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View Poll Results: Better caliber for long range/ all around hunting using 140 gr bullet
6.5-06 AI 174 43.28%
280 AI 228 56.72%
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6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

 
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:35 PM
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Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

I don't have a dog in this fight ; but were I to pick one it would be the 6.5 AI. As a hunting round the 7 won't kill anything that the 6.5 won't within the same time frame. The 7 may be a little better in the breeze and at extreme range. In a heavy rifle. They are so similar but the 6.5 is like the biggest of the small and the 7 is the smallest of the medium bores.
Caliber wise anyway.
The op wanted something easier than the 300 for shooting and the 6.5 will fit that bill real well. Were it me I would go with a 7.5" twist. Stabilize the longer bullets and not need to load to Max pressure. May make for longer barrel life.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:36 PM
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Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

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Does anybody hunt with a lighter bullet than 140gr in the 280AI.
I'm loading 120 NBT in my 13 year olds 280AI. Using youth load data off Hogdon website. He killed his first PA buck with it at 80 yards. They don't exactly list data so I went between the 270 win and 270 wsm.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:08 AM
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Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

Does anyone have any thoughts on the 280ai necked down to a 6.5? It would be a lot easier to get brass. Any idea on velocity on a 140vld?

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Old 12-20-2013, 12:12 PM
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Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

Have you tried ammoguide. They have lots of data there.
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Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

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Does anyone have any thoughts on the 280ai necked down to a 6.5? It would be a lot easier to get brass. Any idea on velocity on a 140vld?

Thanks
You wouldn't be too far behind the Sherman with it. I would guess it would top out at 3125-3150'. The Sherman will exceed 3200' and is just as simple to work with.In fact, you could simply partial neck a .280 A.I., load a 6.5 bullet, and fire away...........Rich
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Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

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Does anyone have any thoughts on the 280ai necked down to a 6.5? It would be a lot easier to get brass. Any idea on velocity on a 140vld?

Thanks
It won't equal the performance of the 26 Nosler with the 130 or 140gr bullets and being as it's their new proprietary cartridge we can count on a good supply of quality brass and even loaded ammo.

If it lives up to it's billing this new caliber is really going to be something special.
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:35 AM
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Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

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"P O Ackly he himself said the 6.5-06AI is not worth the trouble over the standard 6.5-06".

now read my post again I did not say the 6.5-06 was not worth while.
as for the 25-06AI it gains 400 fps over the standard 25-06 with a 87 grainer.
so yes it is worth it.
now both of these calibers are very good ones no one can say they are not.
He didn't have any magnum powders, either. Let P.O. play around with some 7828ssc and H1000 and say it's not worth it.
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