Re: 280 Ackley vs 7mm Rem.
I prefer the 280 AI, as you get close to the same velocities as the 7mm rem but with much less recoil and better barrel life. Also it is my opinion that the 280 AI is MUCH less finicky than the 7mm rem. Better accuracy potential, better life, less recoil more than makes up for a few FPS the 7mm rem may offer.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.