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Premier Predator Package: Nosler Varmageddon Review

by Steve Gash   |  April 2nd, 2013 2


In Revelation 16:14-16, the term “Armageddon” is used to describe the site of an epic battle, the climactic and decisive confrontation between the forces of good and evil. In contemporary culture, the term has evolved to represent the “end of days,” in various contexts.

In a very clever word play, the folks at Nosler have coined the term, “Varmageddon,” to encompass the concept of a varmint’s “end of days.” Actually, the origin of the word “Varmageddon” is quite interesting. Nosler had a contest open to all employees, who proposed names for the new line. And, believe it or not, two employees independently came up with the name Varmageddon; both were awarded nice prizes from the company.

Nolser didn’t stop short when developing the products, either. The Varmageddon line includes all of the items needed to ensure success. In addition to a tricked-out “modern sporting rifle,” factory ammo and component bullets are offered so that budding combatants are aptly armed against any “evil” varmints they might encounter. And there’s also a Leupold Varmageddon riflescope to complete the package. The whole shebang provides the varmint shooter with an efficient and effective shooting synergy.

Here’s the low down on how this system performs in the field and on the range.

The Rifle
Nosler teamed up with noted AR builder Noveske Rifleworks to produce a highly specialized and effective tool for the “varmint wars” that is meant to be at home in vast prairie dog towns or when calling up coyotes. At its base is a forged lower with a mil-spec receiver extension, a Geissele SD-E trigger, a Magpul MOE grip and a Magpul PRS stock that’s adjustable for both length of pull and comb height.

The Vltor MUR upper features an antirotation interface in the free-floated, 13.5-inch handguard, which has the NSR KeyMod system. This lightweight handguard is less than 1.5 inches wide and has M-1913 slots along its top for the addition of lasers, lights, and whatnot. An intermediate gas system is attached to a low-profile gas block that is pinned to the barrel, and a full-length rail rests atop the 13.5-inch handguard so that mounting short- or long-eye relief scopes is no problem. The rifle comes with top-notch Back Up Iron Sights from Troy Industries, and a BCMGUNFIGHTER charging handle makes operation easier.

The heart of the rifle is an 18-inch, stainless-steel barrel with 1:8 twist, allowing it to handle bullets as heavy as 80 grains with no loss in accuracy, which my range tests confirmed. The chamber is pure 5.56mm and has an extended feedramp. The muzzle is threaded ½-28 in case you want to add a compensator, flashhider, or suppressor. A thread-protecting cap is provided. Finally, a Harris bipod and 20- and 30-round Magpul magazines (one each) are included. All that is packed in a handsome soft case.

The Scope
The rifle is available separately or as a package with a specially designed Leupold VX-3 4.5-14X 50mm scope. The elevation turret has Leupold’s CDS (Custom Dial System) calibrated to match Nosler’s Varmageddon .223 Remington ammo with 55-grain bullet at a nominal 2,900 fps. The scope is affixed by a Leupold Mark 2 IMS (Integral Mounting System) mount that solves two typical mounting problems at once. It attaches easily anywhere along the flat-top receiver and allows considerable adjustment for eye relief. It also positions the scope high enough for a proper cheekweld with the straight AR stock.

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