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Old October 23, 2021, 03:20 PM   #1
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280AI Draws First Blood

BCG 280 Ackley Improved XP-100. This custom XP-100 shoots so good, and everyone who has shot it loves it.
I finally was able to draw first blood with it on Friday morning. I used the 140 grain Accubond at 2961 ft./s. I set the magnification between seven and eight power, since I expected a close shot, and wanted a greater field of view. I also checked my parallax adjustment as well.
The beauty of the country we live in is, you can see forever, but at times it can be challenging, because they can see you too. It took me some time to figure out how to be able to make the stalk, and him not see me. I had terrain (creek bottom) and sage brush in my advantage, but the wind was almost coming from my back, so I knew there was a chance that could create a problem.
I had to be exposed slightly for a short period of time, before I got down into the creek/draw bottom, but I was far enough away, and he was looking the other direction, so it was not a problem.
I shot this buck at 204 yards. I crawled around 150 yards and then stomach crawled somewhere between 35 and 50 yards to make the shot. I had an opening in the sagebrush to my left, and I had almost made it to the stage, when the buck started moving to my left. Since I was on public\state land, and in a little bit he was going to be crossing on to private land, it was time to get things done.
The gun is so capable of shooting so much further, but the stalk was fun.
I am looking forward to shooting the 160 class bullets out of this, and see how it compares with my 284 Winchester XP-100’s.

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Old October 23, 2021, 04:02 PM   #2
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Awesome hunt--and congrats! The 280 AI is definitely in my top 5 favorite cartridges.
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Old October 25, 2021, 08:49 AM   #3
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Awesome hunt--and congrats! The 280 AI is definitely in my top 5 favorite cartridges.
It is becoming one of my favorites as well
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Old October 26, 2021, 05:06 AM   #4
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That's a heck of a rig, too.
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Old October 26, 2021, 05:40 AM   #5
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Thanks.
Chris did a great job building it.
I took some newbie's out to shoot (both to XP's and to shooting at distance), and they did great on a piece of 10x12 inch steel at 595 yards.
https://youtu.be/Ipryd46CK3g
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Old October 26, 2021, 03:55 PM   #6
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Ernie, I've always been impressed by your Specialty Pistols and your shooting ability with them.
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Old October 26, 2021, 04:15 PM   #7
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Ernie, I've always been impressed by your Specialty Pistols and your shooting ability with them.
Thank you sir!
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Old October 27, 2021, 02:50 AM   #8
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Outstanding

.280 is an outstanding, often overlooked and underappreciated round.
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Old November 1, 2021, 06:44 PM   #9
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Yep. If I were not so heavily invested in the 7 WSM platform I would get one.
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Old November 2, 2021, 10:45 AM   #10
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Yep. If I were not so heavily invested in the 7 WSM platform I would get one.
I have had a 7mm WSM specialty pistol as well. I have killed game at a really long ways with it and have used one as benchrest specialty pistol as well.
Nothing wrong with the 7mm Wizzum!

Over a grand/162 grain A-Max


At a grand at a 1000 yard match/ 180 grain JLK

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