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AccuBond

  • What is the difference between the accubond and partition?

    Externally, they look the same except for the tip colors, Ballistic Tip® bullets are color-coded by caliber while all AccuBond® bullets have white tips. Internally the Ballistic Tip® is not bonded and is designed for controlled expansion on medium game with approximately 50-60% weight retention. Conversely, the lead alloy core of the AccuBond® is bonded to the jacket. This bonding increases weight retention (65-70%) and slows expansion resulting in deeper penetration and enhanced bone-breaking potential in larger animals.

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  • What is the difference between the Ballistic Tip® and the AccuBond®?

    Externally, they look the same except for the tip colors, Ballistic Tip® bullets are color-coded by caliber while all AccuBond® bullets have white tips. Internally the Ballistic Tip® is not bonded and is designed for controlled expansion on medium game with approximately 50-60% weight retention. Conversely, the lead alloy core of the AccuBond® is bonded to the jacket. This bonding increases weight retention (65-70%) and slows expansion resulting in deeper penetration and enhanced bone-breaking potential in larger animals.

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  • What is the difference between AccuBond® Long Range and AccuBond®?

    AccuBond® and AccuBond® Long Range share similar names and the same bonding technology, yet they are in fact two very different bullets designed for different applications.

    The standard AccuBond® is designed to be a highly-accurate big game hunting bullet suitable for use on a wide variety of game. The AccuBond® Long Range is designed with the same purpose in mind, but we completely re-designed the AccuBond® Long Range to optimize Ballistic Coefficient and allow the bullet to expand over a much broader range of impact velocities than the original AccuBond®. Where the AccuBond® is designed to reliably expand at a minimum impact velocity of 1800 fps, the AccuBond® Long Range is designed to expand at a minimum impact velocity of 1300 fps. This allows the AccuBond® Long Range bullets to provide effective game-taking performance at ranges beyond which the AccuBond® would no longer reliably expand. It is important to note that the advantages of the AccuBond® Long Range don’t begin to play a role until the range begins to exceed 500 yards or impact velocity drops below 1800fps.

    For applications where shots will range from zero to 400-500 yards, the AccuBond® is an excellent choice, but for applications where shot distances are beyond 500 yards, the higher Ballistic Coefficient and the enhanced expansion characteristics of the AccuBond® Long Range offer significant advantages.

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  • What is the difference between the AccuBond® and Partition®?

    The AccuBond® and Partition® are very similar in terminal performance, but they differ greatly in internal structure. The Partition® bullet is the original, controlled expansion, design created by John A. Nosler over 65 years ago. Long before the invention of bonding technology, the dual-core, partitioned jacket design of the Partition® bullet created the perfect blend of controlled expansion and deep penetration. The AccuBond® bullet was designed to mimic the on-game performance of the Partition® in a sleeker, more aerodynamic design by taking advantage of modern impact-extruded jacket design and bonding technology. Internally, where the Partition® features separate front and rear lead cores separated by an integral partition, the AccuBond® features a heavily tapered jacket and a single lead core which is permanently bonded to the jacket. Externally, the Partition® has a flat base and lead nose while the AccuBond® has a boat tailed base and a white polymer tip.

    Both bullets are designed to be general-purpose hunting bullets suitable for all game animals. Both bullets are designed to expand into consistent mushrooms while retaining 65-70% of their original weight with proven performance over a wide range of velocities and game. Partition® users will not see a gain by switching to AccuBond® unless their particular firearm shoots them more accurately.

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AccuBond Long Range

  • What is the difference between AccuBond® Long Range and AccuBond®?

    AccuBond® and AccuBond® Long Range share similar names and the same bonding technology, yet they are in fact two very different bullets designed for different applications.

    The standard AccuBond® is designed to be a highly-accurate big game hunting bullet suitable for use on a wide variety of game. The AccuBond® Long Range is designed with the same purpose in mind, but we completely re-designed the AccuBond® Long Range to optimize Ballistic Coefficient and allow the bullet to expand over a much broader range of impact velocities than the original AccuBond®. Where the AccuBond® is designed to reliably expand at a minimum impact velocity of 1800 fps, the AccuBond® Long Range is designed to expand at a minimum impact velocity of 1300 fps. This allows the AccuBond® Long Range bullets to provide effective game-taking performance at ranges beyond which the AccuBond® would no longer reliably expand. It is important to note that the advantages of the AccuBond® Long Range don’t begin to play a role until the range begins to exceed 500 yards or impact velocity drops below 1800fps.

    For applications where shots will range from zero to 400-500 yards, the AccuBond® is an excellent choice, but for applications where shot distances are beyond 500 yards, the higher Ballistic Coefficient and the enhanced expansion characteristics of the AccuBond® Long Range offer significant advantages.

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  • Is there a special seating stem for the AccuBond® Long Range bullets?

    Because of the long ogive and soft nose of the AccuBond® Long Range bullets, standard seating stems in certain dies may leave a ring indentation at the nose after being seated. In some cases, it may even cause rippling in the nose and/or bullet run-out (banana shape) which causes inaccuracy. Forester, Redding and RCBS all provide specially designed seating stems that accommodate long ogive bullets such as the AccuBond® Long Range.

  • How far off the lands should AccuBond Long Range bullets be loaded?

    Nosler recommends starting load development with the AccuBond Long Range bullets at a depth that would result in a cartridge's SAAMI established maximum overall length. These bullets have a smooth junction of their bearing surface to the ogive. This tangent ogive design provides good accuracy without the need to be at or near the lands. Often, ABLR’s actually prefer at least .050” jump before making contact with the lands.

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Ballistic Tip

  • What is the difference between the Ballistic Tip® and the AccuBond®?

    Externally, they look the same except for the tip colors, Ballistic Tip® bullets are color-coded by caliber while all AccuBond® bullets have white tips. Internally the Ballistic Tip® is not bonded and is designed for controlled expansion on medium game with approximately 50-60% weight retention. Conversely, the lead alloy core of the AccuBond® is bonded to the jacket. This bonding increases weight retention (65-70%) and slows expansion resulting in deeper penetration and enhanced bone-breaking potential in larger animals.

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  • What happens to the polymer tip in the bullet after being fired from the rifle?

    The polymer tip contained in Nosler’s AccuBond®, AccuBond® LR, Ballistic Tip®, E-Tip® and Varmageddon® bullets have three main functions. First, it is meant to maintain sharp tip shape and not deform which is common on lead tipped bullets. Second, because of this sharp spitzer nose, the ballistic coefficient is improved for better long range accuracy. Third, the polymer tip acts as a wedge upon bullet impact which initiates expansion as the bullet penetrates; maximizing dependable and reliable would channel destruction. The tip does not melt away from the bullet while traveling through the barrel or before terminal impact. Based on a bullet traveling 3000 fps, it only takes 1/15000th of a second for a bullet to travel through a 24” barrel so there is little time for heat to affect the integrity of the bullet in any way. Most often, the tip “washes” away along with a partial amount of the nose of the bullet during expansion. 

  • Did the Ballistic Tip® bullet get redesigned along with the new packaging?

    The only thing different about the new Ballistic Tip® hunting bullet line is indeed, the new packaging. The bullet has not been redesigned so internal, external and terminal ballistics of Ballistic Tip® bullet performance will remain the same.

Nosler Rifles

  • Who makes Nosler® Rifles?

    All Nosler® Rifles are hand assembled at the Nosler® manufacturing plant located in Bend, Oregon using the finest components.

General Reloading

  • Why is the powder I have not listed in your data?

    There currently are about 170 powders available to reloaders of which probably 30+ are suitable for any given load combination. We try to combine several well established powders with some of the newer introductions in our publishing of 10 powders per bullet weight.

  • Why don’t I get the same velocities listed in your manual from my rifle?

    Nosler® uses minimum spec. test barrels which are equivalent to the best custom barrels. These barrels produce maximum pressures and velocities so the data will be safe in any barrel. Factory production barrels are generally slightly looser and may or may not generate the same velocities at equal pressure. We have seen identical factory barrels vary as much as 150fps with the same load. Also, it is common for us to use 26” barrels (especially in magnum cartridges) to shoot load data which will also produce higher velocities when compared to 22” and 24” barrels.

  • Why do different manuals have different data?

    Several factors contribute to variations in data. The hardness of different bullets affect how they obdurate to the bore which affects the drag. Different barrels can produce different results, test barrel vs. production barrel. Different lots of powder may produce variations, and different pressure measuring techniques may produce different results. All reloading data is a guide not an absolute and the reason it is recommended to start low and work up.

  • Why are there compressed loads (more than 100% load density) listed in your Reloading Manual?

    All compressed loads in any of Nosler’s published data are safe to shoot and are under SAAMI maximum recommended pressure. When seating the bullet on a compressed load, you will most likely hear/feel the crunching of powder granules – this is normal. As long as you are following Nosler’s load data requirements, compressed loads are safe to shoot. Like all Nosler load data, compressed loads are a well-balanced combination of powder burn rate, cartridge case capacity and safe pressures deemed by SAAMI.

  • Why are reduced loads potentially dangerous?

    There are several reasons.

    1. Reduced charges of slow burning powders will not generate enough initial pressure to expand the case to seal the chamber; this allows the gas to flow around the case and into the rifles action and possibly the shooters face.
    2. Reduced charges do not fill the case and depending on the powders position in the case, may allow the force from the primer to move the bullet into the bore before the powder starts to burn. This plugs the bore and can cause a catastrophic pressure spike when the powder does ignite.
    3. A load that is not adequate to expel the bullet from the barrel can cause a bulged or burst barrel if another round is shot behind it.

  • What is the definition of “burn rate”?

    Burn rate is the speed at which a powder consumes itself, generating gas to propel a bullet. The faster the burn rate, the less powder required to reach a specific pressure, also less gas is created to push the projectile. There are approximately 170 different powders available to reloaders. Depending on the cartridge case capacity, bullet weight and barrel length only a few powders will give optimum performance. Too fast a powder will yield low velocities and too slow a powder will not reach maximum pressures or velocities.

  • What is SAAMI?

    SAAMI is an industry sponsored organization which establishes the parameters for the production of Sporting arms and ammunition. They provide the industry with Min-Max specifications for chambers and ammunition so all products are interchangeable within their caliber/gauge. SAAMI does not address Mil spec or NATO cartridges.

  • What is SAAMI spec?

    SAAMI spec is the established Min-Max dimensions for cartridges and chambers so all manufactured products within a specific caliber/gauge are interchangeable.

Ballistic Tip Lead Free

  • Why are the Ballistic Tip® Lead-Free™ (BTLF) bullets so long for their weight?

    The BTLF bullet’s core is made of Fragmenting Copper which is much lighter than the traditional lead core. Since the caliber of the bullet cannot be altered, the only variable that can change to make up for bullet weight is adding overall length.

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Ballistic Tip Muzzleloader

  • Are there any other intended uses for the Ballistic Tip® Muzzleloader (BTMZ) bullet other than for inline muzzleloaders?

    The BTMZ bullet was designed specifically to be used with a sabot and at muzzleloader velocities within practical distances.

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Ballistic Tip Varmint

  • Can I hunt deer sized game with the Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullet?

    The Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullet is designed for rapid expansion on thin skinned game no larger than coyote. Varmint bullets are not designed to adequately perform on larger game.

  • What is the difference between the Ballistic Tip® Varmint and Varmageddon® bullets?

    Both bullets designed for rapid expansion and fragmentation on varmints. The Ballistic Tip® bullet features a polymer tip (color-coded by caliber) a thin, varmint jacket wall design, and a thick boat-tailed Solid Base®. The Varmageddon® bullet is available in two configurations, featuring either a metallic black polymer tip, or hollow point. All Varmageddon® bullets feature the same varmint jacket wall design as the Ballistic Tip® Varmint. The real difference between the two bullets lies in the base configuration. Where the Ballistic Tip® features a Solid Base® boat-tail, the Varmageddon features a flat-base design. Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullets do have an advantage because they can handle ultra-high velocities that can be credited to its proprietary thick copper base.

  • Is there a difference in terminal performance between the Varmageddon® bullet and the Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullet?

    Both bullets are designed to deliver a tremendous amount of energy transfer on smaller animals. However, because of the thicker, boat-tail copper base of the Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullet, it is more robust in ultra-high velocity cartridges.

Bonded Performance

  • Will the Bonded Solid Base (BSB) bullet reliably feed in an AR platform rifle?

    The BSB bullet features a Protected Point design for reliable feeding in both bolt action and semi-automatic rifles.

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Custom Competition

  • Can Custom Competition bullets be used for hunting?

    The Custom Competition line of bullets was designed for maximized interior and exterior ballistic performance but not terminal ballistics.  We do not recommend Nosler’s Custom Competition™ bullets for hunting because their internal construction makes them unpredictable on how they’ll perform in a game animal (terminal performance).  Custom Competition™ bullets are manufactured in the traditional Cup and Draw method using copper strip to construct the bullet jacket.  The jacket wall thickness is consistent around the entire bullet, making for an accurate projectile.  Essentially, we are most concerned with everything the Custom Competition™ bullet does up until it hits the target but not afterwards. 

    Nosler’s hunting bullets (Partition®, AccuBond®, AccuBond® LR, E-Tip®, Ballistic Tip® and Ballistic Silvertip®) are manufactured using an impact extrusion method which allows maximized internal, external AND terminal ballistics since we are very concerned with what our hunting bullets do before and after they hit the intended target. Custom Competition™ (Cup and Draw) bullets; great for targets, not on game.    

  • Why do some of these bullets have recommended twist rates?

    Long-for-caliber bullets (i.e. .22-69gr, .22-77gr and .22-80gr) need a faster twist rate in order to stabilize the bullet. Long-for-caliber bullets yield much higher Ballistic Coefficients making them popular with long range enthusiasts but they do require fast twist barrels in order to stabilize and shoot accurately. For example, a 22-69gr Custom Competition™ bullet requires a minimum twist rate of 1-9” to reliably stabilize and the heavier/longer 22-77gr bullet requires a minimum twist rate of 1-8”. Both of these bullets will stabilize with even faster twist rates (i.e. 1-7”) but not slower.

  • What are the vertical lines near the nose of the Custom Competition bullets?

    The vertical lines you may be seeing on the ogive of Custom Competition bullets are called lube fractures. They are caused by a forming lubricant in the dies, when forced at extreme pressure it flows between the copper jacket and the carbide forming dies creating those vertical lines. They are normal for cup-and-core bullet construction, and will not cause any change in ballistic coefficient, accuracy or general performance.

Expansion Tip

  • What is the E-Tip®?

    The E-Tip® bullet is a lead-free boat tailed design with an O.D. green polymer tip. The E-Tip® is approved for use in all lead-free areas, and is an exceptional big game hunting bullet. The E-Tip® is made from a solid piece of the same Copper-Alloy material that we use to manufacture the jackets of our AccuBond®, Ballistic Tip®, and Partition® bullets. The E-Tip® features our Expansion Control Ring (ECR™) and Energy Expansion Cavity™ (E2 Cavity™) which enable the E-Tip® to expand reliably upon impact, yet retain 95%+ weight for tremendous energy transfer and extreme penetration. The E-Tip® is suitable for hunting all types of big game, and provides enhanced game-taking ability to cartridges and calibers that would otherwise be considered light for large game animals. The tough, one-piece construction of the E-Tip® also provides enhanced performance in ultra-high velocity cartridges that can push lead-cored bullets beyond their recommended impact velocities. 

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  • Loading the E-Tip®

    Due to copper being lighter (less dense) than lead, E-Tips will be longer than lead-core bullets of equal caliber and weight. For example, a 30 caliber, 180gr Partition® has an overall length of 1.260” where the 30 caliber, 180gr E-Tip® overall length is 1.464”. Because of the longer overall bullet length, E-Tips have more bearing surface in the rifling of the barrel, thus creating slightly higher pressures than lead-core bullets with equal powder charges. This is why Nosler recommends starting at minimum powder charges and working up carefully in ½ grain increments and never going past maximum powder charges.

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Partition

  • What is the difference between the accubond and partition?

    Externally, they look the same except for the tip colors, Ballistic Tip® bullets are color-coded by caliber while all AccuBond® bullets have white tips. Internally the Ballistic Tip® is not bonded and is designed for controlled expansion on medium game with approximately 50-60% weight retention. Conversely, the lead alloy core of the AccuBond® is bonded to the jacket. This bonding increases weight retention (65-70%) and slows expansion resulting in deeper penetration and enhanced bone-breaking potential in larger animals.

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  • Why is it important that the Partition® and the Solid™ designed to have same point on impact?

    Often times, the first shot is loaded with the Partition® for maximum wound channel size while the remaining bullets in the magazine are Solids for follow up shots. Typically, the dangerous game animal is either running towards the shooter or away from the shooter after the first shot which provides a situation where the longest and straightest wound channel is needed to put the animal down which is where the Nosler® Solid™ excels.

  • What is the difference between the AccuBond® and Partition®?

    The AccuBond® and Partition® are very similar in terminal performance, but they differ greatly in internal structure. The Partition® bullet is the original, controlled expansion, design created by John A. Nosler over 65 years ago. Long before the invention of bonding technology, the dual-core, partitioned jacket design of the Partition® bullet created the perfect blend of controlled expansion and deep penetration. The AccuBond® bullet was designed to mimic the on-game performance of the Partition® in a sleeker, more aerodynamic design by taking advantage of modern impact-extruded jacket design and bonding technology. Internally, where the Partition® features separate front and rear lead cores separated by an integral partition, the AccuBond® features a heavily tapered jacket and a single lead core which is permanently bonded to the jacket. Externally, the Partition® has a flat base and lead nose while the AccuBond® has a boat tailed base and a white polymer tip.

    Both bullets are designed to be general-purpose hunting bullets suitable for all game animals. Both bullets are designed to expand into consistent mushrooms while retaining 65-70% of their original weight with proven performance over a wide range of velocities and game. Partition® users will not see a gain by switching to AccuBond® unless their particular firearm shoots them more accurately.

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  • Does the lead in the rear of the Partition melt when fired out of a rifle?

    Because the rear lead core of a Partition bullet is only exposed to the extremely hot temperatures of burning powder for such a short amount of time, it does not have enough time to melt. It only takes 1/15000th of a second for a bullet to travel through a 24” barrel based on a bullet traveling 3000 fps.  

Sporting Handgun

  • Are Sporting Handgun bullets suitable to hunt game with?

    While the full metal jacket bullets are not intended for any kind of terminal performance, the hollow point handgun bullets are designed to expand and maximize a wound channel.

Solid

  • Why is it important that the Partition® and the Solid™ designed to have same point on impact?

    Often times, the first shot is loaded with the Partition® for maximum wound channel size while the remaining bullets in the magazine are Solids for follow up shots. Typically, the dangerous game animal is either running towards the shooter or away from the shooter after the first shot which provides a situation where the longest and straightest wound channel is needed to put the animal down which is where the Nosler® Solid™ excels.

  • What are Solids used for?

    Solid, or monolithic bullets, are designed for maximum penetration on dangerous game animals. The minimum caliber allowable for dangerous game animals is 9.3mm, or .366 caliber, which is why Nosler does not make Solid bullets in smaller calibers. Often times .375 is the minimum caliber allowable so please consult with your hunting professional when planning a dangerous game hunt.

  • Are Nosler® Solids safe to use in Damascus steel barrels?

    Because of the solid brass alloy construction, Nosler® Solids are designed for modern rifles intended for use on dangerous game.

Varmageddon

  • What is the difference between the Ballistic Tip® Varmint and Varmageddon® bullets?

    Both bullets designed for rapid expansion and fragmentation on varmints. The Ballistic Tip® bullet features a polymer tip (color-coded by caliber) a thin, varmint jacket wall design, and a thick boat-tailed Solid Base®. The Varmageddon® bullet is available in two configurations, featuring either a metallic black polymer tip, or hollow point. All Varmageddon® bullets feature the same varmint jacket wall design as the Ballistic Tip® Varmint. The real difference between the two bullets lies in the base configuration. Where the Ballistic Tip® features a Solid Base® boat-tail, the Varmageddon features a flat-base design. Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullets do have an advantage because they can handle ultra-high velocities that can be credited to its proprietary thick copper base.

  • Is there a difference in terminal performance between the Varmageddon® bullet and the Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullet?

    Both bullets are designed to deliver a tremendous amount of energy transfer on smaller animals. However, because of the thicker, boat-tail copper base of the Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullet, it is more robust in ultra-high velocity cartridges.

Defense Handgun

  • What is the difference between Nosler’s Defense™ and Match Grade™ Handgun Ammunition?

    Both product lines are offered in 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 ACP but the real difference is the bullet design. Defense™ Ammunition is loaded up front with Nosler’s Bonded Performance™ bullets at +P velocities while Match Grade™ Ammunition is loaded up front with Nosler® Sporting Handgun™ bullets. Since the Bonded Performance™ bullet is bonded, it will yield higher weight retention and less fragmentation compared to the Sporting Handgun™ bullet line.

Match Grade Handgun

  • What is the difference between Nosler’s Defense™ and Match Grade™ Handgun Ammunition?

    Both product lines are offered in 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 ACP but the real difference is the bullet design. Defense™ Ammunition is loaded up front with Nosler’s Bonded Performance™ bullets at +P velocities while Match Grade™ Ammunition is loaded up front with Nosler® Sporting Handgun™ bullets. Since the Bonded Performance™ bullet is bonded, it will yield higher weight retention and less fragmentation compared to the Sporting Handgun™ bullet line.

NoslerCustom

  • Why is NoslerCustom® Ammunition more expensive than other brands of ammo?

    Nosler® uses only the best components in all of our ammunition. This means the finest hunting bullets from Nosler® as well as Nosler® Brass. These components along with the tightest tolerances in the industry, translates into greater accuracy and terminal performance than standard hunting ammunition. There is also more labor involved in hand loading ammunition such as the case in NoslerCustom® Ammunition which results in consistency and maximized accuracy.

Safari

  • Why is Nosler® Safari Ammunition so expensive?

    The importance of Safari Ammunition functioning properly on a dangerous game hunt is imperative. The nickel plated brass assists in smooth feeding, and the large Partition® and Solid™ bullets are constructed to match grade standards for increased accuracy and maximum terminal performance. Nosler’s Safari Ammunition is also handloaded for maximum reliability, consistency and accuracy.

Trophy Grade

  • Why is Trophy Grade™ Ammunition more expensive than other brands of ammo?

    Nosler uses only the best components in all of our ammunition. This means the finest hunting bullets from Nosler® as well as Nosler® Brass. These components along with the tightest tolerances in the industry, translates into greater consistency, accuracy and terminal performance than standard hunting ammunition.

  • Where does Trophy Grade™ Long Range Ammunition excel from Trophy Grade™ ammunition?

    Trophy Grade™ Long Range Ammunition is specifically loaded up front with Nosler’s AccuBond® Long Range bullet. The AccuBond® Long Range (ABLR) has the highest ballistic coefficient of any bonded, hunting bullet in the industry which allows for less wind drift and reduced drag in long range (400 yards +) shooting scenarios. See the AccuBond® Long Range bullet section for more information.

Trophy Grade Long Range

  • Where does Trophy Grade™ Long Range Ammunition excel from Trophy Grade™ ammunition?

    Trophy Grade™ Long Range Ammunition is specifically loaded up front with Nosler’s AccuBond® Long Range bullet. The AccuBond® Long Range (ABLR) has the highest ballistic coefficient of any bonded, hunting bullet in the industry which allows for less wind drift and reduced drag in long range (400 yards +) shooting scenarios. See the AccuBond® Long Range bullet section for more information.

Shipping

  • Can I pick up my order in Bend, OR?

    Yes you can. During checkout, select Store Pick Up as your shipping option.

  • When can I pick up my order?

    Typically, orders are ready for pick up the following business day. Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm PST.

  • When will a certain product be back in stock?

    Our production times vary, sometimes seasonally on bullets, brass and ammunition. We encourage you to use back in stock product notification. You will receive an email stating that your desired item is back in stock.

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  • Do you ship to California?

    Yes, we do. We are required by CA law to ship to an FFL dealer. You will be required to reach out to a local dealer an obtain a copy of their FFL license. All CA ammunition orders will only ship to an FFL.

  • Do you ship ammunition to Alaska or Hawaii?

    We cannot ship ammunition to Alaska or Hawaii. Use our dealer locator to find a store closest to you.

  • Can you ship ammunition to a PO Box?

    No, we cannot ship ammunition to a PO box. It must be shipped to a physical address only.

  • Do you ship to Canada?

    Unfortunatley we do not ship retail orders to Canada. We recommend using our store locator to find a dealer near you.

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Returns

  • I made a mistake, can I make a return?

    We do accept returns. You must contact us first before shipping your item back or the package will be denied when received. After you’ve contacted us, we’ll email you instructions on making your return with an include RMA(Return Merchandise Authorization). Without this number, we will not accept your package.

  • Do you have a return fee?

    Yes. When your return is received and processed, we will deduct 10% from the refund amount. This is to cover the initial shipping charges when the package was shipped to you.

  • How long does it take to process my return?

    Allow 7-10 business days from the receipt of your package for processing. If receiving a refund, allow for an additional 3-4 business to see your refund. This timing depends on your card issuing bank.

Ordering

  • I’d like to order a certain product but it’s out of stock. Can I still place an order

    Unfortunately, we do not accept retail back orders on out of stock items. Please use the out of stock notification on the product page. When inventory is added, and email will be sent to you letting you know it’s back in stock.

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  • Can I pick up my order in Bend, OR?

    Yes you can. During checkout, select Store Pick Up as your shipping option.

  • When can I pick up my order?

    Typically, orders are ready for pick up the following business day. Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm PST.

  • When will a certain product be back in stock?

    Our production times vary, sometimes seasonally on bullets, brass and ammunition. We encourage you to use back in stock product notification. You will receive an email stating that your desired item is back in stock.

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  • Do you ship to Canada?

    Unfortunatley we do not ship retail orders to Canada. We recommend using our store locator to find a dealer near you.

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Rifles

  • How do you break in the barrel on the M48 & M21 rifles?

    BARREL BREAK-IN PROCEDURE

    A procedure frequently overlooked by new rifle owners is completing a thorough barrel break-in. When new barrels are made, steel is unevenly stressed and microscopic burs and rough-spots are created. Hand-lapping new barrels certainly helps with those burs and rough-spots, but there is nothing like putting rounds through them to relieve stress and put the final polish on the bore.

    Nosler's recommended procedure calls for about 30 rounds and plenty of time spent cleaning the bore, and takes most shooters the better part of a day at the range to complete. However, this hard work ensures reliable and consistent accuracy from your new rifle and results in a barrel that is significantly easier to clean over its working life.

    BREAK-IN PROCEDURE

    The following procedure is recommended when breaking-in a Nosler Production Rifle, although it can be used on other rifles as well.

    1. Shoot one round and clean. Do this for the first ten rounds.
    2. Shoot three rounds and clean. Do this for the next 15 rounds.
    3. Shoot five rounds and clean.
    4. Shoot a fouler round.
    5. Shoot three rounds for accuracy.

      NOTE: Allow barrel to cool to ambient temperature before shooting each series of break-in rounds to avoid unnecessary throat erosion. Do not shoot your rifle in succession until the barrel is too hot to touch with a bare hand.

    CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Clean powder residue from bore using a solvent like Shooter’s Choice™ or Butch’s Bore Shine™ following instructions on bottle.
    2. Follow with a copper remover like Montana X-Treme™ Copper Killer to remove copper fouling. Instructions on bottle work the best.
    3. Follow with a second group of patches coated in Gunslick Pro Gun-Flush, or similar solvent. Follow with dry
      patches until all residue is removed from the bore.
    4. Next run a patch lightly coated with gun oil such as Montana X-Treme Bore Conditioner Accuracy Gun Oil or
      similar light oil. Shooting a dry bore will greatly promote copper fouling.
    5. Finish with a dry patch to remove excess oil from the bore. Firing the rifle with excess oil left in the bore can
      cause higher chamber pressures and is not recommended.

    IMPORTANT CLEANING NOTES:

    • Use a one-piece cleaning rod.
    • Use a bore guide.
    • Clean from chamber end only.
    • Do not use a stainless steel bore brush.
    • Do not leave strong ammonia cleaning products in your bore for extended periods of time.
    • Do not allow solvents to contact stock as it can remove the finish.

    BARREL MAINTENANCE

    Once the barrel is broken in, remember to clean the barrel after approximately every 20 to 40 rounds to keep accuracy optimal. A dirty bore is a primary cause of poor accuracy.

Bullets

  • What is the difference between the accubond and partition?

    Externally, they look the same except for the tip colors, Ballistic Tip® bullets are color-coded by caliber while all AccuBond® bullets have white tips. Internally the Ballistic Tip® is not bonded and is designed for controlled expansion on medium game with approximately 50-60% weight retention. Conversely, the lead alloy core of the AccuBond® is bonded to the jacket. This bonding increases weight retention (65-70%) and slows expansion resulting in deeper penetration and enhanced bone-breaking potential in larger animals.

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  • What is the difference between the Ballistic Tip® and the AccuBond®?

    Externally, they look the same except for the tip colors, Ballistic Tip® bullets are color-coded by caliber while all AccuBond® bullets have white tips. Internally the Ballistic Tip® is not bonded and is designed for controlled expansion on medium game with approximately 50-60% weight retention. Conversely, the lead alloy core of the AccuBond® is bonded to the jacket. This bonding increases weight retention (65-70%) and slows expansion resulting in deeper penetration and enhanced bone-breaking potential in larger animals.

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  • What is the difference between AccuBond® Long Range and AccuBond®?

    AccuBond® and AccuBond® Long Range share similar names and the same bonding technology, yet they are in fact two very different bullets designed for different applications.

    The standard AccuBond® is designed to be a highly-accurate big game hunting bullet suitable for use on a wide variety of game. The AccuBond® Long Range is designed with the same purpose in mind, but we completely re-designed the AccuBond® Long Range to optimize Ballistic Coefficient and allow the bullet to expand over a much broader range of impact velocities than the original AccuBond®. Where the AccuBond® is designed to reliably expand at a minimum impact velocity of 1800 fps, the AccuBond® Long Range is designed to expand at a minimum impact velocity of 1300 fps. This allows the AccuBond® Long Range bullets to provide effective game-taking performance at ranges beyond which the AccuBond® would no longer reliably expand. It is important to note that the advantages of the AccuBond® Long Range don’t begin to play a role until the range begins to exceed 500 yards or impact velocity drops below 1800fps.

    For applications where shots will range from zero to 400-500 yards, the AccuBond® is an excellent choice, but for applications where shot distances are beyond 500 yards, the higher Ballistic Coefficient and the enhanced expansion characteristics of the AccuBond® Long Range offer significant advantages.

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  • What is the difference between the Ballistic Tip® and the Combined Technology® Ballistic Silvertip® (CTBST)?

    Structurally, they are the same bullet. The only difference between the two is that the CTBST has a silver colored tip and a black, Winchester® Lubalox® coating on the exterior of the bullet. Lubalox® is an oxide based coating which reduces fouling and allows for more firings between barrel cleanings. It does not reduce friction to the point where loads may be increased, nor does it build up in the barrel as Moly coatings do. Lubalox® does not leave residue nor create a coating on the bore. Normal cleaning procedures should be used with CTBSTs.

  • What happens to the polymer tip in the bullet after being fired from the rifle?

    The polymer tip contained in Nosler’s AccuBond®, AccuBond® LR, Ballistic Tip®, E-Tip® and Varmageddon® bullets have three main functions. First, it is meant to maintain sharp tip shape and not deform which is common on lead tipped bullets. Second, because of this sharp spitzer nose, the ballistic coefficient is improved for better long range accuracy. Third, the polymer tip acts as a wedge upon bullet impact which initiates expansion as the bullet penetrates; maximizing dependable and reliable would channel destruction. The tip does not melt away from the bullet while traveling through the barrel or before terminal impact. Based on a bullet traveling 3000 fps, it only takes 1/15000th of a second for a bullet to travel through a 24” barrel so there is little time for heat to affect the integrity of the bullet in any way. Most often, the tip “washes” away along with a partial amount of the nose of the bullet during expansion. 

  • Can Custom Competition bullets be used for hunting?

    The Custom Competition line of bullets was designed for maximized interior and exterior ballistic performance but not terminal ballistics.  We do not recommend Nosler’s Custom Competition™ bullets for hunting because their internal construction makes them unpredictable on how they’ll perform in a game animal (terminal performance).  Custom Competition™ bullets are manufactured in the traditional Cup and Draw method using copper strip to construct the bullet jacket.  The jacket wall thickness is consistent around the entire bullet, making for an accurate projectile.  Essentially, we are most concerned with everything the Custom Competition™ bullet does up until it hits the target but not afterwards. 

    Nosler’s hunting bullets (Partition®, AccuBond®, AccuBond® LR, E-Tip®, Ballistic Tip® and Ballistic Silvertip®) are manufactured using an impact extrusion method which allows maximized internal, external AND terminal ballistics since we are very concerned with what our hunting bullets do before and after they hit the intended target. Custom Competition™ (Cup and Draw) bullets; great for targets, not on game.    

  • What is the difference between the Ballistic Tip® Varmint and Varmageddon® bullets?

    Both bullets designed for rapid expansion and fragmentation on varmints. The Ballistic Tip® bullet features a polymer tip (color-coded by caliber) a thin, varmint jacket wall design, and a thick boat-tailed Solid Base®. The Varmageddon® bullet is available in two configurations, featuring either a metallic black polymer tip, or hollow point. All Varmageddon® bullets feature the same varmint jacket wall design as the Ballistic Tip® Varmint. The real difference between the two bullets lies in the base configuration. Where the Ballistic Tip® features a Solid Base® boat-tail, the Varmageddon features a flat-base design. Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullets do have an advantage because they can handle ultra-high velocities that can be credited to its proprietary thick copper base.

  • How far off the lands should AccuBond Long Range bullets be loaded?

    Nosler recommends starting load development with the AccuBond Long Range bullets at a depth that would result in a cartridge's SAAMI established maximum overall length. These bullets have a smooth junction of their bearing surface to the ogive. This tangent ogive design provides good accuracy without the need to be at or near the lands. Often, ABLR’s actually prefer at least .050” jump before making contact with the lands.

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  • What are Solids used for?

    Solid, or monolithic bullets, are designed for maximum penetration on dangerous game animals. The minimum caliber allowable for dangerous game animals is 9.3mm, or .366 caliber, which is why Nosler does not make Solid bullets in smaller calibers. Often times .375 is the minimum caliber allowable so please consult with your hunting professional when planning a dangerous game hunt.

  • Are Nosler® Solids safe to use in Damascus steel barrels?

    Because of the solid brass alloy construction, Nosler® Solids are designed for modern rifles intended for use on dangerous game.

  • Is there a difference in terminal performance between the Varmageddon® bullet and the Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullet?

    Both bullets are designed to deliver a tremendous amount of energy transfer on smaller animals. However, because of the thicker, boat-tail copper base of the Ballistic Tip® Varmint bullet, it is more robust in ultra-high velocity cartridges.

  • Do you ship to Canada?

    Unfortunatley we do not ship retail orders to Canada. We recommend using our store locator to find a dealer near you.

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Ammunition

  • Why is Trophy Grade™ Ammunition more expensive than other brands of ammo?

    Nosler uses only the best components in all of our ammunition. This means the finest hunting bullets from Nosler® as well as Nosler® Brass. These components along with the tightest tolerances in the industry, translates into greater consistency, accuracy and terminal performance than standard hunting ammunition.

  • Why is Nosler® Safari Ammunition so expensive?

    The importance of Safari Ammunition functioning properly on a dangerous game hunt is imperative. The nickel plated brass assists in smooth feeding, and the large Partition® and Solid™ bullets are constructed to match grade standards for increased accuracy and maximum terminal performance. Nosler’s Safari Ammunition is also handloaded for maximum reliability, consistency and accuracy.

  • Why is NoslerCustom® Ammunition more expensive than other brands of ammo?

    Nosler® uses only the best components in all of our ammunition. This means the finest hunting bullets from Nosler® as well as Nosler® Brass. These components along with the tightest tolerances in the industry, translates into greater accuracy and terminal performance than standard hunting ammunition. There is also more labor involved in hand loading ammunition such as the case in NoslerCustom® Ammunition which results in consistency and maximized accuracy.

  • Where does Trophy Grade™ Long Range Ammunition excel from Trophy Grade™ ammunition?

    Trophy Grade™ Long Range Ammunition is specifically loaded up front with Nosler’s AccuBond® Long Range bullet. The AccuBond® Long Range (ABLR) has the highest ballistic coefficient of any bonded, hunting bullet in the industry which allows for less wind drift and reduced drag in long range (400 yards +) shooting scenarios. See the AccuBond® Long Range bullet section for more information.

  • What is the difference between Nosler’s Defense™ and Match Grade™ Handgun Ammunition?

    Both product lines are offered in 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 ACP but the real difference is the bullet design. Defense™ Ammunition is loaded up front with Nosler’s Bonded Performance™ bullets at +P velocities while Match Grade™ Ammunition is loaded up front with Nosler® Sporting Handgun™ bullets. Since the Bonded Performance™ bullet is bonded, it will yield higher weight retention and less fragmentation compared to the Sporting Handgun™ bullet line.

  • Is there a minimum specified cartridge overall length?

    tridge and the particular bullet being used as ogive location is a large determining factor. If the ogive of the bullet is in the case neck, the cartridge is officially too short to be safely fired.

     

    For official maximum and minimum cartridge overall length (COAL), please click on the following link for official SAAMI Cartridge and Chamber Drawings where you can choose from Rimfire, Pistol & Revolver, Rifle and Shotshell: http://www.saami.org/specifications_and_information/index.cfm. We have found that opening this link using Internet Explorer is the preferred search engine that communicates best with SAAMI’s website. 

  • Over Gassed 22 Nosler AR-15 (Case head swipe and burr)

    There are many variables that contribute to the proper function of gas-operated semi-automatic firearms such as buffer weight, spring force, gas port size, port location, etc.  If you are seeing excessive case head swipe, over-gassed rifles are often the culprit. This will be evident by the direction the ejected cases travel. Below is a diagram explaining AR-15 ejection.

    When AR-15 rifles are over-gassed the bolt is trying to unlock while there is still gas pressure from the bore in the chamber and brass. This condition will cause substantial case head swipe marks with raised burrs, and/or dislodged primers from gas flow-back into the breech area as the case is extracted before it fully retracts from the chamber walls.

     

    Here are some options that may help alleviate an over-gassed condition:

    1. Use a heavier buffer such as an H3 (If using a carbine or collapsible stock).
    2. Use an adjustable gas block to reduce the amount of gas reaching the carrier.
    3. Use a high quality chrome silicon buffer spring.
    4. Hand-Load ammo and tailor it to your gas system.

    The goal is to increase the moment of inertia of the bolt carrier or reduce the amount of gas reaching it.

    You can contact Nosler customer service at 800-285-3701 during business hours if you have any further questions or concerns.

  • Do you ship to Canada?

    Unfortunatley we do not ship retail orders to Canada. We recommend using our store locator to find a dealer near you.

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  • How do you break in the barrel on the M48 & M21 rifles?

    BARREL BREAK-IN PROCEDURE

    A procedure frequently overlooked by new rifle owners is completing a thorough barrel break-in. When new barrels are made, steel is unevenly stressed and microscopic burs and rough-spots are created. Hand-lapping new barrels certainly helps with those burs and rough-spots, but there is nothing like putting rounds through them to relieve stress and put the final polish on the bore.

    Nosler's recommended procedure calls for about 30 rounds and plenty of time spent cleaning the bore, and takes most shooters the better part of a day at the range to complete. However, this hard work ensures reliable and consistent accuracy from your new rifle and results in a barrel that is significantly easier to clean over its working life.

    BREAK-IN PROCEDURE

    The following procedure is recommended when breaking-in a Nosler Production Rifle, although it can be used on other rifles as well.

    1. Shoot one round and clean. Do this for the first ten rounds.
    2. Shoot three rounds and clean. Do this for the next 15 rounds.
    3. Shoot five rounds and clean.
    4. Shoot a fouler round.
    5. Shoot three rounds for accuracy.

      NOTE: Allow barrel to cool to ambient temperature before shooting each series of break-in rounds to avoid unnecessary throat erosion. Do not shoot your rifle in succession until the barrel is too hot to touch with a bare hand.

    CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Clean powder residue from bore using a solvent like Shooter’s Choice™ or Butch’s Bore Shine™ following instructions on bottle.
    2. Follow with a copper remover like Montana X-Treme™ Copper Killer to remove copper fouling. Instructions on bottle work the best.
    3. Follow with a second group of patches coated in Gunslick Pro Gun-Flush, or similar solvent. Follow with dry
      patches until all residue is removed from the bore.
    4. Next run a patch lightly coated with gun oil such as Montana X-Treme Bore Conditioner Accuracy Gun Oil or
      similar light oil. Shooting a dry bore will greatly promote copper fouling.
    5. Finish with a dry patch to remove excess oil from the bore. Firing the rifle with excess oil left in the bore can
      cause higher chamber pressures and is not recommended.

    IMPORTANT CLEANING NOTES:

    • Use a one-piece cleaning rod.
    • Use a bore guide.
    • Clean from chamber end only.
    • Do not use a stainless steel bore brush.
    • Do not leave strong ammonia cleaning products in your bore for extended periods of time.
    • Do not allow solvents to contact stock as it can remove the finish.

    BARREL MAINTENANCE

    Once the barrel is broken in, remember to clean the barrel after approximately every 20 to 40 rounds to keep accuracy optimal. A dirty bore is a primary cause of poor accuracy.

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