NEW Steyr SCOUT II Bolt Action Rifle

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Introduced in the late 90s, the Steyr Scout bolt action rifle was designed in collaboration with Colonel Jeff Cooper and arguably represents the best execution of Col Cooper’s scout rifle concept. A quarter a century later, this rifle is not only alive but is evolving as Steyr Arms have just released the Steyr Scout II. The new rifle retains all the scout rifle criteria specified by Col Cooper but has a couple of design changes, most notably a new aluminum chassis/receiver with an integrated bedding block, full-length top Picatinny rail and M-LOK slots.

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Steyr SCOUT II Rifle

In the 1990s STEYR ARMS partnered with legendary US Marine, rifle expert and shooting instructor Jeff Cooper to develop the MANNLICHER SCOUT.

Jeff Cooper wanted the rifle to be shorter than one meter and lighter than 3 kg.

Its optic had to be mounted as far forward as possible and it had to have iron sights. This was to ensure secure target acquisition up to 400 meters.

In addition to this, the MANNLICHER SCOUT carried a spare magazine in its butt stock.

2023 marks the year STEYR ARMS presents the newly designed STEYR SCOUT II. Making perfect just a bit better.

To achieve even better accuracy housing and bedding block are milled from one piece of aluminium.

Instead of the Weaver-Rail the STEYR SCOUT II integrates a top Picatinny-Rail and a M-LOK mount at 6 o‘clock at the forend.

STEYR SCOUT II 1-2 screenshot

The new Steyr Scout II rifle will be available in one of the following chambering options: .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Remington and of course .308 Winchester. The capacity of the detachable polymer box magazines is five rounds. The barrel length for all calibers is 19″ (485mm). The overall length of the Steyr Scout II rifle is 38.6″ (980mm) and it weighs in at 6.6 lbs (3 kg). The synthetic stock still has the integrated bipod and spare magazine housing, and can be optionally equipped with an adjustable cheekpiece and butt plate. The Steyr Scout II rifle also features a 3-position safety and a 2-stage or a forward set trigger. At the time of writing, there is no information on the price and availability in the USA.

Pictures by Steyr Arms.

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

Managing Editor Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying the history and design of guns and ammunition. Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at

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