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Thinking of getting a Savage 10FCM Scout or the Ruger Frontier in .308. Will use in heavily wooded and open field areas. I'm hopeful I can hear from those who have experience using and scoping this type rifle. My budget is arround $800. Thanks for any help. John

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/23/2007 at 16:33
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Hi JRMOORE!!!..........As a true compact rifle fan, who better to comment on this than the..."Big Squeeze"....... Guess what!....It just so happens that I have a Ruger Frontier which I bought earlier this year!! I also looked at the Savage 10 scout, but preferred the Frontier`s looks. Mine is chambered in the 300 WSM, which Ruger discontinued in their Frontier line late last year for legal and patent reasons. What a loss!.............As far as the Frontier is concerned, you can either mount your scope conventionally over the action or mount a scout styled scope on the barrel forward of the action. I have 2 scopes that I switch back and forth, so I can do both and have my cake and eat it too. I don`t know if that is true with the Savage 10 or not...................Is your budget $800 for the scope only or $800 for both the rifle and scope? If it`s the latter, $800 for both, may be difficult.....................As stated, I have 2 scopes for my Ruger Frontier. The first which is conventionally mounted, is the 3X9 Bushnell Elite 4200! IMO and justifably so, the 4200 is the best scope on the market for the money! No other 3x9 will exceed the Elite 4200`s features and benefits in relation to the dollars spent! And, many will tell you including myself that its optics slightly surpass the VX111 and come to within a fraction, in brightness only, to the Zeiss Conquest. If I`m not mistaken, the 3X9 4200 still on this site for $259??.....................My second scope (on barrel scout style), is the Nikon 2.5X8 variable UCC, EER which is $289. I also looked at the Leupy 2.5X FX11 scout which is $259. More features and benefits for the bucks with the Nikon!! Even though the Burris 2.75X scout scope is about $205, the Nikon is still better for the money. I simply prefer the variables because the 300 WSM, regardless of the 16.5" barrel, is still an excellent long range shooter (as my chrony results prove, only a 3.5% to a 4.5% velocity loss compared to the 24" tubes!). That by the way, will also be true with a .308 Frontier!.............There simply is a no better handling, manueverable, easy and quick to shoulder, quicker acquisition to the target, to carry, to pack, a field or brush rifle, than these little Ruger compacts! I owned for 35+ years a full sized 300 Win. Vanguard. Compared to my old (sold) Vanguard, my Ruger Frontier with either scope, sheds 2 lbs. 5 oz. in weight and 9" in length. And yet, I still  maintain nearly the same ballistic performance as the 24" 300 Win.  Quite a little boomer!!!............While you can get by with either one, my strong suggestion to you, is to maintain as much versatility as possible and use both styles of scopes. Well UNDER $800 for both by the way. For quicker target acquisition, close brush and wooded terrain hunting, use the scout scope. For open plains and longer range hunting work, use the conventionally mounted variable. However, my 4200 or the Nikon will still adapt to any hunting condition, long range plains or wooded brush. Once both are zeroed in, you need not worry about re-zeroing after you switch from one to the other, or back again...................This year, I have successfully used my Frontier on several big   `y hunts. Bull elk, moose and maybe some big bears for next year!.............I will be curious as to which compact you choose, so please keep us posted!.........Hope my experience helps you!............My 1st name is John too!!!!!!  
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Folks, I sure appreciate your help.  My budget arround $800. is for the scope(s).  Like the idea of two scopes like Big Squzeeze writes about and the handgun scopes Dale referred me to. I'm just having a tough time deciding.  I was all set on a Trigiacon 3X9X40 maybe 56.  Looked thru the 40 today, lacking sufficient eye relief to mount forward as a scout scope. So I'm still considering.  Will appreciate any comments. Thanks. John
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To my knowledge, there are only 3 quality rifle scout scopes available......The Burris 2.75X,,,,the Leupy FX11-- 2.5X,,,,and the Nikon Monarch 2.5X8..........Either one will give you the correct eye relief for on the barrel scout purposes! All others, including the handgun scopes, will not give the proper eye relief...........If you want a scout scope, you need to narrow your search down to only these three............. 
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Thanks Big Squeeze.  I appreciate your help. John
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