Just thought I would share this info with those who might be interested in how the Ruger stacks up against the Steyr in the accuracy department. This information came to me with my recent purchase of a 376 Steyr scout. The gunshop/ former owner included a printout of an article from Gun-Tests.com May 2011/ Vol. XXIII, No.5, which is a relatively well written article comparing the Steyr Scout .308 to the Ruger Gunsite Scout. It does not indicate serial numbers, so we do not know necessarily the variation of the Ruger they used for testing. Their is no sense in me rattling off compared features as most of us know them, however I thought that a remark was needed for the accuracy results which were rather detailed and measured via a chronograph, including the difference in velocities and muzzle energy. The Steyr averaged 25 fps gains over the Ruger with the four ammunitions tested. Which curiously caused me to examine the barrel lengths of the guns tested. The Ruger is stated as having a 17.5" barrel w/o muzzle device. This differs from the advertised length of 16.5". Three 150 grain loads were tested as was one 168 grain load. The smallest group of the day went to the Steyr , when shot with Win Supreme Comp 168-gr HPBT Match it grouped .7" for a three shot group. This was contrasted by the largest group, also shot with the Steyr at 3.9" with Misc. Mixed Ball Ammunition 150-gr FMC. Surprisingly the accuracy results were split 50-50 with the Ruger bettering the Steyr in 2 out of 4 ammunition.
The Ruger was of course heavier, and weighed in at 8.7 lbs when fully scoped and loaded, as compared to the Steyrs 7.6 lbs.
The biggest determining factor in choosing between the two is going to be price. The Ruger certainly holds it own and at a suggested retail of $995 USD compared to the "as tested retail" of the Steyr at $2975 USD. Anyway it is out there if anyone is interested, all in all Ray Ordorica did a good job on his article comparing the two models. Hopefully this will help someone with their next firearm purchase. Anyway thought I would pass this along.