Surgeon Scalpel 591 Short Action 6.5 Creedmoor: A Constant in the Accuracy Equation
It’s a truism that a rifle does not make the marksman, same as a camera doesn’t make the photographer or skillet the chef. But a photographer of a certain skill level will do better with a top-of-the-line digital camera with great lenses than with an Instamatic, and a chef equipped with a first-class kitchen and good ingredients will do better than one forced to cook dead mice over a stove made from a discarded can. We could assume that handing a high-end rifle to an average shooter would improve his results as well … or would it? Being an average shooter, I put that theory to the test with a Surgeon Scalpel in 6.5 Creedmoor.
All Surgeon rifles are customized to some extent before they leave the factory. The Scalpel 591 action is, on the surface, a very basic design with a two-lug bolt and conventional forward-back rocker safety. The main feature of this rifle isn’t in the features but in the extremely precise execution of the basic design. The recoil lug and the 20MOA rail are integrated into the receiver, making for a stronger system that can’t work loose. This action is available in .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, 6XC, .260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester—I went with the 6.5 as the reasonable balance between recoil and sufficient payload at range. 6.5 Creedmoor can be considered a conceptual descendant of the 6.5 Swedish, still a moderately powered cartridge but with a 120-yard or greater advantage in muzzle velocity for the same bullet weight. Around the year 1900, several 6.5mm cartridges were popular in European armies but fell out of favor by the 1930s due to the insufficient volume available for AP cores or long-range tracer elements desired for machine guns. Neither is a concern for most present-day US shooters, so …read more
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