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New build: 280 or 280 AI

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Old 08-21-2013, 04:30 PM
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New build: 280 or 280 AI

New member here, been lurking for awhile. I have a douglas barrel on order and cannot decide which way to go. Action will be on a 1500 Howa. I have seen older post, just looking for advice/regrets etc. I am a handloader. I am just looking to have a shooter built. As we all know components are tough to find. I am looking to thin the herd in the safe... I guess. Currently have 7wsm, 7Rm, 300 ultra and a few 308s. I just keep grabbing the 7mms. Guns are for hunting and punching paper only for practice. Thanks in advance for advice/opinions..
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:36 PM
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Re: New build: 280 or 280 AI

.280 a.i.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:45 AM
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Re: New build: 280 or 280 AI

280AI baby!!! I love mine.. and 280 brass is easy to find and form.. shoots the 168 lr accubonds and 168 bergers into same hole at 200.. u will love it
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:39 AM
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Re: New build: 280 or 280 AI

Welcome to LRH and enjoy!

Either one should serve you will in your intended purpose. However, for extra oomph, use the right reamer, right gauge, right dies, fire form your own brass with your own chambering, and go with the AI.

Good luck and happy safe shooting/hunting.

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:00 PM
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Re: New build: 280 or 280 AI

I am a big AI fan. Have a 6.5-06 AI and building an "improved" 338 Lapua. I have found that the life of the brass is extended. The extra fps are just a nice bonus. I believe either Hornady or Nosler make brass in 280 AI. I would match the reamer and dies to their brass and not look back. You could also neck down Lapua 30-06 brass for the 280 AI and fireform to AI dimensions.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:31 PM
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Re: New build: 280 or 280 AI

since you allready have a 7 mag id say go for the standard 280. Its a dammed good round on its own merit. Much easier to sell too if you ever decide you want to get rid of it.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:26 PM
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Re: New build: 280 or 280 AI


I've got pretty nice 280AI also 284 on long action and I like what I have build. I really don't get into comparing so when decided on 280AI I wasn't looking at anything else.

Well good luck
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