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    7mm (.280 Rem) Elk Bullets/Loads?

    If I had my druthers, I'd prob use a 300 cal bullet/cartridge combo for elk-based on the recommendations of plenty of folks; but the budget is too tight this year for a gun purchase ( have a bad crush on a 300 Weatherby Mag, Mk V &#128525. Meanwhile, there is talk about a leftover cow license this fall, if we go that route, I'd need something to shoot.

    For rifles, I have a 30-06 & .280. The 30-06 is a carbine/pump, so not the best accuracy option at longer ranges on a western hunt and is rigged up right now with open sights anyway. The .280 is a model 70 and is plenty accurate with its glass eye.

    If I were to go elk hunting with the .280 what would be a good (7mm) bullet/bullet weight to use? 160 gr Partition (if the rifle likes it) a good option to start with?

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    That would be a good bullet for it along with a 140 grain Barnes TTSX bullet or even the Nosler Accubond. I have a nephew that has killed quite a few cow elk with his 7mm-08 shooting 140 grain Barnes TTSX bullets at around 2900 fps. And the .280 Remington should do the same thing.
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    I know several guys in Wyoming who use the 280 with 140gr Accubonds with success on elk and muleys. I shot my best elk with the 140gr Accubond from a 270 win which is darn close to the same thing. The 160gr Accubond is another really good choice. The Barnes bullets are all good, the Nosler E tip, Hornady Interbond or GMX, and Swift Scirocco II. The 150gr Swift is a great all-around 7mm bullet if your rifle likes them, I have yet to find one of mine that does.

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    Accubonds and Barnes are very good elk bullets. My rule of thumb is to limit your range to where you still have 1500 foot lbs of energy for elk, around 1200 for deer and 100 or above for antelope.


    Just kidding on the antelope, but not too far off
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    I use 140 grain Accubonds in my 280ai and they do great. My dad uses plain old 140 grain Interlocks in his standard 280 rem and they've never disappointed for the past 20 years or so. 140's and 150's are what we prefer for cartridges smaller than the 7mm rem mag, and with a decently constructed bullet, they work great with almost boring consistency.

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    I shoot a 280 Remington and have harvested several elk with it. My farthest a 1 shot kill at 291 yds and the elk did not take one step. 140 gr Nolsler Partition with 57.5 grs of R19 powder works well for me.

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    Shoot a 280 a bunch. If your rifle likes 160 partitions, they will work well. For elk I have used Rem 150 gr corelokts, Fed Premium 150 Nosler Partition, and Barnes 145 LRX, all worked well. Used some early Fed Fusion 140's with mixed performance, so am wary of them for elk, but understand they are working well for others now. If you feel you need 160gr + loads for elk and don't hand load, check DoubleTap ammo. They have a 160 Nos AB and 175 Nos Part.

    But a good hunting 140gr. bullet will take elk just fine. I have yet to use a bullet of more than 154 grains in my 280 on game. Mainly due to the velocity I can attain. A 150 grain pill in .284 has almost the same SD as a 180 in .308, .266 vs .271, so can be expected to penetrate nearly the same all else being equal. My 2 cents.

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    I'm shooting a 168 gr vld at max listed charge out of my 280 REM at 1/2 moa using imr7828ssc. This is a criterion 1 in 9 twist barrel.

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    What kind of speed you achieving with load?

    Quote Originally Posted by troybackman View Post
    I'm shooting a 168 gr vld at max listed charge out of my 280 REM at 1/2 moa using imr7828ssc. This is a criterion 1 in 9 twist barrel.

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    Load shoot and don't look back......plenty of elk have been put in the freezer with that gun. Partitions, Accubonds or Barnes have worked well for us here. Watch for compressed loads at the max end of the chart. The Accubond tends to want to be close to the rifling but our loads for the Partitions and Barnes liked more of a jump.

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