Anybody using the 6.5-280Ai

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by backwoods hunter, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. backwoods hunter

    backwoods hunter Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2009
    I have been considering the 6.5-280AI for some time now. What do you guys think of yours? How is the accuracy, is it a finicky round. I would like to hear your thoughts on it.
  2. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2008
    I don't have a 6.5-280 AI but something similar that holds a little more powder. I designed a 6.5 case based on the .270. The shoulder is 40 degrees but is moved further forward and less taper in the body. It has the same case capacity as the WSM. I've only had it a couple of months but have shot it quite a bit. It seems to like a variety of the slow burning powders and shoots everything sub minute. My best groups so far are 1/4'' but have only tryed bergers so far. The MV is VERY impressive (some powders reaching 3200+) although groups are better around 3100. I have fired the same cases 10 times now and still have tight primer pockets. The velocities I quoted are from a 26" barrel!....Rich

  3. Horsemen

    Horsemen Active Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    I have a 280 AI, not the 6.5. I like the selection of 7mm bullets better. It started life as a 300WM Savage 110 hinged floor plate. The barrel is a McGowen #5 26". If I do my part. .25 moa or less @ 100 yards. The recoil is similar to a 270. Its my go to hunting rifle. Its very accurate.


    Regards Mike
  4. X3MHunter

    X3MHunter Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Just build a 6.5-284, good speed, factory Lapua brass, excellent accuracy, cheaper dies, hard to beat.