Looking for previous installments of our "Head to Head" series? Naturally, full-length resizing is highly recommended for sure functioning in AR-platforms. When compared to the varmint classics of the last millennium, bullets are getting longer and heavier, twist rates are getting faster, and long range performance is improving.

As mentioned in previous articles in this series, I did have an issue with excessive pressure with my “first PRS load” – and that translated to some case head swipe as well as ejector recess embossing on the case head. That means it uses the same bolt face, making it simple to transform a 5.56/.223 AR into a .22 Nosler.

Here’s what you need to know about the new round. by Philip Massaro -

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Elmo- When setting up the powder measure I was able to stabilize the charge dumps at 30.5 grains +/- 0.1 grain. However, the 24 Nosler case is shorter than the 22 Nosler because simply necking up the 22 Nosler at a cartridge overall length compatible with AR magazines would position the mouth out over the bullet’s ogive.

Though IWI's X95, released in 2016, usurps the SAR, my Tavor SAR is still part of the family. Please leave a comment! Friday, March 23, 2018.

They have similar features and similar performances, so let’s compare and contrast the two and see if one holds an advantage over the other.

I got to take it out to 800 yards at the SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range, and I can report very mild recoil in the gas gun, and the ability to see my own vapor trail and call my own shots in the desert air. This load pushes a 70 grain projectile almost 3000 fps from an 18″ barrel. But if you love the round or already own one in a semi-auto, the bolt guns are a nice and oftentimes lighter option than the heavy-barreled AR’s. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?

Loading 9mm on the Dillon RL 1100 with Mr. Bullet Feeder, Breaking: Hodgdon Powder Company Acquires Multiple Brands, Unsolved: 44 Magnum Over-Pressure Mystery, RCBS Lock-Out Die Part II: Setup and Maintenance, RCBS Lock-Out Die Part I: Theory of Operation, Reloading Safety: Powder Check Systems Overview. With just a barrel and magazine swap, you can push a 55 grain projectile from a 22 Nosler AR-15 with a gain of 20% more muzzle energy compared to .223 Remington: a significant boost. Simply neck up the 22 Nosler case for 0.243-inch bullets and you have the 24 Nosler, correct? I’d be curious to see what it would do with a 22″ or 24″ barrel!

Bolt face dimensions are identical for both the classic .223/5.56 as they are for the new 22 Nosler. Always cross-reference load data with manufacturer’s published data.

'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); © 2020 Copyright 2016 Ultimate Reloader LLC. I heard stories early on of brass being “chewed up”. Think 26, 28, 30, and 33 Nosler. Keep an eye out for these: Colt Competition, Noveske, Stoner, War Sport, AXTS/Radian, Barrett, NorthTec Defense, Proof Research, Midway/Bear Creek Arsenal, and X-Caliber. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Nosler design—I’ve shot it and it functions very well—but the sheer amount of Federal ammunition, especially the American Eagle load selling at less than $14 per box, is going to make a difference. In addition, the shoulder has been pushed slightly rearward in order to prevent a .223/5.56mm cartridge from chambering in a .22 Nosler chamber. Your email address will not be published. Copper doesn't shoot good out of my rifle. Poll: Where are you finding reloading primers and powder?

So how does the no-frills Ruger AR-556 perform when put to the test? I was happy with the Standard Deviation here as well: For a comprehensive collection of 22 Nosler load data, check out the official 22 Nosler Load Data from Nosler.com. Poll: What’s your number one reason for reloading?

Nosler’s tagline for the new 22 is “Easy as 1, 2, 3350 FPS.” The gist is they are moving a 55 …

How much H-380 did you load and was the weight of the cartridges the same? 223 WSSM.

Just when you thought the 22 Nosler was only for AR-platform semi-autos, think again. So we’re talking greater capacities and faster speeds than much of what’s currently on the market, and the combination of speed and pressure brings the consideration of barrel burners. SAAMI max pressure for both the .223 and 22 Nosler is 55K psi. The sky’s the limit for the 22 Nosler on the loading bench, with potential for match-grade accuracy.

Once I get that kind of result, I let it rip, and monitor powder level in every case.

Rather, mags from the more similarly sized 6.8 Rem SPC must be used. Nosler is known for excellence in long range bolt actions, and the natural progression meant we’d see one sooner than later.

Above left we see the over-pressure fired case next to a new primed case on the right-hand side. I’m going to continue to experiment with loads, and hopefully put this rifle to work predator hunting with 22 Nosler very shortly! I started with 22 Nosler by shooting a PRS match, and then worked through loads and fine-tuned my setup to get maximum performance, longevity, and reliability out of my loads. If you don’t want to rebarrel your current AR, it’s much easier and cheap enough to pick up a full upper with a bolt group. 240 Wby Mag. The neat thing is that you need not buy a new rifle to fire the 22 Nosler.

With a 30 degree shoulder, it offers a good blend of clean feeding and positive headspacing, and has shown excellent accuracy.

The Varmageddon partnership of Noveske and Nosler chambered in 22 Nosler. I have to give the edge to the .224 Valkyrie, for two reasons. In the end, it’s easier to call it what it is—a new cartridge. The case held up just fine, and I would continue loading and firing this case if the need arose. The average user will never have to worry about wear or replacement. It was unveiled at the 2018 SHOT Show, with much fanfare. The .22 Nosler is a proprietary design, having no parent case—and thereby eliminating the possibility of creating it from another source—and is only available as produced by Nosler. 24 Nosler. Follow @UReloader

Read on to find out. It too requires a 6.8 SPC magazine. I’m sure we’ll see any number of worked-up loads that exceed even factory ammunition claims. Poll: What handgun cartridge do you reload most often? My experience with 243 has been mostly good - no lost deer but it is cause we looked long and hard for a couple of em.

In order to test this load I fired and reloaded the same case 10 times to see how the case would hold up. MidwayUSA was running great deals on complete uppers under $400 recently.

6mm Rem. 220 Swift. The larger Nosler case delivers approximately 36 grains of water at overflow—compared to the .223 Remington’s 28 grains—for what generally equates to a 14-15 percent increase in case capacity.

bullets that deliver the goods at four figure distances. You’d think that our fastest .22 centerfires—the .22-250 Remington and the classic .220 Swift—would have been adopted for long-range work, but the ugly fact is that the twist rate of their rifling precludes them from using the high B.C. So what’s been missing from the numbers gauntlet? At 1.760 inches, the 22 Nosler measures the same length as the .223 but advertises 25 percent more case capacity. With just a barrel and magazine swap you can switch to 22 Nosler, and even build/buy a dedicated 22 Nosler upper so that you can switch and swap easily.

(Photo: Kristin Alberts). A smaller, zoomer of a round, that’s what, and they’ve even wandered out of their bolt-action comfort zone to fill a niche in the AR-platform market. We just did a full review of the Noveske Varmaggedon rifle in 22 Nosler (forthcoming), and that will be a tough one to beat if money is no object.

Both cartridges offer fantastic trajectories, and will certainly handle almost all the prairie dog/woodchuck/coyote shots you can muster. Using a rebated rim—to maintain the same case head diameter of the .223 Remington (0.378″), so as to maintain the same bolt face—the .22 Nosler uses a wider case dimension for additional case capacity. To make things easy, I’ve computed some recoil numbers in 7-pound rifles. If you don’t’ want to go the AR upper route, there are plenty of full rifle offerings either already on the market or shipping very shortly. Designed in conjunction with the 5.56 NATO cartridge, the platform is limited to cartridges of a particular case head diameter—0.378-inch for the 5.56mm—in order to function properly through the magazine. Or, you could say it is a 30-30 Win that has been shortened, necked down to 22 caliber, and given the aforementioned shoulder and rim rebatement.

Luckily, brass is available from Nosler in 100-count boxes for a price around $70.

(Photo: Kristin Alberts). They have been producing limited numbers of their Nosler Model 48 chambered in this new round. Doing that means trumping one of the most adored and accepted calibers on the planet — the .223 Rem / 5.56 NATO. The Nosler Corporation has been running gangbusters on new cartridges in the last few years, setting their own field of chamberings from sleek long-rangers to heavy hitting hunters.

The .22 Nosler is the elder of the two, being released at the 2017 SHOT Show. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to check out the “other” installments in this series: Now it’s time to talk reloading for 22 Nosler!

However, there are some slight differences that may influence your decision. The only visible change of note is the headstamp which is more faint compared to the 0x fired case and the 1x fired case. So, both are viable for long-range shooting—again, depending upon your ranges—and both run at very similar velocities, so which gets the nod?

One of the concerns early on with 22 Nosler (early 2017) was the longevity of 22 Nosler brass.

If you’re looking for factory ammo, the only trio of loaded offerings currently come from Nosler.

Blowup of spec comparisons from SHOT 2017 display.

You’ll also need 22 Nosler brass and the appropriate bullets (many of which can be used for both .223/5.56 and 22 Nosler).

The case holds about 34.5 grains of water—just a bit less than the .22 Nosler—and in a pinch, can be made from 6.8 SPC brass by a competent handloader. Driving that heavy bullet to a muzzle velocity of 2,700 fps, the .224 Valkyrie makes a perfectly viable cartridge for 1,000-yard shooting.

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