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Old 11-16-2013, 07:59 PM
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Re: .280 for Moose..??

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Thats why I AM rechambering. An "AI" anything has nothing to give me.
Hey Sully, I definitely understand why you would not want to go AI. That said, your statement:

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Well...loaded with a double handsfull of H4831 I should be able to get about 2800 FPS which should give me a decent midrange velocity of at least 1500, seeing as how Id consider it a 300 yd moose gun.
might be a reach. Nosler's data (26" barrel) lists 175 grain partitions maxing at 2760 (highest MV of all powders listed). I have found Nosler's data to be higher than what I can get, even when I handicap myself for a 24" tube. For sake of comparison, Hodgdon's max MV for 175's is 2600fps. Just pointing that out in case that 2800fps you referenced is driving your decision. You might be pushing to get there with 280Rem.

Good luck layin' down some MOOSE!

Brandon
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:35 AM
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Re: .280 for Moose..??

Sully 2: Sorry for you bad experiences with an AI, especially in a 280. I am confident that you are in the minority based on all of the comments from other owners, custom gun builders and the press. Not to mention my own opinion.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:47 PM
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Re: .280 for Moose..??

.280 is plenty for moose. I took one of my hunting partners out a couple weeks back and he dropped a 40" bull moose in it's tracks at 284yds with a .260 Rem loaded with 140g Cor-lokt Ultra bonds. The bullet completely passed though on a broadside shot. We've shot a few with 6.5x55's and lots with plane jane .308's

Loaded with a 140gr premium up to the 175gr regular cup and cores you'll be fine if you put the bullet where it belongs. I'm a fan of the Hornady 154gr offerings, will give you a good balance of speed and BC
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:09 PM
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Re: .280 for Moose..??

Swift A-Frame .284" 175gr BC .493

If you shoot your bull thru the ribs, broadside, such that the bullet doesn't have to penetrate 12" or more of muscle or gut to get into the boiler room, many bullets will perform adequately in a .280 Rem or higher powered .284 rifle.

For quartering shots, or other less than ideal positioning of the animal shots where lots of penetration is required to reach the vitals, I'd prefer a heavy for caliber bullet in .308 or .338 caliber.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:18 PM
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Swift A-Frame .284" 175gr BC .493
Another good bullet.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:45 PM
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Swift A-Frame .284" 175gr BC .493

If you shoot your bull thru the ribs, broadside, such that the bullet doesn't have to penetrate 12" or more of muscle or gut to get into the boiler room, many bullets will perform adequately in a .280 Rem or higher powered .284 rifle.

For quartering shots, or other less than ideal positioning of the animal shots where lots of penetration is required to reach the vitals, I'd prefer a heavy for caliber bullet in .308 or .338 caliber.

Sane idea I have and am working under..!
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:11 PM
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Re: .280 for Moose..??

Moose rifles in Alaska

My 3 favorite moose rifles I have?

300 Weatherby, 300 Win Mag and 338 Win Mag
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