During the first day of SHOT Show 2015 I swung by Nosler’s Booth.
And what to my wundering eyes did appear, the 28 Nosler. That’s right Nosler is adding to their line-up. The 28 and 26 Nosler utilize the same headspace gauges.
Talking to Mike Lake, who did the design work on these cartridges for Nosler, he stated that everything from 26 to 9.3mm have been registered and approved by SAAMI. For now, Nosler is only bringing the 28 Nosler to market.
When asked why Nosler took all the designs to SAMMI now Mike said, “We were aware of the wildcats that have appeared on the 26 Nosler case. So, it just made sense for us to get the dimensions for all the calibers completed and registered with SAAMI.”
The 28 Nosler according to Nosler’s new catalog will push a 160 grain bullet at 3300 feet per second (fps). A 175 grain bullet will launch at 3125 fps. In case you were wondering that is faster than the 7mm RUM with less powder. How is that possible? Pretty simple really, the 7mm RUM is very over bore, in other words it has too much case capacity for the 7mm bore.
Last years introduction of the 26 Nosler was met with great enthusiasm by shooters. There is every reason to believe that even more shooters will like the 28 Nosler, 7mm cartridges in general are more popular the 6.5mm. Look for this to be a much discussed cartridge in 2015.
I talked to Pacific Tool & Gauge and 4D Reamer Rentals LTD. PTG says the 28 is in production already and 4D placed and order for it as soon as the cartridge was announced. 4D also ordered reamers for all the Nosler designs registered with SAAMI.