280ai setup is finally complete

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by reed16dodge, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. reed16dodge

    reed16dodge Active Member

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    I just wanted to share this awesome setup I just completed. Finally got my TC Encore 280ai completed and ready for hunting. My friend J.r. Shultz, owner of SPM Arms, did some amazing work for me. He installed a 5 slot brake on my barrel and melonite coated the barrel and frame. On top of all that, he surprised me with some custom engravings that have the same appearance as ghost flames. The stock set is by Tony Gettel. Fit and finish is amazing. To finish it off, I topped it with a Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24x50.
    This is my friends website: http://www.spmarms.com . He has his FFL to receive and ship firearms.


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  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Nice rifle. Excellent caliber choice, too. Looks like your smith does some top-notch work.
     
  3. reed16dodge

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    He does awesome work at an awesome price. I have a 7-08 pistol that I use a rifle scope on because the brake he put on it reduced the recoil to almost nothing. I haven't got to shoot my 280 yet since I got it all together.
     
  4. BEEMAN

    BEEMAN Well-Known Member

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    What kind of brake is that?
     
  5. reed16dodge

    reed16dodge Active Member

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    It's a custom made brake. My gunsmith designs and makes his own brakes. If you have an idea for a brake, he will make it. If you go on his Facebook page, there are a few videos. Ever seen a 300 win mag pistol? Check that video out. Here is his page link: https://www.facebook.com/ShultzPrecisionMachine
     
  6. JJMoody

    JJMoody Well-Known Member

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    Good looking setup. I'm liking the ghost engraved look.
     
  7. ramrod79

    ramrod79 Well-Known Member

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    How does it shoot ? Hopefully as good as it looks I really like the engraving.
     
  8. reed16dodge

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    Before all the work, it was a one holer at 100yds. I haven't got to shoot it yet. Hopefully Sunday.
     
  9. frostop

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    reed,

    What barrel r u running?

    I have a very similar rig, running a MGM barrel, no brake, virgin valley forearm and a boyds butt(I broke the virgin valley butt).

    I'd be interested in knowing what loads work for you etc.
     
  10. reed16dodge

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    The barrel is a 26" MGM. Stock set is buy Tony Gettel ( Home - Tony's Forends and Grips ). The only ammo I've shot in it is Nosler trophy grade 150g ABLR factory ammo and that was before the brake and melonite. I still have 2 boxes left. As soon as I buy the components to reload, I'd like to try a Berger 168g VLD with H1000 behind it. Finishing this project drained me pretty good. It will be awhile before I start reloading for it.
     
  11. frostop

    frostop Well-Known Member

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    Well it sounds like we're shooting the same barrel. I have been working on loads for mine, up until yesterday I was having the best luck with 63gr. H1000 and the 168hvld.

    Yesterday I tried Sierra GK 160 in front of 59gr. IMR7828sc and got the smallest groups so far, of course just working up a load so we'll see how that goes. The 63gr of H1000 and the 168 was max in my barrel, cases just barely stick.
     
  12. reed16dodge

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    Good info. Have you tried H4831 or H4350? I know some have had good luck with those as well. I didn't even get to the range over the weekend. I will for sure this weekend.
     
  13. frostop

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    I have not, not in the 280. I use those a lot in the 30.06
     
  14. frostop

    frostop Well-Known Member

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    Reed, What butt stock cartridge holder is that? Would like to replace the neoprene one that I have been using.