Rifle Review: The Nosler Mountain Carbon, Part One | Field & Stream

Posted: May 23, 2019 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

It is now time to consider a very serious piece of hunting ordnance that represents the collective knowledge of three generations of fanatic hunters and shooters, plus a fourth party who has a long familiarity with fine rifles and what should go into them.

The rifle is the Nosler Model 48 Mountain Carbon. The three generations are John, Bob, and John Nosler. The original John founded Nosler Bullets in 1948 because he thought it would be nice if there was a hunting bullet that worked and invented the Nosler Partition. Bob Nosler, who is about as fine a human being as I know, took over from John in 1988 and guided the company to great growth and immense profit. In 2018, he passed the presidency to his son, John.

The fourth party is Jeff Sipe, who worked at Kimber and Montana Rifles, and joined Nosler last year as Division Manager of Nosler’s Rifles operation. (Jeff was also an All-American wrestler at Dickinson State University. I mention this because I wrestled, and it’s the toughest sport you can get into, and because I could not have made All-American if I’d had Ivan Yarygin* out on the mat to help me.)

What you get when you combine these decades of experience is a sense of what should go into a hunting rifle, and what should not, and what the gun should feel like, and what it should be able to do. The Mountain Carbon is based on the Model 48 bolt action (1948 being the year Nosler was founded), which debuted in 2006 and is a highly refined push-feed bolt. “Mountain” comes in because the rifle, minus scope, weighs only 6 pounds, and will not make you unhappy if you have to carry it up a mountain. “Carbon” because the barrel is a steel liner, carbon- wrapped in order to save weight.”

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