Re: Surgeon XL Action
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I am new to this Forum, and have read through many of the threads. I am no stranger to long range shooting, having competed in FCSA 1000 yd matches for 15 years, (2-Gun National Champion 1998 - 2002) and spent a good deal of time shooting my 50 on a military base out to 2000yds. I have recently acquired a .338 Lapua, Nesika Action, Obermeyer 28" barrel, McM A5 stock. I've just started getting dope with the BH 300 SMK ammo, and now have some of the Lapua 250 Scenar ammo. It is a tactical rifle. I am interested if anyone has tried the new Surgeon XL action, as I am thinking of building another rifle. I am also interested in recommendations for building a 408/375 CT class rifle, which actions are suitable etc. Thanks in advance for any info and advice.
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Find yourself a manufacturer that has made several thousand actions and that has had them in the field for some time to get the bugs worked out. You don't want to pay for the priviledge of testing them. If you use time proven designs and manufcturers as the criteria, it whittles the list down significantly.
Oops! Almost forgot also avoid manufcaturers that have had quality control problems that have resulted loss of business etc, etc.... And finally, any that have had backruptcy issues in the las seven years.
Now the list is small.
I have three long range custom rigs with custom actions for shooting the big cases along with four other custom actioned benchrest rifles and a 22RF.. Since my manufacturer (Hall Manufacturing) has shifted his efforts from long range actions to building the 22RF actions (his are rated the best), I would have to recommend a BAT as being the most solid company with the most solid action out there. So, if I was starting all over again (glad I am not), I would get BAT actions and never look back.