Surgeon Rifle: Remedy .338 Lapua Magnum

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Even though I won Top Shot Season 4 and a pro shooting contract with Bass Pro Shops, my self-taught amateurness is often still on fully display. I recently tested the Remedy .338 Lapua Magnum by Surgeon Rifles, both with and without a suppressor. For those of you who are well skilled in rifle shooting, you may get a good laugh at some of the rookie mistakes I made on my day out at the range. It’s a learning experience, and lucky for me I like to learn whether it’s through my own mistakes, or through intelligent readers such as yourselves.

The Surgeon “Remedy” in .338 Lapua Magnum. Nightforce scope, Harris bi-pod, and wine not included.

I drove 2 hours to my closest long distance range where I shot out to 600 yards. As to be expected, I met some really nice folks. When I set up my rifle, my first mistake was not having a stool as I assumed that they would have stools. My second mistake was that I forgot my shooting mat at home, so guess I wasn’t shooting prone! Thankfully, the R.O. had a spare stool so I was all set. I knew the Nightforce NXS 5.5-22×56 scope was zeroed in at 100 yards, but I had forgotten to check to see if the scope used hash marks or mil dots, and then looking up ahead of time what the corresponding hold would be at 600 yards. The Nightforce had mil dots, and thankfully the other shooters were kind enough to give me an approximate hold to get me on paper and walk it in.

View of the effective muzzle brake.

View of the folding buttstock.

The Remedy comes with a 5-round magazine, and has a very smooth action with an oversized bolt handle. I held my first sighting shot four hash marks below level, and broke the shot. The trigger was feather light, which I loved. The trigger had minimal pre and post travel, and I was able to easily rack another round while staying on target. I saw my target come up from the pit, and there was no marker, indicating I had completely missed. The R.O. asked me what my hold was, and he recommended I drop down another two hash marks. My next shot was on paper. I walked it in with eight more shots and was getting consistent groups. My other mistake was not bringing a sandbag or a rear support for the buttstock, so it was challenging to keep a steady hold on the bench. I was using my fist as a support.

Once I was dialed in I shot two, 5-round groups. My first group was 6.5 inches, and my second group was 4 inches. Not too shabby. A few months prior, I shot this same rifle with a suppressor and can report that it was very effective in reducing recoil and report. The suppressor took the .338 Lapua recoil down to something around a low recoil 12 gauge shotgun round.

All in all, the Surgeon is a beaut to shoot, and I can’t wait until I get to one again. If you’re in the market for a high end rifle, take a look at Surgeon.

Surgeon sells directly to consumers, and proudly supports the United States military. The base price of the Surgeon Remedy is $5,400. Other models and calibers are also available. www.surgeonrifles.com.

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.

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Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • Tony

    Can you post a pic of your wine collection?

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com Chris Cheng

      It’s nothing special, my guns are more interesting :)

      My bourbon/scotch/whiskey collection, however, is a different discussion for a separate blog.

      • Karina

        I wanted to make a “The Alcohol Blog, anyone” joke, but someone beat me to it.

  • TheIrateBlackGuy

    Cheng your such a noob

  • chris b

    Nothing wrong with being unprepared at a range with a new rifle : you rarely do it twice !
    Anyone that drives 2hrs to a range is keen, even if it is to have skinned knuckles and elbow ( oww oww after each shot. ) from the bench.

    6.5″ does seem somewhat large for a precision rifle – I assume you were using factory ammunition ?
    I can’t get 6.5″ at 25m with a 12g :) but I know those who get grumpy with 4″ at 600m – even if they take 6-10 minutes between shots….snore shooting.

    After 20 rounds on a .338 I was ready to take up lawn bowls….. why not get prepared next time and have another go and see what the rifle can really do ?

    Looking forward to part 3.

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com Chris Cheng

      If I had a proper monopod or sandbag for rear support, I’m sure I could have gotten better groups. I’ll be prepared next time!

      I was using factory ammo, and only took 15-20 seconds between each shot until my 5 round mag emptied.

    • rob

      Nothing wrong with getting a little dirty on the ground… shooting mats are overrated

  • Gumby

    Can you say AX338? Of course, it’s great to see it on the civi market.

  • Marc

    Meh, 90 degree bolt throw.

  • Nicks87

    Those are absolutely beautiful wood floors, are they Ash White or Brazilian Maple? I would just love to tear up the nasty old carpet in my house and refinish the wood underneath but who has the time…

    …Oh, the rifle? yeah it’s ok.

  • Bob

    What chassis is that rifle mounted in?

    • G

      AICS AX

  • Zander

    What do you think of the build quality on Surgeon rifles? do you feel they’re worth the money?

  • gunslinger

    do i smell a “the alcohol blog” coming anytime soon?

    anyway, i’ve always wanted to shoot the 338. i guess i get to live through blog posts.

  • Noodles

    Your link to http://www.surgeonrifles.com is broken.

  • Noodles

    That’s a hbar for sure.

    Weight of the gun as configured?

  • Mike

    Maybe it’s the grunt in me, but what is this “shooting mat” you speak of needing to shoot prone ;)

    Mike

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com Chris Cheng

      lol, Mike, you mean you don’t have a red velvet shooting mat?

      • mike

        No all the supply guys took em for themselves to sell on craigslist.

  • Lance

    Have one in .300 win mag???

  • Mike Knox

    Really? Sticking a fabricated receiver and barrel in an aftermarket chassis to sell a new product? Surgeon rifles ought to try harder..

    • G

      The receiver is made by Surgeon.

      Ruger, Winchester/FNH, Savage, Remington and Ruger also put their receivers in aftermarket chassis and stocks.

      • Mike Knox

        You sure? Ever heard of the AICS AX?

      • G

        Mike Knox:

        “You sure?”

        Yes?

        Remington and Ruger use Hogue Stocks (e.g. Remington 700 SPS Tactical and Ruger 77 Hawkeye Alaskan)
        Remington and Winchester use Bell & Carlson Stocks (e.g. Remington 700 Mountain SS and Winchester 70 Coyote Light)
        Remington uses AI chassis (e.g. M24-A3 AI)
        Remington and Savage use HS Precision Stocks (e.g. Remington 700 Sendero SF 2 and Savage 10/110 FCP HS Precision)
        Remington and Savage use McMillan stocks (e.g. Remington XM3 and Savage 10 FCP McMillan)

        and so on..

        “Ever heard of the AICS AX?”

        As my reply to Bob’s question implies: Yes.

        AICS AX is just another chassis/stock and Surgeon is just another rifle maker that uses aftermarket stocks.

        Surgeon Remedy has the Surgeon XL 1581 action:
        http://www.surgeonrifles.com/1581

        BTW, I don’t see anything wrong with a company that builds rifles with parts from other manufacturers. I’d rather have a rifle that was built with aftermarket parts by GA Precision than a rifle that was built entirely with Remington parts by Remington.

      • Mike Knox

        Point is, you said the chassis is made by surgeon when it’s actually made by Accuracy International. It’s not an entirely new item when the only thing new is just one component.

        An important fact is companies that use other’s products and components don’t get so far..

      • G

        Mike Knox

        I have read all my posts again and I can’t find anything can be construed as a claim that Surgeon made the chassis.

        Where did I claim that chassis was made by Surgeon?

        BTW, I own an AI AX 308 rifle.

      • Mike Knox

        Doubt it. Looking at your post, a hasty claim to owning a firearm over a comment dispute says a lot..

  • Anon

    “hash marks or mil dots”

    I’m confused, do you mean MOA or mil dot, because they’re all marks of some sort, the only difference is the (angular) spacing.