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Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

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Unread 06-14-2012, 09:41 AM
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Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

Hello to everyone and especially the 280 AI shooters my question for the day is "If you would use the 280 AI for Elk say out to 5-600yrds.? Yes I have the Big mags. but was thinking on using my 280 AI with 168 Berger Hunting VLD's. as it has proven deadly on Deer so what are your thoughts?
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    Unread 06-14-2012, 09:59 AM
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    Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

    No problem with a 280AI and 168 VLD's on elk. Been using that combo for years on elk - as well as black bears, sheep, Mtn. goat, deer and antelope here in Montana.
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    Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

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    Hello to everyone and especially the 280 AI shooters my question for the day is "If you would use the 280 AI for Elk say out to 5-600yrds.? Yes I have the Big mags. but was thinking on using my 280 AI with 168 Berger Hunting VLD's. as it has proven deadly on Deer so what are your thoughts?

    I dont have one but if I did I wouldnt hesitate for a minute to try tackling a elk with it. Its an improved 280 Remmie that was a good elk / moose cartridge in its day. Have at it partner.
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    Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

    There are some who think you need something bigger. A good friend of mine has killed over 60 elk. He uses a .270 w/ 130 gr bullets. I've killed over 30 elk. More with a .270 than any other caliber. Usually 140 or 150 gr bullets. The .280 AI will do just fine. Far more important is shot selection and bullet placement. Lots of people have great confidence in the Bergers. I'm still not sold on them. Good hunting. Bruce
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    Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

    Yes, i won't leave home without my 280AI. But (imo) 600yds is pushing it, with the loads i was using and a 168gr berger i was under 1k lbs of energy at 450yds. I like a 140gr bullet out of it, real fast and cares the energy further down range.
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    Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

    I can't understand ever needing anything more for elk. Sure, more is fun, I use more than that sometimes. But in a LA standard bolt face, it really don't get any better than a nicely thought out 280 A.I. with a mag full of good bullets.
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    Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

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    Yes, i won't leave home without my 280AI. But (imo) 600yds is pushing it, with the loads i was using and a 168gr berger i was under 1k lbs of energy at 450yds.
    This isn't meant to be inflammatory, but who cares? Is the bullet still travelling 1800-2000fps at 600 yards? If so, then you'll get adequate bullet expansion and do plenty of damage to whatever you hit, whether shoulder, spine, or vitals.
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