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Just traded into a Ruger Gunsite Scout. Wound up with the 16” barrel, composite stock model. Really wanted to find the 18” barrel version, but I didn’t. 

I didn’t want this for the whole “scout” concept with the forward mounted scope, just my version of the concept being a light (ish) handy rifle in .308 with iron sights. 

I plan to mount my Leupold 4x on the receiver in low QD rings. I also want to have a peep sight in place instead of having to carry the Ruger sight around with me. 

I may wind up with the XS scout rail since it has its own peep sight, and it’s the only option I know of. But I really don’t want or need that much real estate on top since I’ll never mount anything but a traditional scope. 

Are there any shorter options out there for a “Ruger-to-Weaver” type rail with a rear peep sight, other than the XS system?

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Dumb question.... well, kinda not so much a question as it is a statement really. 

Pick a sight. Peep or scope. If you mount a scope, I promise you; in your lifetime you're never, ever going to take it off to shoot irons. If you're going to be sticking to hunting within iron sight ranges, put a freaking scope on it because honestly, it's far more accurate. If you wanna shoot a peep, more power to you. Go with God & ignore the scope entirely. 

I've been in some ri-DICulous situations & have yet to need to remove a scope. Buy good, reliable glass & it'll last you a lifetime.  Or run irons & accept that you're probably not going to 12-ring that 200yd critter. 

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I can very, very highly recommend the Primary arms,  1-4x24 number (I think it's around $150) I've repeatedly dropped mine, knocked out over, dropped it out of my truck & generally run it unreasonably ragged for a few years on several guns & it has yet to shift zero. It's had several thousand .308, .358, .30-06 & .45-70 rounds passed under it. It's scratched, battered & badly abused & I cannot kill it. 

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Not so dumb of a statement at all, and I get where you’re coming from. I’ve never had to remove a scope either......well there was that one time when a rifle came with a cheap scope on it and it failed......and I smashed it right there. But other than that, I’ve never had a good quality scope fail me and likely never will.

This is a short, light, handy, general purpose rifle that I’m putting a Leupold scope on. I know I’ll likely never need to remove the scope.

So I’m aware that there’s no need whatsoever for what I’m doing.  But, do you ever just do something, knowing there’s no realistic need for it,  but you still just want to?

Probably the same reason I ride motorcycles I guess. 

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I rebored a .243 to .358 winchester because I was bored. 

I TOTALLY understand doing stuff for no reason! 🤣

Having owned a GSR, albeit in .223, I found that the standard scout setup was more than accurate enough (Leatherwood Hi-Lux 2-7) for my average hunting needs & she accounted for a decent number of hogs before I got bored with it. That left the original peep in place too. Why not just do that? 

 

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9 hours ago, Handsome Rob said:

I rebored a .243 to .358 winchester because I was bored. 

I TOTALLY understand doing stuff for no reason! 🤣

Having owned a GSR, albeit in .223, I found that the standard scout setup was more than accurate enough (Leatherwood Hi-Lux 2-7) for my average hunting needs & she accounted for a decent number of hogs before I got bored with it. That left the original peep in place too. Why not just do that? 

 

I think I’ve put a bunch more rounds through that Hi-Lux and it’s still going strong. 

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12 hours ago, Handsome Rob said:

Out of interest, my knockaround,do everything, truck,,beater, farm, pig, walking around gun is a Savage hog hunter. 308.

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With the PA scope. And irons. 😁

https://imgur.com/a/2vfhGnn

Yeah there ya go! That Hog Hunter fits my vision of a perfect general “do-all” rifle for a man to have. I always loved the look of a bolt rifle with a scope and old fashioned irons. 

Here’s where I confess to the fact that a CZ 550 FS .308 or a Ruger RSI .308 are my dream guns. 

Nice porker in the other picture too. Looks tasty.

 

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