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What do you think????

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Unread 02-18-2010, 08:57 PM
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What do you think????

What do you guys think is best for deer through Alaskan game, 280 AI or 6.5-284. This is for my Encore. I know alot of you don't like them but I think it's fun to play with, and its light. Right now I have a 7 Rem Mag barrel for my big game barrel but IMHO the Magnum cartridges are just a bit much for the Encore. I still need range and power but without the brutal recoil.

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Unread 02-18-2010, 09:29 PM
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Re: What do you think????

IMO, the 280AI is the better because it will shoot the heavier bullets. Mine will shoot the 160 gr Accubond at 3000 fps+. That is right up under the 7 mag so the only reduction in recoil you will get will be because the 280AI does it with ~6 grs less of powder.

The 6.5x284 can be a formidable hunting load when loaded with 140 gr bullets which have a sectional density of .287 which is a little more than the 280AI 160 gr bullets which is .283. You will need to get the 6.5x284 in a medium or long action in order to take advantage of those long 6.5 bullets.

I have a 6.5 that will push the 140 gr bullets to 3100 fps but the caliber is 6.5 rem mag and not the 6.5x284. If I am going hunting for anything larger than Whitetail then IMO there is no contest, I grab the 280AI. The 280AI is extremely easy to reload for as is the 6.5 rem mag. I do not know about the 6.5x284. I wish there was only one 6.5x284, it would make it easier to not get confused and make a mistake.
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Unread 02-18-2010, 09:31 PM
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Re: What do you think????

280Ai would be my choice.
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Unread 02-19-2010, 11:59 AM
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Re: What do you think????

I have hunted alaska for nearly 30 years. In my opinion the 280AI would be a very good choice. The 280 AI, 7mm JRS and 7mm gibbs will all shoot right at 7mm rem mag velocities with less powder and kick. I have all three of those and prefer them to the 7mm rem mag. If you are accustomed to shooting the 7mm rem mag you will love the 280 AI.
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