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Just curious. I know Nosler has a legendary reputation for bullets ect ect.
 
But I really had no idea they made rifles as well. They are right pricey to but not as pricey as some of the others like Kenny Jarrett.
 
Any knowldge on the Nosler custom 48 rifle?
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It's a nice rifle... but look at the action closely...  besides the cool integral scope mount bases on certain versions and a few cosmetic touches, notice more than a passing similarity to the Howa 1500 action?
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On another site, a guy owns a Nosler 48 and some Howas and said that the bolts were interchangable. Hummm....
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The Nosler guys were here in Westminster , MD at last month's NRA show..They took a little  offense when I mentioned the resemblence to a Howa/Vanguard action, but admitted it was the "basis" for their action. They make them in the U.S. VS Japan. Sure are good looking pieces , but it's tough to cough up the asking price these days !!!
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thats a pretty high dollar howa then
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If it is a full custom action on the 48, then it is the deal of the century. Custom action, PacNor barrel, custom stock (rumored to be made for them by NULA), Timney trigger, machined aluminum trigger guard assembly, Cerakoted and Micro-slick barreled action coatings with an accuracy garrantee for $2500 is quite the deal these days.
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okay....... at the risk of looking stupid.... Does it matter or not if the action is a Howa if it's a great rifle and is ultra accurate?   what ever "ultra" accurate is.  
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Probably not as it still sounds like a good deal. For the same money, however, you can get a Borden "Basic Rifle" that has a Borden custom Timberline/Alpine SS action, Hart barrel, McMillan stock and Jewell trigger only no accuracy garrantee. Anyone who knows Jim Borden knows that the likelyhood of a rifle leaving his shop that is not a tackdriver is very rare. Me, I'd go Borden and never look back for a second.
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The only problem with Borden's work is it takes forever to get it.

...oops, did I say that out loud?!!!
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I haven't spent near that much on any rifle I own, but have sunk enough money into complete rifle packages that I feel I have a lot of shooting to do under adverse wind and weather conditions before I will reach the limitations of the equipment. It seems to me that should be the yardstick used to justify these kinds of purchases.
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RifleDude, great things come to those (willing) to wait. Not saying the Nosler isn't a great deal, but a Borden it ain't.
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Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

okay....... at the risk of looking stupid.... Does it matter or not if the action is a Howa if it's a great rifle and is ultra accurate?   what ever "ultra" accurate is.  


No, It doesn't.  That was just a general observation.  Nothing wrong with the Howa action; it's actually a pretty good action.  I just thought it a bit humorous that such a fairly expensive, semi-custom rifle is at its heart a Howa.  I really do think the Nosler 48 is fairly priced considering all the components and features that goes into it, though.  It has a nice stock, a good barrel, a good trigger, it's nicely finished, and it shoots well.  I think that makes it a reasonably good deal for the price tag.
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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

RifleDude, great things come to those (willing) to wait. Not saying the Nosler isn't a great deal, but a Borden it ain't.


This is true, but its helpful when the wait is the length of time he says it's going to be... or at least reasonably close to it.  I have no beef with his work, though; it's all good.


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The real question is do you really get a rifle that is that much more accurate than a Tikka or Sako A7 or a R5 mil spec Remmington?  I'm pretty impressed with the R5 guns.
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No, you don't.

And, in the case of the 5R guns, maybe not AS accurate.  But, accuracy doesn't necessarily correlate with price, and the price of the Nosler 48 is based on the fact it is a limited production semi-custom rifle with some nice features.  The other rifles you mentioned are produced in much larger volume, hence their lower prices.
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You can make that argument with practically anything we buy as consumers.
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Correct.  It's economies of scale at work.  Production costs and overhead spread out over a greater number of units sold.
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Kind of like comparing a Corvette to a 458 Italia.
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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

Kind of like comparing a Corvette to a 458 Italia.
 
Ummm I wouldn't quite go there. It depends on what Corvette.
 
The 458 Italia would absolutely smoke most stock Vettes.
 
As for the rifle I'm speaking of the Nosler Custom 48 TGR here.
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In that price range, I'd be looking hard at the Cooper 52 with the synthetic stock.
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I agree with Rifledude's assessment: probably not. 

There are a lot of accurate rifles on the market these days, and some like the Tikka T3 and Savage aren't super expensive.  To me, the reason to build a custom stick is to have a rifle that is exactly they way you want it rather than for accuracy, though you'd obviously hope for good accuracy.  Not many people can hold less than MOA under hunting conditions so sub MOA doesn't mean much afield except for boosting confidence. 

I'd prefer a Howa action to a Remington 700 for a custom build although there are fewer aftermarket accessories for the Howa than the 700.  I find they Howa's are generally better machined, have a flat bottom and big recoil lug, and I like the extractor.  They're also cheaper than Remington donor actions/rifles.
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I recommended a Howa ranch rifle in .308 to a friend because I felt it was a great deal for a rifle and stock that he wouldn't have to ever replace so I have a high opinion of them. I also really like the Savage 10 FP variants and would consider a Stevens for a donor action. However, like the Ruger 10/22, there's a whole eco-system of aftermarket parts for the Rem. 700 and there are a couple models right out of the box for a grand or less that can really rock.

I got an LTR three years ago that went through Remington's Custom Shop. Now that may not be saying a whole lot, but $950 minus a $100 rebate, it has been a wonderful find. The 700 SS 5R that I got through SWFA recently is an even better shooter, partially because it's heavier, esp. with the scope that's on it. I've read that not every 5R proves to be a shooter out of the box, but most are. For a grand, it's hard to beat and there's nothing I feel needs to be changed about any part of it.

I otherwise am either not impressed with Remingtons are consider them expensive (e.g. 40X) enough to go custom instead. Their new camo, AR lookin' thingy is ridiculous as are the triangular barrels.
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I agree with you that Remington's pricing is ridiculous, especially if you look at the Custom Shop offerings. Back in the mid 90's I bought a African Plains Rifle in 300 WM that had a stainless action, 40X barrel and trigger option that cost me less than 1500. That same rifle today (if they would even do that today) would be well over 3500. I will say however, that it is one of the most accurate rifles I've ever owned.



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I agree today's Rem's are overpriced.  Also, the fit and finish on some that I've seen have been pretty poor.

Nice rig Roy!
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Thank you sir. It's one of my all time favorites.....
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