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168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

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Unread 02-23-2013, 11:36 AM
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168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

I've got a Remington 700 Stainless Mountain Rifle that I'm wanting to work up a load for. I bought it for an elk and mule deer gun before I got too fat to run up and down the Rockies. It worked good on both with the Federal 160 gr. Nosler Partitions.

The biggest thing I shoot now is Tennessee Whitetails. But to make that more interesting, I shoot them at long range. In doing so, I've started using the Berger VLDs and like them. I usually shoot the heaviest bullet possible for the higher BCs. I know from past experiences that I can't reliably shoot the 180 VLD in the Remington 1 in 9 1/4" factory twist, especially with the slower velocity of the .280 Rem. So I thought I'd try and work up a load with the 168 gr. VLD.

I searched this forum for this caliber/bullet combination and didn't find any posts. But I know that some of you guys know how good a caliber the 280 Rem. is. I also know we have lots of Berger fans on here. So I'm betting some of you have some pet loads that you might share.

The gun has a 22" thin conture barrel. The barrel is not floated. There is a pressure pad at the tip of the fore end, but with the whippy barrel and light weight stock, I think this is a good thing. It shoots MOA with the Federal factory 160 gr. Partition loads and the one 100gr, HP load that I worked up for coyotes. That is not a fur friendly load.

I asked this same question about a 6.5-284 about a month ago for a new Savage 111 LRH I purchased. I got some very good load advise from you guys. I kind of ignored it and spent a month and a lot of money on reloading components testing lots of different loads, only to come to the conclusion that the suggested loads were exactly right. I won't do that this time.

I'm thinking H1000, IMR-7828SSC, RE-19 or maybe H4831SC, but if I'm on the wrong track, please set me straight.
Thanks guys.
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    Unread 02-24-2013, 11:29 AM
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    Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

    Since I didn't get any suggestions, I loaded test loads with Berger 168 gr. VLDs and the the four powders listed above. I started at max loads from the Berger manual, which are usually mild. I seated the bullets to touch the lands and ended up with a COL of 3.410" All loads chronographed in the mid 2550 fps range with no sign of high pressure. These speeds are 120-220 fps lower than the Berger manual quoted for a 24" barrel. I didn't expect the two inch shorter barrel to make that much difference. Three of the loads shot sub-MOA with the best being the load with 54.9 gr. IMR7828ssc which measured .375".

    I'm reloading the same load again to test this afternoon. If it shoots this good again I will probably increase the load to get a little higher velocity. If I can get 2700 fps with the 22" barrel I'll be tickled. Especially if it stays below .5 MOA.
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    Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

    h4350 or varget?
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    Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

    Is that a suggestion or a question?
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    Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

    those are powders i would try. also 140 accbond.
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    Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

    Thanks for the powder suggestions. On the Accubonds, I've found they don't expand at long range (800-1000 yards).
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    Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

    Rl17 worked well in my old 280ai. It wasnt even close to compressed so u should look up some data on alliants website and give it a try.
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