I’ve always been a big fan of .26-caliber cartridges, but that diameter bullet has always had something of a black cloud following it in the U.S. until recently. Now we’re seeing cartridges such as the .260 Rem. and 6.5 Creedmoor getting the recognition they deserve. Nosler timed the introduction of its first cartridge, the 26 Nosler, to coincide with this change in American attitude and acceptance was so good that Nosler followed with the 28 Nosler cartridge, and this year, a 30 Nosler cartridge.
The primary benefit of the Nosler cartridges is that they provide magnum cartridge velocity in a compact case that headspaces off the shoulder instead of a belt. For example, the 30 Nosler takes all the best attributes of currently available 30 magnums and combines them in one cartridge. The 30 Nosler easily meets the velocity of the .300 Weatherby, headspaces on the shoulder like a .300 RUM, has an efficient powder column like the .300 WSM and fits in the same standard length action of a .300 Winchester Magnum.
The 30 Nosler is a SAAMI standardized cartridge making for consistent brass and chamber dimensions industry wide. Nosler will be supporting this new cartridge with Nosler Brass, Trophy Grade Ammunition and naturally, the full line of M48 rifles in 26″ barrel configurations.
The initial offerings in Nosler’s Trophy Grade Ammunition provide the ideal blend of velocity, power and downrange terminal performance. They are:
Nosler Trophy Grade Ammunition – 180-gr. AccuBond 3,200 fps muzzle velocity
Nosler Trophy Grade LR Ammunition – 210-gr AccuBond LR 3,000 fps muzzle velocity
The 30 Nosler shares the same parent case as the 26 and 28 Nosler as well as the overall length of 3.340″ allowing this cartridge to be operated in a standard length action for lighter weight and shorter bolt throw when compared to magnum length actions.
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