That is crazy for a 280ai. Do a screen shot of your chrono numbers next time. I’m curious about all the relevant info.So spent a lot of time at the range today. Between reloading trips and back and forth to shooting almost 6 hours. It was a good day. I have been developing a load for my 280ai with the174 EH. Pushing them to about 3020. Couldn’t get them to group for nothing. Loaded up some 180s now this is where it gets interesting. My 280ai is pushing the Berger 180Hvld at 3010 FPS with 60.7 grains of reloder 26. In little tiny groups. I don’t know if it’s the fastest 280ai but wow.
6.5 rem mag has always intrigued me. I would love to build one on a 26"bbl. Brass is scarce. A 26" barrel is no longer optimum length once you go much more over the case capacity of a 300 win mag. I do believe the law of diminishing returns does hold true for ultra sized cases if their not barreled 28" or longer. I know people do have success with these in 26" tubes but 2-4 more inches goes a long way for these. On the same token not many folks want to commit to 28" & longer for a hunting rifle.the problem with most shooters they do not understand the 6.5 remington mag.. because remington did not build but a few rifles with a tube long enough to get its real performance..
Now you can build a 6,5 on a 300 weatherby case it will shoot but it is not practical. same on the 404 jeffery cases not practible and the new but great ruger 375 cases but not practical. there is a thing called deminishing returns. and the 300 winchester, 7mm remington mag and the 6.5 remington magnum also the 270 winchester. and the 338 winchester. they all are the max for reasonable round. and the 6.5 remington magnum grain for grain of powder give y bang for the buck.. I do not own a 6.5 rem mag but my 6.5/06 is great but the 6.5 rem mag is better..
I decided to quit posting my rl26 & 6.5cm speeds because of all the uniformed folks in disbelief. I can absolutely duplicate 6.5 prc factory ammo speeds.Very true! Own a Creedmoor and want PRC performance? Get RL26... I have a Creed that will shoot the 120 Etip and 143 ELDX at darn near the same velocities as it will in PRC!
I've got a 6.5 prc in the works. 26". 6.5 rem mag would be nice just for nostalgia but I don't want to get into sorting 100 pieces of brass to end up with 30-40 good/consistent pieces.Why build a 6.5 rem mag when you can do a 6.5saum or a 6.5 prc and be better and have brass.
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