Nosler M48 Longrange Carbon
• $2,995 • 6.5 Creedmoor • 7 lb. 3 oz. • 26-in. barrel
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.