In the upcoming May 2014 issue of RIFLE FIREPOWER, author Jon R. Sundra takes the new Nesika Sporter, one of the first rifles from a Dakota Arms partner company known for its match-grade actions, on a test-drive.

Sundra writes, “After the company got settled in at Dakota’s Sturgis factory and the actions were being machined there (there were three distinct versions by then), the new management began to explore the idea of building complete sporting rifles based on the Nesika design. After all, they were building high-quality Dakota rifles based on their own actions in the same building, so why not? To do so, however, the competition-styled action had to be modified for sporting applications. Using the Benchrest model as an example, the receiver was massive and had flat sides and a solid, flat bedding surface sans magazine cutout. The ejection port was of minimal size for the particular cartridge family involved, and the receiver ring and barrel shank were longer than normal to ensure better concentricity.

“The Nesika Sporter I was sent for testing came chambered in .308 Winchester. Out of the box, it weighed 8 pounds unloaded with a Remington-contour, 24-inch, match-grade Douglas barrel that measures 0.655 inches at the muzzle. My initial impression was that this is one beautifully machined and finished rifle.”

To learn more about the new Nesika Sporter, check out the May 2014 issue of RIFLE FIREPOWER, available on newsstands and digitally February 18, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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