RELOADERS: NOSLER HAS HIT A HOME RUN
Carl F. Worden
September 22, 2009
Happy Autumn and happy hunting season!!
Before I begin with this extremely good news for reloaders, I want you to know I am in no way associated with Nosler and I am not being compensated by Nosler in any way, directly or indirectly, for writing this piece.
Reloading for extreme long range accuracy in an extreme long range-accurate rifle has always been a hassle. Before you even begin to load rounds for your rifle you must size the brass for length, bore out the flash hole, ream the primer pocket, chamfer the mouth of the brass and then go through the laborious task of weighing each brass case into groups so that the powder you are loading fills the case exacly the same. You cannot achieve near-absolute consistency shot-to-shot if you do not take these preparatory steps if you want tight groups beyond 300 yards. Now you must load your cases with match-grade primers with absolute consistency. Only then can you fill each case with the exact weight of powder and crown that sparkling gem with a match-grade bullet set to a depth where the bullet just exactly touches the rifling. Now you are ready to shoot.
Nosler has done all the case prep, including case weight sorting, and is selling that brass for reloading. I recommend you start with 200 cases and keep them separate from any others of the same caliber that you may have in stock.
My 300 Winchester Magnum, bull-barreled rifle has a 28 inch barrel which allows me to load Berger 210 grain bullets that leave the barrel at 2,950 FPS, and the accuracy I achieve is stunning at .33 MOA. Of course, no matter how much case preparation you perform, you cannot achieve that kind of accuracy if you don't have a rifle capable of it, and that requires a match trigger in a solid action mounted in a composite stock with a match-grade barrel. Remington 700 actions have always been favored, but Savage is now producing some really fine, out-of-the-box rifles that shoot .50 MOA with the right ammo, and the bonus is that factory Savage rifles can cost far less than an equivalent Remington custom rig.
Have fun! Carl F. Worden