Nosler Launches The New Reduced Drag Factor Bullet Line

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Nosler has launched the new Reduced Drag Factor bullet line today; I think reloaders and precision shooters are going to be rather pleased with what Nosler has released. While I am not a heavy reloader or precision shooter yet, I do appreciate a good bullet and based on the specs; it appears the RDF line is just that. After looking at the specs that Nosler provided, both Phil and I are both eager to get our hands on a few boxes to see what the new bullet can do.

Nosler says that their new bullet has the highest BC and smallest, most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet on the market. This means that shooters will be able to work up a load that might reach out a bit farther, drift a bit less, and fly a bit flatter than they are accustomed to with current bullet technology. Nosler’s team set out with the goal of changing the match bullet market and included some key features that I am sure will make an impact.

The RDF bullet will feature Nosler’s compound ogive, a long boat tail to reduce drag, and the ultra small hollow point that is so small the naked eye will almost miss it. The meplat size was a particular win for Nosler, boasting a 40% reduction in size.

Nosler’s RDF™ bullet line will initially launch with the following offerings in both 100 and 500 count
boxes:
• 22cal 70gr.—G1 Ballistic Coefficient 0.416 | G7 Ballistic Coefficient 0.211
• 6mm 105gr.—BC field verification in process
• 6.5mm 140gr.—BC field verification in process
• 30cal 175gr.—G1 Ballistic Coefficient 0.536| G7 Ballistic Coefficient 0.27
You can learn more about the new Reduced Drag Factor line at www.nosler.com or their product page HERE.
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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • Billy Jack

    So they use the right bathrooms?

  • Vitor Roma

    That .223 has some serious BC for the weight. The 77gr (10% heavier) Sierra Match King has a BC of “only” .372.

    • Aono

      If the advertised BC is correct (paging Litz) then it has a form factor of .945, and a “compound” ogive. This would make it the slickest .224 on the market short of the Berger 90 VLD, beating out the 80 AMAX, and doing it in mag length. It’s shorter than a 77 SMK. It would be the only other legit VLD (sub .950 form factor) in .224, besides the expensive and finicky 90 VLD. It’s no 7N6 but hey. If the market is true (big if, but the Accubond LRs have also had great form factors), then this looks like a winner.

    • Nosler

      We’ve been sending out the RDF bullets to some of the top PRS shooters in the country over the last few months to field verify our number and things are right on if not better. Excited about this product!

      • Michael Courtney

        Why not send them to Bryan Litz? Maybe because he has shown Nosler BCs to be exaggerated so often in the past?

        • Joel

          Because he works for a competitor?

          • Michael Courtney

            Litz has done an outstanding job measuring bullet BCs from all the big companies: Barnes, Sierra, Hornady, Lapua, etc. He knows what he is doing.

          • Aono

            And none of those places likely sent him the stuff for free. Hornady is showing the way with their doppler curves.

            (Bryan, if you’re out there – please do copper hunting bullets next though!)

          • JMR

            Litz and AB have lately been doing a lot of Bashing of other companies. Frankly it’s off-putting and takes a way a lot of their credibility.

            Hell a lot of us were waiting for then to bash Lapua 6DOF and people started questioning why they haven’t right before we found out Berger was bought out by NAMMO.

        • I’ll be testing these shortly in .308.

  • Joel

    I’ll definitely give the .224 70 grain a try. I just hope that Nosler publishes some 5.56 or .223 data for it (Varget and AA2520 please).

  • Michael Courtney

    Nosler has a long history of exaggerating BCs. Why should anyone believe them now?

    • JMR

      Because they’re sending them out to PRS shooters to verify BCs.

  • Henry Reed

    Someone needs to do a side-by-side comparison of this and Mk 262 MOD 1, the industry standard for long range 5.56 precision.

    Also, the Sierra 77 TMK would be another interesting comparison, since even though it has a ballistic tip some people claim that they can’t get it to group properly.

  • guest

    I wonder how they perform in ballistic gelatin.

    Yes, I know, they’re paper-punching bullets, not for hunting or defense. So are the .224″ 69 and 77 gr. MatchKings from Sierra, which yaw and fragment very positively and reliably and which are downright nasty antipersonnel bullets. The .308″ 175gr MatchKing is also, per Dr. Martin Fackler, usually pretty nasty, though the 168gr version is inconsistent and more often than not behaves just like M80 Ball in soft tissue, punching right through without much in the way of deviation or yaw.

    And if the 70gr bullet can stabilize reliably in 1:9″ barrels, well, so much the better.

  • Oldtrader3

    What has Nosler got against the .257 bullet? Many deer hunters still use .25-06’s and .257 Roberts rifles for deer. Why can’t we have a long range bullet too?

    • G

      There is a good reason why there are no high .257″ BC bullets:

      Long range implies high BC which in its turn implies long, heavy-for-weight, bullets. Most, if not all, .257″ factory rifles can’t handle long, heavy-for-weight, bullets because the rifles have barrels with slow 1:10″ twist rates.

      A high BC .257″ bullet would in most, if not all cases, require a re-barreling of the .257″ rifle. Now, if you are going to take the effort to re-barrel a .257″ rifle with a fast twist rate barrel why not switch caliber to .264″ instead? The bullet selection is much better for .264″ (6.5mm) than for .257″.

      • G

        “Heavy-for-weight” should, of course, be “heavy-for-caliber”.

  • JMR

    Hopefully they perform well on Game.

  • Brian Fulmer

    Midway is out of stock on the .224 and .308, who has these?

  • 🐒👊

    Ohhh neat. Looks like I have a new bullet to try in my 22-243!! I wonder how thick the jackets are??