"Cub Scout" .22 Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle' started by Marneaus, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. Marneaus Moderator

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    I love my Ruger scout rifle. Incredibly handy and practical "do all" type rifle. I felt it would be prudent to have a similar platform in rimfire, both for utility and training/practice. The scout rifle guys affectionately refer to these rifles as "cub scouts"

    I looked at a number of options on new rifles. CZ452 scout, RAR Compact, Savage, etc. Then I looked in my gun safe, and my parts box, and realized I had about 90% of what I needed. Several years ago a buddy gave me this rusted out, beat up, parts missing Mossberg 42C that had been rode hard and put away wet since it was born in 1940ish. I cleaned it up, was gifted a random part or two by some very generous mossberg collectors, and shot it a little, it worked, accuracy was servicable, even though the bore was pitted and crown was funky. Mostly it just sat. My investment in the actual rifle was $0.

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    The theme of this build was keeping everything as cheap as possible.

    I had scout-ish parts laying around, and mocked it up into a form that represented the scout concept. Used a forward rail from a Taurus 62, had a spare Hi-Lux scout scope laying around, $8 weaver rings, sourced a set of original style sling swivels for $4, sanded down steamed out the dents and refinished the stock with stain and BLO that I already had, ground the freebie buttpad to fit better, used a sling from a different project that required $0.98 cents in screws and some drilling/grinding to repair, repaired 2 cracks in the stock with acraglas that i already had, mailed the barrel off to a generous fellow who cut/crowned it to 18" to make it more handy and remove the pitted part, and drilled and tapped a front sight hole for me, and I sourced a set of old mossberg sights that are very "Scoutish" and kind of rare and ended up costing around $50 shipped, which is actually a good price. Then, reassembled and shit it with high temp paint that I already had. Total investment including the barrel work and sights and everything else is right about $100, without the sights it was $50. Either way, I think thats fine.

    The sights, by chance, line up perfectly. At the lowest setting the rear sight doesnt obstruct the optic, and when the optic is removed, the front sight is visible over the rail.
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    here it is before I re-painted the scope black, with its big brother.
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  2. boostless Active Member

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    Looks pretty good. Kinda makes me want a scout 22.
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Love it. Great work!

    I guess then I've got the "Webelo" Scout in progress. Feel free to steal the name and build one. My spotter TDT's .45Cinderblock rifle is getting its forward mounted optic properly mounted soon. That's a 1895 Mauser with a Troup Systems .45acp heavy barrel conversion feeding from a 1911 mag and a 3x Vortex Spitfire mounted to the barrel. My own .45cal Mauser has peep sights and will stay that way. No need for an optic of any kind.

    With .45acp it's a 50yard pig killing machine. With .45super it's a 100yard killer. With my .45Cinderblock loads it's good to 200yrds with supersonic 200grain .45cal power and retains .45acp power out to 300yrds.

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  4. Marneaus Moderator

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    Well Frankstherk on the barrel did the truck. It's More accurate than before from my testing.

    It was windy today. Also the trigger in this rifle is heavier than hell. Also the fine reticle is really hard to see on a pitch black target. It stood out fine on the NRA type paper black targets but it literally disappeared on this shiny stark black target. Not making excuses Just sayin. All targets are at 50 yards.

    This target was all shot on irons using the pretty crappy golden bullet. I'll take it. Best group was .86 center to center. I find that the S109 front sight is a very very wide blade.
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    This target was with the scope attached. Still golden bullet. Not
    My best work but I'll take it.
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    Switched over to federal march ammo with the optic. Disregard the center group. I have noooo clue what happened there. I shot the four corners first, then the center, saw that crap and thought I leased my barrel, which I didn't, then I shot the final group on the center line to the left. Again, not the best but I'll take it especially considering the wind.

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    Best group of the day at .61" center to center.
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    Sooooo tree you have it. Not the greatest ever but I'd say the rifle will do perfect as is and I am happy. I feel that it is definitely more accurate than before with the pitted barrel and kinda hanky crown.
  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Just found out troupsystems.com has 7.62x39 and .450bushmaster and .45winmag conversion barrels for my small ring mauser webelo scout. Ordering tomorrow.

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