Scout Rifle Scopes

June | 2011 | The Weapon Blog

Scout Rifle Scopes News:

SWFA Riflescopes Burris Rifle Scopes Burris Scout Scopes

Burris Scout Scopes. Burris invented and perfected Scout Scopes, so it’s no wonder they set the standard for optical excellence, durability and low mounting …

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Weaver Classic K-Series Scout Rifle Scope 4x 28mm Dual-X Reticle Matte

Fixed power Weaver Classic K-Series Rifle Scopes are a monument to durability and affordability. Fully multi-coated lenses reduce glare and a 1-piece, aircraft-grade …

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Leupold FX-II Scout Rifle Scope 2.5x 28mm Intermediate Eye Relief

The Leupold FX-II Scout is designed to be mounted forward on the barrel rather than the receiver, providing naturally rapid target acquisition while keeping both eyes …

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SWFA Riflescopes Burris Rifle Scopes Burris Scout Scopes

Burris Scout Scopes. Burris invented and perfected Scout Scopes, so it’s no wonder they set the standard for optical excellence, durability and low mounting …

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Weaver Classic K-Series Scout Rifle Scope 4x 28mm Dual-X Reticle Matte

Fixed power Weaver Classic K-Series Rifle Scopes are a monument to durability and affordability. Fully multi-coated lenses reduce glare and a 1-piece, aircraft-grade …

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Ruger Gunsite Scout-VR Response To Hickok45

A quick look at my setup on the Gunsite scout rifle featuring: Leatherwood LER2732 2-7X scope J.P. Enterprises Bennie Cooley designed muzzle brake.


Michael P asked What is the purpose of a “scout” rifle?

I’ve seen these for sale and couldn’t help but wondering if they are an option for an average hunter. Most are just shortened versions of usual production rifles in a middle of the road cartridge. Are they for kids? Do guys not intending to take game carry them for protection? Is it something totally else? I just can’t see many outdoorsmen buying a rifle to save a few inches.

Has anybody bought a scout rifle and why?

What is your opinion of these niche guns?

Under what conditions would you buy one?

Thanks in advance.

And got the following answer:

The point of a “scout” rifle is to mount a long eye relief optic forward for quick sighting/wide field of view while “in the scope”, and to keep the scope away from the ejection port for easy loading/clearing malfunctions. The rifle is supposed to be short, handy, and easy to carry. So these setups are found on carbines, originally this concept was applied to bolt action rifles.

This rifle is ideal for a hunt with lots of walking where you’d expect fairly short shots and desire a wide field of view while sighting. Col. Cooper thought it would be a great fighting rifle. He was wrong about that, the bolt action rifle he envisioned is not ideal for combat…But it may be ideal for hog hunting.

Ruger and Savage currently make bolt action “scout rifles” but where this concept works best, in my opinion, is on the Springfield M1A Scout/Squad and SOCOM rifles. The M1A’s are capable of hunting and much better for defense than a bolt action scout rifle.

farm-gal asked Is there a youth non-profit organization that could use my old rifle scope?

I’ve retired a Tasco target scope (6X24). It was originally mounted on my 30-06, many years ago and has been in a box ever since. It’s about 20 years old, but in great shape because it wasn’t used much. I have the rings, too. I know that this item isn’t worth very much at all, but I would love to see it go to a youth shooting organization who would get some use out of it.

Does anyone know of such an organization?


And got the following answer:

may boyscout organizations and summer camps would be glad of this donation trust me i been in boy scouts 11 years.

Thizzle asked Can you handle assault rifles in the marines if you are a sniper?

I’m planning on joining the marines. but i was wondering since a person doesn’t get to do every Infantry MOS like a hero. I was wondering if i sign up to be a sniper first, will i ever be able to handle assault rifles like the riflemans (i believe the official assault rifle for marines is the M4?). yeah but if im a scout sniper will i ever be able to have or handle an assault rifle as like a secondary weapon, or backup weapon for close range. and if not, could i eventually go from being a scout sniper to a rifleman?
If the answer to that is yes, i am also wondering aren’t people who specialized in snipers first more better at handling an assault rifle than other rifleman? since snipers spend all their time mastering wind speed, accuracy, and the scope of the snipers which can all the same affect how the bullet shoots from assault rifles. so wouldn’t they be more better at using the assault rifles than most riflemen? because i watch a lot of firefights on youtube from Go Pro helmet cameras on riflemen and machine gunners, and it seems to me that when they get into a firefight they look for cover and shoot blindly at the enemy wasting a lot of ammunition. when people like snipers spend all their time trying to take out the enemy with one single shot, wouldn’t they be better at coming up from cover, quickly looking through the scope of the assault rifle, judge distance and wind, etc and just take the enemy out with less bullets attempted?
I really want to know this answer because i think being a sniper would be cool but i like being active, moving around and in action like the riflemen and machinegunners, when snipers spend their time being stationary. I would rather prefer being a rifleman than a sniper but if being a sniper meant that i would totally own with an assault rifle and shoot with precision accuracy like a king, i would want to be a sniper.
So please answer and for people’s information, I am not saying any MOS is better than the other, I mean no disrespect because marines are straight up true warriors.
And FYI stop giving me your stupid assumptions. I actually don’t play COD cuz I’m too busy and have better things to do than playing video games all day. So answer the question if you know the answers and if you don’t then don’t, instead of sitting there criticizing me. And don’t tell me i need REAL research and that I don’t know nothing. I AM doing my research now, i’m asking questions as i search throughout the web and military sites about my questions. And I’m not saying that all snipers do is camp out. i know they are recon and move in stealth but I’m saying that rifleman and machinegunners and such move much more extensively and push hard in open fire

And got the following answer:

Ok numbnutz….this was already answered.

But to give you the benefit of the doubt…I’ll spell it out for you.

You CAN NOT sign up to be a sniper first…..

Snipers are selected after you’ve been in for a few years.

Clear enough?

Oh…and when people ask these kinds of silly assed questions, it’s pretty easy to assume that the majority of the people asking are basing their questions off of COD.

Further, this is not research….going to the actual websites for the Marine Corps is research.

Chris asked Is there a scope that has a camera that films the sight through the scope?

I’m looking for a scope which i can like click a button and it will record what i’m seeing through the scope. Idc about the price.

And got the following answer:

Go onto Youtube and lookup some Ted’s Holdover / Edgun USA videos. They are very good videos and in a few of the videos he directs you do the setup he uses. Other adapters are available for spotting scopes to mount a camera for bird watching and hobbies like that.
This involves having a camera mounted behind a scope, which doesn’t leave room for your face unless you have a fwd scout scope rail setup and work that way. They also make mounts for shotguns to mount the camera to the side.
When you do this, you will still get a shake when you pull the trigger.

Another option, I made a mount on top of my scope for my camera.
Assuming you have a rifle, with a scope mounted to it. Items you will need :
One scope mount ring (additional, not counting the 2 used to hold the scope to rifle)
One small piece of weaver rail
One short 1/4×20 bolt
take a scope ring, put it on the rifle scope upside down, so the weaver clamp section is facing up.. Get a small piece of weaver rail, just big enough to fit in the mount. Drill a hole in the weaver rail piece and run a 1/4×20 thread bolt through a hole. This is the thread size for most camera’s to mount onto. Then just make sure the bolt head isn’t in the way of the weaver rail clamp mount and you’re done. When it’s complete the camera will sit on top of the scope, and you can adjust direction to see what you see through the scope. You wont see the cross hairs, but then again you will be able to hold your rifle normally. Basically when you move the rifle, what you see on the screen will be about what you are aiming at.

fmboss429 asked What are the advantages of a Scout Style Rifle?

What are the benefits of mounting the scope so far forward, like described by Jeff cooper? Or is it simply better to mount a scope in the conventional location. Also any recommendations on a good scope? I am thinking about buying a Kimber 84M Chambered in .338 Federal… Is this going to be a good setup for hunting?
The .338 Federal is a .308 cartridge necked up to a .338 bullet. I just like the idea of the added punch a .338 offers. I looked at the .308 and it seemed to lack what i was looking for when hunting in colorado for elk, it was almost unamious that a .308 will do the trick but it remained on the light side of the scale for hunting larger game. Kimber doesn’t offer the 84M in a 30-06, so… they do offer a 30-06 in the 8400 series but the rifle weighs about a pound and a half more @ 6lbs 13ozs. Also at some point in my life i want to do the whole Alaskan guided hunt thing.

And got the following answer:

You have some good answers explaining the benefits of the scout style, but they’ve forgotten one thing. It’s faster, you use both eyes open, but the one they forgot, the scope is clear of the action. It is easier to get more shells in the gun when it runs out. Not really all that important. One disadvantage, most long eye relief scopes are low powered. Not really a problem, but I prefer more magnification on my rifles (I hunt lots of open terrain). As for 338 Federal, I don’t see why people are knocking it. I love my 338 win mag, but the federal really isn’t in the same class. It would compare to the 358 winchester. It won’t be a long range cartridge, but it will work extremely well at ranges to about 250 yards. If you read up on the 358 winchester, you notice that it is ripped apart by those who have never shot one, and loved by those who have. The ballistics on paper really don’t do it justice. I can promise you, for bear hunting over bait, if I ever get the chance, the 358 winchester will make the short list of cartridges I would consider, well ahead of the 270 or 30-06. The benefit of the heavier, slower bullet will result in a much harder impact. The reason I’m doting on the 358 win is simply because it is older, and a little better known. The 338 federal is the new kid on the block, and a lot of people just aren’t familiar with it. That’s why so many people were critical of the caliber. You say 338 and they instantly start thinking 338 win mag. I have hunted elk for 16 years with my 338 win mag, and I have never felt over gunned. I would much rather knock an elk off his feet with a 338, than track a wounded one from a 270. I’m not saying a smaller caliber won’t work, but I’ve lost two elk that I shot that ran over the hill only to be claimed by another hunter. That was what prompted me to swap from a 30-06 to a 338. It doesn’t happen anymore. The 338 Federal might not have the leveling impact of the win mag, but it will have considerably more knock down power than a lot of traditional calibers. Plus, the lower velocity won’t ruin a lot of meat. I think you are making a very wise decision in selecting a caliber. The only concern I would have, will shells be available in a few years. Personally, I’d stick to a standard scope setup, either a Nikon Buckmaster or Monarch, or a Leupold vxII or vxIII. I’d opt for a 3-9x, or there abouts. Hope you enjoy your new rifle.

John asked Can I forward mount a low magnification telescopic sight on a Winchester Model 70?

I want to build a scout rifle, and would like to use a Winchester Model 70 as my base gun. Question: Can I mount a red dot sighting system or a telescopic sight more forward on the barrel than a regular scope, similar to the Styer Scout or the Ruger Frontier?

And got the following answer:

Yes and you don’t have to drill in the barrel. They make a special base mount for what you want to off set it farther foward, and a good machinest can do the same. That way you keep the value of your gun up.

Dillon asked What is the best rifle for long range hunting? Shots being made out to around 1000 yards?

i want a rifle that has the capability to make long shots and at the same time have the capability of shooting a round designed not to have as much movement with wind and other factors.

And got the following answer:

Interesting question Dillon, I compete in 1000 yard PALMA matches and in 1000 yard opens. I have two calibers that I use, one is the 308 as defined under competition rules, the other for the opens is a 8mm diameter round mated to a 300 win mag cartridge. Both have excellent ballistics and are capable of extreme accuracy at 1000 yards if every thing goes right. That means weather, tempurature, wind, and how I am competing.

On a 1000 yard range you have spotting scopes, wind direction indicators, wind speed postings, humidity levels, barometric pressures, and of course you have to be able to handle a rifle for 6 to 10 hours depending on how far you go in a CONTROLLED event.

Now lets take that level of shooting and apply it to a long range hunt. I enjoy the thrill of long range hunting,but I am an ethical hunter too. That means I don’t expect to go out on a friday afternoon and snap shoot a mule deer at a 1000 yards. I plan the hunt, show up for several days to a week or more, scout the area, mark my ranges, and get familiar with the animals I am after.
I didn’t mean to go into a lecture on hunting but you need to know that shots over 500 yards take a lot of work and preperation to be effective and humane.

With that all said for hunting deer size animals between 400 and 700 yards I like the 7mm magnum and the 300 win mag. I get good balistics, a variety of bullet weights, and the abiltity to shoot at game inside 300 yards effectively without having to make major changes to my selected ammo or optics.
For elk and bear I like the 338 Lapau, yes its alot of powder and its a recoil monster but for 500 to 800 yards it is capapble of performing the shot I need.
I have only on two occasions taken shots over 800 yards while hunting, even being a 1000 yard marksman I just don’t think its worth the risk of maiming an animal. Both of the shots I took were with a 308 target rifle set on a shooting bench and it took for ever to set both shots up. I wouldn’t reccomend this and it wasn’t something I will ever do again.

Remember that there is a significant difference in hunting the mountains in Colorado and the flat ranges of Kansas. Making a shot in the dry weather of West Texas at 500 yards is entirely different than making a 500 yard shot in the winter of Alaska. This plays a big part in my selection of firearm as well.

The 6.5 mm and smaller rounds can hit targets at 1000 yards but they are affected by the elements. The 375 and larger rounds have to be caculated at every 100 yards up to 500 and then at every 50 yards past that due to bullet drop.

The new 416 and the 50 caliber weapons based on military designs are not typical hunting rifles and the amount of damage they do would not fair well for table game or for the taxidermist.

Look for a rifle between a 7mm and the 338, make the decision based on the type of game you intend to hunt, the locations you’ll be hunting in, and the ability you as a ethical hunter have.