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GUNS Magazine August 2011 Digital Edition - Page 62
The “Legacy” is John A. Nosler’s concept of the ideal big-game rifle. hoLT boDinson hat if you were able to sit down with one of the titans of the industry and ask him to draw up the specifications for what he personally would consider to be the ideal big-game hunting rifle? Well into his 90s at the time, bullet and rifle maker, the late John A. nosler, did just that sitting down at lunch one day with his grandson, John r. nosler. It is reported he would mimic mounting his ideal rifle, working the action, loading a round and taking the shot. W From his notes, sketches and daily counsel, the custom gunsmiths of Nosler crafted steel and wood into a completely new addition to the growing Nosler rifle line. It’s called, appropriately, the “Model 48 Legacy,” and it incorporates all the features Nosler thought important in a well balanced, fast handling, highly accurate, big-game rifle. Fortunately, before his passing in October 2010, John A. Nosler had an opportunity to handle and fire what would become his rifle legacy. What’s exciting about the new “Legacy” model for 2011 is that it’s the second least expensive model in the Nosler custom rifle line, and it’s available in right- or left-hand actions, in three very intriguing chamberings— the .257 Roberts, .280 Ackley Improved and .35 Whelen, as well as the more familiar .270 Win, .308 Win, .30-06, .300 Win Mag and .338 Win Mag. Fed with NoslerCustom ammunition, the Legacy is factory guaranteed to deliver 3/4-MOA accuracy for 3-shot groups at 100 yards. There’s something very special about being able to hunt with serial numbers N0004 and N0005 of the new Legacy line, and the opportunity came during a December whitetail hunt at the Nail Ranch just outside of Albany, Texas. Number N0004 was chambered in .300 Win Mag and N0005 in .338 Win Mag. Joining me on the hunt was fellow scribe, John Barsness, and we agreed to switch the two rifles back-and-forth on a daily basis. As it turned out, N0005 in .338 was the lucky number claiming two deer and two boar between, us with four rounds of NoslerCustom 200-grain AccuBond ammunition. The Legacy A particular Model 70 Winchester in .300 H&H plays strongly in the story of John Nosler’s development of superior hunting bullets. It was the failure of 1946-era .300 H&H ammunition in his Model 70 on a moose hunt that inspired Nosler to invent the Partition bullet; and it was The Legacy is available with a short or long action in eight effective big-game calibers. 62 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • AUGUST 2011