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.
Popular new Cartridge for 2014.
Shot Show is just a few weeks away, Fred Zeglin of 4D Reamer Rentals LTD heads to Shot each year to make sure he has all the new caliber offerings for his clients. Last year is was the 26 Nosler and the 25-45 Sharps (SRC).
So far the information leaks about new cartridges for 2015 have been controlled, no sneak peaks at what is coming from the factories. However, Fred says there are new wildcats getting some attention.
6mm Creedmoor has already been added to 4D’s list of reamers you can rent. It looks like wildcats on the 26 Nosler case are what will be hot in 2015. Those calibers will include:
- 25 Nosler
- 27 Nosler
- 28 Nosler
- 30 Nosler
- 33 Nosler
- 35 Nosler
- 375 Nosler
- 416 Nosler
All of these wildcats based on the 26 Nosler case will use the same headspace gauges, they are simply necked up, or in the case of the 25 necked down versions of the parent case.
6mm Grendel and 6.8mm Grendel are making waves too. Both of these are based on the popular 6.5 Grendel. If you’re a bolt action fan these cartridge are available in a configuration better suited to a bolt gun as the BPC (Borden Palmisano Cartridge) series, all using the same gauges.
Look for 4D Reamer Rentals to add all these reamers and more in 2015.
We reported on this gun when Miller Precision first introduced it on July 4th,2012. More recently they displayed the MPA300 at the SHOT Show, 2014. At Media Day they had several rifles there ready for writers to test.
Not too surprising, the writers all wanted to shoot the 300 Winchester in favor of the other models in 308 Winchester and 5.56 Nato.
The MPA300 has the distinction of being the only 300 Winchester Semi-auto on the market that is truly on the AR platform. While the upper, lower, magazine and bolt carrier are specific to the MPA, the rest of the parts are all AR-10 interchangeable. So you can dress your gun with any of the various features that are already on the market for the AR-10.
Media day turned out to be a real endurance test for the MPA300. When Brandon Miller saw that everyone wanted to shoot the 300 Winchester almost exclusively, he decided to see how long the gun would run without a cleaning. It went about 2700 rounds before the first malfunction. A quick inspection and cleaning had the gun back at the line and by the time the smoke cleared the gun had fired over 4000 rounds without a second failure.
Actions are machined from billet aluminum. These guys are selling quality, not big-box store discount products. Finishes for the Miller Precision guns are about as varied as you can ask for. Among other things they offer hydrographic coatings, so the choices are almost limitless. These guns are impressive.
Brandon Miller with his MPA300, Media Day 2014
At Shot Show 2014 Cabot Guns made quite a splash with their mirror image 1911 pistols. These two guns were true right and left hand 1911 pistols. The right had all the conventional controls, ie. safety, slide stop and magazine release that we are all used to.
The Left gun however was totally backwards (as you might expect) with the controls on the wrong side of the gun. Which makes sense when you see the scrimshaw by Darrel Morris on the grips. The Left gun has Piers Morgan on the right grip and Obamo on the left grip.
The Right hand gun has Ted Nugent on the left grip and G.W. Bush on the right side.
So when the two guns are muzzle to muzzle you have Morgan facing off with Nugent on one side and Obama with Bush on the other. The display highlights the great American gun debate.
The folks at Cabot Guns obviously have a sense of humor as well as a clear understanding of what will spark discussion. These presentation grade 1911 pistols show off the abilities of the company to produce high grade guns. These guns were the talk of the show, nearly everyone I talked to asked, “Have you seen the Right and Left guns at Cabot’s booth?”
Cabot Guns was launched in 2011. In a short time, the company has won two consecutive NRA National Pistol Championships. The Cabot 1911 has been described as “the Rolls Royce of 1911’s” by S.P. Fjestad, Author and Editor of the “Blue Book of Gun Values.
Here is a sad fact about emergency situations: Without extensive daily training chance are your initial reaction will be less than perfect. In the case of life threatening situations, because of fear, panic, or adrenalin, 93 percent of first shots fired miss the intended target. This is easy to understand.
In the best of circumstances we all have a slight twitch when firing a gun. The best marksman learn to minimize the flinch or twitch. For instance, if your twitch puts you just 2 degrees off target at 20 feet you will be 9.1 inches off your intended point of aim. Obviously that is enough to cause a miss.
These facts caused the folks at Multiple Impact Bullets to invent a bullet that makes if for more likely a first shot will hit the target. A bullet enhanced with Multiple Impact™ Technology (a prior-to-impact expansion technology) is designed to compensate for most if not all of the typical marksman’s error caused by Last Second Twitch.
The new design divides a single projectile into 3 interconnected segments that will spread to a predetermined orientation and finite diameter when fired. Once deployed, the segments of the proprietary Wide Envelopment Bullet™ (W.E.B™) are tethered together (like a spider web), to offer the shooter a much wider impact zone, reducing the occurrence of missed shots and thereby reducing the risk of collateral damage. (A standard .45 cal slug is .452 inches in diameter and remains that way until it collides with something, where as a T3™ round of the same caliber can be made to expand (instantly upon leaving the barrel) to a predetermined diameter (range 6 “ to 16 “ or greater).
This one of a kind Accelerated Radial Spread™ makes possible a wide spread pattern that ensures a high hit probability for each and every shot, resulting in unprecedented accuracy/hit probability, ensuring the shooter a greater tactical advantage.
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!
Found this little goodie at Media Day for Shot Show. You might imagine seeing the Sharps name that has always been associated with single shots and then seeing nothing but AR-15 rifles in the booth. I took a double take… which is probably what they were hoping for all the writers that visited the event.
Having been in the gun business for so many years I have seen the rebirth of many company names. Some have been successful and others have quickly died away. No telling what will happen with this new company. Sharps Rifle Company (SRC) is one of several brands, (five at present) under the one roof.
Turns out the item of interest was the 25-45 SRC cartridge. This is the most recent iteration of a wildcat most commonly known as a 25/223 Remington. Another well known variation came out in 1987 as the 25 TCU (Thompson Center Ugalde). The TCU version was designed for metalic silhouette competition. Of course that cartridge was intended for use in a 14″ barrel from a Contender pistol. While they are not interchangeable the two cartridges are very similar. Ahh, what’s old is new again. I sense a theme here.
- 65 Grain Rapid Expansion Varmint is advertised at 3300 feet per second from a 20″ barrel.
- 87 Grain soft point or FMJ loads are advertised at 3000 feet per second also from a 20″ barrel.
Of course, headstamped brass and commercially loaded ammo is always a selling point and SRC is offering just that. For more information on the brands and products associated with SRC click here.
DuraCoat is finally available in an aerosol can. This new aerosol was made possible by the development of this new “can in a can” technology which allows the components to mix inside the can.
This product differs from some other finishing products in that the product is activated, so it must be used within 48 hours of activation. Some gunsmiths and hobbyist are concerned about buying large quantities of product. For small shops this may be a great answer to that inventory problem.
Colors available in this new form are Matte Black, OD Green, Pink Lady, Magpul flat Dark Earth, White, Black-Hawk Coyote Tan, Combat Gray, and Woodland Green. Each 12 ounce can contains enough material to coat two rifles.
Available from www.lauerweaponry.com
This new variation on the Axis XP features the AccuTrigger, which is adjustable from 2.5 to 6 pounds. The rifle will come with a Weaver Kaspa scope mounted and bore sighted. This is a 3-9×40 variable scope.
Barrels are 22 inches, matte blue on all metal surfaces. The stock is a black molded synthetic. A detachable five rounds magazine rounds out the package. Eight calibers from 223 to 30-06 are offered. MSRP is only $415
Axis barrels can be changed out just like the popular Savage 110 type barrels. In fact our friends at 4D Reamer Rentals LTD. tell us that the barrels are interchangeable. 4D offers Savage pre-fit barrels in more calibers than any other maker we have found. So you can swap the barrel on one of these rifles and have the caliber of your dreams.
Rumor has it that 4D will be introducing a new barrel nut wrench, at the SHOT Show, for Savage smooth barrel nuts, like those found on the Axis series of rifles.
Finally, Savage is offering Youth models on the new Axis II XP series. These rifles will have a 20″ barrel chambered for 243 Winchester. Two camo patterns will be offered: A woodland pattern and the very popular “Muddy Girl”.
X-Bolt Eclipse Hunter from Browning as the name suggests is a bolt action. It features a matte blue finish on the barrel and receiver. Mounted in a gray laminated wood thumb-hole, monte carlo style stock, the barrel is free-floated. The magazine is a detachable rotary design.
Other features include an adjustable trigger and 60 degree bolt lift.
Calibers available for 2014:
- 243 Winchester
- 7mm-08 Remington
- 308 Winchester
- 25-06 Remington
- 270 Winchester
- 7mm Remington Magnum
- 300 Winchester Magnum
- 300 WSM
- 270 WSM
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