Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

This morning while browsing my favorite blogs and websites I came across this.

It is Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle and I want one!

I've been intrigued by this type of rifle for quite some time.  At one time or another I've been tempted by others - CZ 527 Carbine, Enfield "jungle carbine" (don't care for the calibers offered),  FR8 (a bit clunky looking) and Ruger's Frontier (no iron sights).  Now Ruger has produced what looks like my next rifle purchase.

Things I like about it:
-Size and weight
-Iron Sights
-Magazine Fed
-Adjustable platform, (size, sight systems, potential accessories)

It would be PERFECT if:
-a flush or nearly so magazine is offered, even if it only holds 3 rounds.  (Ruger now offers a three round polymer Magazine for this rifle!!)
- the butt pad isn't too soft or grippy that it catches your shirt as you bring it to your shoulder.
[Late Edit after 11 months of owning the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle] The sticky recoil pad is actually a good thing.  Not only does it reduce recoil it keeps the butt on your shoulder when you're running the bolt.

Surprisingly I've read some of negative responses to this rifle.  Most want a larger capacity magazine which makes NO sense to me on a bolt rifle.  About the only scenario I can imagine that a hi-cap mag would have an advantage is vs a wave of zombies.  Others ask why a bolt gun?  To them my response is 1- reliability, 2-durability 3-accuracy and 4-versatility.

In a situation that I only have one gun and I NEED it to work regardless of weather, lubrication or ammo type, a bolt gun is a good choice.  Bolt guns are rugged with few breakable parts.  Base on my own experience and observations a bolt action rifle is typically more accurate than other action types and easier to do so.  As a handloader I can produce a wide variety of ammo for a bolt gun and the operation of the rifle remains same.  Everything from subsonic Grouse loads to full power Elk busting loads with lots of variety in between.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The two most amazing shots I've ever seen

400 yards with a mirror

114 year old Marlin 1893 in 32-40


1,000 yards OFFHAND!

Marlin 336 Cowboy in 38-55. Montana Vintage Arms mid range post tang sight.