Hornady 280ai brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by hunter0925, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. hunter0925

    hunter0925 Member

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    I currently have a 280ai that I run Nosler brass out of behind a Berger 168vld but it is entirely to heavy for hunting where I live. In looking to build a second 280ai specifically for hunting but would like to use hornady brass so my headstamp makes it easier on me to keep brass separated and on a known number of firing/ correct sizing. Has anybody been using the hornady 280ai brass? Good, bad or ugly about it before I buy some? It also helps that it is a lot cheaper than the Nosler brass considering I likely will loose some in the field.
     
  2. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

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    I also use Nosler Brass, I did not know that Hornady was making 280AI brass.
    How readily available is it and what kind of prices are you seeing?
     
  3. laker

    laker Well-Known Member

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    The 280 Ackley hornady brass I’ve see runs about same price as their other brass
     
  4. browning442

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    I’ve been using it, haven’t had any winning loads yet but could be bullet selection (never had gotten great groups with the 168 LRX). Going to test the 145 LrX which I had a decent group with one of two powder trials.

    Have also loaded up some federal 160 trophy bonded tipped also.

    It’s definitely not Lapua quality, but Hornady is about $44 per 50. Half the price of Nosler.
     
  5. browning442

    browning442 Well-Known Member

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    I’ll also add that Hornady takes some prep out of the box usually. Shoulders also looked a bit different after the first firing. I inside and outside neck chamfered. Not big things, just observations.
     
  6. dok7mm

    dok7mm Well-Known Member

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    Being that the brass is the only part of the round you can reuse, I run the Nosler cases. I am on 8th firing and primer pockets are still tight. I truly doubt Hornady brass would match that, so in the longrun Nosler would be the better buy.
     
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  7. hunter0925

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    The nosler brass I'm using now took fire forming and the shoulders definitely changed. I dont mind prepping the brass out of the box because I do that no matter what brass it is. I'm just hoping that primer pockets arent loosening or people arent seeing huge swings in weight etc...