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

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:40 PM
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Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

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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.
+1 on RL 17---fast and accurate and that 280ai ain't that old!

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

If you search on here there is a guy that ran these out of a 24" barrel with H4831SC and that has worked for me very well on the VLD bullets. Mine was out of a pencil barrel rem 700 from back when they called it the 7mm express.
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Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

Hi,
Just bought the same rifle as you (rem 700 mountain ss)in 280 rem. Just starting to put together a load with the 168gr Berger's, and wondered what else you have found with your testing? Any help would be appreciated! Mike
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Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

I am thinking of buying a 280 Rem for elk and deer hunting - how has the 280 with Berger 168 VLD bullets performed in the field on elk?

The reason I am asking is that the BAR 7-mag I had was too loud and a bit heavy for me to be a good elk hunter so I want to tone down the powder charge yet still want to be able to hunt long range.

The Browning 708 I had shot well as far as accuracy but to me it has seemed a bit underpowered when it comes to elk hunting in the one cow that I nailed in the lungs ran like 60 yrds before dropping and I think I have hit other elk by noting the whack but not seeing any go down so my concern was that it might be underpowered and wanted something that packs more punch.

Now these 168 VLD Berger bullets have everyone that has used them just raving about their practical use even on elk - what are your experiences and or comments or ideas - I am open to suggestions for a good elk hunting cartridge that still can be used for long range hunting and doesn't kick or boom like the magnums with enough punch to essentially drop an elk so that I don't have to wonder if I nailed it or not - I even thought using 3006 or 338Federal but the bigger the boom the more on follow up shots I tend to flinch.

Thanks for your time!
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:50 PM
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Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

i shot a bighorn with a 168 berger it did not pass through. i wold put a brake on the 7mm mag.
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:37 AM
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Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

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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.
I am running the Berger 168 Classic Hunters in my 7x57 @ 2700 from a 22" barreled Ruger #1A using RL-22. Pressures are still mild. You should be able to beat that by 50-75 fps from your .280 without much problem.

ETA: I just realized this is an old thread. Where did you end up with your .280?
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:26 AM
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Re: 168 gr, Berger VLD in 280 Remington? Load suggestions?

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i shot a bighorn with a 168 berger it did not pass through. i wold put a brake on the 7mm mag.
This is a good suggestion however while a break reduces recoil it also increases the boom or noise factor - for me - if I get an FFL I can use a silencer/break combination which would probably be the ticket but getting an FFL is not that easy - but I think it would be worth meeting requirements - also the way I understand Berger VLD bullets are designed not to pass through but concuss by breaking apart and expending the energy of moving bullet inside game - is this not correct?
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