We looked at AR platforms in .308, since my wife is an AR fan, and, to be honest, I can't tell you exactly why we chose the Gunsite Scout over the AR. We just got caught up in the moment. We’ve discovered after the fact, however, that the Gunsite Scout has one big advantage over the AR: Even in Texas, as gun friendly a state as it is, a bolt gun is still more welcomed on a rancher's land than an AR. Since I have very limited vision in my left eye, keeping the Gunsite Scout in the scout configuration made little sense, so I moved the scope to the traditional position. I mounted a 3x9x40 Nikon Prostaff to it, then we were good to go. It has a short enough length of pull that my wife can shoot it comfortably, and a big recoil pad, .308 Win accuracy and knockdown power, a detachable-box magazine in 5 and 10 round options, and that legendary M77 bolt action.