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280 rem/162 A-MAX

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Unread 05-01-2008, 07:46 PM
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When I launch one from my 7saum at 2940 two things happen......BANG.......FLOP.

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Unread 05-02-2008, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by reed View Post
Has anybody tried the Hornady 162 a-max in 280 rem or have a load for this. I've tried the 178 A-MAX in .30 cal with great accuracy and hits animals hard. Thought it may be worth a try if you can push it to 2800-2850.

You can easily get 2800 safely in a 24" bbl, probably even a 22". I've never run the A-max, but have run the 162 Interlock a little bit. 60 grs of R-22 got me 2970fps. I've run several 160s in the near 3000fps range with that load with no problems. Quickload predicts that a 160 Nosler Partition can run 2990 with R-22 at 65K psi. (which is SAAMI max for the .270, and should be for the .280Rem) Id stick to the slower powders such as H4831, R-22, H7828, N165, and the like.
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Unread 05-02-2008, 05:11 PM
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I think I'll have to try them out, I've been shooting 140gr BT with good accuracy, just liked thre BC of the A-max.

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Unread 05-02-2008, 06:26 PM
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Hi Travis
I use them in my 280, and get 2840fps with outstanding accuracy with 57g of N560 and Russian primers.
The Amaxes are a superb deer sized game bullet and are the reason I picked the 280 as a cartridge- enough velocity, great accuarcy and dead reliable feeding.
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