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Old 02-10-2014, 01:26 PM
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Nosler 26

I went to the Great Outdoor Show in Harrisburg this weekend and stopped at the Nosler booth.
They are really promoting their newest cartridge design. A shortened RUM case necked to .264.
Factory ammo 129 Accubond at 3400 MV.

Anyone have one or shot one or chambered one of these up?
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:45 PM
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Re: Nosler 26

If you want any kind of barrel life, this will not be a cartridge for you. I'm betting probably under 1,000 rounds of barrel life, if I had to guess, just based on the overbore factor. As a good reference point, most 7RUM's get 600 rounds of accurate barrel life.

I think the idea is cool, and I like Nosler's ingenuity, but I don't see it being a caliber I'd go to the range with alot. Range-only calibers need to be high-barrel life calibers, like the .308 Win, .300 WinMag, 6.5-284, 6mm BR, .300 Blackout, .223 Rem, .260 Rem/.260 Ackley Imp, 7mm-08, .280 Rem/.280 Ackley Imp, .30-06/.30-06 Ackley Imp, .270 Win/.270 Ackley Imp, and calibers like that.
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If you want any kind of barrel life, this will not be a cartridge for you. I'm betting probably under 1,000 rounds of barrel life, if I had to guess, just based on the overbore factor. As a good reference point, most 7RUM's get 600 rounds of accurate barrel life.

I think the idea is cool, and I like Nosler's ingenuity, but I don't see it being a caliber I'd go to the range with alot. Range-only calibers need to be high-barrel life calibers, like the .308 Win, .300 WinMag, 6.5-284, 6mm BR, .300 Blackout, .223 Rem, .260 Rem/.260 Ackley Imp, 7mm-08, .280 Rem/.280 Ackley Imp, .30-06/.30-06 Ackley Imp, .270 Win/.270 Ackley Imp, and calibers like that.
+1 the .264 Winchester and 7mm RUM are both overbore, but the .26 Nosler, which is pretty much a .264 RUM will be a real barrel burner! I bet it takes close to 70 grains to get that 129 going 3,400 fps. In the end I don't really see the point in this cartridge. It would seem to explosive for big game and too overbore for deer, for varminting shooting rapidly and a lot is common, especially while in a good spot leading again to the toasting of your barrel. The .264 WIN Mag died off because of the better 7mm Remington Magnum but also because of its inefficiency and barrel life. Yea pushing a 129 at 3400fps is cool but not to practical, for 6.5s I believe the .260 fits the bill the best.
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Burning barrels...I'm ok with 1000 rounds rounds before it goes south if I get the performance out of a 'hot rod'. Probably have 2 barrels made as I'm sure I would burn one out developing loads and just seeing what she'd do. I have 2 .257 Weatherby's one has been rebarreled to a ...257. I have a 7Rum, 7STW and 7mag and very efficient big 30 on 2nd barrel. I don't have 6.5. I sold my .260 because I have 2 7mm-08's and the 260 didn't do anything for me..

I am just contemplating building a fast 26 caliber. I would think with the chamberings today usage of freebore and .0005 under diameter leads along with today's sloooow powders and 28" of barrel I would think you could easily get 1000 rounds....maybe not. That is why the post. I don't know if I can afford their brass though!!
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What do they claim with a 140gr bullet? My 6.5 WSM with 26" gets 3200fps with a 140 and I have a barrel with 1400 rounds through it and it still shoots 3/4 moa. Again it is an interesting case I'm sure wildcats will start before brass is available.
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Burning barrels...I'm ok with 1000 rounds rounds before it goes south if I get the performance out of a 'hot rod'. Probably have 2 barrels made as I'm sure I would burn one out developing loads and just seeing what she'd do. I have 2 .257 Weatherby's one has been rebarreled to a ...257. I have a 7Rum, 7STW and 7mag and very efficient big 30 on 2nd barrel. I don't have 6.5. I sold my .260 because I have 2 7mm-08's and the 260 didn't do anything for me..

I am just contemplating building a fast 26 caliber. I would think with the chamberings today usage of freebore and .0005 under diameter leads along with today's sloooow powders and 28" of barrel I would think you could easily get 1000 rounds....maybe not. That is why the post. I don't know if I can afford their brass though!!
No, I said probably 1000....Probably worse than that. But I'm willing to watch someone burn one out to verify my estimate. However, everyone has a different level of "accuracy loss" that they will tolerate before they call a barrel junked. Some folks if a barrel hits 3/4 MOA, they scrap it for a new one. Some folks scrap them when they open beyond 1 MOA. Personally, if I have one that hits above 1 MOA I will pull it and replace it. But it takes me a LONG time before I get barrels that shoot 1/2 MOA and better, to reach above 1 MOA.

No 2 barrels are alike, you'd burn both out trying to develope loads for them, equally, if it is that difficult to work. What 1 barrel likes, the other might hate. Yes, even if they're the same brand, cut with the same tools, on the same day, 1 after the other, and reamed by the same reamer, & built by the same smith at the same time. No 2 barrels will be identical.
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Re: Nosler 26

6.5-06 Ackley Improved is another option. Would have a barrel life in upwards of 2000+ and can shoot 140s at 3100fps and burning 55-60grs of powder.
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