Home; My Account. It is important to note that the SAAMI-spec .280 Ackley Improved is dimensionally different than most of the wildcat versions and may not be interchangeable depending on when and how the rifle was chambered. There’s never been a better time to get into the .280 Ackley Improved game, and there’s never been a time when the cartridge has been more relevant. For Sale Custom .280 Ackley Improved Sheep Rifle $1,550 Shipped. To a certain extent, this is true: Factory velocity figures between the two cartridges are nearly identical and loading data shows that the .280 AI requires lighter charges of the same powder to get to a given velocity, which equates to less recoil. It’s a tremendous bullet. The Husqvarna AB. Showing all 7 results. Despite the distance of time, some of his developments – notably the .30-30 Ackley Improved, the .257 Roberts Ackley Improved and the .280 Remington Ackley Improved – enjoy considerable popularity today. OP. When you bump up to the magnum .30s, comparisons change. Thread starter bdg848; Start date Apr 3, 2020; Apr 3, 2020 #1 B. bdg848 Senior Member. RCBS .280 Ackley improved 17001 2-Die set full length. He then changed the 35-degree shoulder to 40-degrees and the .280 Ackley Improved was born. Shipping calculated at checkout. As a result, recoil is around 5 percent less. Right standard 30-30 Winchester. Importantly, although SAAMI spec’d the .280 AI with a common 7mm rifling twist rate of 1 turn in 9 inches, the cartridge is better served with a faster twist rate. He was highly instrumental in the creation of the Gunsmithing School in Trinidad, Colorado. : Wildcat created by the legendary P.O. I picked up a kimber hunter 84l in 280 ackley this summer and am finally getting around to load development. The difference is about 14 percent. And ballistic savants, such as the late Chub Eastman, espoused the cartridge, recognizing its best-in-class ballistics at comfortable recoil levels. With 200-grain bullets pushed at 2,900 fps or so, the big .30s clearly impact with more visible result—on both ends. Subscriber Services. The only difference it will make is for the dies you use. 280 Ackley Improved 280 Ackley Improved Case: Nosler Primer: Federal 210 Case Trim: 2.525” Barrel Length: 24” Twist Rate: 1:9” Barrel: Bartlein Maximum Loads Should Be Used With Caution - Always Start With Minimum Loads. 20. There are faster .284 cartridges out there than the .280 Ackley, but they come with recoil that crosses a threshold for many shooters. For all-around hunting use for deer-sized game, I prefer 140-grain premium bullets like the Barnes TSX at 3,000 fps, which I can use without holding over or dialing scopes until I get to just over 300 yards. One of P.O. With the current industry-wide climate, please allow for 10-14 days of processing time before shipment. SU35. I have a .338-280 "'improved" (30-degree shoulder) and I'll be damned if I can see a significant difference in velocities compared with either of the .338-06s that I have had. It’s a legitimate, repeatable 0.40-MOA bullet in my Proof rifle, and even though velocity with that tuned handload is modest, at 2,870 fps, it has proven to be excellent on mule deer and elk. 280 Ackley Improved Controversy Explained - YouTube. Being a standard .30-06-diameter cartridge case, nearly all popular bolt-action hunting rifles will hold at least four rounds in the magazine, and many models comfortably swallow five down, plus one in the chamber. Remember, ejecta (exploding gases and particulates exiting the muzzle) contributes greatly to recoil. In the photo you can clearly see the rim at the head of the case. Where the .280 Ackley Improved differs from the .280 Rem. Looking at switching to Vihatvouri powder for use with 160 - 168gr projectiles. If you have dies for the original they will not form your … This photo should make that easy to see, however later in this article we will discuss some of Ackley’s other designs and show where the confusion comes from. That the .280 AI can be built on a standard long action with a 30-06/.270 bolt face and magazine box is an added bonus. If you are a handloader though, the choice is a no-brainer. The .280 Ackley Improved (.280 AI) was registered with SAAMI in 2007 by Nosler. Nearly concurrently, Federal announced it was working on three different .280 AI loads, including a Berger bullet and Federal’s own Terminal Ascent and Trophy Copper bullets. bullet over 3,400 fps. Log In Register. Prefer to trade but will sell also. Factory loaded, starting with Nosler, in 2007. Left is 30-30 Ackley Improved. My favorite dies are by Redding, from its Premium line. Go. To fully-realize the versatility of this cartridge, you’ll either need to handload or be willing to purchase custom loaded ammunition. Quick view. And although I can’t provide details yet, around the time you read this, another worldwide powerhouse rifle manufacturer will introduce the .280 AI across the spectrum of its hunting rifles. AH veteran. Regular price Sale price $675.00 Unit price / per . The "improved" case is on the left and the standard .338-06 on the right. $14.95 Per Firearm One $9.99 Charge For Any Amount of Accessories Shipping Information. Both Nosler and Hodgdon provide detailed loading data for the .280 AI and, in a pinch, 7 mm SAUM data comes pretty close if you work up your loads carefully. or the 7 mm Rem. Their cases offer reloaders excellent uniformity in wall thickness, weight and internal capacity. Mag. Yes, we all strive for that perfect one-shot kill, but we’re also human, and sometimes we screw up. 280 Ackley Improved. I’ve probably taken more big-game animals with this cartridge than any other, mainly because for years my .280 AI was one of the few hunting rifles that I owned. Home / Product Caliber / 280 ACKLEY IMP 280 ACKLEY IMP. by 100 fps. I zero it at 300 yards, and it drops just 8 inches at 400 yards. … Read more. Posts: 13,843. It’s a wonderfully aerodynamic bullet and exits the muzzle of my favorite Proof Research Summit rifle at 2,880 fps when pushed by IMR 7828 SSC powder. I have always wanted a .280AI but the more I research the .300 WSM the more I am interested … Tom Beckstrand and Neal Emery of Hornady highlight the 6MM Creedmoor ammo. 280 Ackley Improved Remage Prefit. This sharper shoulder can also increase case life, which is a good thing for the handloader. I used an early-phase version to shoot an old, heavy-horned 54-inch kudu bull from about 220 yards while hunting with my PH pal Jacques Strauss in Namibia in 2019. I can't believe it has been 7 years. Looking at it from a technical perspective, the.280 Ackley Improved is a much better design in that it runs on less powder, yet offers a performance level comparable to the 7 Mag. Weatherby advertises the 6.5 Weatherby RPM 140-grain Nosler Accubond bullet to 3,075 fps I'm spinning that same weight 140 AB at 3,100 out of a 22" barrel … So why choose the .280 AI over the .280 Rem. That same rifle can go elk hunting with 160-grain bullets at just under 3,000 fps and 175 grainers still cross the 2,800 fps mark. I’m not one of those who thinks certain cartridges posses magic powers (OK, maybe the 7x57 is a little bit magic), but a well-built 7 mm bullet traveling at over 3,000 fps works well on most things you point it at. Ackley's greatest creation! Full Details More from this Seller. Jan 14, 2017 #1 Non-Lead Hunter Active member. .300 WSM vs. .280 Ackley Improved. These modifications resulted in added capacity, which increased velocity, and less case stretch, which resulted in longer case life. It’s a hot cartridge — as good as any hard-kicking over-bore capacity magnum in similar calibers — but without the harsh recoil. #14512954 01/27/20: Joined: Aug 2002. Reader K. Akins recently wrote to ask which cartridge I thought would benefit the most from conversion to Ackley Improved: the 260 Remington, 270 Winchester, or 7mm-08 Remington. 14 Image(s) 7039 Remington 700 CUSTOM RIFLE 280 Ackley 26 inch STAINLESS STEEL MEDIUM barrel.Jewell trigger ful... 7039 Remington 700 CUSTOM RIFLE 280 Ackley … For example, all three of Federal Premium’s 140-grain loads for the .280 Rem. Frank and Tony from Gallery of Guns spice up the Glock test using their non-dominant hands. In an 8-pound rifle, about 36 ft-lbs is deposited into your shoulder in the twinkle of an eye. For Sale Custom .280 Ackley Improved Sheep Rifle $1,550 Shipped. The.280 Ackley Improved provides honest magnum performance with every advantage of a standard cartridge. Factory .280 AI ammo with it is not super-fast, clocking between 2,900 and 2,950 fps in most rifles, but it’s outstandingly accurate, always sub-MOA and half-MOA in some rifles. www.longrangehunting.com Click to expand... WOW! Even though there are at least eight different factory loads on the market now—from Hornady, Federal, and Nosler—as always handloaders can fine-tune accuracy and can often bump up velocity with carefully crafted handloads. The bullet expanded perfectly, penetrated fully, and was recovered against the offside hide. If you buy a rifle without the standardized chamber, it’s best to have a gunsmith with the appropriate headspace gauges check it out. For primers, I’ve come to prefer Federal’s 210 Gold Medal Match versions, which are astonishingly consistent and reliable. S. Joined: Aug 2002. Out of N165, N560 and N580 which would be the … Modern long-range 7mm projectiles typically have really high BCs—so high, in fact, that manufacturers have to get extreme in the 6.5mm and .30-caliber bullet lines just to come close. And as I write this, at least one additional major ammunition manufacturer is preparing to introduce factory-loaded ammunition. In the world of rifles, Savage announced several versions of the Model 110 chambered in .280 AI. Decades ahead of his time in cartridge design, Ackley became a household name for his work, at least among cartridge enthusiasts. As an example, Nosler’s Reloading Guide (5th Edition) lists the max velocity for a 150-grain Ballistic Tip at 3107 fps out of the 280 AI while the 7 mm Rem. and the.280 Ackley Improved is the steeper 40 degree, which lengthens the case body and allows for … Get the American Hunter Insider newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox. Reloading Information. Mag. in a package that gives additional room in the magazine (as the body diameter … Compare that to a 175-grain 7mm bullet fired at 2,850 fps from the .280 AI, which generates less than 26 ft-lbs. Ackley and Fred Huntington and known previously by a variety of names such as the “.280 Rem. Northern Arizona. The four basic methods of making rifling in a barrel are single-point, broach, button, and... We're taking a look at what the Army's Elite Units are using for service rifles and what the future of SOCOM sniping looks like. In his life time P.O. While on the subject of velocity, allow me to point out that the .280 AI really deserves a 24-inch barrel. Next Last. Shoulder is set at 40-degrees. .280 Ackley Improved powders Hey guys. Saami spec on the 280ai is … Shooters might refer to it as a 280 Ackley or a 280 Improved. Joined Apr 26, 2018 Messages 182 Reaction score 151 Location Idaho Media 187 Member of Safari Club International, NRA, Wild Sheep Foundation Hunted Tanzania, Nimibia, S. Africa Jul 14, 2020 #1 I am … Extra time and care is taken in the creation of our cases, producing smaller lots that meet strict quality standards. Hornady 280 Ackley Improved Rifle Reloading Brass - At Hornady brass is the foundation for what could be the most memorable shot of your lifetime. Wonder if anyone can give their impressions on the .300 WSM or .280AI. Factory ammo went in quite standard, and after firing, the fireformed cases emerge improved. Flat-Rate Shipping. Our current production dies are for chambers that are cut to the SAAMI … The 280 AI isn’t the magic wand that many claim it to be, but it is an excellent all-around cartridge for big-game hunting. When you push past this performance level with a 7 mm cartridge, you do so with diminishing returns as far as velocity goes. 280 Ackley Improved Powder Minimum Maximum Charge (grains) Velocity (fps) Charge (grains) Velocity (fps) IMR 4350 46.3 2421 51.4 2677 Hunter 48.2 2499 53.6 2707 H4831sc 50.1 2474 55.7 2694 Power Pro 4000MR 49.1 2467 54.6 2740 *RL 22 48.3 2533 53.7 2715 IMR 7828ssc 49.0 2467 54.5 2702 RECOMMENDED TWIST: 1:9” OR FASTER 280 Ackley Improved Suggested Bullet Use 175-grain TSX … .280 Ackley Improved, Bullet 162gr Hornady ELD-X, Brass Hornady | Nosler, Muzzle Velocity* 2970fps, Ballistic Coefficient G1/G7 .670/.338, COAL 3.330″. Going longer gains little; going shorter loses too much. Aug 30, 2020 #8 J. jd5521 Well-Known Member. In a pinch (read lost luggage), .280 Rem. 280 Ackley Improved. Muzzle velocity was 3,060 fps, right there with advertised 7mm Rem. Add to Cart OMR magnum taper 1”, 1-8.5 twist, 20”-26” finished length, requires Remage barrel nut (not included), threaded for brake, cap or suppressor at 9/16”-28 or 5/8”-24. Louisiana I have a newly built.280 ackley improved built by David Christman (look him up) that has less than 30 rounds fired through it. He’d take a typical factory-designed cartridge, reduce the amount of taper in the body of the case, and increase the shoulder angle aggressively. Joined Apr 26, 2018 Messages 182 Reaction score 151 Location Idaho Media 187 Member of Safari Club International, NRA, Wild Sheep Foundation Hunted Tanzania, Nimibia, S. Africa Jul 14, 2020 #1 I am … 6.5 Weatherby RPM Mo betta than a 280 Ackley Improved???? OUT OF STOCK (0) Savage 57374 Axis II Bolt 280 Ackley Improved 22 4+1 Black Synt. In a pinch, standard .280 Rem. Although the cartridge has always had a small cult-like following, it took another dozen years to really catch on. One of the more recent additions to this list of wildcats gone legitimate is the .280 Ackley Improved. Campfire 'Bwana. Joined May 6, 2019 Messages 155. Ackley improved not only standard cartridges, but also other popular wildcats, and was the first to create a .17 caliber (4.5 mm) centerfire cartridge. Out of N165, N560 and N580 which would be the … Nosler BT .280 Ackley Improved 140gr Ballistic Tip 20/Box . It was a sub-0.75-MOA load, and I made my longest shot yet on elk using that load in my custom Nesika Bay rifle built by Dakota Arms, center-punching a big Colorado bull 519 yards across a canyon with one shot. Nosler offers two Custom and two Trophy Grade loads for the .280 AI but that’s about the extent of factory-loaded options. In my experience, the .280 AI generates nearly as much velocity as the popular 7mm Rem. ISS Prop House gives us the rundown on the guns used in Enemy at the Gate. The Ackley Improved family of wildcat cartridges are designed to be easily made by rechambering existing firearms, and fireforming the ammunition to decrease body taper and increase shoulder angle, resulting in a higher case capacity. Hornady 280 Ackley Improved Rifle Reloading Brass - At Hornady brass is the foundation for what could be the most memorable shot of your lifetime. Last, but not least, I’ve come to love Federal’s 155-grain Terminal Ascent bullet. I have a .338-280 "'improved" (30-degree shoulder) and I'll be damned if I can see a significant difference in velocities compared with either of the .338-06s that I have had. Ideally, something in the 1:8 range. Thread starter Jager Waffen74; Start date Jul 14, 2020; Tags.280 ai remington sheep rifle Jager Waffen74. There is no reason that the barrel would need to be set back to get the chamber correct. and the .280 Ackley Improved is the steeper 40 degree, which lengthens the case body and allows for about 5 percent more powder capacity. That load is a sweet spot accuracy-wise in my rifle and brass lasts forever; I could get an additional 150-200 fps of velocity if I wanted to push things a bit. OUT OF STOCK (0) Savage 57487 Axis II 280 Ackley Improved 4+1 20" Mossy … 1 of 2 Go to page. The 280 AI gives you heavier bullet options than the .270 Win. 280 Ackley 162 gr ELD-X ® Precision Hunter ® Item #85586 | 20/Box . Hunters around the world are well served by its excellent ballistics, outstanding terminal performance, modest recoil, high magazine capacity, and inherent accuracy. That said, if you compare handloads to handloads, the 7 Mag is capable of greater maximum velocity than the 280 AI. Nous utilisons des cookies pour améliorer votre expérience utilisateur. 7mm Reloading Components. 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