Nosler Model 48 Outfitter Review
December 02, 2013
In 1946, John Nosler had a dilemma. He needed a bullet that could be counted upon to expand reliably and consistently and varying velocities and ranges, and since he couldn't find anything that suited his needs on the market at that time, he set about designing his own. A year later the Partition arrived, and for almost 70 years it has remained a popular and dependable choice for hunters around the world.
Fast forward six decades. The company John Nosler founded became one of the world's leading producers of bullets, ammunition and brass. All that experience developing ammunition and components afforded the folks at Nosler a thorough understanding of not only bullets and cartridges but of the rifles that fired them. So in the late 2000s Nosler introduced its Model 48 Rifle, a high-end bolt action that promised to be extremely accurate and durable enough for years of abuse in the field. And, like the Partition, the Model 48 was a hit.
This acceptance by the hunting community has allowed Nosler to expand the Model 48 lineup, and the newest version of the Model 48 is the Outfitter, which incorporates all the hallmark features of the Model 48 into a short, light package.
My test rifle, which was chambered in .338 Win. Mag., wore the same aramid fiber-reinforced composite stock with straight comb and rollover cheekpiece that you'll find on the company's popular Trophy Grade rifle, and the same blind internal box magazine and the metal work had the same Cerakote finish to protect the rifle from the elements. The major difference on the Outfitter is that the barrel has been chopped to 22 inches and the rifle comes equipped with auxiliary iron sights.
The solidly built M48 receiver is bedded into a good-looking aramid-fiber stock. The base geometry is set up to handle Remington 700/Weatherby Mark V bases.
As a purpose-built rifle, the Outfitter includes rugged, adjustable iron sights via a blade rear. The front is fiber optic.
Like other Model 48s, the Outfitter is guaranteed to fire 100-yard three-shot groups into an inch with prescribed Nosler ammo. The author's test rifle didn't disappoint.