I can't help but feel that scout rifles are the poor man's hand cannon. Hand cannons out perform hand cannons in almost any situation that's not long range. I'd like to see the damage raised so that a 180 hand cannon and a 180 scout rifle would be more equal at mid range, hand cannon better at short, and scout better at long.
This is good feedback. I'll let the team know you would like see Scouts play a more relevant role in the arsenal. It is an interesting balance having Scouts and Hand Cannons both exist occupy a similar combat need.