Remington M700 280AI

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  1. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

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    Well, I got my 700 280AI back from the gunsmith. I had the barreled action dropped into a LSS stock that I bought from SU37 here at LRH.
    Here are the specs:
    M700 action, blueprinted and lugs lapped
    David Tubb recoil lug
    Hart barrel, #5 flutted 24"
    LSS stock with R3 recoil pad, pillar bedded
    Leupold Mark 4 4.5x14PR with factory installed M1 dials
    Leupold rings and bases
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    This rifle shoots the Nosler 160 gr AB with a healthy dose of RL22 at 3020 fps and has shot in the .2's. I will start shooting this weekend and hope she shoots as good or better in the new stock.

    JD338
     
  2. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    JD ,

    That is one fine rifle !

    Although i have three hs precision stocks and but one laminated stock i like the look and feel of laminate more and more.
    280 AI is about as balanced of a cartridge as i can imagine.
    Shooting in the .2's -i bet she'll like her new home in the laminate..-Mike
     

  3. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

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    Sweet looking rifle there Jim! She sure is purdy! Hope it shoots better for ya with the new stock, although theres nothing wrong with .2" /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    oso Well-Known Member

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    I'll say, nice rig! I believe in that round myself and am in the process of having a little toting rifle built on that round!!

    I hope mine will shoot in the two's!!
     
  5. bailey1474

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    Good lookin' stick JD. I'll have my 280 AI on Friday!!!
     
  6. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the compliments guys. I will do some serious shooting this weekend.

    Bill,

    Congrats on the 280AI. Let me know of you want some load data. I know you are leaning towards the heavier wildcat bullets, I am shooting the 160 gr AB's.

    JD338
     
  7. Dan B

    Dan B Well-Known Member

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    I have data also...use a lot of 168gr SMK's in my .280AI. Likely be going to the A-Max's soon though.
     
  8. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

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    Dan B,

    If I may ask, what is your load and what kind of velocity and accuracy are you getting?

    JD338
     
  9. Dan B

    Dan B Well-Known Member

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Dan B,

    If I may ask, what is your load and what kind of velocity and accuracy are you getting?

    JD338

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    I'm running RL-22 w/ the 168's at a hair less than 2900fps (from memory). It has a 24" barrel. Accuracy...never really impressed me as a true tackdriver. The smithing was done by Bullberry and I had it bedded in the original ADL 1960's wood stock (steel buttplate)...so it's not the most comfortable gun to shoot. Last time at the range I managed to hit the dangling end link of the gong support chain twice in a row at 500yds...that was maybe a 2"x3" target. Mostly though it's a MOA shooter.

    I got this rifle (originally a .270 Win) from the my grandfather as a graduation present...he bought it new. And gave it to me as long as I did not...as he said... "mess it up too much." The barrel had a swelled spot so that repair was needed. Other than that and better optics I retained it as received per his request. A better stock with a cheek piece would be MUCH better and easier to shoot well.
     
  10. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

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    I went out to the range this afternoon to do some shooting. Too windy to go long so I just shot 100 yds.
    Here is a pic of my best group with my 280AI and the 160 gr AB.
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    3 shots outside spread is .376", .092" c of c.
    My second best group measured outside spread .523", .239" c of c.
    If the wind dies down, I'll shoot 200, 300, and 400 yds.

    JD338
     
  11. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Great looking groups JD! Good to see how it does out at the longer ranges now. I'm sure based on the groups to date, they'll be really good.

    Is that your new scope on it?

    Cheers
     
  12. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

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    Slopeshunter,

    The scope is a Leupold Mark 4 4.5x14PR with M1 dials added from the Leupold Custom Shop.

    JD338
     
  13. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

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    Excellent group Jim! That rifle sure is a shooter.. Cant wait to see how it does at longer ranges.