There are essentially three definitions of the scout rifle. First, there’s Col. Jeff Cooper’s definition, which is largely credited for setting the parameters of such a firearm. The popular definition, meanwhile, is any bolt-action rifle with an extended-eye-relief scope. And finally, there’s the definition(s) conjured by everyone else. The Mossberg MVP Scout clearly meets the last two.
Scout rifles—first made popular by Gunsite founder Jeff Cooper more than three decades ago now—have experienced a revival of sorts in recent years. Among the latest additions to the market is the Savage Arms Model 11 Scout, having made its debut at SHOT Show 2015.