Originally Posted by Slaysesh
Could I shoot the 168 Bergers out of the 280ai? And if so what fps would you lose over the stw?
My next build will be within the calendar year of 2013, and it will be a 700 action, and a custom Rock Creek barrel cambered in .280 AI.
I have big-boy magnums (7Mags, 7STW's, etc...), and I have .308's and 7mm-08's, and honestly, I think the .280AI is the best all-around cartridge there is, after doing ALOT of extensive research. It will be my go-to whitetail gun, and b/c of the non-belted magnum cases, will probably be one of my range favorites.
Yes, you can shoot 168 Berger VLD's out of it. Once I get my rifle built, I will be working loads specifically for that bullet. I have a box of 100 of them sitting at home waiting already.
Now that I think about it, I might just pull the barrel off of my A-Bolt II 7Mag, and order a different bolt-face for it, and have it chambered in .280AI....Or I could just wait till I get another 700 LA to build on...
Hmmmm, decision, decisions......
Doing a Google search netted me some results from posts on here from back in 2010....
One guy says he shoots the 168 VLD's out of his @ 2,875! That's friggin rippin for a non-magnum caliber.
Here's the thread link: 280 Ackley Improved Loads for the 160gr. Accubond
Here's some more interesting reads:
280 Ackley vs 7mm Rem.