The 308 Winchester in an easily customizable platform such as the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is a fine match of rifle and cartridge and I believe lives up to Ruger's claim of "The one rifle to have if you could have only one."
Another subsonic load that has proven to be very accurate in my Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is the Lyman 311284 (~210 grains). Pushed to almost 1,000 fps it is very accurate and hard hitting making it useful for steel targets and control of larger vermin species. The bullet also performs very well at supersonic velocities and my favorite load for this is using Unique to propel it to 1350 fps.
|Cast Bullets I've successful run through the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle|
For a fun and very inexpensive gallery load a #0 (~.314") buckshot over Bullseye is surprisingly accurate (less than 2" at 50 yards) out to 50 yards and will shoot Point of Aim out to 25 yards. A fine remedy for garden vermin too.
For hunting loads I've had excellent results with 165 grain JSP bullets over the max (Hodgdon) published data for IMR 3031. In the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle it is both accurate (1 MOA or better) and achieves the highest velocity, 2573 fps in my Rifle. Varget and IMR 4064 have both produced excellent groups in my GSR too but fell short of the velocity produced with the IMR 3031. With all the rifle powders I've tested I've found that the best performance in the GSR is at or near the max published data (ALWAYS double check data and work up incrementally!!), it seems happiest when velocities reach 2500 fps or better with 165 grain jacketed bullets and around 2700 fps with 150 grain jacketed bullets.
I will be testing IMR 4895 and Winchester 748 under a variety of Jacketed bullets as I've seen a number or impressive results from other GSR owners. The Hornady 150gr SST has produced some notable results at 500 yards and has me especially intrigued.
After 11 months of ownership of a Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle I like it even better than I expected. It has impressed me in the field and at the range. With the introduction of the Polymer magazines it has improved field-ability of the rifle even more making it easier to carry and operate as well as superior weather resistance.
What the rifle lacks in aesthetics it more than makes up for in functionality. I believe Ruger really thought this one through and made the comprises that made the most sense. The only improvement I'm really considering is a rear sight that can be adjusted without tools and possibly a finer more visible front sight.
If I really only could have one rifle, the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle would serve me well.