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Unread 06-18-2002, 09:00 PM
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.280 Ackley Improved

I'm thinking of having a rifle built. It will not be a heavy bench rest style rifle, but a much more coventional rifle for stalking/hunting of whitetails. Weight is a consideration, and so is recoil in a light rifle. I'm thinking non-magnum cartridges, and it seems as though the .280 Ackley Improved is a pretty fair non-magnum 7mm. Does anyone out there have any experience with this cartridge? [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]
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Unread 06-19-2002, 07:14 AM
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Re: .280 Ackley Improved

I own one and shoot it regularly to 1200 yards. Mine is built on a Remington 721 action and sports a 24 inch Krieger barrel. I wanted a longer barrel but that's a different story. I would strongly rerommend a 26 or 27 inch barrel. Mine weighs around 11 pounds and could be shot off hand. Get a 9 twist as it will stabilize the 160 grain, high BC bullets. I have not loaded mine to the max to see what it can do, but shoot the 162 A-Max at 2,820 fps, it's a mild load but devestatingly accurate. My buddies and I have made 9, one shot kills (woodchucks) with it this summer between 401 and 546 yards. It does quite well at 1K target shooting too. I think this caliber would suit you well for the type of hunting you want to do. Just get a scope with repeatable clicks and you should be able to take deer out to 1,000 yards with it. The recoil is also fairly tame, making it a pleasure to shoot.
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Unread 06-20-2002, 09:58 AM
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Re: .280 Ackley Improved

Have a look in the new Nosler manual #5. There is lots of excellent data and you will see that performance is about the same as the 7mm short magnums. Good stuff.

Build it with a good barrel with a normal hunting contour 9about 24" long) and you will have an excellent rig for what you want.

Stick with accurate bullets like the Nosler BT or Hornady SST in the 120 to 150gr range and you will be well armed for your whitetails.

Build the gun, work up a good load and start practising.

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Unread 06-20-2002, 10:41 AM
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Re: .280 Ackley Improved

I have one very similar to the one Prime time described. Mine has a 26" Douglas #5 taper barrel in a Fajen laminated sporter stock. It is built on a M700 action and wears a Leupold 4.5-14x50 LR in DD rings and bases. It is great with Reloader 22 and 162 gr AMAX's as well. It thik you will be well pleased with this caliber. Norma makes .280 Rem brass, so that is also a plus. Good luck with your project.
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Unread 12-19-2008, 09:19 PM
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Re: .280 Ackley Improved

Why won't a 22" work. I had a 26" 7 mag. once and sold it not practical for me to carry around.
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Unread 12-19-2008, 10:41 PM
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Re: .280 Ackley Improved

I have a 7mm gibbs and a 7mm jrs which are just blowing the case out a bit more than the 280 imp. Both will virtually duplicate the 7mm remington with less powder. I agree with the others that your choice for your purpose is as good as any. If you want all you can get out of the 280 case the 7mm jrs is the ultimate that I have found when all factors are considered.
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Unread 12-20-2008, 09:08 PM
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Re: .280 Ackley Improved

How would you guy's rate the 280 ackley for hunting elk?
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