Originally Posted by sharktown
I am new to this forum and have had an interest to long range shooting for some time now but have not made the leap so to speak.
I have a Jager Hunter .280 with 22" barrel and a 3.5x10 Leupold scope, wondering if it would be worth the cost to remove the barrel and have a 26" .280 AI barrel installed.
Would there be any benifit to the new rig and would I need to do any other "tuning" to it?
Welcome, Here my opinion
I just got a new 280AI used a Lilja #3 contour barrel and it's getting mid 3000fps to low 3100fps with 160gr bullets. I plan on trying some Berger 168gr and 180gr bullets in that rifle.
I wish I could tell you I have a 280 same spec as the 280AI to compare the two calibers but I don't. I'd build the rifle as one of my deer/elk rifles more than just a target rifle and I didn't get the rifle in time to really work hunting loads to use it this year.
My wife shoot a Kreiger barrel 280AI on a Model 24 Ultra Light Arms rifle and I'm loading 150gr TSX in that rifle.
If it was me I'd shoot your rifle at LR see what kind of yardage it likes and your comfortable with may be the perfect rifle. I still have my factory Rem 280.
If you get serious about a 280AI alot of good gumnsith here that could help you out.
Well good luck