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NOSLER MODEL 48 LONG-RANGE CARBON

MANUFACTURER: NOSLER, INC. (DEPT. AR), 107 S.W. COLUMBIA ST., BEND, OR 97702; (800) 285-3701; NOSLER.COM
46.125 "
1.5 "

0.75 "
26 "
13.25 "

ACTION TYPE: BOLT-ACTION, CENTER-FIRE
REPEATING RIFLE

CHAMBERING: 27 NOSLER

RECEIVER: 4140 STEEL
STOCK: MANNERS MCS-T ELITE TAC;
CARBON FIBER, ELITE MIDNIGHT CAMO
BARREL: PROOF RESEARCH,
CARBON-WRAPPED STAINLESS STEEL;
SIX-GROOVE, 1:8.5 " RH TWIST

MAGAZINE: INTERNAL, THREE-ROUND BOX
TRIGGER: SINGLE-STAGE; 3-LB., 3-OZ. PULL
SIGHTS: NONE; DRILLED AND TAPPED RECEIVER
WEIGHT: 6 LBS., 15 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL
MSRP: $3,190

SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.) NOSLER MODEL 48 LONG-RANGE CARBON

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TYPE/CHARGE (GRAINS)

PROPELLANT

COL
(INCHES)

JUMP
(INCHES)

VELOCITY
(F.P.S.)

SPREAD
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

ACCURACY
(INCHES)

SWIFT BULLET CO.
130-GR. SCIROCCO II

RL25/81.0

3.305

0.030

3461

46

3458

1.47

CUTTING EDGE BULLETS
140-GR. MTH

RL33/86.0

3.402

0.035

3357

21

3504

1.58

BERGER BULLETS
150-GR. VLD HUNTER

RETUMBO/79.0

3.274

0.025

3224

33

3463

1.24

US869/89.0

3.281

0.020

3188

22

3611

1.40

BERGER BULLETS
170-GR. ELITE HUNTER

VV-N570/80.0

3.388

0.045

3225

44

3927

0.87

NOSLER TROPHY GRADE
150-GR. ACCUBOND

FACTORY LOAD

3.305

0.026

3268

11

3558

1.14

NOSLER TROPHY GRADE
165-GR. ACCUBOND LR

FACTORY LOAD

3.325

0.019

3114

19

3553

1.62

BULLET
& TYPE

WEIGHT

NOSLER
160-GR. PARTITION

NOTES: PROPELLANT CHARGE WEIGHTS IN HANDLOADS ARE MAXIMUM OR CLOSE TO IT AND SHOULD BE REDUCED BY 7.0 GRAINS FOR STARTING
CHARGES IN OTHER RIFLES. MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR FIVE SHOTS FROM A 26 " , SIX-GROOVE, 1:8.5 " -TWIST BARREL. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR
FIVE CONSECUTIVE, THREE-SHOT GROUPS AT 100 YDS. FROM A BENCHREST. NOSLER CASES AND FEDERAL GM215M PRIMERS WERE USED IN ALL
HANDLOADS. A NIGHTFORCE 3-10X 42 MM SHV SCOPE IN TALLEY 30 MM MODERN SPORTING RINGS AND PICATINNY RAIL WAS USED. ABBREVIATIONS:
COL (CARTRIDGE OVERALL LENGTH), LR (LONG RANGE), MTH (MATCH/TAC/HUNTING), VLD (VERY LOW DRAG), VV (VIHTAVUORI).
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fore-end snuggles nicely into a sandbag, and yet measuring 1.88 " wide
0.534 "
at its midpoint, it is narrow enough
for a comfortable fit with the hand.
A Pachmayr Decelerator pad does a
good job of soaking up recoil. My
only criticism of the stock is the large
size and shape of its grip. It begins
2.109 "
with a circumference of 5.5 " near the
receiver and then abruptly swells to a
much larger handful.
The action and the aluminum
bottom metal have a Cerakote finish in Sniper Grey. Nosler
has used several different triggers through the years, and
this one has a fully adjustable Timney with a two-position
safety that, when engaged, allows the bolt to be rotated
for loading and unloading the chamber. The safety can be
pushed off quietly, and that's a detail to look for when
shopping for a big-game rifle. Ten pulls on a Lyman digital
gauge averaged 3 lbs., 3 ozs., with a variation of only
3 ozs. No creep or overtravel were evident. A recent change
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

0.314 " 0.277 "

35°

2.262 "

2.590 "

3.340 "

was made in the Model 48 action. Since day one, the 4140
steel bolt was investment cast by an outside contractor
then machined to final dimensions at the Nosler plant.
The type of steel remains the same, but the bolt is now
machined by Nosler from bar stock.
While the two loads offered by Nosler are capable of
covering a lot of hunting territory, I wanted to see how
bullets of other weights would perform in the Long-Range
Carbon with its 1:8.5 " twist. I began preparing handloads
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