So to start the story, I used to hate the Scars... trendy, everyone's favorite in video games, and the gun everyone bragged was the best without ever owning one because "special forces" uses it (same stories id get about the HK MK23 and other fanboy weapons). I bought one early on through the LE program just to have one, dressed it up all tacticool, shot it twice and sold it because I couldn't see having that much invested in a gun that really just wasn't that great...
Well, turns out I just didnt really designate a purpose for it. The Scar was always just a notch on the belt and another gun in the safe. Fast forward to the Scar Shortage of 2016... I had already picked up a Scar 16 and did the CQB SBR so I could use it for work stuff, and had the radar out for a Scar 17 to do the same with the 13 inch barrel. Finally found one and picked it up, filed the stamp and ordered all the parts. E-traces were coming back in 6-10 weeks so I had it ready to go pretty quickly! At first, I stuck a TA11 Acog with RMR on it and really never shot it... it again became the cool gun to say I had, take pictures of with my suppressor on and make all the guys I work with go Ooo Ahhh over it. Well out of boredom, I ended up putting the Trijicon on another gun and came into a trade for a Leupold MK6 1-6 with the 762 reticle and thought id give it a shot on the Scar since my other two 308 guns were setup for long range.
This is where my eyes were opened, FNH hats and tshirts were ordered, and I became a true Fanboy. My long range spot has 16x20 inch steel at 700 meters, 800 meters and 1000 meters(765, 875 and 1094 yards for those who dont convert) ... other than a spot to zero at 91 meters (100 yards), there is nothing in between. Previously I had been doing load development in my REPR at 1,000 meters and decided one day to bring the Scar 17 out and see how it did. Knowing the loads for my REPR likely wouldnt work in the Scar nearly as well due to the short barrel, I just bought a few boxes of ball ammo to try (ZQI and Federal 147 ball). I tossed a few through my Chrono and the average was about 2450 FPS with the 13 inch barrel and Surefire RC suppressor, so I dialed it into my ballistics program and aimed for 700 meters. Dialed 8 mils up and holding a mil left for wind, just off to the right... Sent the next one and HIT! Did the same hold for the remaining 18 rounds and none missed. I was in complete shock that a light barrel Scar 17 SBR could pummel 2 MOA ball ammo into steel that consistently! I let it cool for a while then dialed to 10.5 mils in an attempt for 800 meters. I was skeptical as velocity showed to be down around 1100 FPS near the target and figured stability would be an issue. Out just for fun at this point anyway, I held the same 1 mil left for wind not knowing how the bullet would react and it hit right again... Ended up holding 1.5 mils left and hit! Again, the next 18 rounds following suit into the steel. My buddy that shoots out there with me sometimes has a Scar 17 16 inch he takes out to 1,000 meters with SMK 175s, but I never imagined id be hitting 800 meters with crap ball ammo and a SBR! For fun I attempted 1000 meters, which maxed the elevation out on the Leupold and had to hold for the rest. I loaded up 10 rounds knowing it was a snow balls chance in hell, and didnt have a spotter with me so I was already stretching my abilities with a 1-6 and having to hold elevation and wind. Sure enough, none of them hit, but they did dance all around the steel! According to the calculator, velocity was in the 960 FPS range at that distance, so likely even if I did get on target, it would be quite difficult to make a second hit.
Because of how much I enjoy taking the Scar out now, I actually ended up selling my MR762 just because I couldnt justify a "Mid range" gun knowing the REPR is almost boring at 1,000, and the Scar doesnt miss at 800, so I can only hope a factory 20 inch Scar actually comes out some day! If it has a skinny profile barrel I likely wont buy one without trying someone elses as the REPR doesnt seem to get phased by heat with the heavy profile and can on it, but I was surprised that even rapid fire suppressed at 700 and 800 didnt shake the Scar off target. I may get around to putting some 155 gr SMK hand loads together for the Scar to see if I can get the grouping a bit better, but with how well it does just using Ball, I kind of enjoy just taking the scar out and having a cheap range day! I ended up selling off the Leupold and switching to the Vortex Razor 1-6 with the Mil reticle and like it much better, but other than that, I dont plan on doing anything else to this gun!
Ive since converted quite a few others who had similar hate for the Scar just out of its online popularity or the "its not worth that much money" comments, and even those without long range experience (granted when you dial for them, tell them where to aim and spot for them, it takes much of the "skill" out of it) are able to make hits at that distance with my rifle... It has gone from "gun I like to have in my safe" to "if SHTF, this is my first choice for defense!". I have also sold off most of my AR based SBRs in 223 variant for the Scar 16 10 inch because much like the 17, its just amazing what that gun can do!
This brings my "How I became a fanboy" story to an end.
Figured id add a picture for visual effect!