Tuesday, August 12, 2014
General purpose rifle squee.
I also got a chance to take another look at the .308 Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle while picking up the bruiser loads, and confirmed much of my initial impressions on that gun. Nine bills for the base gun...add a Leupold scout scope with QD rings...take out all the stock spacers...add a proper Ching Sling...acquire a half-dozen magazines...sweeten the trigger if your example needs it (it's pretty good OOB)...and you are ready to do anything that you might reasonably ask a rifle to do! I do not think you can get a finer general purpose rifle for less outlay and fuss than this. No, it's not a Steyr, but it is a grand less, and at least seems to be far more gun than a Steyr-less-one-grand. (If that makes sense.)
Today it struck me more forcefully than before, that the rear aperture is actually not a proper ghost-ring. It's a nice aperture, but it's not big enough and the rim is not thin enough to fully disappear during sighting, which is the point of that system. I suspect that there are already replacement parts available at minimal cost (Brownells, etc.), and while the stock sight is very nice as it is, you'll lose no functional precision and will gain measurably in speed with a bigger, thinner ring.
Why am I thinking about this lately? There are two reasons. One is that I'm putting some thought behind a recommendation for how a noob might reasonably build a working battery of guns from scratch, with maximum utility for minimum outlay. (e.g., first, the general purpose rifle; then, the general purpose pistol; then, the general shotgun; then a survival/combination gun; from there, add other layers as fits the principal's interest--for fighting, a battle rifle / carbine / carry pistol; for hunting, medium / heavy / varmint cartridges to complement the GP guns; etc.)
The other reason is this (click to embiggen):
That is my last remaining Gunsmoke project, now in progress, and I am very excited about what's in those pictures. (There will be a full writeup when it completes, I assure you.)
Bonus points for anyone who, in the meantime, can figure out why. (I promise, the answer is both fully arcane and personal to me, and also perfectly logical and utilitarian. :-)