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Old February 10th, 2017, 09:36 AM   #1
 
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"Cub Scout" Project

The detailed build is in the projects forum.

I love my Ruger scout rifle. Incredibly handy and practical "do all" type rifle. I felt it would be prudent to have a similar platform in rimfire, both for utility and training/practice. The scout rifle guys affectionately refer to these rifles as "cub scouts"

I looked at a number of options on new rifles. CZ452 scout, RAR Compact, Savage, etc. Then I looked in my gun safe, and my parts box, and realized I had about 90% of what I needed. Several years ago a buddy gave me this rusted out, beat up, parts missing Mossberg 42C that had been rode hard and put away wet since it was born in 1940ish. I cleaned it up, was gifted a random part or two by some very generous mossberg collectors, and shot it a little, it worked, accuracy was servicable, even though the bore was pitted and crown was funky. Mostly it just sat. My investment in the actual rifle was $0.






The theme of this build was keeping everything as cheap as possible.

I had scout-ish parts laying around, and mocked it up into a form that represented the scout concept. Used a forward rail from a Taurus 62, had a spare Hi-Lux scout scope laying around, $8 weaver rings, sourced a set of original style sling swivels for $4, sanded down steamed out the dents and refinished the stock with stain and BLO that I already had, ground the freebie buttpad to fit better, used a sling from a different project that required $0.98 cents in screws and some drilling/grinding to repair, repaired 2 cracks in the stock with acraglas that i already had, mailed the barrel off to a generous fellow who cut/crowned it to 18" to make it more handy and remove the pitted part, and drilled and tapped a front sight hole for me, and I sourced a set of old mossberg sights that are very "Scoutish" and kind of rare and ended up costing around $50 shipped, which is actually a good price. Then, reassembled and **** it with high temp paint that I already had. Total investment including the barrel work and sights and everything else is right about $100, without the sights it was $50. Either way, I think thats fine.

The sights, by chance, line up perfectly. At the lowest setting the rear sight doesnt obstruct the optic, and when the optic is removed, the front sight is visible over the rail.




here it is before I re-painted the scope black, with its big brother.



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Neato. How's it shoot?
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Neato. How's it shoot?
I'll let you know you when I shoot it this weekend lol. It shot well in my mock up configuration before the barrel cut.
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I've never said this to a guy before...nice pair! Seriously though, the .22 rifle is awesome for your $100 investment. It looks great.
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Well All the work on the barrel did the truck. It's More accurate than before from my testing.

It was windy today. Also the trigger in this rifle is heavier than hell. Also the fine reticle is really hard to see on a pitch black target. It stood out fine on the NRA type paper black targets but it literally disappeared on this shiny stark black target. Not making excuses Just sayin. All targets are at 50 yards.

This target was all shot on irons using the pretty crappy golden bullet. I'll take it. Best group was .86 center to center. I find that the S109 front sight is a very very wide blade.


This target was with the scope attached. Still golden bullet. Not
My best work but I'll take it.


Switched over to federal march ammo with the optic. Disregard the center group. I have noooo clue what happened there. I shot the four corners first, then the center, saw that crap and thought I leased my barrel, which I didn't, then I shot the final group on the center line to the left. Again, not the best but I'll take it especially considering the wind.



Best group of the day at .61" center to center.



Sooooo tree you have it. Not the greatest ever but I'd say the rifle will do perfect as is and I am happy. I feel that it is definitely more accurate than before with the pitted barrel and kinda hanky crown.
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Very nice setup.
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That is cool!! New to this forum realize its an old thread!


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It's not that old :-)
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You did a nice job with the transformation. It looks great!
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Hi all . Very nice job with the "Cub scout" I very much like that you repurposed/reworked a few different items to get what you wanted.. I bought my daughter a CZ Scout years ago when she graduated from air rifles. This would of been a much better father daughter project building something like this. Again great work.
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