This is a bit late in coming but I have been putting it off for fear I might not make it through this bug I picked up at SHOT show. Looks like I’m on the mend so its business as usual…with a bit of coughing thrown in.
On the hunting side of the gun world there was not a lot of new guns or gear to report on. One thing that did stand out was Nosler’s new rifle. I’ll give it the best of show award in the hunting category – actually, since I like the .243 and the Accubond bullet so much, it ties with Nosler’s introduction of the 90 grain, 6mm Accubond bullet.
This year, Nosler unveiled the rifle that was first imagined, then conceived, and ultimately realized by John A. Nosler himself with the same drive and passion that he originally started the Nosler Partition Bullet Company with: The Model 48 John A. Nosler Legacy Rifle. According to my friend Zach Waterman with Nosler, this was Big John Nosler’s last project.
It is indeed a fine looking rifle and priced very competitively given its features; a proven Nolser barreled action, match-grade, chrome moly, fully floated barrel, crisp, custom three pound trigger, pillar glass bedded American black walnut stock with 20 LPI checkering, Cerakote and Micro-Slick finishes to prevent corrosion and an accuracy guarantee of 3/4 MOA for three shots at 100 yards.
Here is the cool part; the rifle will be available in .257 Roberts, .270 Win., 280 Ack. Imp. (Jut for those rifle loonies that think Ack. Imp. means bullets leave the barrel blessed and become more deadly when fired from a modified factory round designed for a pump action rifle.), .308 Win., .30-06, .300 Win. Mag., and, yes, .338 Win. Mag. (For those that think deer really can tell the difference in the caliber of bullet that hits them or the guys that try to make up for their lack of stature with a gun that kicks so hard they cannot shoot it well.) And, finally, for serious rifle loonies who think manufacturers never really get the cartridge thing – .35 Whelen.