280 Ackley Improved bullet choice

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by freebird63, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. freebird63

    freebird63 Well-Known Member

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    Ok bare with me here, I have a custom built 280AI on a remington 700 action with a 26 inch barrel, jewell trigger, boyd thumbhole stock, barrel is full floated/bedded. When I first got the gun I was going to shoot 140gr accubonds, they shot good, but didn't shoot many of them. Then I got the idea to shoot 162gr A-Max bullets and was getting just shy of 3000fps. But many had said the A-max bullets were not the best choice for hunting. So I bought some 160gr accubonds, have not shot them yet but am wondering out loud if maybe I should just stick with the 140gr accubonds.
    I would like to shoot at longer ranges but have yet to do so.
    Also if anyone is curious about the scope its a sightron 3, 6-24X50-mildot.
    Thanks for any info or opinions.
     
  2. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    You didn't say what you're hunting and at what distances.

    Unless you just need point-blank shooting with no compensation, I'd stay away from the light bullets and go with 160 or above.

    There's probably insignificant benefit to the 180's vs 168's due to the reduced velocity of the heavy bullets in your cartridge.

    So, the 160'ish range should be about right.

    Many here like the 168 Bergers because they tend to expand better at long range impact velocities than other bullets. But, there's also a strong following for the 160 AB.

    My opinion is that Berger will do better at longer ranges with soft tissue and AB will have an edge if you hit bone. Ultimiately, you have to hit your target with confidence. So, pick one and see how your rifle likes it.

    -- richard
     

  3. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

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    I love the 160 accubond in my 280 and 7mag. I use .280 for a g7 bc they fly good and hit hard.
     
  4. freebird63

    freebird63 Well-Known Member

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    I would like to try the 168gr bergers, but being unemployed I have to choose what I spend my limited money on, unless I win the mega million jackpot this week.
    I am only hunting mule deer and if I ever get lucky and draw an antelope tag. So far every deer I have ever killed has been no farther then 200 yards. But would love to be able to open that up to 600 yards if I ever needed to.
     
  5. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    At 200yds on Mule Deer, you can pretty much use anything other than FMJ.

    That may be an exaggeration. But, you have a lot of good options.

    -- richard
     
  6. IDbound

    IDbound Well-Known Member

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    You might look at the Swift Sirocco in 150 gr. I think their BC is on par with the heavier 160 gr. bullets, you can run them about 75-100 ft faster and they can be used on animals the size of elk.