Nosler rifles

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  1. LeoHuhta

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    Anyone out there who has purchased a Nosler rifle.
    Looking for information on how well they are liked and if there has been any problems.


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    Leo
     
  2. Dusty Stevens

    Dusty Stevens COVFEFE Gold $$ Contributor

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    Nosler is a great company with stellar customer service. If theres any issue they will fix it (within reason of course- its not a benchrest rifle)
     
  3. cjames

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    I hate to say negative things about a company and I'm sure they make some good rifles. However, I have had first hand experience with 2 rifles that were not mine, but both rifles were duds. One got sold off and one got rebarreled. Both rifles were sent back and nothing changed. The one that got rebarreled was a 25-06 that would shoot a 2" 3 shot group "All day long." No matter what load or bullet. The Barrel got replaced with a Brux into 6.5-280 Ackley and is a 1/2" 3 shot rifle. The rifle that got sold was a also a 2" 3 shot Rifle All day long also. That being said, I shoot and am very confident in their bullets.
     
  4. 'Freak

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    I have a Nosler M48 bolt rifle chambered 22 Nosler. It came with 24" 1:8 twist Shilen #4 (magnum) contour. Actions are trued up after the heat treat. A Timney set as low as their trigger police will allow 'em. Carved from a nice enuf hunk of Walnut, Walnut stock. Action pillared and epoxy bedded to stock with barrel fully free floating. Looks good. Feels good. Shootin' typically sub-MOA 100 yard 3-shot groups of w/most of the factory loads I've so far had the oppertunity to play with. Lookin' forward to see how well it'll shoot various kustom crafted hand loads.

    'Freak
     
  5. Rick in Oregon

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    The fellow who is responsible for these rifles is a friend here and a rabid shooter, hunter and handloader. He also designed all the Nosler cartridges in use now.

    He is proud of the rifles and all the new cartridge offerings, and if there is a problem with a rifle, he wants it fixed and put back out into the field pronto. Nosler uses Pac-Nor premium barrels, but like anything in life, things can and do go wrong.

    So if there's any doubt as to the quality of Nosler rifles, having shot them and handled them extensively, I'll opine that if one gets out the door in less than satisfactory condition, it's an exception rather than the rule and they will make it right. Can't comment on the .25-06 issue described above, but it's certainly not typical, as they are making and selling these rigs as fast as they can get the raw materials in house. If they had any "real" issues, we'd all know about it by now.

    "No", I do not own a Nosler rifle. :)
     
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    I was in the Pro Shop and lusted over a 9.3x62 for no other reason than I love that cartridge. I left it there but still contemplating!
     
  8. WindSurgeon

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    Beautiful rifle with matched scope and ammo. Nice furniture. It didn't shoot any more accurately than my Tikka or Kimber rifles out of the box (or Savage for that matter). More money than its worth so I sold it. I view it as a rifle for the impression it makes on people when they ask what rifle are you shooting.
     
  9. LeoHuhta

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    How about a Cooper rifle over a Nosler.
    Any opinions?
     
  10. 'Freak

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    Mine's shootin' Nosler's stuff as advertised. Figger if rolling my own then doesn't satisfy my lust, a step up to the finest of cut rifling in a slightly thicker cross section ought scratch that itch. The action is supposed to already have been made righteous.
     
  11. fmturner

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    I have a Nosler 48 Heritage in 7-08. I do like the rifle but have two criticisms.
    The first is the trigger and the safety. My rifle has a Rifle Basics trigger. It can be adjusted to three pounds but the rough travel and creep can not be adjusted out. I don't like safties on hunting rifles that do not lock the bolt closed. Although Nosler offers a three position Timney, it is only offered on the custom rifles. They will replace the original on my gun for $200, + my shipping to Nosler. That Timney costs about $139 but Timney will not sell one to me because of a proprietary agreement with Nosler.
    The second is the chamber. Although it headspaces correctly, it demonstrates circular rings on the shoulder after firing which were probably caused by chips during reaming or a rough reamer. Not functional but a QA problem in my opinion.
    At their price point, they provide a good dollar value, on a par with a Cooper. I had a Cooper Excaliber and the trigger was excellent, but again, no bolt lock on the safety. I also did not like the grip radius on the Cooper stock.
    I wrote an extensive review of my Nosler 48 on the Nosler website, with actual groups posted. Here are the links:
    https://forum.nosler.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=32563
    https://forum.nosler.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=35410
     
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  12. golfer2b2000

    golfer2b2000 Silver $$ Contributor

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    If I am going to spend that kind of money, I am going to have it built with an action I can fully trust. Sure, it may be a few bucks more but there is nothing like a hand crafted rifle. I think what they are asking for those rifles are way over board...
     
  13. fmturner

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    The street price for the Nosler 48 is in the $1500 range for the base models. I challenge you to do the math on a build where you are purchasing all of the components and paying someone to do the work and beat that price. I have some custom stuff in my cabinet where I did some of the work so I have more than a cursory understanding of the cost. Maybe if you use a Savage or Remington production action, Shaw barrel and Boyds stock, doing the inletting and bedding yourself and your own spray on finish you might come close, but I do contest what you are suggesting without seeing your cost workup.
    My best hunting rifles are my H-S precision rifles, but I can't afford a cabinet full of those. The Nosler is not my "best" rifle but I still consider them a good dollar value.
     
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  14. golfer2b2000

    golfer2b2000 Silver $$ Contributor

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    The rifles I saw by Nosler were over 2000 dollars. So I am really not sure what I was looking at, but your right.I cant get close to that price. But if a Nosler rifle was in the 2500 ballpark, I am saying I would drop a few extra bucks and get something exactly what I want.
     
  15. muleman69

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    Local gunstore got one in thinking I would jump on it because it was a .280 Ackley. The rifle is super nice and the price was not that bad considering the components they have in it. My only problem was the weight, trying to go lighter as I get older
     
  16. muleman69

    muleman69 USMC -1st marine Div. RVN Gold $$ Contributor

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    I have a cooper in 7/08 with is a nice rifle. The trigger is great the stock is really nice and it shoots good for a lite rifle with fluted barrel. I see the prices are quite a bit higher sense I bought mine. I worked up a load for it but have never took it hunting,Thinking of selling it now that I'm off doing different things
     
  17. Don_Parsons

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    I was in the same boat, I'm on rifle build number III now.

    Bob Jury Barrels, Jewel triggers, Pacific Tool & Gauge bolts, a hand full of MRC and Wild-Cat Composites Stocks.

    About $11 to $1200 per build, all 3 rifles fit into the F Class shooting or hunting depending on the stock they get mounted into.

    The 18 1/2 lb'er normally stays intact since another 308 showed up in the gun crib. Ha.

    I suppose I could of bought the 1 PGW to cover all my bases, but custom builds are alot of fun.

    I wouldn't be suprized if 5 more custom stocks show up this winter.
    Nothing like changing things up to keep the crowd guessing on what is what. LOL

    Western Canada Don
     

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