One of the principal differences between the two Ruger rifles is the construction of the stock. The company's first .450 Bushmaster scout rifle came equipped with a walnut-wood stock, while the new-for-2018 Scout Rifle is equipped with an all-weather synthetic stock design. In addition to the stock change, the new model is built with a stainless-steel action and barrel, while the original featured alloy-steel construction with a matte-black finish. The difference in design led to a weight reduction in the synthetic-stocked .450 Bushmaster Scout Rifle, weighing in at 6.2 pounds instead of the 6.6-pound weight of the wood-stocked model.
Many other elements are preserved on the new model, such as the Ruger Precision Rifle Hybrid Muzzle Brake that tames the aggressive recoil produced by the big-bore cartridge. This particular feature is especially welcome in a design that's nearly half a pound lighter than the original, meaning that there's more felt recoil to tame. For those who prefer to not use the brake, a thread protector is included with the rifle, and the 11/16-24 TPI threaded muzzle is compatible with a number of other muzzle accessories on the market.
Iron sights are also included with the Ruger Scout Rifle in .450 Bushmaster, providing shooters with a ghost-ring rear aperture paired with a bladed front sight protected by wings on either side. For optics attachment, the rifle is equipped with a forward-mounted Picatinny rail designed for use with scout-style riflescopes built with lengthened eye relief in mind. For more-traditional optics, the receiver is machined with integral mounts, ensuring a stable attachment surface for compatible optics rings. A pair of scope rings are included with the rifle.
Other features found on the Scout Rifle include a four-round detachable box magazine, a Mauser-style controlled-round feed extractor, cold hammer-forged barrel with a 1:16-inch rate of twist and a rubber buttpad compatible with three 0.5-inch spacers included to adjust length of pull. Barrel length measures 16.1 inches, while overall length is adjustable from 37 to 38.5 inches.
The suggested retail price on the Ruger Scout Rifle in .450 Bushmaster is $1,199.