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Old January 14th, 2017, 08:49 AM   #1
 
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Is a scout rifle a good SHTF rifle?

So I will have $1200 set aside by mid February for a new rifle. That's about the minimum I will have, but it's the "safe" number. As you may know I am looking for a SHTF rifle because as of rn I have only blued steel and walnut hunting rifles. As a young man I am 'sposed to have semi-auto rifle by now, but I grew up in PA where semi-autos are illegal for hunting... so I saw little reason for owning one. But now I want a capable rifle for defense AND hunting. I immediately thought AR-15 or AR-10. Good choices, but I am a man who likes options. So I will take a candidate(s) from a group and entertain another. A DPMS Oracle .308 or similar AR-10 are my choices among the AR group.

BUT, I like options. So, scout rifles. Mossberg MVP Scout and Ruger GSR in .308... Good option? Let's consider my needs. 1.) A reliable rifle with a capacity no less than 10 rounds, detachable magazines a must. 2.) A rifle suitable for defense. Let's say I have an intruder, needs to be a suitable rifle to neutralize a threat. Also needs to be suitable for battle. HOWEVER, most importantly I need a reliable hunting rifle that does these things. 3.) It needs to be fun and accurate.

So, I am very good with a bolt rifle. I can shoot very fast and accurately as I have done it hundreds of thousands of times, from .22 LR up to .375 H&H with hunting and battle rifles (Enfield's for example). Not bragging, but I am good with a bolt gun, definitely can keep pace and have with my dad and his lever .45-70 (with a short action bolt rifle). Can the bolt gun service my needs? Is there a reason I shouldn't buy an MVP or GSR?

I trust bolt rifles. They are tough, simple, reliable, and accurate. That's why Ii am asking for opinions. Should I stay with the AR-platform?



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The GSR is a fantastic rifle for your proposed purpose!

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A scout rifle will do everything you say you want. I don't know if I'd go the Mossberg route, though, as they have a mixed reputation. The GSR is generally considered the best of the affordable scout offerings and your budget is certainly large enough for one of those.

As to whether a AR is a better choice, that is a matter of debate. They are better combat rifles, though a 308 variant does add some weight. They can be adequate hunting rifles, but unless you are hunting hogs it's a lot of overkill to haul around. Modern combat rifles, which is what the AR is a variant of, are designed to be light and mostly be ideal for relatively short range engagements. It's all about firepower at close quarters. A semi auto variant loses some of that by default. And remember, we fought WW2 with a semi auto 8 round capacity heavy rifle, so a scout rifle is still a pretty effective tool in combat.


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For SHTF? It's ok. The GSRs look great. HD? I wouldn't. This is where ARs, SCARs, AKs, even Minis excel. They are usually compact and fast. Quite frankly, 308 is a bit much for HD, but functional in the SHTF scenarios often discussed (distance shots, hunting, and defense of some sort).
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