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.280 mountain rifle. can I reasonalbly push the 168gr berger?

 
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:44 PM
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.280 mountain rifle. can I reasonalbly push the 168gr berger?

looking to take advantage of the bc of the 168 berger. My rem mtn rifle has only a 22" barrel. Is this to short a barrel or is the 168 just to much bullet to push in my barrel/caliber?
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Re: .280 mountain rifle. can I reasonalbly push the 168gr berger?

You should be just fine. I was pushing the 162gr A-Max in my 22" Ruger .280 at 2950fps with more than a half dozen loadings on the brass, and no pressure signs. That's plenty fast, IMO.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:46 PM
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Re: .280 mountain rifle. can I reasonalbly push the 168gr berger?

what was your recipe and how was your grouping?
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:15 PM
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Re: .280 mountain rifle. can I reasonalbly push the 168gr berger?

I used a max load of IMR7828ssc (60gr, IIRC, but work up in your rifle), Fed210 primer, RP brass, and accuracy was always sub-MOA, but ranged from about 0.5MOA to 1MOA at 200 yards, depending on the day. It proved to hold accuracy well out to about 700 yards, which is the farthest I shot that load, and I could stay on a 1MOA plate consistently.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:14 PM
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Re: .280 mountain rifle. can I reasonalbly push the 168gr berger?

that is impressive. If i can get that kind of accuracy out of my mountain rifle it would be the ultimate light long range gun to pack up the hill. when i was originally working up loads for this gun, it was before the custom turret craze. I thought i needed to soup my rounds up. and did. but couldn't get the accuracy i wanted.
guess i'll try it again. this is sweet. like getting a new rifle to play with.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:22 AM
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Re: .280 mountain rifle. can I reasonalbly push the 168gr berger?

Yep, Jordan turned me on to 7828ssc in my 280 too with the 162 AMAX. I've got the same rifle you're shooting, and have shot it out to 1,000 easily with a 3-9x40 Leupold. I'd try the AMAX first.
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Re: .280 mountain rifle. can I reasonalbly push the 168gr berger?

what is your take on the thin contour barrel. can you keep 1moa in a 3 shot string? because of barrel heat?
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