I’ve been hearing about this new bullet coming out for some time and since it has I decided to test it out. Here are some of the particulars.
7 Mag rechambered to 28 Nosler, 1-9 Twist 25″ Krieger #5 barrel
I had zero load information on this thing so I went to Quickload and let it do it’s magic. I came up with a starting place and it was actually pretty close to expected velocity. Problem was that this thing was an abomination until I added quite a bit more powder. Groups were very tall at first. About 6-8″ at 500 yards. All accuracy testing was done at 500 yards at Top Gun Shooting Club in Leonard Texas (www.TopGunTexas.com).
Here is the Bullseye AmmoCam footage of the last three shot group. Didn’t have enough rounds to do much more testing after this group, so I will have to check for consistency at longer range tomorrow. Groups started to get much tighter the higher I went up in charges.
Here is the final group measured center to center. I don’t expect this every time, but it shows a great deal of potential.
Velocity was pretty impressive. Especially since the BC on this bullet is .750!!!
Even though this thing wouldn’t shoot until I pushed it pretty hard there were zero pressure signs.
So to answer questions:
Yes a 9 twist barrel can stabilize this missile.. At least at 500 yards. Elevation is about 600 feet, so for you higher elevation guys it shouldn’t be a problem.
The 28 Nosler does seem to be an accurate cartridge. And it does fit in a regular long action box magazine. Even with the long 195 grain bullet.
Yes your rifle is going to be pretty snotty as far as jumping around on the bench/ground goes. My rifle is about 9.5 lbs but it’s still very manageable.
I used the Huskemaw 5-30 Tactical scope and according to my calculation I should be able to get a turret cut for about 1900 yards. Now to find a place near here to stretch this things legs out.
11/7 and 11/8
I took the 28 Nosler with me to CAPEX with John Wayne Walding from 5 Toes Custom. We had some down time between training and demos so I took the rifle out to 1000 yards. The wind was not bad, but shots on steel at 1000 yards were literally boringly easy to hit.
The next day on 11/8 I was at Tac Pro Shooting Center in Mingus Texas so I wanted to check out cold bore. I dialed in the elevation and You can see the results below. At this point I feel confident that this load/rifle/scope combination is reliable and accurate enough for hunting.