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i just got a .280 yesterday and was curious if anybody else has one and what they are using for handloads
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I don't know about the .280, but the 160gr Sierra GameKing has always worked great on deer in my 7mm RM.

If you already have some 30.06 powders like 4895, 4064 or 4350, they should work pretty good. I have had good results using heavier bullets in .06 with H4831. If you are using IMR4831 already I would definitely give that a try.

 

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i have h380 h414 imr 4831 4895 4064 4350 reloader 19 i am thinking the reloader 19 and the 4831 will be my best choices and i am planning on using a 140 sierra pro hunter
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I would probably start out with RL19, 4831, and 4350.  Sounds like you already have your bases covered on powders.  I think a 140 gr bullet of some persuasion is probably your best all-around bullet for most game, maybe 160s for elk sized game, though a stoutly constructed 140 would work fine for elk as well.
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yeah if i ever go after elk you can bet i will step up either the bullets weight or brand
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i have plenty of manual's sierra and lee's 2nd edition as well as imr/hodgdon's info and i am bidding on a set of dies right now i bought 2 boxes of federal fushion 140's they were 17.00 a box so i can shoot a little for brass now and go buy another 100.im looking to try every powder i have except h-380.
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man i stuck a case today and it was the worst one i have ever done, i guess the 2nd time in my doesnt make for much competition but it was bad enough i thought i was gonna end up sending it in, but i got it after 4 hours of fighting and thinking.
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so i get a day without to much wind to go shooting and for some reason none of my handloads would chamber up in my gun, so i went back and got the book out to get my oal and max case length and they were both under those numbers so do i have a tight chamber?? i am going to try and seat the bullets a little deeper and see if they will chamber up if not i guess i will have to trim the already under max cases some more
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Pyro,

First of all, at the risk of asking a silly question, did you full-length resize your cases?  Check your case shoulder diameter and length to shoulder to make sure those are in spec.  If they are, and case length isn't over max, and your sizing die produces the correct o.d. necks, then either your seating depth is over max for your chamber or you have excessively thick brass and you need to turn your necks.  If the former is the case, make up a dummy round (sized case with seated bullet, with no powder or primer) loaded to your current OAL, then progressively increase seating depth in .005 - 0.010" increments until your bolt just closes, then seat another 0.010" deeper to start.  Then test loads while tweaking only your seating depth inward in 0.005" increments until you find your rifle's "sweet spot" for C.O.A.L.

 

If it is a neck diameter issue after seating bullets, then measure the neck thickness from a fired case that chambered and turn the necks on your brass to the same thickness.

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yeah i full lengthed them all and i tried some empty's that were primed and the bolt closed, i double checked the oal and max case length and they were all good, so seated the bullets deeper and deeper until the bolt closed and man did i have seat them deep.
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can some one explain to me why some of my groups look like a v laying on its side?? i have been noticing that its happening a couple of times while i am shooting.
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Whats up?  Did this myself once..  You should get flooded with answers, but heres mine.  If your on a bag or bench or whatever checking for group look at this..  #1, your scope is NOT moving in the rings? use a whitness mark and keep track of it.  #2 when your grabbing a grip, try to referance your level.  Your cant left to right while you gaze at your target.  Orient your eye, your cross hair, and a fixed refferance somewhere on the target after you feel that you do not have a level problem. Fire one,keep track of your fixed referance and your POI. Fire another one.  Picked up a B-square bubble-level (weaver style) many years ago. It mounts under the scope on the rail to my right. Have um on every thing these days, great for the bi-pod stuff.  I KNOW, your hunting, use it as a trainer proofing your loads and it improves your hold.
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im thinking its the cheapo plastic caldwell rest im using, i never had groups like that when i was using the hoppes tripod and a sand bag.
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Pyro, I wouldn't at all be surprised if the group stringing problem was caused by your rest shifting causing the rifle to move to the side during the shot.  Unless you're using a very solidly built rest, plain ol' sandbags stacked up make a superior front rest than a cheap plastic rest.  Also, be sure your rest is contacting the same place on the forend each time you shoot.

 

This is of course after verifying that your scope mounts aren't loose.

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no scope mount issue here, im pretty sure its from the rest, like i said earlier when i shot off a hoppes tripod with a leather bag and plain old sand bag in the rear i never experienced anything like that, so this rest is making me suspect.
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well i bought some nosler accubonds the other day 140 grainers which is the same weight as the sierra pro hunters i am currently testing, i know i wont get the same loads with 2 different bullets to shoot alike, so the question is do i trade them with people i know for sierras or do i roll dice and start all over?
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sorry here is the correct target

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Hey Pyro, you've got nothing to lose by trying the 140 gr Accubonds in your .280.  Back off a couple grains on your proven powder and work up to max with the AB's to see where it shoots best.  Who knows, it may shoot better than your Sierra PH's, but you'll never know if you don't try 'em.

 

Are you sure you posted the right pic of your .280 group?  That's the same target you posted for your 6.5 Rem Mag in the 6.5 Mag thread...

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Pyro..................WHAT!!... NO NEW .270 FOR YOU?????!!!!! LOL!! LOL!!  
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oops that is my 6.5 rem mag target!! i will fix that.
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Originally posted by Big Squeeze Big Squeeze wrote:

Pyro..................WHAT!!... NO NEW .270 FOR YOU?????!!!!! LOL!! LOL!!  

good one!! i am such an ass i buy a 6.5 rem mag (basically a .270) then i buy a .280 rem, (basically a .270) but like you all know i will never have an actual .270

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Yeah your right! A 6.5 is nearly a .270 & a .280 is slightly wider!!!!......Oh c`mon now Pyro......Give the `ol 270 a break! Old Jack`s spirit may sleep just a little better!!!!......... LOL..........LOL..........LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  & nbsp;  
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maybe i should buy a custom in a 6.5-06 too!
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so i finished up my test last batch of test loads for this rifle today and nothing real stood alone as real impressive, so i had a wild hair to go to rugers web page and check my twist rate, and they show a 1:9.5 so i am wondering if maybe i am using to light of a bullet, the twist chart i have from lilja barrels show 1:10 works for everything from 140-160, but then the 1:9 twist shows 150-175, so would i really be using to light of a bullet??
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what bullet was you shooting ? can you get anything heavier than 142 150 in a 6.5 ? and you might try that match king ! and are you using a boat tail its rare you over stabilize the bullet my 7mag shoots 100 gr speer hp flat base under 1/2"and 120 x shocks are awesome it 1:9 so you might try a slower burning powder like A 8700 if it shows you can?
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