Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Long Range Hunting & Shooting Nightforce Optics


Reply

280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-26-2009, 01:30 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Olympia Washington
Posts: 103
280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?

I am getting a ruger NO1 rebarrelled for 7mm and have been researching the difference between 280AI and 7wsm. I seem to be getting alot of conflicting data from the different reloading manuals. (some seem to show these about equal) I have ordered a Broughton 1-9 twist barrel, planning on a 24in barrel predominately for elk hunting in eastern WA and a moose hunt in BC this fall. Would there be much of a gain to go with the 7wsm over the 280AI ? I don't have much experience with long range hunting and five to six hundred yards sounds long to me right now. (they tell me that the average shots for the moose in that area is usually under two hundred yards ) OH, and I was planning on the 160gr + bullet range. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks guy's.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-26-2009, 10:28 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: sebastopol, ca.
Posts: 418
Re: 280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?

You might want to check but I don't believe the WSM's can't be used in the single shot actions due to the diameter of the round and the pressure developed.
The 280AI is an awesome round from my research. Very accurate and efficient.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-26-2009, 11:25 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Base of the Bluemountains aka Gods Country
Posts: 467
Re: 280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?

Where in Washington will you be hunting elk.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-26-2009, 11:58 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Olympia Washington
Posts: 103
Re: 280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?

Hopefully where the elk are. lol I'm not sure where to hunt yet, I want to try eastern WA maybe the CleElum area or between Wenatche and Ellensburgh. I have scouted the area around Whistleing Jacks but it can be tough to get in there due to road conditions. Any suggestions?

Last edited by dewiseman; 07-26-2009 at 12:17 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-26-2009, 12:51 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Central Washington
Posts: 491
Re: 280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dewiseman View Post
Hopefully where the elk are. lol I'm not sure where to hunt yet, I want to try eastern WA maybe the CleElum area or between Wenatche and Ellensburgh. I have scouted the area around Whistleing Jacks but it can be tough to get in there due to road conditions. Any suggestions?
Well, Cle Elum isn't really Eastern Washington, apart from the fact it is east of Snoqualmie pass.

The Colockum area is probably still the most productive elk area in the state as far hunting goes.

I love the 7mm WSM and you can find factory ammo if for some reason you don't have your handloaded ammunition with you. Much harder for the AI.

Bill
__________________

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson

http://waitesandbalances.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-26-2009, 02:42 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Olympia Washington
Posts: 103
Re: 280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?

Now that you mention it , it is kind of funny that we (weter WA) think of anything past Snoqualmie Pass as eastern WA.

Last edited by dewiseman; 07-26-2009 at 02:46 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-26-2009, 04:17 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Central Washington
Posts: 491
Re: 280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dewiseman View Post
Now that you mention it , it is kind of funny that we (weter WA) think of anything past Snoqualmie Pass as eastern WA.
Well, the Cascade Curtain, as well as the King County political bent, does make it seem like everything east of the Cascades is Eastern Washington, (since once you are East of the Cascades the politics become A LOT more conservative) but really Ellensburg (or maybe Cle Elum) to Ritzville is Central Washington, with Eastern Washington from say Moses Lake to the border overlapping that Central Washington area. That 40 mile area from Moses Lake to Ritzville gets thrown into both Central Washington and Eastern Washington.

Either way, there is some great Elk hunting over here, according to my Elk hunting friends. (Elk hunting seems like a lot of time for such a little return! Ten guys go, drink lots of beer, and one guy gets his elk!)

Bill
__________________

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson

http://waitesandbalances.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: 280AI vs 7WSM for hunting Washigton elk?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
280AI / 168gr BergerVLD hunting T-Moe Long Range Hunting & Shooting 8 03-23-2011 02:56 PM
fire forming 280ai or 6.5-280ai brass from 270? loaders_loft Reloading 2 03-16-2010 11:00 AM
7wsm or 280ai hawkhunts Long Range Hunting & Shooting 16 12-20-2009 11:36 AM
Help Which 7mm 7wsm 0r 280AI 7REm mag dewiseman Long Range Hunting & Shooting 18 08-02-2009 03:37 PM
custom 7wsm hunting rifle shootone Guns For Sale 3 06-10-2009 07:51 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC