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    I have always had a 280 AI since I started hunting the west, back in the late 80s i formed my own brass like everyone else did. This is to say the loads were not available over the counter. The 160 Partition was what I started with and as ususal looked around for a better bullet. I had a few performance failures with the old 162 gr Nosler solid base, they fell apart, shattered or just didnt penetrate very well.
    This year I went back to the 160 gr partition for elk and got a bang-flop at 25 yards. End of story.

    As a side note my hunting buddy went looking for 280 rem ammo in Jackson WY, we did not find any ...lots of 280 AI ! How times have changed !

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    I've messed around with a good many rifles and cartridges, through the years. What with old age, weight seems to be more important than most other factors.

    The majority of my hunting has ranged from prairie dogs to mule deer. No elk or moose.

    I have an old L579 Sako Forester carbine in .243. Works fine for everything from prairie dogs to deer. Weighs seven pounds. I also have a Remington 700 Ti in 7mm08. Great for deer and maybe elk, but a bit of "a bit much" for prairie dogs. But, it's only 6.5 pounds with a Leupold 3x9 on top. Both rifles are reliably sub-MOA.

    So if I decide to cut back to just one hunting rifle, I'd keep the .243. I see it as generally better as a varmint rifle but also plenty good for deer.

 

 
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