280 Ackley Improved Loads for the 160gr. Accubond

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Troutslayer2, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Troutslayer2

    Troutslayer2 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    102
    Joined:
    May 28, 2010
    What are you using? I keep seeing RL22 in old threads. What other powder/Accubond combos are people having success with? I'm going to try RL22 first, so any recipe you've got would help with my load development. Thanks!
     
  2. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    965
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2006
    I used RL22 and it will shoot well in the 280AI.

    But I got more consistant results with RL25. 62gr RL25 gets right at 3000 fps with the 160 gr Accubond seated .030" off the lands.

    As always, start lower and work up in your gun.

    My favorite gun BTW and the 160 Accubond does a great job on game
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     

  3. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,475
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2008
    I use H4831SC in my 280Rem. 56.2 grains behind the 168grain VLD gets 2850fps.
     
  4. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    718
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    The only powder I have used with the 160 gr AB is RL 22. 60.0 grs in a Nosler case with a Federal GM215M primer hits 3000 fps.
    [​IMG]
    JD338
     
  5. TOM H

    TOM H Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,112
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2001
    I've tried R-22 over the years in varies rifles and groups were good but velocity was questionable (slow) so I crossed it off on powders to try. I've had good luck with Hodgdon and Nolser reloading data so for my new 280AI I decided on IMR-7828. I'd also check Sierra manual and they also listed IMR-7828 as one of the top powders with 160gr bullets.

    All three manual velocity max loads was 2800fps up to 3000fps which is a big spread and that could be the rifles used to test those loads.

    I started out with 56.5grs/IMR-7828-160gr AB-Fed 210M-@2828fps worked up to 59.5gr@3038fps then 60.5gr@ 3088fps groups were good.

    I then changed over to R-17 started at 53gr same bullet and primers as above got 2834fps worked up to 56gr @ 3046fps again good groups.

    I'm shooting both loads at 200/300yds now and I like the load density with R-17 and I want to try some TSX and maybe Berger 168VLD hunting bullet before I decide on a load. I've got my first elk hunt 2nd week of Oct time getting short. Well good luck
     
  6. TOM H

    TOM H Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,112
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2001
  7. clamb4

    clamb4 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    87
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2006
    I shoot a 168g VLD, 61.8g retumbo @ 2875'sec. This load is very accuate, but start with a lesser load and work up.
     
  8. Jcub

    Jcub Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    169
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013

    How long is your barrel?
     
  9. clamb4

    clamb4 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    87
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2006
    I have a 26" Pacnor barrel.