Anyone ever do a scout rifle?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Oddcaliber, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Oddcaliber

    Oddcaliber Monkey+

    Been kicking this idea around for a while. Make a Scout rifle al la Jeff Cooper . Got a good donner platform in and old Mauser 98 I acquired at a local gun show. I'll be keeping it in the original 8 mm because I'm very stocked up this round. Any tips,tricks and suggestions that would help? Anyway thanks in advance.
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  2. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Would recommend the brassstackers mount, or maybe an archangel. Got a Savage I am building now, but have not had enough time on it to comment.
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  3. Oddcaliber

    Oddcaliber Monkey+

    Those Brassstacker mounts get very good reviews. Scooch OO did a video on YouTube about them. Good luck with your project.
  4. Tempstar

    Tempstar Praeclarum Site Supporter+

    I built one with an old Moisin-Nagant. Shortened the barrel to 18”, cut down the stock to match, had a friend powder coat the exposed metal satin black, and added a 4-12x40 long eye relief scope. Probably should have stopped at 20” for the barrel. Makes one of my favorite guns!
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  5. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    I prefer the more useful Stalking Rifle made in the 20s and on. Barrel length was just under 24 inches and used barrel mounted sights.
    I am finishing up just such a rifle. It' a 1903 Springfield, has a spotter barrel of 20 inches, a bubba brake that extends the bore to 23 inches to the first port and has a custom front sight ramp with a tritium pistol sight blade and a shade. The fear sight is a marbles semi buck horn with full adjustments for range and windage, and the bolt handle was replaced with a Winchester mod 70 type with a larger ball for fast handling. All else remains standard Springfield, including the stripper clip feeding which is about the fastest reloading rifle on the planet. One other detail, the bubba brake was turned down at the muzzle to be able to fit an oriional type bayonet. The whole project is ment to give me a fast handling rifle when on walkabout in predator country, and it works very well. Bonus it the rifle really likes hot hand loads and shoots better then most factory built rifles.
  6. snake6264

    snake6264 Combat flip flop douchebag

    I converted an old sks into a scout rifle see thru mount and optic short stock
    I have a folder but I like the shorter wood stock myself
    I also have a 5 round box for hunting but have never used it yet
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  7. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    image. Rather than go the Frankenstein route, I just went with an might look at that for ideas.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
  8. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    FR-8 is Hard to beat....
  9. NVBeav

    NVBeav Monkey+++

    Here are some new scout rifles:
    The 6 Best Scout Rifles For Today's Shooters

    Any one of them looks like a good "truck" gun - not sure why most are only offered in 7.62x51 - I'd think .223/5.56 would be plenty good, but I'm probably missing something tor their usage...
  10. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    For 8x57 don't buy US made factory ammo, its loaded weak, like 30-30 power levels or less. Use surplus or load your own.
    Shoot a few non corrosive rounds if you are shooing corrosive ammo, 5 shots of modern non corrosive ammo at the end of your shooting day will blast away about 98% of the corrosive stuff.
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