The Ruger 5.56 Scout Rifle is handy, fun and serious!
Sturm, Ruger & Co. has come out with another winner – the Model 77 Gunsite Scout rifle in 5.56mm NATO (.223 Remington).
This is one handy, fun, yet very serious rig. It has all of the features found in the .308 Winchester Gunsite Scout rifle, which has enjoyed stellar sales success. I predict that the 5.56mm Gunsite Scout will do even better. It has the look.
THE NEW RUGER Gunsite Scout rifle is chambered for the 5.56mm NATO/.223
Remington round. Here the new rifle is shown with Burris Scout scope and
sling, ready to take afield for a lot of fun.
A more “shootable” rifle is difficult to imagine. This is the ultimate “walk-around” smallbore centerfire rifle. It carries, points and swings easily, quickly and smoothly.
The test rifle came with a 5.5-pound uber crisp trigger pull. That may be a bit heavy for a target rifle, but fits the likely uses for this model superbly. In the shooting, there was never a hint that trigger pull degraded bullet placement.
With a 2.75x Burris Scout scope mounted on the 6 1/2-inch Picatinny rail atop the barrel fore of the front receiver ring, I was able to shoot repeated groups of just under a half-inch at 50 yards and just shy of one-inch at 100 yards off the bench. That’s impressive delivered accuracy with a low power scope. Even with different loads featuring different bullet weights, a composite 100-yard group shot quickly remained within four inches.
The long Picatinny rail atop the barrel also serves as an effective base for other kinds of sights like red dots.
OUT OF THE box the new Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle in 5.56mm NATO has THE look.
The rifle comes standard with aperture rear sight, an “ear-protected” post front sight (located within the mechanism that includes a muzzle brake). Also, the receiver features Ruger’s proprietary integral scope mount (a pair of rings is included so a standard scope sight can be mounted when precision shooting is on the agenda).
With the rifle came a 10-round removable box magazine (same exterior dimensions as the magazine for the .308 Scout). However, the 5.56mm magazine has synthetic innards that result in an in-line arrangement.
THE AUTHOR SHOOTS the new Ruger 5.56mm Gunsite Scout rifle. The rig is
handy to carry and to shoot. It points quickly and swings smoothly.
Also like its older, bigger caliber brother, the 5.56mm Scout features an eye-appealing gray/black laminated stock (checkered grip and forend with the Gunsite logo on the bottom of the pistol grip) and comes with extra spacers that can be placed between the stock and buttpad, altering the length of pull to fit the shooter – from 12.75 inches to 14.25 inches.
The rifle is chambered for the 5.56 mm NATO round, which means it also handles the .223 Remington cartridge. Six-groove rifling twist is one turn in eight inches (right-hand) in the 16.1-inch barrel, which means it stabilizes the heavier-for-caliber bullets that have become fashionable in recent times. Nominal weight is 7.10 pounds
Four variants are in the 5.56mm Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle lineup – right and left-hand matte black alloy steel models, as well as right and left-hand matte stainless steel models.
This is the kind of rifle that makes sense for shooters, ranging from beginners to seasoned veterans. Felt recoil is almost non-existent.
Truly, this is a fun gun that can take on serious assignments, if needed.
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Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.