We've become somewhat opinionated on what makes a good Scout. It's experience that teaches what works and what doesn't. A Scout rifle isn't easy to build, and they aren't inexpensive either. You also won't see gadgets on our rifles - just caring, meticulous attention to detail, the finest components available to us, and an overall unbeatable combination of performance and appearance.
Acceptable actions to date have been the Remington, Winchester (Pre-64 & Classic), Interarms, Kimber, Ruger, '03 Springfield, and the ZKK. Most scouts up to now have been built on short-action receivers, mainly in 308, while we are getting more and more requests for larger calibers up to, and including, the venerable .458 Lott.
Our Scout barrels are custom made for us by Danny Pedersen at Classic Barrel & Gun Works. They are all cut-rifled on either a chrome-moly or stainless steel blank that has been cryogenically treated. Scout barrels are typically shorter and lighter than your average bolt rifle. A short barrel will sacrifice some velocity but not enough to outweigh its practical considerations.
Light weight is as important in a scout as any other consideration, so we use synthetic rather than wood stocks...a decent piece of wood is terribly expensive as well as being subject to the ravages of temperature and humidity.
We have composite stocks available in either fiberglass or Kevlar/carbon fiber. These stocks, when finished properly, will be stronger, lighter and less expensive than a wood stock. It can also be very attractive with the proper finish applied to it. If you do happen to damage it on a hunt, it will also be much easier for us to repair it.
We will fully bed the entire receiver and a small pad at the back of the barrel, including pillars, if desired. The barrel will be completely free-floated and the barrel channel will be painted to match the rest of the stock.
A Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad will be fit to the stock prior to finishing.
A "Ching" sling is attached to the stock using three Pachmayr flush-mounted sling swivels and sockets. This sling provides very quick "sling-up" and a rock-solid shooting platform.
The "Scout" Scope
For those of you who have not tried it, you are missing out. You may now shoot your scoped rifle with both eyes open. With the included 2.5x Leupold IER Scout scope, your dominant eye can see the target through the scope while the other eye remains on the landscape to facilitate a quicker follow-up shot if necessary.
The scope is mounted very low over the front of the receiver (.030" to .050" clearance) so that the rear of the scope is mounted at the front of the loading/ejection port. This provides not only the proper eye relief, but the opportunity for excellent cheek weld. There is never any interference between the scope and the bolt (or your hand) when chambering a round.
Unlike other "Scout" rifles you may have seen, ours have a provision for mounting the scope directly to the barrel without gluing, screwing, or soldering anything to it. The scope bases are machined directly from the parent barrel material as part of the construction process. Integral stops are provided at the front of the bases for the scope rings to seat against during recoil. There are other, less-expensive ways to do it, but not better.
Thanks to the good folks at Leupold, we now have a Variable Power Scout Scope at our disposal. It is built on the VXII platform which also gives us the added benefit of additional reticles, not just the standard Duplex. We can have virtually any reticle that is available in the VXII lineup!
Back-up iron sights (BUIS) are almost a given on a Scout rifle. The rear sight is typically mounted on the bridge of the receiver, and is adjustable for windage. The front sight can be mounted as far forward as the muzzle, or as far back as the front scope mount pedestal. The front sight height is regulated for height based on the customer's desired load and estimated target range, prior to delivery.
For additional discussion on the subject of the Scout Rifle, please see
Eric Ching's Scout Rifle Archive
Package modifications and parts include:
True action face
True bolt face
Lap bolt lugs
Modify rails to feed smoothly
Custom Scout pedestal barrel with cut rifling and 11°
Install and chamber scout barrel in the caliber of your choice
Profile integral scope mount pedestals, machine for Talley rings
Leupold IER 2.5x Scout scope (Variable Power 1.5x-4x available)
Mount and lap Talley QD rings
Timney trigger, set at a crisp 2.5 pound pull
Satin matte metal prep, blue finish
Fit and pillar bed Hi-Tech Specialties stock, using steel-reinforced bedding compound
Install three flush-mount sling swivel bases
Install Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad
Finish stock in your choice of paints & colors
Supply and fit Ching sling
Your choice of either a backup iron sight system or a muzzle brake
Additional options are available; please do not hesitate to ask if you do not see what you are looking for.
How about a left-handed Scout?
Click the scope photo for additional information on the variable power scout scopes!
Package price including Remington 700 receiver is $4,995*
Package price on your receiver is $4,750*
Prices shown include a cash/check discount. Payment by credit card will add 4% to the total.
** We are required to charge 11% Federal Excise Tax (FET) on firearms provided by Grizzly Custom Guns, LLC **
* - Prices effective January 1st, 2010.
Due to fluctuation of prices from suppliers, our prices are subject to change at any time.