In 1993, after consulting with Jeff Cooper about the parameters, I set about building what is known as a pseudo-Scout rifle chambered for the .30-06 Springfield. The heart of the rifle is a Mauser 98 action (Modelo Agrentino 1909; Deutsche Waffen-Und Munitions Fabriken, Berlin). In order to accommodate the extra length of the .30-06 cartridge and to function flawlessly, I extended the front of the magazine and modified the receiver slightly. I also installed a 21 inch Hart stainless steel barrel, an MPI Classic synthetic stock with 13 inch length of pull, a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad with rounded heel, Timney trigger, and three Pachmayr flush mount “Hammerhead” sling sockets and loops for use with Ching and CW sling.

Next, I hand crafted the spare ammo carrier, bonded six keyed Rivnuts into the stock, and attached it with six 8-32 screws and thin stainless Tinnerman washers. The safety is stock 98 Mauser and the trigger breaks crisply at 3 ½ pounds. The rifle weighs 7 pounds 8 ounces unloaded, with the Leupold scout scope, leather sling, and empty spare ammo carrier attached. Overall length is 41 inches.

The sighting system consists of custom Ruger style bases soldered onto the barrel for mounting the scout scope, with a custom front sight post incorporated into the front scope base. The post screws up and down for elevation adjustment, and a ghost ring aperture, which was derived from a Mini 14 folding sight is dovetailed into the rear receiver bridge. It is adjustable for windage and elevation. In order to utilize the iron sights, I have to scrunch my cheek down onto the stock. It is not uncomfortable but the sights could benefit from a bit more vertical height. Sight radius is 11 ½ inches, which is adequate for about 150 yards or so depending upon conditions.

I used this rifle while taking one of Jeff Cooper’s esteemed rifle classes and it performed flawlessly. Jeff examined the rifle in detail during the week of the class and really liked it. I’ve fired several thousand rounds through it and have experienced no breakages or malfunctions. It still holds minute of angle if I do my part.

This rifle has seen hard use in harsh conditions, hence its beat up/dinged up condition. I carried it for a couple of years in Alaska using it to take mainly deer and black bear. I also used it in Arizona to take a couple of book worthy Coues deer and in New Zealand to take fallow deer, tahr, chamois, red stag, and to cull numerous feral goats. This cull work is what really got the attention of my Kiwi friends when it put down over half a dozen fast moving goats in quick succession with a rapid reload from a stripper clip. (The ability to use stripper clips was always far down on the list of desirable-but-optional Scout features, but I like it.)

I have built several other pseudo-Scouts and even a couple of honest Scouts since then, but were I to re-work this rifle, the only things I would consider doing would be to shorten the barrel one inch to 20”, set the length of pull to 12 ¾” and raise the iron sights 1/8”. Nothing more.

The Original Scout Rifle