M48 Hertitage Rifle Review

 

We were going through our Nosler Reloading Forum the other day and found this excellent review by one of our customers on the Heritage Rifle:

"The Heritage has arrived.  In a word, I am pleased.  Short of shooting it, it has met my expectations and objectives in a hunting rifle.

  • With a 2.5x8 Leupold in Talley’s, it weighs 8# 2ozs.  The balance of this pairing is perfect.  I don’t know if it was by design, but the ring spacing of the Talley’s on the M48 receiver is just perfect for the Leupold 2.5x8.
  • The wood has a nice color and figure.  The stock pattern is a very appealing classic style that is well executed. 
  • The black Cerakote nicely compliments the satin oil finish of the stock.
  • Cosmetically, the rifle is eye candy for a classic styled rifle fan. 
  • The fit is excellent with symmetrical and even inletting clearances in the barrel channel. 
  • The barreled action is sunk into the stock to the mid-point. 
  • The trigger is positioned properly at the top edge of the guard hole which shows that the inletting depth of the barreled action to the trigger guard was properly executed. 
  • The inletting for the loading port and bolt handle are carefully done.
  • The bottom metal is fit tightly and sunk just flush with the stock line.
  • The checkering is clean and even.
  • From the top, the forend contour nicely follows the barrel taper with an even and symmetrical space to the edge on both sides.
  • This careful mating of wood to metal could not have been achieved without the laying of hands on the assembly. 
  • The shadow line of the cheek-piece is a very nice custom touch. 
  • The slimness of the forend end gives way for the magazine box and tapers nicely over the trigger to the grip.

There is so much more to a hunting rifle than the visual appearance.  The feel of a classic style hunting rifle in the hands speaks to the character of the design.  The shape, taper and radius of the forend give the rifle balance and liveliness in the hand. The grip radius and contour comfortably position the trigger finger for quick firing.  The shape and contour of the cheekpiece position a properly mounted scope in the eye for snapshots. 

I have long been a student of the Classic Style rifle stock in America.  Each year, I would anxiously await John Amber to release the Gun Digest.  John Amber showcased the work of the top custom gunmakers in the country.  I always admired the great Masters work.  Just to name a few of these custom rifle smiths there is Jerry Fisher, Dale Goens, Leonard Brownell and the founder of Dakota Arms, Don Allen.  Work by members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild is out of reach for me.

Nosler Pro Staffer Gary Lewis. Hunting with M48 Heritage Rifle

Nosler Pro Staffer Gary Lewis.
Hunting with M48 Heritage Rifle

However, this is the gold standard that should be aspired to by any company who wants to build a quality hunting rifle.  I applaud Nosler for offering such a high quality rifle at the semi-production price point. I don’t know who the stock-maker was who designed the Nosler 48 pattern.  This is a pattern that I would gladly duplicate in another rifle stock.

I certainly will be conflicted when it comes to dragging this rifle into the field.  The rigors of hunting and Mother Nature are not friendly to a rifle.  Many years ago I learned that there is only so much care that you can take with a rifle in the field.  If you use them and you truly hunt, they will take on memories of each day in the field and show the years of use.  I hunted with wood stocked rifles for many years before going exclusively to fiberglass stocks.

At one point, I didn’t want to be worrying more about the rifle than the hunt.  That was when I transitioned to fiberglass stocks.  However, when the wood stock gives way to synthetics, in that transition a rifle loses its character and just becomes a tool.

You will notice that I didn’t spend any time discussing the caliber.  To a point, caliber just becomes academic. We all like to talk about ballistics and terminal performance, but it is the character of the rifle that will endear it to the hunter.  I will be looking forward to spending time in the field with the Nosler M48 Heritage."


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The Nosler M48 Heritage Rifle winner of the 2015 Rifle Award / Guns & Shooting Online

 
 

 

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Digital Reloading Guide 8 Released

 

The All New Digital Reloading Guide 8


The new and improved Digital Reloading Guide 8, designed for the best user experience.  The days of using just a PDF download to explore pages and pages of reloading data are gone.

The new digital format allows for 5 different ways to explore the Nosler Reloading Guide 8:

Online access through your shop.nosler.com account

  • Perfect for Tablets and Mobile Devices

Includes 4 options of downloadable versions

  • You have unlimited access to all versions
  • PC Desktop Version
  • MAC Desktop Version
  • PDF Download
  • PDF Alternative Download

Compatible with Touch Screen Devices

PDF version now contains links in Table of Contents and on the Cartridge Index page to other pages in the document.

 

Digital Reloading Guide 8 New Features:

Quick Access to whatever you are looking for

  • Links are included on the Table of Contents page
  • Links to each cartridge from the Cartridge Index page

Excellent Tools

  • Turn on and off the Table of Contents
  • View Pages in Tile Mode
  • Bookmark your favorite pages
  • Print a page for your records
  • Turn on and off full screen mode
  • Zoom Control
  • Page Viewing Navigation

Search

  • Find what pages your favorite cartridge is listed
  • Search by Story Author

Bullet Cutaway Pages

  • The bullet cutaway pages have direct links to Nosler.com for more information on particular bullets
 

 

Build Your Dream Rifle

 

Nosler is excited to announce new M48 Rifle Custom Options.  We have added stock options, new cerakote colors and other upgrades and options.

Best of all!  The M48 Custom Rifle can now be yours at a starting price of $2495 that is a savings of $1300 over last years price!

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Check out our online Rifle Builder application at rifles.nosler.com to view any combination of specified options and features.

You build it on-line, and then we will build it to those exact specifications.  

With premium components at the heart of the rifle, there is no doubt that a Model 48 Custom Rifle is up to the challenge, whether it’s in a backyard tree-stand, or half-way around the world.

 
 

 
 


Nosler Announces E-Tip Ammunition

 

NEW E-TIP® AMMUNITION LINE FROM NOSLER®
PROVIDES HUNTERS AND SHOOTERS WITH A PREMIUM LEAD FREE OPTION

 

 

Bend, Ore. – January, 2016 – Nosler® created the E-Tip® Ammunition line to offer an affordable, lead-free ammunition alternative for hunters who are either required or choose to use a lead-free bullet. The advantages of the E-Tip® bullet are not limited to the material from which it is made however, its construction is what gives the E-Tip® its greatest advantage; high weight retention.

Because the E-Tip® retains so much weight, it provides extremely deep penetration and consistently straight wound channels. The E-Tip® smashes through heavy bone and muscle, typically performing like a much heavier bonded or lead-cored bullet. This high degree of penetration provides a significant advantage when hunting large game with non-magnum calibers. Offered in a variety of traditional American hunting cartridges, E-Tip® ammunition is an excellent choice for any North American big game or African plains game.

Initial offerings in Nosler’s E-Tip® line of ammunition for 2016 include:

  • 243 Winchester – 90 grain E-Tip®
  • 270 Winchester – 130gr E-Tip®
  • 7mm-08 Remington – 140gr E-Tip®
  • 7mm Remington Magnum – 150gr E-Tip®
  • 308 Winchester – 150 grain E-Tip®
  • 308 Winchester – 168 grain E-Tip®
  • 30-06 Springfield – 168 grain E-Tip®
  • 30-06 Springfield – 180 grain E-Tip®
  • 300 Winchester Magnum – 180 grain E-Tip®
 

 

For the most current information on Nosler® product announcements, visit Nosler’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NoslerInc

 

THE 30 NOSLER

 

NOSLER® ANNOUNCES THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THEIR CARTRIDGE FAMILY:

THE 30 NOSLER®

Bend, Ore. – January 8, 2016 – Nosler is proud to introduce the newest member if its cartridge family, the 30 Nosler®. Sharing the same parent case as the 26 and 28 Nosler® cartridges, the 30 Nosler® takes all the best attributes of currently available 30 magnums and combines them in one cartridge. The 30 Nosler® easily meets the velocity of the 300 Weatherby, headspaces on the shoulder like a 300 RUM, has an efficient powder column like the 300 WSM and fits in the same standard length action of a 300 Winchester Magnum. 

The 30 Nosler® is a SAAMI standardized cartridge making for consistent brass and chamber dimensions industry wide. Nosler will be supporting this new cartridge with Nosler® Brass, Trophy Grade™ Ammunition and naturally, the full line of M48 rifles in 26” barrel configurations.  

The initial offerings in Nosler’s Trophy Grade™ Ammunition provide the ideal blend of velocity, power and downrange terminal performance. They are:

 

                                                                                                              26” Barrel

Nosler® Trophy Grade™ Ammunition – 180gr AccuBond®                 3200fps

Nosler® Trophy Grade™ LR Ammunition – 210gr AccuBond® LR     3000fps

 

The 30 Nosler® shares the same parent case as the 26 & 28 Nosler® as well as the C.O.A.L. of 3.340” allowing this cartridge to be operated in a standard length action for lighter weight and shorter bolt throw when compared to magnum length actions.

 
 

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Nosler Trophy Photo Contest Winner

Trophy Contest Winner

Congrats to our ‪#‎NoslerTrophy winner, Michael!

For the past 2 months Nosler’s Facebook community participated in a trophy photo contest.  Several hundred great trophy photos were added.  The winner received a new Nosler rifle sling and 5 boxes of Ballistic Tip Ammunition!

 

 

If you have not already joined our community of great people on Facebook, please do! 500,000+  

 

 

Visit our Facebook page for more awesome photo’s!

 

Carter's W.A.R. | Outdoor Channel

Carter’s W.A.R. premieres Monday, Dec. 28th on the Outdoor Channel

 

Carter’s W.A.R. Presented by Nosler, is the untold story of one man’s quest to save his homeland - the world’s most wild and dangerous continent on earth, Africa. From heavily armed poachers butchering elephants for their tusks to the slaughter of rhinos for their horns, Africa’s most precious resource is in peril. Can one man expose the truth and make a difference? Watch as wildlife detective and professional hunter, Ivan Carter, takes you inside the real Africa to the front lines of the wars being waged on its wildlife.

See more tonight during the Carter’s W.A.R. season premiere on the Outdoor Channel at 9pm ET. 

 

American Hunter Bullet Bio - Nosler AccuBond

 

"The AccuBond is accurate because the core is consistent and void free. It shoots flat because of the high ballistic coefficient, which is helped along by the pointy white tip. And it's deadly because it perfectly balances expansion, erosion and penetration."

Richard Mann

 

Read Richard Mann’s full bullet biography on the Nosler AccuBond on NRA's American Hunter.

 
  * Photo Courtesy of AmericanHunter.org

 

* Photo Courtesy of AmericanHunter.org

 

Reloading Guide 8 Hot Off the Press

Nosler Reloading Guide 8 Picture
 

NOSLER RELOADING GUIDE 8


FOR THOSE WHO ACTUALLY
ACTUALLY READ THE ARTICLES

 

All the data you’ve been dreaming of, plus a few pictures.

Introducing Nosler Reloading Guide 8, hot off the press with AccuBond Long Range data.  This expanded edition also features 26 Nosler, 28 Nosler and 30 Nosler, plus all the latest powders and updated introductions for every cartridge.  It’s enough new material to send every handloader’s pulse racing.