New Cartridge: .33 Nosler

Nosler has introduced a new rifle cartridge – the .33 Nosler. This is another cartridge of their .404 Jeffery based cartridge line. Earlier Nosler released .26 Nosler, .28 Nosler and .30 Nosler cartridges in 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively. Nosler calls this new cartridge “the patriarch of the family”.

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L-R: .26Nosler, .28 Nosler and .30 Nosler cartridges

The new cartridge shoots .338 caliber projectiles and claims to deliver the same performance as the .338 Lapua Magnum. Particularly, it launches a 225 gr AccuBond bullet at 3025 fps and 265 gr AccuBond at 2775 fps. The advantage over .338 Lapua is that .33 Nosler fits standard (long) rifle actions. Below is the ballistic data comparing .33 Nosler to .338 Lapua Magnum and .338 Winchester Magnum:

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As in the case of other members of this cartridge family, Nosler has also launched a separate website dedicated to the .33 Nosler. The new cartridge will be SAAMI approved in the first quarter of 2017.

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Nosler will also offer the following products related to the new cartridge:


  • Trophy Grade (225 gr AccuBond)
  • Trophy Grade LR (265 gr AccuBond)
  • Match Grade (300 gr AccuBond)

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Brass Cases

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Model 48 rifle in Custom, Liberty and Heritage configurations.

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To me, the .33 Nosler looks to be a promising new cartridge because of its capability to duplicate the .338 Lapua Magnum in a much shorter package. However, as with all new cartridges, only time will show if it will catch up and become popular or will be completely forgotten.

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  • iksnilol

    If it doesn’t burn throats harder than a swallowed cigarette this cartridge is a winner.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Compared to the .26 Nosler, the .33 Nosler will have very long barrel lives.

      • iksnilol

        And if it matches .338 lapua, just imagine the possibilites. You could have a .338 lapua equivalent weighing like one of those 30-06 mountain rifles.

        • Charles Applegate

          BOOM! Ow…
          BOOM! Ow!
          BOOM! OW DAMNIT OW!!!

        • DW

          Better yet, you can rechamber 30-06 autoloaders and leverguns in this

          • nova3930

            Yerp. The savage rebarrelings are calling my name!

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          I’m sure my surgeon will be thrilled.

          • iksnilol

            Ummm… wear a wool sweater. That should dampen it. Trust me, I am a professional.

          • Edeco

            I’ll just make sure the strap of my wife-beater is between the stock and my shoulder, that should be good.

            Seriousely, I’d love if this took off and to have the weight and length savings from the receiver reinvested in the barrel.

          • iksnilol

            What about one of those carbon fiber wrapped barrels?

            *evil grin*

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      Even if it did, the powder savings alone over reloading 338 Lapua would still probably pay for a new barrel.

      The savings in factory ammo should absolutely do it.

  • Vhyrus

    It actually appears to beat the 338 lapua according to those charts. If they can make guns for it that don’t cost as much as a used car this one might really take off.

    • Rick O’Shay

      The Model 48 runs right around $1600. That’s a decent price for a really nice bolt action, which from what I’ve heard, it is. If they keep the price point right there, I’m willing to give it a serious look for a potential elk or moose gun, if I ever find the time or money to do a hunt like that.

    • Mike N.

      The real question is how does it perform compared to the .338 LM with a 250 or 300 grain bullet? I noticed a 300 grain load was introduced, but the charts all talk about the 225 grain load.

      • Vitor Roma

        It is even with 265gr bullet according to the official page. Actually it says its 25fps faster, but that is quite a small difference.

  • Rick O’Shay

    I’d be willing to give it a look if real life experience proved it was on par with the 338LM. Especially with the shorter action. I’m not sure how often I’d ever take it out of the safe, but this one certainly seems more innovative than the 30 Nosler.

    • nova3930

      I hear that. I’ve got a 6.5creedmore built on a Savage 110. If this cartridge performance, That barrel might migrate to a short action and replaced with this one.

  • Edeco

    I read a thing saying it uses significantly less propellant. If that’s true, neat achievement, and I wonder how. Pressure can’t be too much higher so vaguely, as a diletant, I’d expect longer barrel life.

    Can anything steal the momentum of the 338 LM in this class tho? Compared to modern assaulting rifles, there’s not that much market to maneuver in to get around 338 LM.

    • Rick O’Shay

      From the looks of it, we’re slowly inching toward having something with the ballistic performance of 338LM in an AR10-sized package. The first person to pull something like that off, would have a lot of shooters beating down their door.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    A magnum magnum… wow, almost like that hasn’t been tried before…

    • Arve M. Aasen

      Is not so fantastic, why can this .33 cartridge shoot faster,longer than
      a Lapua Magnum when it can only hold 88gr. powder and LM take 115gr. ?
      this cant be true.

  • Marcus D.

    What is the point/purpose of these cartridges? Do some shooters enjoy the pain? None of these are remotely necessary for anything one would hunt on this continent.

    • Dan

      What’s the point of 98% of any other cartridge out there. Because you can.

  • User

    Nah, bullshit nose ogive.

  • Jesse

    33 nosler is not faster than 338 lapua. 33 nosler 300 grain pill 2550. Noslers own ammo for 338 lapua 2650. If you buy Carbon or Black Hills or Double Tap you can push 300 grain pill 2800 fps plus. That smokes 33 nosler. If you buy Carbon a frame 250 grain ammo that is 3100 fps. I think 28 nosler is their best so far. 33 nosler nice idea and will do well, but not a 338 lapua

  • Archie Montgomery

    This does not strike me as a ‘plinker’. Save Alaska and as a matter of personal preference, some of the more dangerous bear, what is one going to shoot with something like this? No reason to ‘ban’ it, but I have no need for such a device.

    Perhaps the ‘recoil reducing’ devices will make a comeback?


    The 33 Nosler is based on the same case as the 338 RUM, but is .26 of an inch shorter. I fail to understand the excitement unless action length is an issue.

  • Robert Johnston

    Look up the “338 Abe Express” Randy Selby of Cody WY. built me a .338/404 30 years ago. I have killed at least 10 bull elk with it and several deer. 250 gr. Partition at 3,000 FPS. Great cartridge.