Nosler claims it has produced a cartridge capable of firing a 130 grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 3400fps with a remarkable maximum point blank range of 415 yards.
The 26 Nosler is a non-belted , 6.5mm centrefire cartridge that functions in a standard 30-06 length action and is causing a stir with the claims of its performance that far outstrips others in its calibre.
According to the Nosler website, the 26 Nosler cartridge was designed to take advantage of the inherently accurate and high BC 6.5mm (.264) calibre bullets, and is capable of shooting the Nosler 129 grain, AccuBond Long Range bullet at a blazing 3400 fps out of the muzzle.
Zeroed at 350 yards, the 26 Nosler has a point blank range of 0-415 yards. Loaded with the 129gr ABLR, the 26 Nosler retains as much velocity at 400 yards as the 260 Remington produces at the muzzle.
The 26 Nosler case is non-belted, thus headspaced off of the shoulder to further enhance accuracy. The “26” also utilises a standard (30-06) length action meaning shorter bolt-throw and lighter weight than magnum length actions.
Nosler CEO and president Bob Nosler said, “I really feel the 26 Nosler has great value amongst the large family of 6.5mm cartridges.
“With minimal recoil, tremendous velocity, energy and the ability to point and shoot at the intended target up to a quarter mile away, this is the quintessential deer, antelope and long-range target cartridge available on the market today.”