I just recently completed a review of Ruger’s new Gunsite Scout Rifle. Scout Rifles are kind of an all or nothing thing with most shooters. I like and understand the concept and if I was looking for a one-rifle answer to all my shooting problems, might consider one. Though I would probably go with an AR 15 variant in .30 Remington AR.
At any rate, one complaint with the Scout Rifle concept has always been that the low power optic – typically a 1X riflescope – will not allow precision shooting at longer ranges. Weaver offers a 4X Scout Scope and it is an answer. As a matter of fact, its the scope I used to test the Ruger Scout Rifle. The problem with the fixed 4X is that you lose field of view and the ability to acquire and shoot close or close, moving targets as fast as you can with a low powered scope.
Leupold got smart with their new variable powered Scout Scope. Scout Rifle aficionados can now order a VX-II 1.5-4x28mm scout riflescope through the Leupold® Custom Shop. This looks to be a perfect solution for Scout Rifles and even AR style rifles. The scope has 8.75 inches of eye relief on low power and 7.75 inches on high power. Numerous reticle options are available.
Other key features include Leupold’s proprietary Multicoat 4 lens system for a bright, clear image, and ¼-MOA field click adjustments for windage and elevation. The scope has a one-inch main tube, is nearly 11 inches long and weighs a mere 8.8 ounces. Field of view at 100 yards on 1.5X is 41.7 feet and 16.5 feet on 4X. The scope is also waterproof and fog proof, and is backed by Leupold’s Full Lifetime Guarantee.
Somebody buy me one for Father’s Day, Christmas or for just no reason at all!