Steyr Scout Jeff Cooper Commemorative Edition

From the press release

For the 2010 offering, Steyr’s Jeff Cooper Scout Rifle Commemorative Package is chambered in .308 Win., exactly as Col. Cooper conceived, and it sets in the original “Scout Gray” stock highlighted by the “JC” crest-of arms. A 2.5X 28mm Leopold Scout scope is attached to the integral top rail via Steyr mounts. An attached Galco Ching Sling is also inscribed with the “JC” crest, as is the Boyt TAC541 soft case and the Boyt H44 hard case. The latter also boasts the Steyr Arms logo. To finish off the package, a hardbound copy of Cooper’s Art Of The Rifle is also included. The package has an MSRP of $2,975. Serial numbers begin at JC001, and sequential numbers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only 300 will be available.

I have always wanted a Steyr Scout, but there are guns I want more at that price.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Doug

    I’ve never understood this MSRP (even for the non-commemorative). It’s a .308 bolt gun. The Savage 10 Scout may not have the exact design specs of Mr. Cooper, but it’ll do the job just as well for a heck of a lot less money.

    But I guess Steyr must be selling them to have them in production again. I shan’t be buying one.

  • Jason

    The price is excessive, but there’s nothing like a genuine Scout. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A rifle that gets most of the way there but doesn’t make weight, for example, will not feel like most of a Scout. If it were easy to build genuine Cooper-spec Scouts, Steyr would have more competition, and prices would be lower. It’s not, so they don’t, and they’re not.

  • Sure, the Steyr is fine platform. And the fact that JC recommended them doesn’t hurt. But all those $$$ are exactly why I bought a Savage 10 FCM Scout for under $700, added my own bipod and scope, and now have a platform that will shoot better than I can at 1/3 the price.

  • Tony

    But does it come in a left-handed version like Cooper specified? No? Imagine that…

  • Jim

    Boom, headshot.

  • Andy

    I still don’t get the point of the scout rifle. The wikipedia page seems entirely tautological. What’s its niche? What does it *do*? Anyone care to explain?

  • kerrmudgeon

    Cooper’s design included backup iron sights which are conspicuously absent from Steyr’s model, in spite of their claims their rifle is “exactly as Col. Cooper conceived.”

    Savage’s scout rifle does include iron sights.

    • Redleg45

      Obviously you have never held a Steyr in your hands. 1. It does have backup sights-they fold down and don’t come into play until needed. 2. When the Steyr Scout was first released, I felt the tarriff was high, until I hefted one and felt that wonderful trigger and light weight. 2 weeks later I had one of my own. I have other rifles in the scout configuration, but the Steyr outclasses them all.

  • formerflyer

    Doug:

    Comparing the Steyr to the Savage is much like comparing a Ford Mustang GT to a Porsche Carrera GT. They’re both “Grand Touring” cars aiming at the high-performance market, right? They’re both designed to go fast and look cool. Why would you spend several times more for the Porsche? Don’t they do the same thing? (Ans: Only if you don’t understand the question.)

    Cooper’s dream rifle was not revolutionary in any one aspect. It was designed to be the best all around rifle it could be, with as few compromises as possible. The overall handiness, shootability and “friendliness” of the Steyr JC Scout is hard to describe, and harder to appreciate until you’ve fired a few dozen rounds behind it from a variety of positions and under a range of circumstances. Everybody who has ever shot mine side by side with their own rifle has come away convinced. The vast majority of them have gone on to buy their own Steyr scouts.

    Cooper really did have a firm vision in mind of what an all-around rifle is, and the Steyr came closer to his vision than anything else ever built. It’s not just great stock ergonomics (with the ability for each user to adjust for length of pull), nor a superior magazine with a detent to allow “shoot one, load one” and a spare magazine unobtrusively and immediately available, built into the stock. It’s not just the ability to mount a 6 o’clock weaponlight (a feature found on the Steyr well ahead of it’s time, I might add), nor the bipod that’s an integral part of the stock, nor the factory trigger that breaks “like a glass rod” at 2.2 lbs. It’s not just the Ching sling, nor the on-board pop-up reserve sights, nor the scout’s 1/2 moa accuracy, nor a half a dozen other design features. It’s that all of these are wrapped up into one short, light, handy rifle that comes from the factory ready to go.

    Whether you’re going coyote or deer hunting, target shooting at the county range or going on a week-long wilderness hike in rough country, this is the best single package available to an all-around rifleman for an all-around rifle.

    And, unlike you, I shall be buying one. Not for me, because I already have one, and one is all you’ll ever need (unless you’re going to hunt in Africa, and then you’ll want one like my .376 Scout, but that’s another story). My wife, on the other hand, has threatened me with divorce if I don’t find her one of her own, so I figure now is probably the time.

    All best wishes,

    FormerFlyer

    • formerflyer, sigh, you description makes me want to go out and buy one 🙂

  • Anton

    I’ve always thought that was a weird gun. Why’s the scope so much placed to the front?

  • formerflyer

    kerrmudgeon:

    The back up sights may be inconspicuous, but they aren’t absent. They fold down completely flush with the top of the rifle, and pop-up to their deployed position in about 3 seconds. That you can’t see them is not a bug, it’s a feature.

    Steve:

    I don’t know if this helps or makes things worse, but I have one set of data I can offer on owner satisfaction: Of the just over a dozen of my friends or acquaintances that shot mine and went out and bought a Steyr JC Scout of their own over the last couple of decades, not a single one has ever sold that rifle. Over half of them did sell most or all of their OTHER bolt actions, though.

    FormerFlyer

  • Jon

    The scope in front gives you a greater field of view.

    Its also got a super long relief, some even use a pistol scope.

  • gaosmer

    I have own one of the originals and does not shot as well they stated. A unique gun, but not a required gun.

  • Pete

    Just stumbled upon this thread while looking for something else and as a Scout owner, read it. I have to hand it to Formerflyer, he put the Scout case so very well.

    I have two of them – 308 and 223

    I also have a Tikka 300WM, MAK300 WSM, Steyr Provarmint 233, Marlin 336ss 30.30 etc – various shotguns and high end rimfires. They sport Swarovski, Nightforce and Kahles scopes. Some 14 rifles in all. My only reason for listing them is to make this point:

    Guess which rifle goes with me on 80% of my hunts?

    It’s the Scout 308 with a 2.5 -10 x 32 Nightforce NXS.

    Why? Well it’s not the most powerful or accurate. But it’s easy to carry all day, fast handling and accurate enough to snot things at up to 300m with ease. It just feels good. I have 3 hunting friends who own them and all have more rifles than me. The “Scout Troop” is the most common configuration when we hunt.

    Hope this helps explain the phenomenon…

  • Russ

    Can anyone who has shot both the Savage 10 fcm scout and the Ruger Frontier chime in with pros and cons. I have read a lot on both guns and the only negative I seem to consistantly hear is that the Ruger does not have iron sights. I know if the scope fails you have a 7 pound club that can make some noise. Anything anyone can add will help. I hope to buy one in .308 in the next few months. Thanks in advance.

  • coyote

    I thought that Jeff Cooper scout rifle was suppose to be chambered in 350 Rem . Mag.?

    • DVC

      That would have been the Fire plug in .350 Rem. Mag on a 600 action or the Super scout. I am a 2 pin member of the fireplug club having shot two animals over a 1,000 pounds. Alaska, Kodiak Brown bear and a Lower 48, Colorado Elk. Jeff would take the cartridge you used and turn the bottom into a pin. It was pretty cool. I miss him very much. He left quite a legacy and much to talk about. Dandy rifle, I carried my .350 in Alaska much to chagrin of the older hunters, I was 30, they weren’t laughing when we were crouching down creeping through the Alders and there big o long barreled .375 was getting snagged on everything.

      .376 Steyr not sure where that came from. Not sure if it was “Cooper” approved.

  • Pete

    Nice to see the story continue! I now have 3 Scouts and none of them will ever be sold (223, 308, 376). I have over thirty rifles (quite a few worth more then the Scouts) and it’s the Scouts that get the most use hunting. Just so easy to throw the .223 and .308 in the truck and off you go. I have Nightforce 2.5-10×32 scopes on both and can shoot dawn to dusk and beyond with the illuminated reticles and torch mounted underneath. Plenty of other rifles do things they do but not many do it all.