280AI / 168gr BergerVLD hunting

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by T-Moe, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. T-Moe

    T-Moe Member

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    Looking for some load data on the 280AI I had built from a Remington CDL 280 Limited SSF, I have contacted Berger but they don't have AI data any help would be appreciated
     
  2. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    If no one else jumps in with info, you could check Nosler's site for 280AI load data, but they don't show the 168, just the 160 and 175. You would have to interpolate.

    You might try RL17. It could be real good in that case. I would start @ 50 gr with RL17 which should give you about 80% capacity. Or, you could fill a case to the shoulder, dump it and weigh it and go with 80% of that.

    -Mark
     

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  5. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    I should have thought about reloader's nest before.

    Here's a nice fast and accurate load with RL17 and the 168...

    Unverified load 6362 in caliber .280 Ackley

    As mentioned, work up. I would back off about 10% which would make 50 gr a starting load.
     
  6. JARHEAD1371

    JARHEAD1371 Well-Known Member

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    You might want to give the 162 gr Hornady Amax a try. I did after I was frustrated with the 168 and 180 Bergers out of my custom 7 SAUM. Good luck.
     
  7. brokenharley711

    brokenharley711 Active Member

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    i'm shooting 180 bergers 2900 fps with of a 1-9 twist shilen barrel with reloder 22. if you have the twist to do it the 100 fps slower is more than made up by the higher bc and weight of the 180.
     
  8. clamb4

    clamb4 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 280AI and shoot 168g bergers. Nosler brass, CCI BR primers, 61.7g of Retumbo, 2875mv and 1/2 to 3/4 MOA. Makes a good 800 yard rifle.
     
  9. TomYoung

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    Here is the load eddybo workded up for me for the 280 AI he built for me. Nosler brass, CC! 200, .......61.5 gr. VH N560......162 gr A-max. We started at 60.0.

    I want the gun for hunting only. Eddybo knows I'll take a 50 yard shot at a trophy animal so he steered me away from Bergers because of the poor bullet performance expected if the bullet hits bone at near muzzle velocities.

    Tom:)