Review: Ruger 450 Bushmaster Alaskan Scout Rifle
Ed Head reviews the Ruger 450 Bushmaster Alaskan Scout Rifle
The Ruger Alaskan Scout is a perfect hunting rifle for bears, hogs and just about anything in between. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)
What the world needs now is another bear rifle, right? I mean, everybody has a bear story and everybody has an opinion about what is needed for bear defense, even though most of us have never encountered a dangerous bear in the wild. Shooters and hunters love to argue and extol the virtues of their favorite gun or load and some will argue to the death in support of their preference. It all makes for lively conversation and bringing up bears among a group of shooters will always start a debate.
The folks at Ruger tell me the 450 Bushmaster rifles in their lineup are very popular. Everyone from hog hunters and folks restricted to straight walled rifle cases for hunting are getting into the 450, not to mention everyone needs a bear rifle, right? Ruger has a Ranch Rifle in the American Rifle line chambered in 450 Bushmaster as well as a Scout rifle. I’ve tested both and found them to be accurate, excellent rifles in all respects. The Scout version first came out as a blued rifle with an attractive walnut stock and now we have a version in stainless steel with a composite stock I’m going to dub the Ruger Alaskan Scout. Well suited to hunting in a wet climate and in a caliber suitable for bears and other big critters, the Alaskan designation seems reasonable to me.
Let’s start at the muzzle and work our way back: The rifle has a big ‘ol blued muzzle brake screwed onto the threaded barrel. In a powerful caliber like the 450 Bushmaster this really helps to mitigate recoil in a rifle weighing just over 6 pounds. Of course, you can remove the brake if you wish or screw on various brakes, flash hiders or suppressors. The stainless steel barrel is cold hammer forged and free floated in the composite stock. In my experience, this combination provides for excellent accuracy and a smooth, easy to clean bore. Atop the barrel we next find a Picatinny rail for the mounting of scout scopes or other optics such as red dots. Underneath, there’s a magazine well for AI style box magazines. The rifle comes with one magazine holding four rounds of 450 Bushmaster ammunition. As it turns out, the 450 Bushmaster and .308 Winchester cartridges share a common case head so the receiver and bolt of the Alaskan are basically a .308 Scout rifle. The magazines interchange so you can use your .308 magazines from AI, Ruger or MagPul in the 450, each with a reduced capacity of one or two due to the fatter case.
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