280 AI target loads

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by LongWalker, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. LongWalker

    LongWalker Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully I'm about 4 weeks out from my barrel showing up to finish my 280 AI build. In the last few months my wife has gotten a little bored of pistol shooting and has been doing quite a bit of 22 LR benchrest. She wants to move up and I have a great 6.5 Creedmoor rifle to drop her in. Only bad part is it's mine.

    So instead of a new build I thought of a slightly different optic choice for the 280 AI (going 6x25 instead of 4X16) and using it for hunting and target. Thinking of Matchkings in 150 & 175, ELD-M in 162 or 180 and Berger 180 hybrid. Only thoughts would be barrel life but if the target loads aren't super hot I'm thinking 2000 rounds shouldn't be a problem and recoil. I'm not recoil sensitive and I could always throw a break on it for target shooting.

    Anyone else using a LR rifle for double duty?
     
  2. Tex LR

    Tex LR Active Member

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    MY favorite light target load for the 280 AI is noted below. Very accurate. As always every rifle is different, so if you try it proceed with caution. The load is on the low end of Hodgdon's data for this combination.

    120G Nosler BT
    61.5 gr of IMR 4955
    Fed 210 primers
     
  3. LongWalker

    LongWalker Well-Known Member

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    Didn't think about Nosler thanks for the info.
     
  4. oldcoast

    oldcoast Well-Known Member

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    What twist barrel? Here are some or my loads. Be carefull and work up.

    280 AI
    180gr berger vld
    55 gr H1000
    CCI primer
    2532fps avg

    162 gr amax 3.340oal
    60gr H1000
    CCI primer
    2774 fps

    168gr berger vldh
    60 gr H1000
    CCI primer
    2778 fps

    162 amax
    57gr h100v
    3056fps (hot)

    162 amax
    55gr IMR4350
    2884 fps