270wsm vs 30-06 vs 280ai

SamuelBerryhill308

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Hello all I'm am wondering which of these calibers will be good for elk out to 500 to 650 yards with factory loads also what else would be a good light recoiling magnum round that is comfortable to shoot for those same ranges thanks
 

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I'm leaning toward the 280ai but not much factory ammo to choose from but can always use 280 rem and fire form for future reloading use and I like the looks of 6.5 prc on paper but it hasn't grown on me yet
I love my 6.5 PRC...it has pummeled everything I have shot with it. I was debating between the 280AI and 6.5PRC and have no regrets. I use it for elk, mulies, black bears etc. its a sweet round.
 

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lancetkenyon

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There is a decent amount of factory ammo choices for the .280AI. That would be my choice for elk.

If you hand load, the .280AI really comes to life. I am running a 175 Elite @ 2976fps. That is close to 7RM performance. My 7RM runs a moderate load 180 Hyb @ 2996fps, or a hot 184 @ 3041fps.
 

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ID GO WITH THE 270 WSM ITS FASTER THAN THE 270WIN AND it's MORE THAN CAPABLE AT THE RANGE YOU ARE ASKING ABOUT. USE A GOOD 150 GR NOSLER ABLR AND DONT LOOK BACK. THE 30-06 AND 280 ARE BOTH BASED OFF THE SAME CASE SO NOT ALOT OF DIFFERENCE THERE
 

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Hand loading = 280AI
Factory loads = 30-06

No such thing as a light-recoiling magnum round in a cartridge intended for big game. 6.5 PRC with a brake might be the closest thing.
 

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