172 Absolute Hammers for 280ai

Blacktail

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Getting my 6.5 saum ironed out to shoot 140 elites so looking at options for my 280ai for dedicated elk rifle. its 26" benchmark carbon barrel 1:8 wondering if anyone has tried the 172s in it? Though may be an interesting choice
 

Ohlson7mm

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following, ive been thinking the same thing cant find my 175's
at the moment i run the 175 elite in mine with the same barrel but 24" at 2805fps, worked great on deer this year
 

Blacktail

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Was thinking about making it a dedicated elk or bigger rifle and keep my 6.5 for deer and lopes
 

Blacktail

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I would imagine with less pressure would have to move from H1000 for my 168s to sthng a bit faster? i may hit up steve directly get his take. I know I wont get much over my 6.5 saum in velocity or energy but one heck of a hole and penetration for elk moose etc. Not that i will every afford do hunt a moose
 

Ohlson7mm

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Id been interested in what he's got to say, i use H4831SC for my 175 elite load it gave me the best accuracy and velocity combo in my barrel. I built mine for eastern WA, Idaho, and Montana mule deer and maybe elk.
I do most of my elk hunting in western WA and i use a 338-06 with a 210 nosler partion
 

Blacktail

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With me getting my new 6.5 saum to shoot 140s possibly 156s i just dont see a need for my 280ai. it shoots the 143HHs pretty well at 3180 with H4831sc and 168s to 2860 i know not real fast but scary accurate but at 800 yds they dont beat the saum with 140s so trying to find a use as dont need a back up i can shoot my daughers 7/08ai or my kids 270wsm in a pinch
 

BEEMAN

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I just ordered the 154 AH dead blows to try in a 280AI I’m putting together. Mainly for deer though. Backup rifle for elk.
 

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