280 or 30-06 for Elk

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by midgetorama32, May 30, 2010.

  1. midgetorama32

    midgetorama32 Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to rebarrel a model 700. Looking to have a nice lightweight elk gun that could potentially take elk out to 600 yards or so.

    Does one of these have any huge advantages over the other? With the 280 I was thinking of lighter recoil with higher BC buillets but the 30-06 has ammo available everywhere and possibly more knockdown power? I will be handloading and am considering the 168gr 7mm and 185 gr 308 VLD's.

    Thanks for any thoughts.
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Why not a 280AI it will get you very close to 7mm rem mag performance. That would be my pic any how.

    Jon
     
  3. midgetorama32

    midgetorama32 Well-Known Member

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    That was an option too but my gunsmith doesn't have that reamer.
     
  4. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    It only costs $25.00 to ship anywhere in the US to another gunsmith and insured for $1,000, no return ship to FFL required. Either that or reamers can be rented cheap.

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    I would not let that stop me from getting a 280AI
     
  5. midgetorama32

    midgetorama32 Well-Known Member

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    Does the 280 Ackley feed OK?

    thx.
     
  6. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Get a diffrent smith use Kevin Cram at montoure county rifles. I have used Him alot as of late his turn around is super fast. I bet he has a reamer and if not he will get one he did for me.

    Jon
     
  7. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Do you want to reload etc. If not I'd keep it simple and of the two choices you mentioned I'd go with the old stand by 30-06...availability and choices are endless.
     
  8. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    280AI is a SAMMI spec round now and factory ammo is out there.
     
  9. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Just for random comparison. Midway 280AI one choice 52 bucks for 20, 30-06 about 80 choices 14-91 bucks for box of 20 with many excellent choices for around 35 bucks.
     
  10. TOM H

    TOM H Well-Known Member

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    I've never taken an elk with VLD bullet so cann't help you there. I own afew elk rifles and the calibers you mention I also own but I don't consider them as "potentially take elk out to 600 yards or so." I want alittle more rifle if it was me I have bolt face open build a 30 cal mag rifle or 7Mag.

    I know this day and age we all want one rifle to fit all types of hunting. My first bull elk here in Co used a 7mag with 154gr Hornady bullet that was mid 70's that was the year we moved here. I later rebarrel that rifle to a 30-338mag.

    Since you already have the rifle did you hunt elk with it before or what caliber are you using now?
     
  11. str8meat

    str8meat Active Member

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    whatever shoots better, u can find rounds for the 06 anywhere not so much for 280, i love both of mine
     
  12. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    They're both fine cartridges. Take your pick, then put a good bullet where it counts. With elk, be prepared to send another before they make it to a 2,000' dropoff into a nasty canyon. Anchor 'em!
     
  13. TOM H

    TOM H Well-Known Member

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    Please don't address any post to me again I enjoy this site too much.
     
  14. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    LonePuma,
    You might be on the wrong website. This is after all long range hunting.

    As far as caliber for the OP, either one will do.