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Nosler's New Bullets

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Unread 12-12-2002, 05:26 PM
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Nosler\'s New Bullets

Long Rangers,
Got the press kit from Nosler today, has some interesting new bullets. Big news might be the forementioned bonded ballistic tips, they will have white plastic tips (boxes of 50) and initially come out as follows:
New AccuBond Bullets
Cal. Wt. BC
270 140 .496
7mm 160 .531
.30 200 .588
.338 225 .550
.375 260 .473

They lean toward the heavier weights, might be intended for the necked-down pop-bottle type cases that many guys on this forum use or wish for [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] These new bullets use gilding metal jackets rather than pure copper, said to foul barrels less.

Also have a new LR .22 match bullet in 77 grains (BC= .340) and packaging their match bullets in 100's and 250's (thought that they did that last year).

.270 fans get two new bullets, a 150 grain Ballistic Silvertip from Combined Technologies and a 140 grain Partition.
I have never been a fan of this caliber, seems it is an "06 set on wound" but everyone to their own choices.

Interesting note that they are touting their renamed match bullets - custom competition alias J4 Competition - will have "commonality with other match bullets" so that we should be close using loads for other brands. Not sure that works from our shooting experience but maybe it will from today forward...

Now we just have to find out what is coming in RED boxes. Lee Reed started something when he brought out the sexy looking plastic tipped boat-tailed bonded spitzers with his Sciroccos, now everyone wants to play that game.
Stay tuned.
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Unread 12-14-2002, 01:57 PM
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Re: Nosler\'s New Bullets

This is good news. I'm going to have to give that 200 a try and see how it shoots.

I think you're right that they are going after the big magnum crowd with the heavier weights. A lot of us choose not to use the Sciroccos because we wanted heavier bullets.

It'll be interesting to see what Hornady does with the bonded SST as well.
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Unread 12-15-2002, 02:01 AM
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Re: Nosler\'s New Bullets

I wonder how accuracy will be? Think it may be as accurate as the SMK 200 grain?
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Unread 12-16-2002, 12:51 AM
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Re: Nosler\'s New Bullets

Thanks for the information on these bullets Ian!
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Unread 12-16-2002, 05:50 PM
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Re: Nosler\'s New Bullets


Goes to show they don't log our calls.

So far I have seen nothing wrong with the cannelure on the 165 SST. It is so far forward that it is not near the necks in any of my cases. I doubt any SAAMI or match chambered 30 cal is going to need to seat the SST that deep. Chances are it is designed to reduce expansion and increase weight retention.

I have found it to fly very flat and is longer then the 168AMax. I thought this was just a rebadged amax but it is a completely new design.

Out of my 30-06 with a muzzle vel of 2725fps, the amount of elevation to go 1000yds is 28MOA. The 165 interlock BTSP at the same vel needs 44MOA. Go figure. What value do you get for a BC?

As to accuracy, the SST is capable of shooting in the .1MOA and has done so in my 308, 30 Gibbs, and 300Wby at 250yds. I hope this accuracy is consistent through different lots. Will soon find out...ran out of the others.

Would love to get some feedback on the 180SST to see how these compare.

Overall, for a hunting/match bullet, I am really impressed with these 165 SST. If they come out with a bonded core version of equal accuracy, look out.

Hey Ian M, what have you heard...

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