I have been running a Steyr Scout for about 5 years in 308. I have not found it lacking in any department. It is lightweight, tough, ergonomically sound, very friendly and accurate. I know most people that run them stick a conventional scope on instead of an intermediate eye relief one, don't bother with the ching sling and even fit a Harris bipod on!
This, to my mind, ignores the finest aspects of this design, only when used in a field situation do these qualities become apparent. I can never see myself changing to a conventional design again, unless it was for a heavy calibre rifle.
I've been thinking of getting one of these in 308 too, swapping over from a sako 75 in 6.5x55; looking for a lighter outfit with a bit more power. I would need to use the a mod with it though, can you explain the nature of problems you had with the mod?
i has a few shots with one on a hampshire estate - it belonged to another guest. it was .308, had pes moderator and i think a 7 x 50 german scope, and a ching sling thing! i was using a prohunter .243 at the time which was more accurate than the scout if i remember, that may have been just the ammo, but he shot more deer that day . it was ok, but i kind of thought it was a bit special interest and like a "swiss army knife" - does everything, but not really the right tool for the job.
both myself an the scout owner now shoot blaser r93's, mine in .243 and .308, his in 6.5 x 55 with a very pretty stock and i think he may be getting a .375 for africa.
i suspect that since buying the r93, his scout hasnt seen the light of day!
Hi and thanks for your comments.
Looks like there is some varying views and some points to check out before making my mind up, Dare I even mention that I am also looking at the Howa range, very different concept to the scout but worth a look?
Had a look at a Steyr Scout at the local gun shop. This is just my opinion. I thought that it was the worse bit of plastic trash i have ever laid my eyes on. How has Steyr manlicher sunk so low in quality to turn out rubbish like that. But its what ever rings your bell.
Whats the problem Mack? I said it was just my opinion. Ive had full bore rifles for 40 years and i remember when steyr made cracking rifles. Now they turn out plastic trash like that. If you don't like my views them I'm sure you will get over it. .