New book on John Nosler is a must-read for hunters
`Seven shots!' He muttered to himself. `It shouldn't take that many.'"
Those were the opening sentences of a magazine article I wrote decades ago, and go far to explain the motivation behind one of the true geniuses of bullet design, John Nosler.
My first article on Nosler, titled "He Built a Better Bullet," was published in True's Hunting Yearbook, in 1966. That article told how John had hunted moose in British Columbia 20 years earlier, using the best bullets then available, and how his dissatisfaction with the performance of those bullets led him to indeed, build a better bullet.
Now I've just finished reading a new book on Nosler, and feel it is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of John and his bullets, and all the many factors that came together to make Nosler, Inc. a major company in the hunting world.
The book, John Nosler, Going Ballistic - The life and adventures of John Nosler, was written by John Nosler, as he told his story to well-known outdoor writer Gary Lewis.
The book is John's story, from birth through the many adventures of his life, right up to today, when - at age 91 - he still goes to his office at the Nosler plant in Bend.
Whenever hunters gather, there will always be discussions/arguments about the best guns, types of actions, scopes - and bullets - because it seems everybody is an expert. Various hunters will loudly proclaim that they won't use a certain brand of bullet because those bullets (take your choice): don't expand, expand too much, won't penetrate, penetrate too much, wobble in flight, aren't accurate, cost too much, or simply aren't pretty enough.
A young hunter once told me a certain bullet was no good because he shot a deer and had to trail it in the snow for six miles before he found it. Where had he hit it? He admitted it was a little far back. In the guts. How many deer had he ever taken? That was his second. That sure sounds like he qualified as an expert on bullet performance, doesn't it?
I personally have taken dozens of big game animals, and the bullets I've used always performed as advertised, if I did my part.
Then there are hunters such as John Nosler, whose 1946 British Columbia moose didn't go down easily, even though John's hits were all well placed. John was so dissatisfied with the performance of 1946 bullets that he has spent the next 58 years designing, studying, testing, trying, failing and succeeding. The result is that today Nosler bullets are the world standard, against which all other hunting bullets are compared.
All this is explained, in John's own words, in this new book. These books are available in Bend at The Book Barn, the Nosler Shooter's Pro Shop, or Sun Publishing; directly from Gary Lewis's Web site, www.GaryLewisOutdoors.com or by sending $29 to Gary Lewis, P.O. Box 1364, Bend, 9770 .