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Handloading The 22 Nosler

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hooters looking for more options
in 22 Nosler loads than are offered
by the company can find handloading recipes at load-data.nosler.com for
bullets ranging in weight from 40 to
77 grs., which should fulfill the majority
of their needs. Bullet options in this
range would fill volumes.
RCBS and Redding are producing a
variety of dies for the cartridge, including
two- and three-die sets encompassing
everything from "National Match" and
"Master Hunter" to "AR-Series Small Base."
That it's a SAAMI-approved and -standardized cartridge has obviously hastened the
development process-a good thing.
Reloading the 22 Nosler is relatively
straightforward; however, there are caveats. If loading for an AR-type arm, fulllength sizing is recommended; using a die
that resizes to minimum dimensions, such
as the RCBS AR-Series Small-Base, is even
better. Through full-length sizing, smooth
functioning is assured. When handloading for this article, I used the standard
two-die set (No. 80768) from Redding. The
results speak for themselves.
When seating bullets with a
WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to provide information
based upon the limited experience of individuals
under specific conditions and circumstances. They
do not detail the comprehensive training, procedures, techniques and safety precautions that are
absolutely necessary to properly carry on similar
activity. READ THE NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER
ON THE CONTENTS PAGE OF THIS MAGAZINE.
ALWAYS CONSULT COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE MANUALS AND BULLETINS OF PROPER
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS, PROCEDURES, TECHNIQUES AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS BEFORE
ATTEMPTING ANY SIMILAR ACTIVITIES.

cannelure for a semi-automatic rifle,
a roll crimp is recommended. Should
there be no cannelure, a taper crimp
is suggested. A taper-crimp die is part
of most premium three-die sets. Be
mindful of cartridge overall length;
exceeding cartridge overall length (i.e.
2.260") will cause magazine issues.
According to Nosler, top velocities
for 40- and 50/52-gr. bullets will be
found with H4985, while CFE-223 is the
go-to for 55- and 64-gr. projectiles. The
company reports that Hodgdon BL-C2
propels 69/70-gr. bullets upward of
3159 f.p.s., and with Hodgdon H380,
the 77-gr. HPBT CC hits 2981 f.p.s.
Some of the other top propellants are:
Hodgdon Varget, Ramshot TAC, Accurate
2520, Reloder 15 and Norma 202.
Cases are currently manufactured only
by Nosler. Available in 100-count boxes,
these ready-to-load, premium cases sell
for $67 (midwayusa.com). Lastly, the
22 Nosler uses small rifle primers for
ignition. The company used Winchester
Small Rifle (WSR) for load development.
Using the abovementioned primer
and 55-gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets,

I assembled loads using two different
propellants: Hodgdon CFE-223 and Varget.
Incremental changes with the former
resulted in nearly all charges grouping
tightly. Settling on the maximum charge
of 33.0 grs. of CFE-223, five consecutive,
five-shot groups averaged 0.83". Velocity
from the Varmageddon AR was 3297 f.p.s.
A second load, also with the same
primer and projectile, featured 29.3 grs. of
Hodgdon Varget. For 25 consecutive shots
the mean was 0.85"; however, this load
produced the single smallest group of the
day-0.53". Velocity was 3058 f.p.s.
Lastly, I loaded 40- and 77-gr. bullets
with Nosler's maximum noted charges of
H4895 and H380, respectively, to see what
the top velocities would be. The 40-gr.
projectile attained 3767 f.p.s., while the
77-gr. bullet hit 2908 f.p.s. (only 73 f.p.s.
slower than when fired from a 24" barrel).
Measured cases showed minimal stretch.
Given the results above, I can only
imagine what the 22 Nosler is capable
of when finding the perfect primer,
projectile and propellant combination.
It's a handloader's dream.
-AARON CARTER

22 NOSLER CARTRIDGE

30°
0.378"

0.420"

0.400"

0.255"

1.389"
1.515"
1.760"
2.260"

propellant, though the greater case capacity-approximately
43 grs. of water-of the .22-250 Rem. permits notably higher
velocities through handloading and certain factory loads.

Innovation Or Illusion?

"That's the real deal," reported an ardent shooter-and
.22-250 Rem. devotee-referring to the 22 Nosler after having
sent five rounds of Match Grade 77-gr. BTHP CC load downrange from the Nosler Varmageddon AR (by Noveske) topped
with a Leupold VX-3 8.5-25X 50 mm scope. I concur. Several
In the Trophy
Grade Varmint
line, 22 Nosler
cartridges carry
the company's
55-gr. Ballistic
Tip bullets.
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

range sessions have shown that stellar accuracy and ballistics
are attainable with the 22 Nosler. When using the Trophy
Grade Varmint 55-gr. BT load, five consecutive, five-shot groups
averaged 1.05" at 100 yds. from a Caldwell 7-Rest. From the
18", 1:8"-twist barrel, the Match Grade 77-gr. BTHP CC load
had a mean of 0.88". The smallest group recorded with factory
ammunition was 0.65". Unsurprisingly, handloads posted better
averages than did the factory loads (see the sidebar above).
Recovered cases showed ejector hole markings and other scarring of the bases, along with flattened primers. A raised line on
the bolt face was partially to blame, and pressure and/or brass
softness contributed to the other characteristics.
Given the cartridge's high velocities, barrel heating
occurred quickly-even on a 53° F day. Correlated with
barrel warming was dispersion of bullet impacts. Typically,
the first three or four rounds clustered startlingly close
together, only for the group's size to increase with the
fifth shot. Total cooling, however, cannot be expected on a
prairie dog shoot, either. As to velocities, the 55-gr. BT load
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