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New Custom 700 280 AI

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Legionnaire, Nov 9, 2020.

  1. Nature Boy
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    I talked to Karl about one of my projects. Seems like a good dude

    Yeah, I get similar reactions too

    Very nice rifle. I'd be proud to own that!
     
  2. Legionnaire
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    Thanks.

    The more I think on it, I'm leaning toward starting with the 120 grain Ballistic Tips over H4831sc.

    Just got the word that my club will be opening the range again soon; open house this Saturday. What I didn't know was that they were extending out to 500 yards, which is very cool!
     
  3. Legionnaire
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    Test loads built. 120 grain Ballistic Tips over H4831sc. Went to my club's open house on Saturday. 300 and 500 yard shooting points aren't open yet, but the 100 and 200 yard rages are, so I hope to test these out in the next couple weeks--work schedule permitting.

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  4. MCMXI
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    @Legionnaire, very nice custom build. I like high-end factory rifles and custom bolt action rifles for sure. What's the twist rate of the factory barrel? 120gr seems on the light side for a .280 AI ... it would be light for a 7mm-08 Rem. Why so light?

    I have a Remington 700 Alaskan Ti in 300 WSM that's been laying around for years. I have a PT&G .700" bolt, TUBB spring and firing pin, aluminum bolt shroud, an Horizon/Iota stock and TriggerTech trigger but just need to get it all together ... then sell it. If it had a locking bolt handle I'd keep it, but it's my last rifle that doesn't have one so it's going down the road.
     
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  5. pert near

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    Yikes stripes that is NICE!
     
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  6. Legionnaire
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    @MCMXI, fair question. It's a lightweight rifle, so thought I'd look for a fast 120 grain load for maximum PBR. Twist is 1:9-1/4. I will also be working up a load for 150 grain BTs and/or Partitions.
     
  7. WVRJ

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    I built my 280AI back in June/July.I went in the opposite direction with mine,the Shilen barrel is factory varmint contour,and the assembled rifle,scope,sling and one loaded P-Mag weigh a total of 14 pounds.I wanted it set up to shoot steel at 1,000 yards and a sittin n watchin/beanfield deer rifle.It's at its best with 160-168 grain bullets,and IMR 7977 gives the best accuracy,usually in the upper 2's at best and the .5's at the worst for 5 shot groups.It also gives the best velocity,160's are right at 3,000 and 168's are at 2930 according to my chronograph.I had a 280 Rem. barrel on this action before,so I had plenty of brass and bullets.It's an awesome caliber choice,and yours is a beautiful rifle.Now I'm getting the urge to build one as light as I can.According to some of the local redneck ballistic experts,the 280 AI isn't too far behind that there new 6.5 Creedmoor that shoots flatter and just obliterates deer at 1400 yards in their econo Tasco scope equipped lazer beam bolt guns.Seriously,you have a great rifle in a great chambering.Deer season starts here this coming Monday,and I hope to try mine out.
     
  8. Legionnaire
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    Sounds like a nice rig. Plenty of room in the thread for a picture of yours, too!
     
  9. marksman13

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    Awesome looking rifle. Congrats.
     
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  10. redneck2

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    That’s REALLY nice. Really nice
     
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