This is what I think I know:
280 AI is basically a 280 Rem (7mm-06) which is form-fired and a 40-degree shoulder angle instead of 35.... I think? Performance gets damn close to a 7mm mag, but the recoil and muzzle blast is greatly reduced, it is ultra reloader friendly, there's a good bullet selection, and barrel life (not that it really matters to me) is solid.
Here's the thing, I'm looking to get a gun for all-around mountain hunting rifle (to actually sit in my safe, but keep telling all my friends that I actually plan to go some day) and I want something ultra light weight. My local gun shop as a used Kimber Mountain Ascent with a Zeiss Conquest on it for a steal. My question is, what is the recoil comparable to and should I be concerned with such a light weight setup. I am guilty of shooting weighted rifles, so I'm dragging my feet a bit.
I was initially thinking about the Adirondack in a .308 > 7mm-08. 7mm-08 is a round that seems awesome as well (though I've never harvested game with it) but the .308 seems better suited on the high end for elk, the short action gin is lighter, and I have more options with breaks and such. Just Saw the 280 AI for a good price, and now I'm thinking about kicking it up a notch with it.
Any input is appreciated of curse! =]