Trapshooters Forum banner

H & S precision stock, 280 AI dies wanted

3047 Views 12 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  Butler
Looking for a H & S Precision stock for Remington short action with heavy barrel, Redding or RCBS dies for a 280 ackley improved, full length, or neck size full set or whatever you have Jim Butler
Looking for a H & S Precision stock for Remington short action with heavy barrel, Redding or RCBS dies for a 280 ackley improved, full length, or neck size full set or whatever you have Jim Butler
See more
Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
6,205 Posts
As a .280AI fan and owner, I can tell you that you WILL enjoy having one.

First, they are a long-action cartridge, like most .30-06-based cartridges. The trim-to case length is about the same as the parent .30-06 case.

They are on the doorstep of the 7mm Rem Mag ballistically but fall short of the velocity of the 7mm STW and 7mm RUM. However, they also fall short of them in terms of recoil. I was prepared for 7mmRM recoil but mine surprised me with how soft it shoots. The STW seems to be headed for obscurity, as Remington now only chambers it in their Custom Shop rifles. Their own 7mm Ultra Mag is superior in terms of velocity and range as does so without a belted case. If you have a 7mm STW (as my son does), buy any new brass you find - the stuff is only made by one company any more.

Although you can get the velocity up some from my .280AI, I prefer accuracy to a minor velocity improvement. I'm loading 140-grain Berger VLDs over 62.5 grains of RE-22 sparked by a CCI BR-2 primer in Nosler brass. That recipe delivers an average muzzle velocity of 3,099fps and 100-yard groups that average under 1/2". The cartridge is inherently accurate, as the worst groups I got from the loads I tried was 0.960" and the rest were between 1/2" and 3/4". Case forming isn't required as Nosler sells new .280AI brass and AI brass will outlast any standard case, especially belted ones, thanks to its 40-degree shoulder and straighter walls. Case stretching is almost non-existent.

I had my .280AI built on a Remington Model 700BDL/DM action (one of the engraved ones from 1997-2001) that McGowen Precision Barrels blueprinted before fabricating and installing a 25" stainless fluted barrel on it. The barrel is the exact same profile as a Remington factory barrel because I bought a new Remington laminated stock for it ($75 on Remington's close-out list) and wanted a drop-in fit. And that's all I did - the barreled action was not bedded in any way.

The photos of the rifle were taken while I waited for Leupold to make the scope it now wears. I ordered a VX-3 Long Range (30mm tube with side focus parallax adjustment) in 4.5-14x with a B&C reticle and they now make those scopes to order instead of inventorying them. I paid $540 for the receiver (which came off a .30-06 that had exactly 10 rounds through it), $470 to McGowen and $75 for the stock - a little over a grand isn't bad for a custom rife that will handle just about any North American big game I'll ever hunt.











Ed
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top