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Help: 280AI vs. 30-06 #14302459 11/22/19
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I have the opportunity to get a lightweight mountain rifle in 280AI or 30-06 for a smoking deal. While I don't need either for whitetail hunting in my area, as I have a 6.5CM in a Barrett Fieldcraft and a Q Fix rifle in 308 and 6.5CM they are such good deals I can't pass them up, unfortunately I can't get both. My question is which would you recommend? I don't do any North American big game hunts, but sometime in the next couple years I'm probably going to go on a guided elk, black bear, sheep, whatever I can come up with.

Pros for 30-06: Lots of ammo selections, easy to get practically anywhere, less expensive, heavier bullet selections
Cons: Slightly more recoil, not as flat shooting

Pros for 280 AI: flatter shooting, slightly softer recoil
Cons: expensive ammo, less ammo selection, not as readily available


The pros/cons list pushes me towards 30-06 but I personally feel the 280 would be easier for me to shoot. The softer shooting in a 5LB rifle really appeals to me. Is there something I'm missing? Is there anything in North America I could shoot with a 30-06 that wouldn't be recommended in 280AI?


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What rifle?

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Originally Posted by AKwolverine
What rifle?


^x2.
If you looking at the Kimber Hunter, I have one in 280 Ackley and its perfect. Shoots excellent, recoil is very manageable. I have not shot a Kimber in 30-06, but had a Remington 700 mountain rifle in 30-06 and felt that it recoiled significantly more than the 280 Ackley in the Kimber Hunter.

Re: Help: 280AI vs. 30-06 [Re: orientalexpress] #14302789 11/22/19
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Sounds like a BOT question?

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Originally Posted by MM879
Sounds like a BOT question?


Thanks for your excellent advice.

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Originally Posted by AKwolverine
What rifle?


I’d rather not say at the moment, there’s some things involved that’s not my place to say . I was really looking more for real world experience with 280AI. 30-06 has been around so long that there plenty of experience/info that I can find out about.

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Originally Posted by orientalexpress
Originally Posted by AKwolverine
What rifle?


I’d rather not say at the moment, there’s some things involved that’s not my place to say . I was really looking more for real world experience with 280AI. 30-06 has been around so long that there plenty of experience/info that I can find out about.


It colors the decision.

And if it is a Fieldcraft, there may be reasons you would want to choose the ‘06.

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280 AI


God bless Mr. Ackley......
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Why? Is there something wrong with them?

Bravo

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Originally Posted by orientalexpress
Why? Is there something wrong with them?


I’d rather not say at the moment; there’s some issues involved that’s not my place to say.

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Originally Posted by AKwolverine
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Why? Is there something wrong with them?


I’d rather not say at the moment; there’s some issues involved that’s not my place to say.


Is this how you racked up 3000+ posts?

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Originally Posted by AKwolverine
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Why? Is there something wrong with them?


I’d rather not say at the moment; there’s some issues involved that’s not my place to say.

LMAO!!.......Hb

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Originally Posted by orientalexpress
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Originally Posted by orientalexpress
Why? Is there something wrong with them?


I’d rather not say at the moment; there’s some issues involved that’s not my place to say.


Is this how you racked up 3000+ posts?

No; most were buying [bleep] I don’t need in the classifieds.
I sent you a PM.

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Originally Posted by AKwolverine
Originally Posted by orientalexpress
Originally Posted by AKwolverine
Originally Posted by orientalexpress
Why? Is there something wrong with them?


I’d rather not say at the moment; there’s some issues involved that’s not my place to say.


Is this how you racked up 3000+ posts?

No; most were buying [bleep] I don’t need in the classifieds.
I sent you a PM.


Damn, Joe. I would have just told him to [bleep] off.

280AI....depending on the platform.....and whether you reload or not. Although the Hornady Precision Hunter ammo is excellent.





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flip a coin

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I have both. I can tell you a lightweight 280 AI shooting full power 160/175 gr loads is no cupcake. I've had both in a Kimber MT and the 30-06 recoiled more than the 280 in equal rate rifles but not by much. My current Kimber 280 AI does 3000 with a 160 and weighs 7lb 1 oz. It's not a cupcake to shoot. It's very tolerable but will definitely give you a magnum eyebrow if you crawl the stock or shoot from a weird position.


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I have both and when I head west it's usually with the 280 AI, although mine is a 8lbs. semi custom pre 64 M70 job, I feel Barnes 145 LRX at 3050 is good medicine for the game I'm after. Not that the old 06' wouldn't work, but I've put that 280 AI in a a handle I rather like.

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If you reload .280 if not .30-06


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Originally Posted by ready_on_the_right
If you reload .280 if not .30-06


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