Colonel Jeff Cooper wanted a general-purpose rifle that could be used for hunting and self-defense. In essence, this was a short, fast-handling rifle chambered in something powerful enough to kill a living target up to 1,000 pounds.

Several rifle makers have introduced scout rifle variants—some closely following Cooper’s vision, others only touching on the characteristics. Here are a few of the best.

Marlin Model 1895SBL

This lever-action rifle is not a traditional scout rifle per se, but it’s built to chamber the big-bore .45-70 Government cartridge in a short and compact rifle with a scope mounted far forward. The large-loop lever means you can easily operate the action even while wearing gloves. The rifle sports a 6+1 capacity, an 18.5-inch barrel, XS ghost ring sights and a scout scope mount. (; 800-544-8892)

  • CALIBER: .45-70 Government
  • BARREL: 18.5 inches
  • OA LENGTH: 37 inches
  • WEIGHT: 8 pounds (empty)
  • STOCK: Laminated hardwood
  • SIGHTS: Front post, XS ghost ring rear
  • ACTION: Lever
  • FINISH: Matte stainless
  • CAPACITY: 6+1
  • MSRP: $1,013

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