Sound reasoning. The Military adopted the M-4 for pretty much those same reasons. Most opt for optics, but I'm old school.Silver/stainless scopes are not as popular as they used to be. Fewer are being sold and not as many are being made. They are harder to find. Best bet is probably used.
I think you'd be better off with a fixed power than a variable where you won't use the top half of the settings. Simpler is always better.
I don't know if the field of view is different between handgun and scout scopes of the same magnification, but I'd go with the scout if I could.
Will you be buying the scope, or do you already have it? The mounting base and rings should accommodate either. If you already have something, I would at least try that.
Many folks like the scout setup. Many others don't. It was more talked about 10-15 years ago than it is now. And more options were available then. A few companies came out with rifles, but I get the idea that it popular for a while but it didn't catch on and now is waning.
I'll probably ruffle some feathers here, but... Cooper's idea was for a military/law enforcement application, like for reconnaissance away from backup support. The scout rifle had to be able to do multiple tasks acceptably well. But it is not the best design for any of them. Needed to be fast handling for close, short, light, powerful enough to reach to 300-400 yards or so, scoped enough to augment accuracy, but not so much power that quick target acquisition was compromised. It will do all this pretty darn well, but it is not the best in any category. It was not designed specifically for hunting. It will work for hunting, pretty darn well. But I think receiver mounted scopes work better for me. Flexibility, handling, balance. Others will differ.
Hey, it's your rifle. If you want to try it, do so. If you think it looks cool, that's reason enough.
FWIW, just a bit off topic...
It's a myth that iron sights are faster than optical. The correct optical sight for the job is always faster than mechanical sights. Look at the competition shooters. If their class allows optical sights, that all use them. Rifles, shotguns, handguns. There's a reason for that.