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Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:06 AM
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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've never hunted with the Berger VLD bullets so have no first hand experience. I've been using 160gr AB in my 280AI used it last year 4th season elk tag.

I see no reason not to use the 280AI with Berger bullets for elk 5/600yds. I drew 3rd season buck tag and cow elk tag and I plan on taking the 280AI not sure what back up rifle yet. Bull tag this year going to hunt with a bow.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:16 PM
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Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

It will do just fine even out past 600. I have used a rem 700 280 mountain rifle on
several elk out to 800 yards.


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Old 06-15-2012, 12:55 PM
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Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

A bit bigger boiler room or bigger hole in the barrel might help in a bad angle type shot, but the 280 (either one) is one mean cartridge for it's size. Only 2-3 hundred fps down from a 7 stw. Heck, I know at least one person who went back to his 280 because it was faster, more accurate, and burned less powder that his 7mm rem. If you watch your shots and use a proven bullet, it should work fine.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:54 PM
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Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

Plenty of gun for elk out to 600 yards if you place your bullets well. I would probably opt for the 160 gr Accubond over the Berger just to ensure proper penetration in the event of a hard bone impact.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:51 PM
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Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

I love my 280ai but not sure I would go out past 400 with it....good luck ...
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:05 PM
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Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

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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.
I want to build a 280AI and troat it for the 168 Berger. I need to know what your COAL is when the bullet is seated in or very close to the lands so I can choose the bottom metal. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:41 PM
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Re: Would You Use a 280 AI For Elk

I have shot critters with the 280 AI, 7mm Gibbs and 7mm JRS which are all similar. With the proper bullets and shot placement I guarantee you are not undergunned. The 280 AI is one of my favorite carry rifles and will dispatch elk. I would recomend a better elk bullet with a stronger jacket and better controled expansion.
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