10 things you need to know about the 22 Nosler
By Kristin Alberts
22 Nosler round, left, .223 Remington round, right. The 22 Nosler is actually longer than the .223 Rem.
The Nosler Corporation has been running gangbusters on new cartridges in the last few years, setting their own field of chamberings from sleek long-rangers to heavy hitting hunters. Think 26, 28, 30, and 33 Nosler. So what’s been missing from the numbers gauntlet? A smaller, zoomer of a round, that’s what, and they’ve even wandered out of their bolt-action comfort zone to fill a niche in the AR-platform market. Enter the 22 Nosler chambering, introduced at SHOT 2017 as ammo, brass, uppers, and full rifles.
Here’s what you need to know about the new round.
1. It’s powerful
The 22 Nosler was born from the company’s mission to create “the most powerful .22 caliber centerfire cartridge that would reliably function in the AR platform. Doing that means trumping one of the most adored and accepted calibers on the planet — the .223 Rem / 5.56 NATO. And they succeeded with this baby-Nosler, boasting greater case volume, velocity, and energy.
22 Nosler prototype on display at SHOT 2017. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
2. It’s parentless
When new cartridges emerge, one of the first questions is “what is this based on?” In