New Cartridge: the 26 Nosler

Nosler logoNosler announced a new rifle cartridge that will formally launch at the 2014 SHOT Show.  The 26 Nosler is being billed as the “World’s Most Powerful 6.5mm Commercial Cartridge.”  The new cartridge will push a 129 grain AccuBond Long Range bullet at 3400 fps. With the same bullet, the 26 Nosler will have the same velocity at 400 yards as the 260 Remington would at the muzzle.

The new round is a standard length action cartridge (same as the .30-06, et al).  It will headspace off the shoulder of the case.

Nosler did not announce a rifle that will be chambered for the cartridge, but did reference a “new platform rifle” that will be introduced at the SHOT Show.  I am guessing that the new rifle will have the 26 Nosler as one caliber.  It is also likely we will see one of the company’s existing M48 series of rifles chambered for the new cartridge.

26 nosler graph

Energy and velocity information for the new Nosler cartridge.

Nosler is not listed as a Media Day at the Range exhibitor, so I do not think we will get a chance to shoot one of these in January.  However, I expect that we will be able to get plenty of information and photos of the new rounds and rifles at the SHOT Show itself.  Make sure you check out our SHOT Show new guns page to keep up with all of the show news.

Update – June 2014

Nosler published reloading information for the new cartridge.  The load recipes and SAAMI specs are listed in the documents below.  If anyone knows of additional published load recipes, please let us know in the comments section below.  I know a lot of people are very interested in this cartridge, and sharing the information will help everyone looking for details on it.

Here are the SAAMI specs on the 26 Nosler cartridge:

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  • 6.5 fanatic

    The old 6.5 Swede is still one heck of a cartridge and capable of taking out just about everything and at a much lower cost. Make it into a 6.5-06 and occasionally with the right rifle, it is beyond belief.

  • Dan Flowers

    This offering will obviously appeal to some long-range hunters who will NOT be high volume shooters. It will suffer from the same affliction as every other cartridge which has a high case vole in relation to its bore size, and that is rapid throat erosion and short barrel life. It is a tradeoff that can’t be avoided.

  • Rodney D Moore II

    It all goes bang! I do hold my magnum friends dear to me! I do not own any magnum rifles. Never found the need after I hooked up with my first purchase of a 270 Winchester M77 Ruger back in the mid 80’s. I did mount a 3 x 12 x 56mm Redfield from back in the day. What a big difference that made. I had to say bye bye to the world class Tasco at the time. I am not a flat desert shooting guy up to 1000 yards but I do like a door to door challenge in the wood’s edge. I have had open field shoots and collected my prey mostly within 300 yards. Still, the best shot was my 30-30 at 35 yards through the thick wooded forest. The neck shot flipped the doe head over heels. I had never seen such a event. All my field shoots dropped like a hat and was kind of boring due to lack of theatrical movement. A couple have decide to jog off a little but never far. I like the thought that the shooting mind never stops thinking of contributing to the many attempts to improve what is not wholly new but a bit adjusted. Never give up! Do know this. All that sounds good does not always sell well. Just make it available to the public as an option for those willing to pay for the custom mile off the production commercial highway. I run the road from hand-me-downs to commercial production to custom. If I can shoulder it and fire it without taking my shoulder off, it’s for me. I am not a wimp by any means. If I can enjoy the thrill of sneaking up on my target with my non-magnum rifle, why shoot my prey from the moon in a lawn chair. Protect your heritage go hunting!


    Limited use round. will be nice to have. Will end up in the back of the ole gun safe. Or plan on setting the lands back often. But i must say i can’t wait to build one!

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