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MisterSmith
09-22-2012, 12:10 AM
I was in the local Big 5 picking up some targets and my eye balls saw something that I thought had previously been on my wish list...and there she was. The salesman asked if he could help me with anything ;) Hand me that thar piece of sweetness! I only say that because after handling this bad boy I knew why it had been placed upon the list of guns I'd like to own only from seeing it online. Now I KNOW I want one.

Hadn't worked a bolt action for 25+ years and that was an Enfield 303 :rolleyes: Big, heavy gun...loads of fun to shoot. The Ruger just felt right...

So anybody out there have the Ruger with anything positive or negative to say about it? I watched an in-depth (supposedly in-depth) review on YouTube and it was painful to watch the guy try and quickly chamber a round. Up, back, forward, down. It ain't that effing difficult. Just tinkering in the store it was smooth as could be from several different positions...I WANT ONE.

CZ9
09-22-2012, 2:17 AM
Man, the gunsite scout is one of those that to me is always on then off the "to buy list".
Then I look at my mosin carbine and the 74 dollars I paid, to think if its going to be that much more worth it. Some might say this is comparing apples to oranges though. Then I was looking into the Savage hog hunter rifle as a possible alternative... But idk.
I HAVE to agree, that ruger felt just right.
Another thought of mine was, I have my semi autos for the shorter ranges but want something for longer, but is the gunsite scout going to be best suited for that? Or is it a compromise gun?

Dinosaur Jr
09-22-2012, 8:43 AM
Gunsite Scout on sale at Turners this week for $799 ($30 OFF) just in case your GAS was losing some pressure...

ICONIC
09-22-2012, 8:53 AM
The prices at big 5 for the gunsite rifle are a little over inflated. Turners has the better deal typicaly. But I agree the Gunsite rifle is my next big purchase. I rarely see them pop up on the boards here, so looks like I have to buy new.

JamminJ
09-22-2012, 9:15 AM
I have one and like it a great deal.
Only thing I'd change it to put a muzzle break on it, its a little harsh with the short barrel and stock flash hider.

Lagduf
09-22-2012, 10:57 AM
How much was Big 5 selling the rifle for? I'm going to have to check to see if my local store has one.

k1dude
09-22-2012, 11:51 AM
When they first came out I went to a LGS to molest one. I really like the concept, but not the execution. It had a very poor fit and finish. The stock had bare spots where the stain didn't take. The action was very rough. The flash hider was incorrectly indexed. And the machining was very rough and inconsistant. The finish was patchy and splotchy.

Perhaps it was one of the first ones off the production line. I hope they improved it with time, because I was all hot for one - until seeing and playing with it. I lost all interest.

A couple months later I got to shoot one at the range. I did enjoy that. Unlike JamminJ, I didn't have a problem with recoil.

ICONIC
09-22-2012, 11:54 AM
I saw one at big 5 for $879.99, this was a few months ago. Hopefully the prices came down.

CessnaDriver
09-22-2012, 12:02 PM
I was in the local Big 5 picking up some targets and my eye balls saw something that I thought had previously been on my wish list...and there she was. The salesman asked if he could help me with anything ;) Hand me that thar piece of sweetness! I only say that because after handling this bad boy I knew why it had been placed upon the list of guns I'd like to own only from seeing it online. Now I KNOW I want one.

Hadn't worked a bolt action for 25+ years and that was an Enfield 303 :rolleyes: Big, heavy gun...loads of fun to shoot. The Ruger just felt right...

So anybody out there have the Ruger with anything positive or negative to say about it? I watched an in-depth (supposedly in-depth) review on YouTube and it was painful to watch the guy try and quickly chamber a round. Up, back, forward, down. It ain't that effing difficult. Just tinkering in the store it was smooth as could be from several different positions...I WANT ONE.

Watch someone that knows what they are doing work the bolt.

http://youtu.be/aqsyFxm-3ms

Yes, there is a break in period, I will say I experienced it but practicing at home with snap caps and shooting works it in.
Everything is smooth now and the rifle is a joy. I just keep the bolt lightly greased.

In scout scope configuration I am very happy with it's accuracy at 100 yards.

THere are polymer mags that can be toploaded now, Though I wouldn't do that unless you really need to.

Alpha Industries makes some great metal mags too but pricey.

Also recommend a safari ching sling, quick disconnect for the scope to go back to irons quicky if needed.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii44/CessnaDriver/GSR1.jpg

MisterSmith
09-22-2012, 1:06 PM
How much was Big 5 selling the rifle for? I'm going to have to check to see if my local store has one.

899.00 here at the Palmdale Big 5.

joemoia
09-22-2012, 1:56 PM
Turners has them on sale right now (thru 9/30) for $799.98. It seems like every month they put it on sale at that price.

oppe4021
09-22-2012, 9:11 PM
No negatives from me. I absolutely love my GSR!

I purchased mine at Turners for $800. The bolt is easy to work in, recoil is no problem and the irons are fun to shoot. It feels great in the hands and it has a solid boom. Highly recommend it!

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m316/oppe4021/12D7C80B-5D5D-412D-B8CD-F428D03E0CCE-2391-0000039C7AB60DF5.jpg

Some good reviews:

Hickok45 (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LhOnOFEH6ps)

GunTalk Pt 1 (http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&v=xTrWAr4hLBA)
Pt 2 (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RFhM0NHsYLk)
Pt 3 (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_IBNiqZsYKM)
Pt 4 (http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&v=hlsA0BYgeJo)

mrcollegeprepper (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5LiV7MjPFKE)

odysseus
09-22-2012, 9:20 PM
You know, I don't need it, and really it is crossed over by other rifles I have, but jeez every time I see it in pictures, I am like - maybe go and get one.


http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m316/oppe4021/12D7C80B-5D5D-412D-B8CD-F428D03E0CCE-2391-0000039C7AB60DF5.jpg

dfletcher
09-22-2012, 9:55 PM
I have one and like it a great deal.
Only thing I'd change it to put a muzzle break on it, its a little harsh with the short barrel and stock flash hider.

I put a PRI brake on mine. It is load as hell (I have braked 338 LM and 378 WM so my tolerance for brakes is pretty high) but it works perfectly on the little Gunsite Scout. Pretty much zero recoil, the crosshairs don't move off target. I'm using a Weaver 2.5 to 8X handgun scope on the rail with low Burris QD rings and a Cheek EEze riser. It puts the scope as low as possible, about 1/8" clearance and raise the stock just enough to line up your eye.

I really didn't think I'd be too crazy about this rifle. I wasn't sure of what I wanted so I got this Ruger under the "I drove up here with $$$ so I'm buying something" approach. The trigger is OK, I switched out a spring and it's a bit softer but still crisp. Accuracy with 168 BTHP or AMax is excellent.

I like the Ruger poly mags better than the metal. They're shorter and tighter and feed just as well.

David Addler
09-23-2012, 6:44 AM
Bought mine to shoot feral pigs. I'm a lefty, so had to wait for a couple of months to get it through Davidson's. It is accurate; about 1 inch five shot groups with match or hunting 150-168 grain ammo at 100 yards. I put a Burris LER variable pistol scope on the forward rail. It's perfect for both eyes open, low magnification shooting. I also added a five shot polymer magazine which is low profile comared to the standard ten shot mag. Finally, I just bought a "Rhodesian" 2-point sling from Andy's Leather to complete. If you ever need to shoot offhand, this or the Ching Sling version are a must.