I wasn't exactly bubbling with enthusiasm for the 5.56 Ruger GUNSITE Scout, largely because I just do don't need a rifle in that niche…I have tack-driving, lightweight ARs in that caliber. I am, OTOH, bubbling with enthusiasm for the newest GUNSITE Scout, this one with a composite stock. Here's Ed Head's review on DRTV.
As Ed mentions, we always wanted a composite stock for the gun, but it would raise the cost too much. With Ruger now in the composite stock business big time for the Ruger American, it makes sense to bring that technology to the Scout, one of the best-selling bolt guns in recent years. The composite stock brings the weight from 7.1 lbs to 6.25, well under the Cooper 6.6 lb baseline.
Just as , or maybe even more, important is the replacement of the Mini-14 styled flash suppressor with an efficient muzzle brake. I had a discussion with Ken Jorgenson at Ruger several months back on mounting the super-efficient muzzle brake found on my .300 Win Mag Guide Gun on the Scout. Ken reported back that the engineering guys didn't think the same brake would work well on the Scout, but that they'd "give it some thought."
"Give it some thought" at Ruger has a way of translating into new products, and that's the case here. I'm going to whine and cry and see if I can get one from my old Scout...