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Relevant Innovation

The

22 Nosler

Nosler's latest-and smallest-cartridge redefines the capability of a
.22-cal. center-fire in the AR-15 platform. Here's what you need to know.

BY AARON CARTER, Field Editor
nnovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower," believed the late
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple, Inc. It's obvious that Nosler, Inc., subscribes to this philosophy as well; since 2014, the year
that the 26 Nosler made its debut, the Bend, Ore., company has introduced a total
of five new cartridges. Outside of the early 2000s, when Winchester and Remington
were embroiled in a frenzied ballistics battle, such a flurry of activity is somewhat
unusual-makers of proprietary and wildcat cartridges notwithstanding, of course.
Of the new Nosler namesakes, the .22 caliber is arguably the most innovative.

The Million-Dollar Question: Why?
Everything has a purpose ... or at least
it should. According to company literature, Nosler's objective in designing the
22 Nosler was to create the "most powerful .22-cal. cartridge that would reliably
function in the AR platform." Read "most
powerful" as "fastest"-velocity and
energy are interrelated.
Mandating that the new cartridge reliably function in the AR-15 made the omnipresent .223 Rem. and 5.56x45 mm NATO
cartridges benchmarks for performance.

Photos by Forrest MacCormack

AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

In other words, the goal was appreciable
velocity gains over these stalwarts. Frankly,
the realm was ripe for the picking; despite
Internet forums abuzz with AR-15 enthusiasts clamoring for a cartridge with ballistics akin to the .22-250 Rem., nothing like
that existed. Nosler seized the day.
Convenience was also an important
consideration in developing the cartridge.
The company wanted converting an AR in
.223 Rem./5.56x45 mm NATO to 22 Nosler
to be an uncomplicated process.

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