Steyr Scout Tactical Elite
||.223 Rem (5.56 NATO), .308 Win (7.62 NATO)
||Heavy Contour, Stainless or Blue, recessed crown
||8 lbs (3.63 kg) empty with no optics
||5 Round Synthetic, Optional 10 Round Mag with adaptor kit
||Steyr "Direct Trigger"
||Fully adjustable black synthetic, integrated bi-pod
|Suggested Retail Price:
The original concept of the Steyr scout was to fill Jeff Coopers "scout concept" for a
rifle. Which involved mounting the scope forward, using a good all around caliber, make the
rifle short and light for easy handling, etc. Their rifle, the Steyr Scout, is an
exceptional scout rifle. After success with their scout rifle, they decided a couple of years
ago to develop a tactical version of this rifle. They took the original scout, added a longer,
stainless steel heavy barrel (matte of stainless finish available), modified the stock, and
added a large bolt handle (off of their SSG PII rifle). The resulting product is their
"Tactical Elite" and its a nice rifle. Tactical Grade? Perhaps.
At the center of the Scout rifle is the SBS (Safe Bolt System) which is a different action
then the rest of the Steyr line, and it was designed by Ulrich Zedrosser. It includes
several innovations for safety, etc. The one really nice feature is the mud grove. Its an
actual grove in the bolt that allows mud, dirt, snow, etc to escape the action. Several
custom gun smiths are adding these to Remington actions, its nice to have from the factory
on this Steyr. The bolt action is a 90 degree rotating design, and I love the large bolt
handle. The Steyr trigger comes from the factory pretty light, in the 3 lb range.
The stock is certainly unique. Steyr took the standard Scout stock and changed it in
many ways. There is an adjustable cheek piece and butt plate to allow the rifle to fit
just about any shooter. The integrated bi-pod design is retained.
The nice trigger, solid engineering and a good heavy barrel all combine to make an
accurate rifle. The tactical elite shoots 1 MOA, and sometimes even less with the right
ammo and shooter. The rifles are easy to handle and do indeed make a suitable tactical package.
They are not as accurate as the highest end custom tactical rifles, but this rifle does
combine flexibility and ease of handling (compact design) to make a good tactical alternative.