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 in the U.S. 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 an order for it as soon as the cartridge was announced. 4D also ordered reamers for all the Nosler designs registered with SAAMI.
26 Nosler is a new cartridge design, it actually fills a niche in the factory cartridge world. Between the WSM cartridges and the RUM cartridges, the first being short action, the latter being full length magnum. So the 26 Nosler is in between.
This may not sound like a big deal but it was a very good idea for a 6.5mm Magnum. When the 7mm or 300 Remington Ultra Mag is necked to 6.5mm it’s not very satisfactory. The case capacity is far overbore for the 6.5mm bore, so accuracy suffers and finding a good load is difficult.
By reducing case capacity as Nosler has done with this new design they have brought the balance between bore and capacity back into a range where load development is easier and barrel life will be better than with the full length RUM wildcat such as the 6.5MM UltraCat originated by Z-Hat Custom back in 1999.
Designed with a maximum cartridge O.A.L. of 3.340”, the 26 Nosler cartridge functions in a standard length magnum action with a 3.400″ magazine box. It is very similar in length to a 300 Winchester magnum case. This equates to a shorter bolt through and lighter weight gun than with the full length magnums like the 300 H&H or 7mm RUM.
The 26 Nosler is capable of pushing a 130gr bullet at a Muzzle Velocity of 3400 fps according to Nosler. With that kind of velocity bullets must be made for the extra stress that velocity will bring to the jacket. No disrespect to Nosler but this is a job for a NorthFork Bullet if I ever saw one.
The 26 Nosler is a non-belted, 6.5mm centerfire rifle cartridge. With a useable case capacity of 93 grains of water, the 26 Nosler is speedy, it outperforms the 264 Win Mag by over 200 fps with a 130 gr bullet. Loaded with the 129gr AccuBond-LR, the 26 Nosler retains as much velocity at 400 yards as the 260 Remington produces at the muzzle.
Zeroed at 350 yards, the 26 Nosler has a maximum point blank range (PBR) of 415 yards. It appears from the chart at the right that Nosler is figuring 5 inches +or- form zero to get to that 415 yard point blank range.
Nosler’s choice of a 6.5mm cartridge is a good one, sectional density and high ballistic coefficients make 6.5mm a good bet. Retained energy and accuracy at long range is always good with a 6.5mm. This will be a good cartridge for wide open western hunting for deer class animals. Thumbs Up!
Nosler is looking to tap into the long range market with it’s latest offering. The 26 Nosler® case is non-belted, thus headspaced off of the shoulder to further enhance accuracy. The “26” also utilizes a standard (30-06) length action meaning shorter bolt-throw and lighter weight than magnum length actions.
The 26 Nosler® cartridge was designed to take advantage of the inherently accurate and high B.C. 6.5mm (.264) caliber bullets, and is capable of shooting the Nosler® 129 grain, AccuBond® Long Range™ bullet at a blazing 3400 fps out of the muzzle. Zeroed at 350 yards, the 26 Nosler® has a Point Blank Range of 0-415 yards. Loaded with the 129gr ABLR, the26 Nosler® retains as much velocity at 400 yards as the 260 Remington® produces at the muzzle.
The 26 Nosler® is a new and unique cartridge that was submitted to SAAMI® in June, 2013. The formal launch will take place at the 2014 SHOT Show. Nosler will introduce a rifle, brass, ammunition and a new bullet all in conjunction with this cartridge.