Whether you love or hate the short and fast-handling Ruger Model 77 Gunsight Scout rifle, the new model has been a resounding success for the company. Touted as the "if you could have just one rifle"rifle, Ruger's production of the new model, chambered for .308 Winchester, has been unable to keep up with demand.
Popularized by gun writer Jeff Cooper about 40 years ago, the Scout rifle concept called for a fast handling, hard hitting short rifle that could be thrown to the shoulder and used immediately at near point blank range when the target was suddenly up close and personal - but which still had the capability of placing shots with a relatively high degree of accuracy at 300...400...or more yards. Ruger's new rifle is just such a rifle, and to fully tap both its short range handiness and its longer range effectiveness, a majority of shooters are installing a long eye-relief scope on the forward mounted rail type platform that comes standard on the rifle. One of the more popular scopes for this rifle has been the 2-7x LER Scout model offered by Hi-Lux Optics.
The company has now made the scope an even more ideal companion for this rifle by introducing a model that features a reticle with built in bullet drop compensating hold over crossbars that will keep hits with most 150- to 168-grain bullets for the .308 Winchester in "The Zone" out to 600 yards. The locations of the hold-over crossbars have been based on the slightly slower 2,600 to 2,700 f.p.s. velocities of the short 16.5" or 18" barrels of the carbine length Ruger Scout rifle.
This is not a handgun scope, this is a scope designed specifically for mounting just forward of the receiver of a Scout rifle. The eye relief, depending on the mounting for the scope and the shooter's eye, is 9 to 13 inches. While the hold-over crossbars of the new drop compensating LER27x32BDC Scout model have been positioned to allow for .308 Winchester ballistics from a short barrel, the reticle can be very effectively used with just about any rifle caliber. It just requires the shooter to do the shooting to determine the ranges where the hold-over crossbars are on with the caliber, load or bullet.
Like all Hi-Lux Optics riflescopes, the new BDC variation of the 2-7x32mm LERScout scope comes with fully multi-coated optics for exceptional clarity and brightness. This extremely well built scope weighs just 12.3 ounces, and won't add a lot of weight to a fast handling short rifle. It is also backed with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The new variation of this popular Scout rifle scope retails for $199 - and is available for shipment now. The scope is also offered with a fine duplex reticle and retails for $189.