I asked this in one of the scout rifle threads but didn’t get much response, so I thought I would make a separate thread. I wanted to ask about the advantages or disadvantages of the forward mounted “scout scope”. And before someone chimes in, I know that there is more to a scout rifle than a scope mounted in front of the action (Powerful caliber, length under 40”, weight under 6.6lb, Ching sling, etc.), but the forward mounted low power scope is the defining feature of the scout rifle. The main arguments for the forward mounted scope: -It is faster to acquire the reticle and you can shoot with both eyes open giving a wide field of view. -The rifle can be grasped around the action and carried at the balance point. -You can use stripper clips (If you have a stripper clip guide). -The forward mounting prevents breath fogging of the scope lens in winter. The main arguments against the forward mounted scope: -It is no faster to acquire the reticle than on a low power scope mounted conventionally over the action. -The forward mounted scope makes it hard or impossible to see the reticle in low light or with the sun over your shoulder. What kind of experiences have people had with forward mounted scopes magnifying scopes? Do they work well in the field or no? In looking over the scout rifle threads I see that some rifles have forward mounted scopes, others have conventionally mounted scopes, and a few have irons or red dots so it would be interesting to hear what kind of sighting system people like best.