cheap, tacky and functional. $20 for paint).
So there it is, I could do it, but I’d be into a “P-Scout” $550 – $700+ at best.
Or I could sell a couple of Yugo 24/47s and maybe a Spanish FR-8 and just buy the damn Ruger, oops… I forgot to add the price of the scope to the Ruger. $920 + $300 = $1,220
Dang, that makes the P-Scout look better and better.