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Michael64
January 6, 2000, 10:27 AM
Why are there rifles called "scout" model like the Steyr and the Savage? Whats different about these compared to any other rifle?

Bruegger
January 6, 2000, 11:50 AM
I think your best bet is to use the "search" feature first, and then ask some more specific questions. There's a LOT posted on this topic already, and probably most/all of your questions are already answered...

Rob Pincus
January 6, 2000, 01:16 PM
bruegger is correct, I see that you are a new member, adn this topic has been covered at length.

My reasons for owning scout rifles (one custom built remington, one steyr):

They are "Faster" to get from ready position to the shot that traditional rifles.

They are light and easy to carry.

They are short and easy to carry.

The scout type scopes allow two-eye-open shooting, which reduces the loss of depth perception and peripheral vision that accompanies traditional scopes.

A lot of the country that I hunt in is "thick", shots are under 150 yards, and the deer can appear and disappear pretty quick.

(while I use these guns for hunting, I also think that they would serve me well in a defensive situation. Several members of my PD's swat team are also looking into using the scout concept, as we have a pretty densely populated city, and the close range, two-eyes-open thing appeals to them as well.)

Destructo6
January 6, 2000, 01:55 PM
Ole Cooper's reasons for mounting the scope forward of the typical location was for the aforementioned two eyed sighting as well as the ability to use stripper clips to charge the mag. The Steyr's detachable box mag negates that final reason.