Low-power forward-mounted long eye relief sights made to offer easy access to bolt action rifle's top for reloading ease are known as scout rifle scopes. Scout rifles are a class of general purpose carbines that are usually of .308 calibers. Scout rifles are manufactured by Steyr, Ruger, Savage and other companies. The Scout rifle was developed by Jeff Cooper from a Steyr rifle in the 1980s using all the advances available in optics, metallurgy and plastics in the late twentieth century.
How Are Scout Rifle Scopes Configured On The Gun?
Cooper established various defining characteristics of scout rifles. The overall length should be one meter or less and it should come in a.308 or 7mm. Its accuracy should be within four inches or less at 200 yards. It should include a “CW” or ‘Ching' sling as a carrying sling and shooting aid. The most distinctive feature it has is a forward-mounted telescopic long eye relief rifle scope. This scope of two to three power low magnifications preserves the shooter's use of peripheral vision and allows both the shooter's eyes to remain open if desired. The forward mounting position keeps the gun's ejection port open and allows for reloading using stripper clips. It also eliminates the danger of the scope recoiling to strike the shooter in the eye and prevents injury. An auxiliary iron ghost ring sight is rear mounted and allows for accuracy in aiming the rifle should the scope itself become damaged.
The Steyr Scout Led The Way For Other Scout Rifles
The scout rifle version considered to be the benchmark for many years in the firearms industry is the Steyr Scout. First available largely through only custom gunsmiths, there are a variety of choices of scouts available today through well-known firearms manufacturers. Scout rifle scopes are mounted on the gun for quick acquisition of the sighting line when swinging the rifle up to the shoulder. It is band mounted for good stability. Scout rifle scopes keep the ejection port and breech clear of obstructions. This is important for allowing clearance of jams and rapid reloading of cartridges. Should the scope become damaged or disabled, it can be removed so the shooter may use the ghost ring sight mounted on the rear of the rifle as a backup.
Scout Rifles Make Fast, Accurate Shooting Simple And Easy
In summary, the chief results and benefits of using scout rifle scopes are that you have an uncluttered and broad field of view, can also see around the scope and shoot with both eyes open if you so desire, and you'll find it easier to sight in quickly against moving targets. This type of long eye relief rifle scope is more effective in low light and will not hit you in the face during recoil.
Some Examples Of Various Manufacturer's Scout Rifles
Some examples of the scout rifle scopes and rifles available on the market today are the Savage Scout by Savage Arms, the M77 Mark II Frontier by Ruger, and The Gunsite Scout by Ruger. The Savage Scout has the AccuTrigger feature allowing the shooter to adjust the trigger pull weight. The company's Special Orders service will also build a Savage Arms to a customer's specifications. The M77 Mark II Frontier allows for mounting the scope in the forward or the rear position. When mounted in the forward position, target acquisition is especially fast and the field of vision is very large. The Gunsite Scout has a Picatinny rail on which to mount its forward scope.
Excellent Scout Rifle Scopes Are Now Widely Available
Leopold, Burris Optics, Millett Sights and Leatherwood/Hi-LUX Optics all produce fine long eye relief rifle scopes (LERs) designed just for scout rifles. Two ELCAN Specter DR dual power forward mount scopes are made by Armament Technology Incorporated. One has a one and a four power magnification and the other has a one and a half and a six power magnification. A flip of a lever switches back and forth between the scope's two magnifications.
Light Weight Is Important In A Scout Rifle Scope
Compact rifle scopes are available for today's long guns also and are a natural fit for short action, lightweight rifles. More compact than regular scopes, they are lighter and have the advantage of being able to be mounted over the bore of most rifles. Compact rifle scopes may be smaller but they continue to provide good contrast and definition when viewing game or other targets through them. Sharpness from the center of field of vision to the edge is good and lens flare is well-suppressed also.
Leupold's Scout Scopes Have Many Reticle Options Available
Leupold's stock compact rifle scopes include two fixed power modes and two basic zoom scopes. These come fitted with the standard Leupold Deluxe reticle but can also be fitted with any of the sixteen Leupold reticles available upon request. The same can be done when purchasing any regular Leupold scout rifle scopes.