I currently have a Scout in 7mm-08. And it's poorly. So choices are fix it or replace it. Now, one of the issues has been with it that with its very short barrel (16" of rifled section) it suffers from a significant drop in velocity on my home loads. It's fine for woodland, high seat stuff, but on our rather open sections it's a rifle I'd not rely on for longer shots. That's just the way it is. I'm not going to aim over anything.
So, I may go with option 2 and replace it with a 'normal' rifle. Thing is that looking in the loading tables, 7mm-08 doesn't seem to be particularly speedy. In fact not much more than a .308 std. I realise that where it scores is in the ballistic coefficient. So realistically (and proven please folks not guessing) what sort of velocity do you get and, out of what barrel length with a 139 /140 grain bullet. I like this size ad have boxes and boxes and boxes of them So please don't suggest something else. Until I joined this forum, I'd never met another person with this cartridge. Stupidly I have a .308 as well, so the 7mm has to be different in some way or it's just taking up space in one of my 5 cabinets It is a shame because love em or hate em, the scout is a great little rife to carry about. I have always said that a rifle is only a stick until you need it. And until that time it's a pain to lug about. The Scout is a very small stick.
Ta very much. The life of my scout rests in your hands.