What's Your Go-To Powder and Primer for 280AI?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by MSLRHunter, May 30, 2012.

  1. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

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    My 280AI will be done soon and I'm thinking about powder and primers for it. I'll be using the preformed Nosler 280AI brass and hope to shoot either 168vld or 160 accubond. I have some H-1000 on hand, I've heard of people using that but it seems like it would be a little slow. Also, I have a 24" barrel and don't want to use any of the temp sensitives like RL22, etc. I also have some CCI LR magnum primers, I know those would work, but would it be better to get some Fed210M, or something else? Thanks in advance for all the help.
     
  2. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    The H1000 will work if it's all you have. If I was buying something to use, I'd buy H4831.
     

  3. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    I use H4350 and magnum primers in my straight 280....If I was to ream it out I would try and increase by a bit but that powder has worked really well.

    In my 6.5-06 AI, I run H1000. Nice accuracy. Tried both Magnum and 210 Match primers and settled on the large rifle match as the Magnum did not improve it.

    The H1000 should work for you.
     
  4. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies guys, the more I have read the more people I have seen using H1000 in 280AI. I have quite a bit for my 300 win mag so I will certainly give it a try. Also, H4831SC seems to be fairly popular so I may try that as well. Any others anyone can come up with?
     
  5. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

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    RL 17 and CCI benchrest primers-----54.8 at 2950ish.

    Randy
     
  6. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

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    Randy, how do you like the RL17? Is it temp sensitive like the other RL powders?
     
  7. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

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    I really have not had it in too many temperature variables yet but it is heating up here (central Idaho) so I'll be testing it in the next several weeks as our annual CIRCA safari is coming up. (Central Idaho Rockchuck Association).
    I am also using RL 17 in a 6.5 creedmoor and it is acting the same as in the 280 AI---very fast and so far, very accurate. I really like the powder but like you, I worry about the sensitivity.

    Randy
     
  8. midnightmalloy

    midnightmalloy Well-Known Member

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    I was just about to say that ! Haha hope your liking to gun randy
     
  9. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    RL17 and Fed215M

    56 grs 160 gr Accubond at 3030 fps

    Start lower and work up, I did
     
  10. yawn

    yawn Well-Known Member

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    215m and N165 or N560.
     
  11. fllefty

    fllefty Well-Known Member

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    58.5gr H4831 for the 162 A-max. 63gr Retumbo for the 168vld's. Good accuracy for both loads.
     
  12. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    rl22, your favorite 140-160 grain bullet, and a mag primer. My brother uses rl22 in his 280 with 140's, and though it isn't an ai, he's getting over 3K with 1/2 moa.
     
  13. stevenautique

    stevenautique Well-Known Member

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    I get good accuracy with the RL-22 and RL-19 with the 140gr sleeping pills. I would also suggest the H1000 and possible Retumbo.
     
  14. Forrest Ebert

    Forrest Ebert Well-Known Member

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    Retumbo either 63.0 or 63.5 grains, Nosler brass,Berger Hunting 168 VLD and depending on temperature in the area I'll be hunting CCI200 or CCI 250 mag. primer. Really the rule is anything over 60 grains of powder in a case of this design calls for a mag. primer but as we all know every gun is so different to it's likes! Excellent accuracy and deadly on game! I wouldn't hesitate on using this combo for Elk up to 600 yrds. This may even be my rig for my Elk hunt this year in Montana?

    :D