Big Horn Armory (BHA) Introduces the Scout Lever-Action Rifle in 500 S&W


Paying homage to the late, great Jeff Cooper, BHA develops a powerful, lever-action Scout model rifle.

Cody, Wyo. (December 2018)Big Horn Armory, makers of big-bore firearms, have developed an all-purpose lever-action, big-bore, Scout rifle in .500 S&W. The late Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, US Veteran, author, professor and founder of Gunsite, was a major advocate for the Scout rifle concept; a rifle that was compact, easy to use and carry for hunting, target or defense. Typically, Scout rifles have become synonymous with bolt-action rifles, but BHA has expanded the concept with its new lever-action Scout model.

“Big Horn Armory’s success is a combination of combining legendary firearms platforms, such as the lever-action (and recently the AR) and big game calibers,” Greg Buchel, president of Big Horn Armory, said. “With the Scout rifle, we are incorporating all the features in a great, multi-purpose work-horse of a rifle. Our Scout is short, easy to shoot and utilizes the .500 S&W cartridge.”

Built on the BHA Model 89 platform with a 17-4 stainless steel, nitrited barreled action and receiver in a Hunter Black matte black finish, the Scout rifle buttstock and forend are made from black laminate with a synthetic satin finish and a 1” recoil pad on the buttstock. It also has a Scout scope Picatinny rail and Skinner Aperture rear sight and a white dot front sight.

Options are also available on the BHA Scout Lever-Action rifle, including a 22”, 16” and octagon barrel, scope mounts and a variety of sight options. MSRP for standard Big Horn Armory Scout Lever-Action rifle is $2,799.00.

Big Horn Armory Scout Rifle Specifications:

  • Caliber: 500 S&W
  • Rate of Twist: 1 in 24
  • Barrel Length: 18 inches
  • Crown: Recessed
  • Butt Stock and Forend: Black Laminate
  • Barreled Action: 17-4 stainless steel
  • Metal Finishes: Hunter Black Nitride on SS parts
  • Swing Swivel Mounts: Integral front, stud rear
  • Mag Capacity: 7
  • Sights: Aperture rear, blade front
  • Overall Length: 37 inches
  • Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz.
  • Length of Pull: 13 5/8 inches
  • MSRP: $2,799.00

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About Big Horn Armory:

Big Horn Armory was founded in 2008 with the expressed intention of designing a Browning-type lever-action gun chambered in 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. The Big Horn Armory Model 89, made in America, closely follows the work of John Browning with refinements courtesy of modern metallurgy and machining capabilities. The first rifles began shipping in September of 2012 and since then, BHA has added to their big bore lineup with a Model 90 Carbine in 460 S&W, the Model 90A in 454 Casull, the Model 90B in .45 Colt, the Model 89A in 500 Linebaugh and the Model 89B in .475 Linebaugh. In 2017, Big Horn Armory took a departure from its lever-action series and developed the AR500 Auto Max, the most powerful short-range, semi-auto based on an AR .308 platform.

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