Ruger Sneaks 6.5 Creedmoor Gunsite Scout To Market As Davidson’s Exclusive

It looks like Ruger quietly rolled out a 6.5 Creedmoor Gunsite Scout as a Davidson’s exclusive without so much as a peep as far as I can tell. With the 6.5 Creedmoor skyrocketing in popularity, it only makes sense that Ruger rolls out a Gunsite Scout chambered for the super flat shooting cartridge.

For those of you unaware why the Gunsite Scout is a thing, the concep[t traces its roots back to the late Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of what is now Gunsite Academy. He specified some requirements for a general purpose rifle that was capable of hitting a man sized target out to 450 meters.

The new 6.5 Creedmoor pushes that distance out a bit further and if you were to combine the flatter shooting cartridge with a modern variable 1 power scope like the Bushnell SMRS 1-8.5×24, you can extend the effective range of the Gunsite Scout from 450 meters out past 900 meters in my opinion.

The Davidson’s exclusive will ship with a 10 round magazine and a green digital camo synthetic stock, no word if other variants will be offered.

I am personally kind of excited by the new variant of the Gunsite Scout because I have fully adopted the 6.5 Creedmoor and having a rifle on hand that shoots the same cartridge and uses the same magazines as my long range rifle keeps the volume of spare mags and ammo I keep on hand in check. Will I be buying a 6.5 Creedmoor Gunsite Scout for a hunting rifle? Maybe.

The only place to see the rifle is on the Davidson’s Gallery Of Guns listing for the 6.5 Creedmoor Gunsite Scout. It is listed with an MSRP of $1,139.00.

Patrick R

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  • Keiichi

    Cue the “solution looking for a problem” crowd in 3… 2…

    Good to see Ruger is still expanding the RGSR lineup. I love mine.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I liked mine. Solid it because while it was pretty handy, was a little heavy. And wasn’t exactly great for accuracy. I’m glad they’re having success with them and I see how other people really like them; I don’t get why there is a 6.5C.

      • Tassiebush

        It seems a bit of a waste of potential if the rifle isn’t that accurate but I think another merit of the cartridge rarely talked about is it’s just really mild but a good performer. I’m not that broadly experienced with lots of deer cartridges but I know my 6.5CM is very gentle.

        • Stuki Moi


          There is plenty of room for a 6.5 between the .223 and the .308 barnstormers in the US. .243 is just too overbore, 7mm too close to the .30s, and The Ultimate Cartridge :), the .270, don’t work in short actions. The fact that it takes largely-irrelevant-for-most-people hype about kilometer sniping to actually sell something that useful, doesn’t negate the cartridge’s usefulness for more relevant tasks.

          Given equal popularity and availability of each round, I’d say a modern 6.5 is probably about ideal for someone practical who wants one gun for everything from hunting to prepping for zombie apocalypse. Which meshes pretty well with the Scout zeitgeist.

        • Kelly Jackson

          They’re pretty accurate, JumpIf NotZero is the kind of internet guy that buys and sells guns before they even in the market if you know what I mean.

      • Hunter

        Not accurate, what’s the point in buying one

        • ron17571

          So what makes you think it isn’t accurate?

          • Hunter

            Read the blog two up tassiebush

          • Tassiebush

            I don’t have any experience of the accuracy of it. I was just going off jumpifnotzero’s observation re accuracy. To be honest I can’t see any reason why one couldn’t match the accuracy of any other ruger rifle using the same action.

  • john huscio

    Id rather have a ruger american that takes detachable mags

    • Jared Vynn

      You can get an MDT or other chassis for that.

    • Kivaari

      The Scout uses detachable 5 or 10 round magazines.

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, proprietary Ruger mags that cost hella money.

        • Kivaari

          The plastic ones are not bad. The metal magazines are the AI models.

        • JoshuaK27

          Hate to bust your bubble , but the gunscout uses acis magazines

          • iksnilol


          • JoshuaK27

            Pretty sure they wouldve shot themselves in the proverbial foot had they not gone that route.

          • iksnilol


          • JoshuaK27

            you b8astard lol. Yes it was a dumb move on their part but I still love my mini. if they somehow retooled to a stanag mag i believe there would be newfound resurgence.

          • JSmath

            It’s not a straight-forward conversion, though. Every AK/AK-derivative conversion I’ve ever heard of has a list of more mags it’s not compatible with than ones they are. The question is whether they’d make the money back engineering and testing a STANAG Mini, and they might as well start pursuing corrections to other deficiencies like lack of free-floating, and hey, might as well make another gun. =X

          • Hinermad

            You can’t find anything else to complain about on the Scout, so you have to drag the Mini-14 into it?

          • iksnilol

            Mini-14 = proprietary mags, thus safe to assume from first glance that GSR also used proprietary magazine.

        • Ned Weatherby

          Yeah – and Midway has ACIS mags for as cheap as 68 bux each…

          • iksnilol

            AICS mags are excused though.

    • Shankbone

      You can get the bottom metal kit for AICS magazines for $149 (+shipping) online; It’s a drop-in kit for the factory stock, with the Boyd’s compatible version being more money.

    • Cyborg Fred
  • James Wilson

    Were it in stainless, I’d be all in. Might grab one anyway.

  • 2wheels

    In what looks to be the Armys failed UCP pattern? No thank you!

  • Shankbone

    Punchline: 7.3#

    • Asdf

      Yep. On the heavy side for a scout rifle, though with poly stocks, it is supposed to only weigh 6.2lbs.

      • FarmerB

        Wasn’t the scout rifle supposed to be less than 3Kg (6.6 lbs)? But then, it was supposed to be in a 30 caliber as well.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        They also put an unnecessarily heavy barrel on it. I know light barrels get hot fast, but if you ever have to shoot more than 10 rounds out of a scout rifle at once, you should have brought a battle rifle.

    • Duray

      My 308 Scout is 7# with a Leupold mounted. Custom Remington model 7 in 308

  • RetroG

    Nice, but not for that much money.

  • Kelly Jackson

    I get the appeal of the cheap and easy to find magazines for the Gunsite but honestly, who here would rather have a much lower profile staggered magazine? I know I would in a .308

  • wicapiwakan

    fitting that a rifle unsuitable for combat after 1945 would come from the fertile mind of a guy who never saw combat, but spent decades lying about it for money.

    • Jason Culligan

      The scout rifle isn’t a combat rifle. It’s a general purpose weapon designed for if you’re stuck with just one firearm out in the wilderness.

      Nobody is advocating for replacing the M16 with a GSR.

      • int19h

        It’s still a poorly thought out design, for that purpose as well. A look at the *actual* survival rifles, as issued by various militaries and other agencies that need them, shows that the real thing looks nothing of a kind. For starters, it’s usually a combination shotgun / small-bore rifle. Which makes perfect sense, since you’re more likely to find small game to take, and you can carry more ammo (= sustain yourself longer); and shotgun w/slugs is perfectly adequate for self-defense against aggressive wildlife.

    • Shinigami

      Smallminded comment from a person who no doubt has accomplished little in his miserable life.

      • wicapiwakan

        ahh yes, i wish i could have such great accomplishments such as lying about my military service for money and writing elaborate fanfiction about race wars for money.

        truly, a life well lived.

    • Stuki Moi

      Noone, at least in the West, goes into “Combat” without supply lines. Which renders modern “Combat” the about 100% diametrical opposite, from what the Scout concept was designed to accomplish. Heck, the “official,” blessed by The Man himself, Steyr version handles what? 6 rounds of fairly sustained fire? 4? 8? before the lightweight barrel needs to cool………

      Also, given who Cooper surrounded himself with, he was somewhat restricted in the amount of “lying” he could realistically expect to get away with, wrt most things gun, even “combat,” related….. Being a bit stuck in ones ways, is common amongst people as they get older. .308/.45 worked well in Cooper’s time. The youngsters, given some time, “proved” (by now at least) that .223/9mm works for the most part better, on the modern battlefield. But where oldsters’ insights have value, is wrt those themes and values that are more timeless. And here, self sufficiency, simplicity, the ability to move light and relatively unencumbered by complexity, are still important goals to keep in mind.

  • Cyborg Fred

    Gallery of guns says it has a 1-10 twist?? Either someone put in the wrong info, or this is epic silliness.

  • Cyborg Fred

    People also need to figure out the American makes a fantastic cheap scout rifle with a little bit of gunsmithing. (From the web)

    • iksnilol

      What about stripper clips? Which is the entire point of moving the scope so far forward.

      • Tassiebush

        It was as much or more about field of view and being able to carry it from it’s point of balance. The specs always allowed detachable mags or stripper clips/chargers.

        • iksnilol

          but the scope so far forward kinda ruins balance, no ?

          • Tassiebush

            Maybe with a whopping great scope like they use in Scandinavian countries!😉
            But the concept was all about simple lightweight optics.
            (I’m a total hypocrite on the scope size front. My scopes would fit right in up there)

          • iksnilol

            There are people that use anything smaller than 56mm objectives?

            How do y’all see during the night? Man, y’all pond people are weird. I bet you got curved swords too.

          • Tuulos

            Everyone knows that if you need to see in dark the only way to go is the Zeiss 6-24×72 scope.

          • iksnilol

            Now that’s a decent scope.

          • Goody

            Sir you won’t get mounts for that, what you need is a scaffold

      • Cyborg Fred

        Unfortunately that you cannot have, without a clip slot and the difficulty loading rotary mag from the top.

  • Pandaz3

    Well when I asked for a quote from Davidson’s they said they would have it in my local shop for $836. FedEx Ground from Prescott. I did not order as I already have a 7MM Rem Mag, Model 70 with a Leopold 3x9scope and that’s close enough for me.
    Were I to buy it, I would buy two spare magazines, that would be plenty, actually one spare would be enough. It’s not a battle rifle.
    6.5 Creedmoor is gaining steam in popularity, and this is what a lot of people are clamoring for. I see why Davidson’s and Ruger would want to jump on that bandwagon. Good on them.

  • Tim

    “….I have fully adopted the 6.5 Creedmoor…..”

    That makes one of us….

  • TJbrena

    Couldn’t we just get an nice ODG stock instead of what looks like UCP?

  • billybob

    Looks like available for less than $900.00 @ several dealers in this area.

  • ictguy6

    Are the mags propritary, or AICS compatible?

  • scaatylobo

    Bought a “scout” rifle ,then a American compact = the compact gets a good deal more outside time as it is MUCH lighter.
    The Scout did not need to be that heavy as it is a bolt gun,not a high rate of fire piece.
    Wish they made a crossover gun,bit of them both AND lighter than the Scout.

  • Russ Elder

    I got an American Predator in 6.5 C and fell in love with it. I picked it up for 329.00 and put a Vortex Crossfire 6×18 for 200.00 and my first time out at 500yds I shot a group of 2 3/8in. and believe me its the gun not me. Its light recoil and accuracy can’t be beat.

  • ron17571

    I asked them to make a 6.5 semi auto version of it.Like a 10/22. The price of these scout rifles is a bit strange considering what it is.People will just modify American rifles because of the price.

  • jcitizen

    Would be cool if it took 7.62x51mm AR-10 sized magazines.

  • Goody

    I really hope Ruger markets this internationally, as this would be my ideal rifle. It was sad to see the 32 federal magnum single six slip past our market as it would be a sweet little pistol.

  • Andreas Skenberg

    Perhaps an stupid question
    That @tfbpatrick might answer.
    How does the 6,5 creedmore stack up against the 6,5*55 Swede
    I´m a bit curious ´cause on this side of the pond in Sweden we don´t have all the different cartridges that you got in the Us.
    The basic hunting amo is 30,06 or 308 or 6,5*55 or some magnum calibers.

    I´m just curious

  • Eric B.

    Yaaaay! One more win for the 6.5 Creedmoor

    I have a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 CM and that rifle is ACCURATE! I regularly get 3/4 MOA groups (1 1/2″) at 200 yards with Hornady ELD-M and ELD-X rounds (with a Boyd’s Classic laminated stock and Timney trigger).

    I also have a Riger Precision Rifle in 6.5 CM. There is an amazingly accurate rifle. Doesn’t need a new trigger OR barrel. With their cold hammer forging process Ruger has finally learned how to make very accurate barrels.

    @Keiichi – The 6.5 Creedmoor IS the solution to .308 ballistics and wind performance, or should I say lack of performance. The .308 was “The Problem”. Just ask PRS competitors why they rarely see that round used at meets.

  • Richard Chelvan

    I’ll be impressed when they turn out a version of the Mini 30 in 6.5 CM.

  • Archie Montgomery

    Had me going up to the price tag.

    I have a sporterized M94 Swede – the carbine version – in 6.5×55 Swede. It is in Scout Rifle configuration. It has an effective range of close to 250 yards. It will do most anything I need to do within that range.

    For the record, I don’t go to far away places or shoot at much anything over 250 yards.

    The 6.5 Creedmore is a fine cartridge. But it and all the modern 6.5mm cartridges are based on older 6.5mm rounds like the Swede and Mannlicher-Schonauer. I already have what I need.