Model 48 Custom Varmint

The Nosler Model 48 Custom Varmint is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in .204 Ruger, .223 Rem. and .22-250 Rem. The Custom Varmint is one of five rifles currently sold by Nosler and differs from the Sporter model in that its stock is Teflon coated.

It uses Nosler’s Model 48 action, a proprietary push-feed action, which is unique in that as the bolt pushes the round towards the chamber, the extractor does not grab the rim of the cartridge until the bolt is completely forward and locked. It doesn’t really affect the smoothness of the action but does cater to one’s preference. Some prefer the push-feed action over a control-round feed action (which does the opposite). Accompanying the action is a Rifle Basix brand trigger that sets off the action with a 3-pound pull.

The Nosler Model 48 Custom Varmint features a glass-pillar bedded Kevlar and carbon-fiber stock. Pillar bedded stocks use aluminum or metal sleeves against which the action screws can be tightened, providing an overall tighter fit and eliminating friction between the stock and action. The Custom Varmint has a match-grade free floating stainless barrel. Because a free floating barrel does not abut the stock, barrel heating and swelling will not compromise stock integrity over time. External metal surfaces are coated with Cerakote brand ceramic-based coating for increased durability. Internal metal surfaces are coated with Micro Slick brand dry-film lubricant, reducing friction and wear. The Custom Varmint also utilizes a recoil pad and sling swivel studs.

Nosler recommends the Model 48 Custom Varmint for general hunting.

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