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ddean08

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Ok so bear with me I’m new to the forum. I’ve gone through the search bar and done a lot of research way before ever making an account.
I’ve been on a quest to build a all around mountain rifle and keep landing on .280 ai for the caliber.

my question is what’s yalls opinions on it sticking around. I want to buy a a factory rifle vs build one. My problem is I’m seeing a lot of rifles that were offered in .280ai that are no longer so makes me worry that it’s losing popularity. But I also see that Peterson started offering brass this years it’s just out of stock. I’m not exactly against building one but I’m scared to invest in something that I wouldn’t be able to get components for. But also enjoy having the option to purchase factory ammo in a pinch.
 

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the 280 A.I. is going nowhere it will never be a 270 win or a 30-06 but its not leaving buy with confidence you are getting a great chambering there will always be components we were shooting them many years before they were a factory chambering
 

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Savage makes their new ultralight chambered in this. It's got a proof carbon fiber barrel. 280AI is a sammi cartridge and a great performing 7mm long action option. I doubt it's going out of style anytime soon.
 

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Well I can tell you that here in Helena MT there were more 280AI 'factory' rounds on the shelf than .280 this year. A lot more. I was able to find .280AI brass in most of the retail shops here as well.

I think it's going to be around for quite a while. It's a very, very versatile cartridge.
 

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This is comforting to hear. I appreciate the quick replies.
I do have another question and maybe some more people will chime in. I’ve been tossing around either a Christensen ridge line or the weatherby mark v back country.
But by the time I’m spending that much money on a factory rifle would I be better off just having one built to my personal spec?

I haven’t settled on an action but if I were to build it would probably be a 22” Schneider barrel and ag composites stock. Haven’t settled on an action but I’m judge researching all my options.
 

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I would build for sure I will not spend that kind of money on a factory rifle and you may think about a24 inch barrel no need to handicap the round the weight difference in minimal you can make it up on optics, mounts actions
 

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This is comforting to hear. I appreciate the quick replies.
I do have another question and maybe some more people will chime in. I’ve been tossing around either a Christensen ridge line or the weatherby mark v back country.
But by the time I’m spending that much money on a factory rifle would I be better off just having one built to my personal spec?

I haven’t settled on an action but if I were to build it would probably be a 22” Schneider barrel and ag composites stock. Haven’t settled on an action but I’m judge researching all my options.

If I had the coin I'd have a rifle built for me. And I may just do that at some point, and if I do it would be a .280AI.

I do own a .280AI- it was originally a .280 built for a guy in CO by Kevin Weaver, 21" Shilen barrel on classic Mauser action. The guy passed and the widow had Kevin sell his firearms. I bought it and had him convert it to a .280AI. The stock is waaaay too short for me, so I have it with my local gunsmith to lengthen the stock. I haven't played with it yet though.
 
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there is a 280 AI that just showed up for sale in the classifieds looks like a good buy might take a look cornbinder57 has it for sale
 

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Well I would think that availability of good brass or good factory ammo and rifles etc would decrease as popularity does. And I could be wrong. But that was just a concern of mine also reason for getting some opinions on here.
 

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Well I would think that availability of good brass or good factory ammo and rifles etc would decrease as popularity does. And I could be wrong. But that was just a concern of mine also reason for getting some opinions on here.

I have not seen popularity dwindle here. Too many benefits- performance nipping at the heels of a 7mm-mag with less powder in a non-belted case, generally can load one extra round- what's not to like? It's a pretty solid cartridge and it's been around a long time. I had no hesitation converting that .280 Mauser into an AI.

But I also have a .257AI that I love as well. I'm biased. :)
 

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Alamo Precision Arms will build you a fine 280ai for a reasonable price.
I found 280ai factory ammo and brass pretty readily. I seriously doubt it is going anywhere. If anything, it seems to be surging in popularity. Seems to be new posts on this cartridge almost daily on the various sites I frequent.
 

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Well I would think that availability of good brass or good factory ammo and rifles etc would decrease as popularity does. And I could be wrong. But that was just a concern of mine also reason for getting some opinions on here.
I went with .270 AI over .280 AI because everybody in their brother has one. Popularity was never a criterion for me on chambering choice but rather a personal choice for my intended purpose.


 
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