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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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Unread 02-09-2010, 12:11 AM
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Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

Why not combine the two and make a 6.5-280AI ???
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    Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

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    Why not combine the two and make a 6.5-280AI ???

    Well that could be interesting!

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    Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

    Ever consider installing a muzzle brake?
    You can get a removable one.
    When hunting - remove it.
    All other shooting keep it on.
    Yes, we're all wearing our "ears" around him!

    My shooting buddy has a 6.5 Creedmoor w/a muzzle brake.
    Great combo.

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    Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

    I am in the same boat as you. I wanted a rifle to be used for long range varmint hunting and also big enough for elk. After all of the comparison I decided to go with the 7 WSM. It will do everything that the 280 AI will do (and maybe a little more) and the brass/dies are cheaper and don't have to be fire formed.

    Just my opinion, and maybe another way to look at tackling your project.
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    Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

    I also have a 270 WSM (Browning A-Bolt) for hunting medium to larger game. I have used it on deer & Elk.
    I have a TiKKA Lite in 243 for Antelope & coyote.

    The the new 6mmBR Sav 12 for varmints & targets, as well as a 22-250 & a 20VT.
    Going squirrel hunting in No. Cal in April & to AZ in June for PD's.

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    Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

    I had a .280AI built last year, to say i am impressed is an understatement.
    Out of a 24" barrel i can launch 140 grain Accubonds at 3150fps and the 160's at just under 3000fps accuracy is consistently 1/4MOA at 100yds and in good conditions it has shot just over 1/4MOA at 600yds.
    I don't have any experiance with the 6.5 but can say that you should get better barrel life out of the .280AI alswell as not having to fireform for it as
    Nosler now makes .280AI brass. Although it has received mixed reviews i have been very happy with it all i do is clean up the necks and its good to go i am getting run out of 1-2 thou. from loaded rounds.
    As you can probably tell I really like the .280AI
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    Re: 6.506 vs 280 AI using 140 gr bullets

    don't have a 6.5/06 AI but I shoot a 6.5 Gibbs, its like this the 280 AI starts with a bit more velocity but check the BC's in the 140 gr weight, the .284 runs just under .5, the 6.5 averages just over .6.
    I use a 270 win case, I run .264 berger 140's at 3340 fps from a 29.5" barrel, its an awesome caliber!
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