Just in time for SHOT Show 2017 Nosler announced the release of the 22 Nosler®, a cartridge designed to transform any standard AR-15 into the fastest, most powerful .22 caliber available for the platform.
This addition to Nosler’s cartridge family, delivers 30% more energy and is nearly 300 fps faster than a 223 Remington/ 5.56 NATO.
22 Nosler’s case design takes advantage of the AR-15’s unparalleled modular design, making the conversion from a standard 223 Remington/ 5.56 NATO to the 22 Nosler® simple with the least amount of modification. Simply swap out the upper to the new chambering, switch to a 6.8 Rem SPC magazine and use your existing 223 bolt carrier group.
“The AR-15 is indisputably one of the most popular firearms among shooting enthusiasts across the globe” said John Nosler, Executive Vice President for the company. “While there are other hard-hitting cartridges that exist for the platform, as far as .22 caliber is concerned, nothing compares to the performance of our newly engineered 22 Nosler case.” Approaching 22-250 velocities in a significantly smaller package the 22 Nosler will attract many new shooters.
The 22 Nosler® is a SAAMI standardized cartridge making for consistent brass and chamber dimensions industry wide. The company will be supporting the new cartridge with Nosler® Brass and ammunition, with plans to chamber their full line of M48 bolt action rifles in 24” barrel configurations in the future.
Nosler® Trophy Grade™ Ammunition— 55gr. Ballistic Tip
– 3,500 fps (24” SAAMI test bbl) | 3,350 fps (18” gas-op semi auto)
Nosler® Match Grade™ Ammunition— 77gr. Custom Competition
– 3,100 fps (24” SAAMI test bbl) | 2,950 fps (18” gas-op semi auto)
4D Reamer Rentals LTD has already ordered reamers and gauges for this cartridge. This will make custom gunsmiths and their customers happy.