Small framed hunter custom rifle build

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Jason Wells, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. Jason Wells

    Jason Wells New Member

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    I'm looking to build a custom hunting rifle and I'm stuck on caliber choice. I live in Virginia and primarily hunt whitetails, every few years I get to hunt elk, and hope to hunt moose/ caribou in the next 5 years, and I'm planning a 2018 South Africa plains game hunt. I weigh about 155lbs. I've got a model 700 in 270 win that shoots fine, and I have 0 recoil issues with. I have a 300 Win Mag TC encore that kicks pretty stout and I don't hit well at all with, I just bought a 300 WSM for experiemtnal purposes and it flat out kicks like hell. I would love to have one rifle that I can pick up with 100% confidence and kill whatever I point it at out of the above list. I know there are hundreds of posts out there like this, but I'm looking forward to feedback on my particular interests.
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    If you are comfortable with the .270's recoil, you should look into a .280 Ackley Improved. It will push a 168gr 7mm bullet to within around 150 fps of what a 7mm RemMag will, with just slightly more recoil than your .270 Win.

    It's also a great whitetail caliber.

    The WSM calibers seem to recoil pretty sharply, and have about the same recoil as their full-length magnum counterparts. They also hold just as much powder, and push the same velocities. I have often wondered just why they were ever invented in the first place? Seems pointless to me. But I've also never been a fan of short-mags. The only short-mag I would own would be a 6.5 SS, which is a wildcat cartridge invented by one of our members on here.
     
  3. Jason Wells

    Jason Wells New Member

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    I remember a few years back the 280 was talked a lot about, but has drifted off the map recently, I hear it's due to limited factory ammo. I'm heading down the road to re-loading and wouldn't let ammo availability deter me from a great cartridge as long as components are available.
     
  4. njshooter

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    Put a muzzle break on the 300 and call it quits.
     
  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Over the last couple years people have started to realize just how venerable and capable the .280 AI really is. It is one of my all-time favorite calibers. My next custom build will be a .280 AI. I already have a .25-06 AI, .30-06 AI, and a .300 Ackley Magnum. So, I figured next on the list will be the .280 AI. :D

    Components are readily available, provided you can find powder and large rifle primers locally...

    Nosler Custom Reloading Brass 280 Remington Ackley Improved 40-Degree

    Berger Hunting Bullets 284 Cal 7mm (284 Diameter) 168 Grain VLD Hollow

    or if you didn't want to wait a 1½ months for bullets, and money's not an object, these will work great, too.

    Cutting Edge Bullets Match Tactical Hunting Bullets 284 Cal 7mm (284

    These would also work great...

    Nosler E-Tip Bullets 284 Cal 7mm (284 Diameter) 150 Grain Spitzer Boat

    Barnes Tipped Triple-Shock X Bullets 284 Cal 7mm (284 Diameter) 140
     
  6. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    I had a 280ai that weighed 8.5 lbs scoped. Kicked as hard as my 7wsm. It's currently being rechambered to 7mm-08.
     
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    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    +10,000!
     
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    280ai. My 14 year old shoots a custom. I currently download for him with muzzle brake. He will grow into the rifle. I run a 280ai no brake and a 300 win with brake. I have sold almost all my other calibers. I'm a fan of the muzzle brake as I will NOT shoot it without my custom plugs in place first.
    Where in VA?
     
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    Bingo, I am about the same size as the poster and can shoot my 300wm all day long with a break.
    On more thing, don't use a radial break, buy one with side ports only.
     
  10. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    There is no way a .280 AI kicks as much as a 7WSM... Unless the 7WSM has a brake on it, and the .280 AI does not.
     
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    X 10,000. gun)gun)gun)
     
  12. Jason Wells

    Jason Wells New Member

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    my hang up with muzzle-brakes is the increased muzzle blast and the noise, I always wear ear protection when shooting but never when hunting.

    Central Va, Staunton.
     
  13. Jason Wells

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    Why not a radial break? The side-port breaks look cool, but what is the difference in function?
     
  14. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Alot of people don't like the radial brakes because they have a 360* blast radius, which, when 1' off the ground, kicks up a huge dust cloud.

    Me personally, I never lay prone in the dirt when hunting or shooting, so radial brakes work fine for me.