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280 Ackley Improved loads for Idaho Elk

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Unread 02-04-2014, 08:36 PM
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280 Ackley Improved loads for Idaho Elk

Just booked an Idaho elk hunt for this fall, and was looking for some input on the 280 Ackley loads for the hunt. I will be taking the 338 planning to do a lot of glassing and hope for the opportunity at a 700+ yard shot, but want to take the 280 as a back up rifle.

This will be my first elk hunt and I know there is a wealth of knowledge on here. any tips on bullets, powder etc. for elk with the 280 would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: 280 Ackley Improved loads for Idaho Elk

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    Just booked an Idaho elk hunt for this fall, and was looking for some input on the 280 Ackley loads for the hunt. I will be taking the 338 planning to do a lot of glassing and hope for the opportunity at a 700+ yard shot, but want to take the 280 as a back up rifle.

    This will be my first elk hunt and I know there is a wealth of knowledge on here. any tips on bullets, powder etc. for elk with the 280 would be greatly appreciated.
    What is the twist of your barrel?
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    Re: 280 Ackley Improved loads for Idaho Elk

    It is a 26" 1:9.5 twist ER Shaw barrel on a Savage action.
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    Re: 280 Ackley Improved loads for Idaho Elk

    your 280 AI will handle 160 to 180 grain bullets. I like and use the 160 Accubonds and the 180 grain Bergers.

    In case there is a problem with the 338, the 280 AI will be a good back up. I would stay under 500
    yards with it though.

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    Re: 280 Ackley Improved loads for Idaho Elk

    Thanks for the info,
    I like the accubonds and have had good success with them. Currently loading the 300 grainers for the 338 lapua and getting sub 1/2 moa groups with H1000 and Winchester primers.

    Any powder recommendations for the 280 Ackley? I've been thinking about starting with 4831sc.
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    Thanks for the info,

    Any powder recommendations for the 280 Ackley? I've been thinking about starting with 4831sc.
    H4831sc is a good start. From my experience if more velocity is desired you can go with RL22 but have run into temp. sensitivity and lot to lot consistency. Have had the best of both worlds with Retumbo on the 280AI.
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    Re: 280 Ackley Improved loads for Idaho Elk

    Ain't nothing wrong with the 168 berger. Great BC and devastating results. You should be able to push it around 2900 without too much difficulty.

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