.280AI Loads

Jpistolero02

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I ran a few tests at reasonable distance (400 yards) this past weekend to see if I could find a load to use for an elk hunt next fall. Both of these groups were with the 160 Accubond. The first group was RE26 which gets me much better velocity. I felt pretty good on all the shots, but I suppose I could have yipped the first round. The second target with 3 shots at the bottom is 4831SC. I never changed the dope, so you can see the RE26 is slightly more than 1MOA better at that distance. The two shots to the right of the bull on the second target were fired by a buddy who had never shot that far. He probably canted the rifle a little differently from me. Would you guys take the extra velocity with the 26 or the super accuracy of the 4831? For reference, the 4831 group is about 1.75”. I am guessing the outfitter won’t allow me to take shots past 400 yards or so anyway.
 

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lancetkenyon

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Well....you never gave the velocities.
And accuracy difference looks minimal, both under MOA.
If you are talking 3000 vs 2600, I would take the 3000 if 400 is your hard limit. If you plan to stretch it out, take the accurate load.
 

IDbound

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Those are similar speeds that I get with RL26 and similar loads of powder. I could only get over 3,000 fps when the action was set up originally as a 7RM.
 

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