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I think the Scout is the best overall performer. You get a shorter platform and you sacrifice very little in performance and accuracy. IMHO
 
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I couldn't make up my mind so I bought a standard and a SOCOM. DI5
Yep... thats what I did. Best of both worlds.

I would buy a standard first. Tweak it a bit, then when you've spent all your money getting the most out of it, then save for a SOCOM...... You'll probably end up with all three at some point anyway.
 

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Yep... thats what I did. Best of both worlds.

I would buy a standard first. Tweak it a bit, then when you've spent all your money getting the most out of it, then save for a SOCOM...... You'll probably end up with all three at some point anyway.
Then build an LRB in 18 & 22 lol it never ends GI3
 

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I’ll tell you what, we have one expensive hobby, just think you have glass M1A’s, AR’s, 1911’s, stocks, bullets, and so much more and it is a vicious rotating cycle.
 

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lhead71; I bought the standard over the scout because I already have a shorter LOUD rifle. Plus I like that the rifle balances so well with a 22" tube, and the velocity is correct.

The rifle was designed around the cartridge.
 

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I think the Scout is the best overall performer. You get a shorter platform and you sacrifice very little in performance and accuracy. IMHO
i totally agree with this. the Scout is the best balance of maneuverability and power imho. if i were stuck with one rifle, it would be a scout. i also like the balance of it but thats a subjective view.

http://www.tacticaloperations.com/SWATbarrel/
according to this article, 18-20" is about right for the .308 and anything more isnt really necessary. i also shoot a 20" remington 700. the scout is my general purpose rifle and the R700 is for more precision, but only when 2moa wont do :)
 

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I think the Scout is the best overall performer. You get a shorter platform and you sacrifice very little in performance and accuracy. IMHO
Yup! My sentiments exactly. I've got two 18" M14 style rifles now. I have all the parts for another, including a 22" Winchester barrel so will probably have it built as a standard. I have supermatch but it's a heavy pig with a mercury recoil reducer glass bedded into the stock. It does balance the heavy barrel well but not something that I'd want to pack around.

I pretty much just shoot my 18"er's nowadays.

A scout can also be made to mirror a SOCOM in length within about 1/2" with the appropriate FH/MB.
 

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What role will the rifle serve?
 

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when people ask that question, i tell them, the standard. you cant go wrong with a standard and it will do anything you want it to do (for the most part). when in doubt, go standard......then when you save your pennies again, get the scout. i will say, that the scout is all you need if you dont plan on shooting past 300yds.......still, for someone new to the platform, i recommend the standard. i have both and love them both. i love my standard more.
 

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FWIW I just sent my STD back to SA to have them make it a Scout config, have never shot one but handled a few and really like the forward Scout optic design and my Savage 10 will carry me past what the Scout can't do, a buddy of mine said I lost my mind but I have had the STD for about 5yrs and wanted a change and this was a good deal from SA to get the Scout and repark (will be like new when I get her back)
 

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Unless you see room to room in your shooting plans, a standard would do famously. They generally seem to cost less too, more money for bullets or glass
 
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