So bear with me, I'm a relative newby to the whole reloading game.
I haven't cronographed my .280 loads yet, but my Rem 700 seems to like 55 grains of Rl19 under a 140 Accubond (Sheep load).
I was having a look at a box of Fed 160Gr TBTs, and they are stated at 2800FPS. Now, going through my Nosler manual, thats only a hair under max loads for any of the 160Gr Nosler bullets with the exception of MagPro.
All these loads are sticking with max COAL, but haveing checked my 700s chambering, I know I can long load (and will for accuracy), which isn't the point, as any fool can blow up a rifle. I guess the point is, just how conservative are these manuals anyway? Accordng to the Nosler book, I could get 2929 FPS out of 61.5 grains of MagPro, but so what? Another 6 grains to get what, 129 FPS more? I really don't give a hoot about speed, I want accuracy, but having read in the past about how well the .280 responds to handloads, can a guy be loading these 160 Grains in excess of 3000FPS and still get great accuracy and not exceed pressure?
Sorry for the rambling post