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]
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.
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.
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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