In the upcoming January 2014 issue of Tactical Weapons, author Wayne van Zwoll details his time spent with Preston Pritchett—the founder of Surgeon Rifles—and the Scalpel and Remedy rifles he evaluated. Van Zwoll writes, “Last summer Pritchett decided I needed more time with Surgeon rifles and shipped me a Scalpel in .223. Heavy but compact, it balanced well in hand with a thick-walled, 18-inch barrel. The Scalpel shot as expected, drilling half-MOA five-shot groups with Federal’s 77-grain MatchKings and Lapua’s 69-grain BTHPs. A three-shot cluster with Hornady 55-grain TAP ammo miked 0.25 inches despite a gusty breeze.”

These are seriously precise rifles, and Wayne was happy to test another Surgeon rifle: “The [Remedy] rifle… has a longer barrel and a few more ounces than most. The McMillan stock, marbled red, white and gray to my specs, looks good. Wade had fitted it nicely to the metal, floating the barrel generously but evenly. The bolt cycles beautifully, slicking factory-loaded .260 cartridges into a chamber a tad snugger than ordinary.”

So how did it shoot? Did it hold the company’s reputation for sub-MOA results? To learn more, check out the January 2014 issue of Tactical Weapons, available on newsstands and digitally December 3, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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