280 itch

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by texan79, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

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    I think I need to build a 280 Rem. Anyone have one that can tell me how they like it, and what they are loading? Load data that I have found for the 160 NAB seems unimpressive at 2700fps. Anyone pushing them faster and willing to share a recipe? This rifle is planned to be 10 pounder tops, with mid range capability. 500-700 yds.

    any thoughts are appreciated.
     
  2. fj40mojo

    fj40mojo Well-Known Member

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    I got it too, I'm going down the .280AI road though. The Ackley version has been standardized so reloading data is more available. The only factory brass that I know of is Nosler, but brass is easily fireformed, I'm gonna bite the bullet and spring for Norma brass for mine. The cartridge was originally released for a semi auto so SAMMI spec for chamber pressure is low compared to the .270, but the cartridge can be pushed well beyond what loading manuals say in a strong bolt action.When you step up to the Ackley version it will do damn near everything a 7Mag will with less powder and recoil.
     

  3. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

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    Ive got a 7mag, so I'm looking to fill the gap and will stay with the standard chambering. As far as the norma brass, the heck with those prices. I'll prep remington brass all day long.
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    It is a good itch and can be scratched.

    It is capable of 2800+ ft/sec with the 160 Accubond and very capable at 700+ yards.

    With a 28" barrel it can be pushed even faster (Very close to a 7mm rem mag).

    If you want a little more the 280 AI will step it up some more and is very easy to fire form
    and load for.

    A 1 in 9 Twist would be recommended for 150,160 and 170 grain bullets.

    And a good hand lapped stainless barrel will aide in producing velocity.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

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    26" is what i"m trying to stay at for weight reasons, and I'm leaning toward Bartlien in the 1:9 flavor.