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Best .280 cartridge for Elk

I just purchased a Remngton 700 Mountain Rifle in .280. I am looking for people who have successfully used this cartridge on Elk. What is the best load in your opinion? Thanks much.

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Best .280 cartridge for Elk

Don't know much about the 280, but I have a remington 700 mountain rifle ina 35 whelen, and it's a perfect factory rifle for elk... light weight, accurate and aesthetically good looking. Good buy, and good luck on finding a good load. I'd hit up the AR forum for loads if yu can't find help here. Thumbs up

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Best .280 cartridge for Elk

I would try Federal's 160 grain Nosler Accubond load. P280A1

Your MBR will be somewhere around 350 yards with a 200 yard zero.

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I have the same rifle in .280 and have used it on elk. I killed one elk with it before I got my .338 WinMag. I can tell you what NOT to use. Don't use Winchester Supreme Silvertips. They were around 160g. These were different than the Ballistic Silvertips that are out there now. All I found was fragments. It was at point blank range, but still shouldn't disintegrate. Elk was still dead but I wouldn't take a chance with them again. I have also used Winchester Failsafes on mule deer. They punch through but don't expand as much as I'd like. My recommendation is to stay with the heavy-for-caliber bullets...around 160g. Good heavy construction. I like Nosler Partitions but there are plenty of good bullets out there. I have heard Barnes makes a good bullet but don't have any first hand experience with them. I took a quick look through Cabela's ammo selection and sadly, there are not a lot of heavy game rounds available for the .280. Most of what's available are 140g and 150g deer rounds. It's a shame Remington doesn't sell a .280 in their Safari grade line. It would have a Swift A-frame bullet which would be fine for elk. The 700 Mtn Rifle is a great gun for elk hunting. Easy to carry and handy. Good luck with it.

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Best .280 cartridge for Elk

I bought the rem 700 mtn in 280 also to use for alI my mountain hunting. Killed an antelope and three whitails with it this year, used 140 Ballistic tips. I plan to use 140 grain accubonds for elk.

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bigbuckgitter wrote:
I bought the rem 700 mtn in 280 also to use for alI my mountain hunting. Killed an antelope and three whitails with it this year, used 140 Ballistic tips. I plan to use 140 grain accubonds for elk.

Welcome to BGH.

Do you get those accubond loads in factory form? I shot the 280 and 7x57 years ago and liked to 145gr Speer hot core and the 154gr Hornady interlock.

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Best .280 cartridge for Elk

Hornady Interbonds are awesome you will have to work up a load that fits youre rifle but I highly reccomend the Hornadys IB

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