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Old February 14th, 2012, 12:23 PM   #1
 
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Ruger Gunsite Scout vs Browning xbolt

Hey all any opinions on a Ruger Gunsite Scout vs Browning xbolt, i havnt had an op to play with a scout yet ,i own a Browning xbolt ss in 7mm08 and was wondering how the two compare for an all round carry deer /come what may rifle.I also own a .223 xbolt that isnt going anywheres it tack holes....my 7mmo8 is nice but i do like the look of the gunsite....anyone have a comparison of these two ....cheers KIWI.



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You are really asking to compare apples and oranges here. They are two rifles of different purposes although they may "cross over" into each other's territory a full sized hunting rifle rifle like the Browning is not a Scout" and a "Scout" is not a full sized hunting rifle.

It would be far better to compare the two "types" to get an understanding of the concepts, than to compare two brands of different types.

BTW and FWIW I am one of the radicals that think the Ruger "Gunsight" is just a "scout" by a loose definition. There is still a world of difference between it an a 6 1/2#, 36" .308 in the field.
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You are really asking to compare apples and oranges here. They are two rifles of different purposes although they may "cross over" into each other's territory a full sized hunting rifle rifle like the Browning is not a Scout" and a "Scout" is not a full sized hunting rifle.

It would be far better to compare the two "types" to get an understanding of the concepts, than to compare two brands of different types.

BTW and FWIW I am one of the radicals that think the Ruger "Gunsight" is just a "scout" by a loose definition. There is still a world of difference between it an a 6 1/2#, 36" .308 in the field.
Hi Country gun...i know they are quite different configurations the "cross over" as you put it is where my comparison lies whilst the Ruger has a shorter barrel and is in a scout configuration the x bolt while longer is still a light weight deer rig, the comparison is purely as a portable all day carry for deer ...here in NZ some of our terrain is challenging to say the least and rifle configuration can make a difference whilst in the field...cheers Kiwi.
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Hi Country gun...i know they are quite different configurations the "cross over" as you put it is where my comparison lies whilst the Ruger has a shorter barrel and is in a scout configuration the x bolt while longer is still a light weight deer rig, the comparison is purely as a portable all day carry for deer ...here in NZ some of our terrain is challenging to say the least and rifle configuration can make a difference whilst in the field...cheers Kiwi.
Well to get to a direct comparison, I don't think the Ruge roffers a significant enough savings in weight to offset the advantage of the Browning with a variable power scope on it. And that is a whole subject in and of itself. Suffice it to say, that if you want a handy hunting rifle there are lighter bolt actions if you can do without the 20 rd box magazine, flash hider,"scout" scope mount etc. You could even have the barrel shortened on the Browning if you wished a shorter rifle. The "Special features" of the Ruger have little to do with it's use as a hunting rifle unless you are practiced and committed to the LER scope system.
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I struggle to compare the two. I like Browning products a lot, and I also really like Rugers. Personally, I would compare a takedown BLR to a 'scout' rifle. Cantilever scope mount, compact in the field, light, strong, and takedown makes it VERY compact in transport (and allows cleaning from the breech).

To be fair, though, I don't quite grasp the concept of a 'scout' rifle, at least in the way Ruger has interpreted it.
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