Nosler M48 Lon­grange Car­bon

• $2,995 • 6.5 Creed­moor • 7 lb. 3 oz. • 26-in. bar­rel

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

The M48 is one of the finest big-game ri­fle ac­tions in ex­is­tence. When it’s com­bined with a Proof Re­search car­bon-fiber bar­rel and a Man­ner’s car­bon-fiber stock, you end up with a for­mi­da­ble hunt­ing rig. Group av­er­ages were at .76 inch, and with the 140-grain Nosler RDF load, the ri­fle was at .6 inch, so the ri­fle cer­tainly lives up to its prom­ise there. But it wasn’t a slam dunk. The ac­tion was stiff to run—prob­a­bly a func­tion of a too-heavy fir­ing­pin spring—and the ejec­tor didn’t toss emp­ties with much au­thor­ity. At al­most three grand, a ri­fle should func­tion per­fectly, and with a bit more re­fine­ment, this Nosler might get there.

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