Nosler’s New Rifle

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.

Nosler's Zach Waterman and the NEW Model 48 Legacy

PRICE: 2195.00

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.

Check it all out on the Nosler web site and while nosing around look at their Sportsman Stimulus Plan – a very cool idea because it involves FREE ammo.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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5 Responses to Nosler’s New Rifle

  1. RG says:

    Why do you like the new 90 grain 6mm Accubond bullet? I have both a 243 and a 6mm Remington and both shoot really well with Barnes 85 grain Triple Shocks. Just wondering if this Nosler bullet is much better.

  2. gunwriter says:

    I like the Accubond bullet in every caliber I’ve tried it in from .257 to .338. It’s accurate, does not need a lot of velocity to expand and creates wound cavities wider than any mono-metal bullet. I have not tried the 90 grain 6mm version yet but expect it to shoot as good as the 90 grain Ballistic Tip and since it is shorter than the 6mm E-Tip it should work just fine in a 1 in 10 twist.

    I use other bullets too – that’s part of my job – and like them. But for big game, I like the way the Accubond works. Not saying its better, just that its what I like. Which in the end is about as important as the fact I drink Coke.

  3. dale roberts says:

    Great to see manufacturers still chambering in .257 Roberts. I thought it may have been destined for the obsolete list a few years ago. One of the sweetest little calibers I have fooled with

    • gunwriter says:

      It is one of my favorites and the cartridge I used to take my first rockchuck, pronghorn and my first animal in Africa. The downside is the lack of factory ammo that is loaded to +P velocities which really take the performance of the 257 to a new level.
      For what it’s worth, I was with Walt Berger on a New Zealand hunt where he took a 400+ pound red stag with my 257 and a 115 grain Berger VLD bullet.
      The .257 is not just a deer and groundhog cartridge.

  4. Patrick says:


    I, too, was very impressed by the Nosler rifles – all 5 varieties. For a semi-custom/production rifle the price is good and the quality seems to be outstanding. They would be on the “short list” if I was looking for a new rifle.


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