Sure is a rough life when you have to make such tough decisions.
I'll be getting an over the counter bear tag this year, depending on which elk tag I draw. There's as bear that has been scavenging our downed elk the past few years and finally am going to put an end to it.
Will be shooting a 210 TTSX out of my 338-300wsm.
Have you ever tried the Barnes 145 LRX our of your 280 AI? Have not heard of anybody shooting that bullet yet, but seems like it would be a great bullet for any 7mm.