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Old 09-18-2022, 01:23 PM   #1
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Hey all,
What is everyone's thoughts and experience with the 28 Nosler. Getting the itch for a new rifle and don't want to wait for the 7mm PRC.

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Old 09-18-2022, 01:27 PM   #2
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My 2cents great caliber, but it has down fails.

I love my braked 26” but even ear plugs it rings.

My next 28nos will be sub 7lb 22” w/a TI suppressor.

I don’t love the 195 bergers(deep nose cavity makes them explosive) and after my barrel speeds up I’ll might move to 180 vld
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Old 09-18-2022, 03:02 PM   #3
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It's a great round.

In general I feel like the nosler rounds are near perfect in design and capacity for their intended purposes. BUT they suffer from poor marketing and perhaps less than ideal freebore for heavies with a sammi reamer. They also suffer from limited factory rifle clambering.

They now suffer from compition with the 30 prc case which has better freebore and backed by the hornady marketing machine. The prc does nothing special imo but if you don't hand load they're known for great quality and reasonably priced ammo.

I was contemplating the 28 nosler about four years ago and went with the 30 nosler instead. It has similar balastics with a 215-230 berger and those two have been extensively documented on LRH and LRO as certified bad medicine for elk. Plus a little more barrel life...not much but a little is nice.

I still had an itch to shoot something with 7mm 180s so I added a light weight 7 saum to the safe last year. It has not disappointed.

I will add that the 30 nos sammi spec is perfect for 215-245 bergers but non vld ogive bullets will be seated much deeper in the case. My 7 saum has a .195 freebore and needs it for heavy vlds or you'll loose considerable case capacity.

Pictured below is a 230 and 180 hybrid.

Both APR built rifles are shooting hybrids to 1 inch at 300 yards consistently.

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Old 09-18-2022, 03:37 PM   #4
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I’ve been hunting panhandle mule deer with the 28 nosler for the last 3 seasons and it hasn’t disappointed. It really shines with the long/heavy high bc bullets. I’m sure your aware of the barrel life, but it’s not much of a issue with a hunting rifle. Loaded ammo has been really scarce the last couple of years, so be prepared for that if you don’t reload, if you do reload reloder 33 is the go to in the 28nosler.
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Old 09-18-2022, 03:54 PM   #5
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I had Cooper build me a 26 nosler back in 2016, I shot it one season with mixed results.
I never could get a good accurate load worked up. I sent it back to Cooper and had them set me up with a 28 nosler. I couldn’t be more pleased. I send a 175 grain burger at 3100fps, and it rolls the animals.
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Old 09-18-2022, 04:33 PM   #6
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Good round.
IMO youre better off with a .30 PRC at this point.
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Old 09-18-2022, 04:59 PM   #7
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How far are you going to be shooting? If I was to buy a .284 caliber, it would be a 280 Remington or a 7mm STW. But I reload and don't plan on shooting beyond a few yards at this point.

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Old 09-18-2022, 05:40 PM   #8
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My 7 mag with a bore rider was built for the nosler was a thing. 180 Berger at 3075 fps. It hammers critters. I’ve shot multiple 28 Noslers and all performed very well. Run heavy bullets and it’s a wonderful caliber. Lots of power and in the right package an easy mile plus gun.
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Old 09-18-2022, 05:40 PM   #9
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Pm sent about southpaw stuff--

Loved my 7RUM but it was a 1-9 and never ran heavies, if loaded ammo isn't around then you better stock up on components or find a place like Unknown or other to load you up for the 28NOS.

Have had 3 different 7RM and never liked them-- not enough buck for the 'BANG' IMO-- they were lighter models.

My 7saum is awesome- a bit loud (22") but lots to offer for less 'bang' but again- better handload or call Unknown.

If I would build a new rifle for factory ammo to shoot long or bigger critters I'm going 30NOS or 300RUM.
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Old 09-18-2022, 06:14 PM   #10
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Like said above, 28 Nos is a great round especially if your goal is large animals at substantial distances. But, I think there are several 7mm cartridges that offer a better total package.

I just had McWhorter build me a 7sprc. I am getting just over 2900 fps with a 175 eldx out of a 23” bbl and with a LOT less recoil and muzzle blast compared to what the 28 Nos will have.
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Old 09-18-2022, 08:56 PM   #11
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Hey all,
Do to some comments and PMs...this is a complete and total unnecessary purchase. This rifle will probably see 5/10 shots a year and will be my 'no questions asked' enough gun for elk, mule deer, whitetail, (and hopefully Oryx...assuming I win a draw). I'm completely in love with my 6.5 Creed, 257 Weatherby, 22-250. So this is gratuitous in the truest sense of the word.
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Old 09-18-2022, 09:37 PM   #12
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Hey all,
Do to some comments and PMs...this is a complete and total unnecessary purchase. This rifle will probably see 5/10 shots a year and will be my 'no questions asked' enough gun for elk, mule deer, whitetail, (and hopefully Oryx...assuming I win a draw). I'm completely in love with my 6.5 Creed, 257 Weatherby, 22-250. So this is gratuitous in the truest sense of the word.

IMO the 28 Nosler is the best all around 7mm cartridge there is; and its even better if you handload and have a custom reamer built.

But for your stated purposes Id step up to the 30 Nosler.


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Old 09-19-2022, 08:48 AM   #13
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I’m waiting for the 7PRC
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Old 09-19-2022, 09:24 AM   #14
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Hey all,
Do to some comments and PMs...this is a complete and total unnecessary purchase. This rifle will probably see 5/10 shots a year and will be my 'no questions asked' enough gun for elk, mule deer, whitetail, (and hopefully Oryx...assuming I win a draw). I'm completely in love with my 6.5 Creed, 257 Weatherby, 22-250. So this is gratuitous in the truest sense of the word.
Good info.

Do you handload and what's the max range you're comfortable with?



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Old 09-19-2022, 09:25 AM   #15
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I've had my 28 nosler for around 3 years and I absolutely love it!
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Old 09-19-2022, 12:29 PM   #16
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Good info.

Do you handload and what's the max range you're comfortable with?
Currently, I do not reload but have put some considerable thought into it.

Max range on critters is probably a different story than on steel. Critters, probably 400 yards. Steel easily out to 1k.
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Old 09-19-2022, 12:32 PM   #17
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Awesome caliber
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Old 09-19-2022, 07:38 PM   #18
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Currently, I do not reload but have put some considerable thought into it.



Max range on critters is probably a different story than on steel. Critters, probably 400 yards. Steel easily out to 1k.
If you're seriously considering reloading then the sky's the limit.

If not then I'd strongly consider a 7RM or 300 winny as they have the greatest variety of factory ammo.

The other option would be to have a custom shop load your ammo until you pull back the cover on that rabbit hole called hand loading.

Btw-the two I mentioned are great to 400 in factory offerings and only made better with hand loads.

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Old 09-19-2022, 07:58 PM   #19
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28 Nosler is a great round. I shoot a 7 RUM and have more brass and components to last me a lifetime so I do not plan on changing calibers. I also like shooting smaller bullets faster and that has never failed me. I shoot the Barnes 145 gr LRX with great results.
Like others have said, if you don't reload, factory rounds will be tougher to find in the 28.

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Old 09-20-2022, 04:40 PM   #20
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All,
After looking at factory ammo and weighing the pros and cons (and seeing this isn't "needed"), I'm going to wait and see what the factory rifle offerings look like for the 7mm PRC. On paper the round looks like a near perfect sweet spot for my intended purposes.

Thank you all for your feedback and thoughts.
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