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Old 10-23-2012, 03:12 AM   #1
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How accurate is the .280 cartridge at long ranges? If it is what ranges? I am not too familiar with this caliber and will be receiving this gun soon

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Old 10-23-2012, 12:45 PM   #2
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Its not how accurate the cartridge is, its the rifle is in this case. The 280 is a great cartidge that leaves very little to the 7mm rem mag and better than the 270. Your rifle maybe a 2" to 3"" rifle at best with a decent scope. The 740's had some issues and you can search for to be awear of them. Nice rifle if its a free-be. Be carefull if your buying one. I had a used one of them back around 1973 that had siezed up and sent back to remmy. read here- http://www.wisnersinc.com/additional_info/Remington_7407427400.htm

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I have three 740's given to me by my grandfather, they have not been shot much but when I took the first two to the range they functioned properly (30-06 and .308). So do these rifles have accuracy problems?

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No accuracy problems , just not that accurate. If you have one shooting really baddly its probably copper up 2" to 3" at 100 yards tend to be normal. The pumps seemed to shoot tighter groups. The 280 should like your other two 740's. If it don't it ain't the cartidges fault. Try a different weight or brand bullet.

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The 740 is a fine hunting rifle to 300 yards. That's adequate, since a real sportsman isn't going to shoot at an animal past 300 yards anyway.

But it isn't a 600 yard target rifle.

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The Mdl. 740 Remington had a problem with climbing after the first shot. The first shot would land on the POA. The seconed and third shot would each hit higher. This was caused by the single pitch screw that attached the forearm to the reciever. Wilson at one time made an Alumn, shim to correct the problem. Remington corrected the problem in the later rifles with a double pitch forearm screw.

The .280 Remington AKA 7mm.06 is a fantastic round. As posted in a strong rifle action it can push very close to the 7MM Rem. Mag. In the Mdl. 740 keep you loads in the Mid range and use a SB FL die. Make sure you keep reloads at the correct OAL. Many of the first and second Mdl. 740 rifles will only keep three rounds in a 3 to 4 inch group at 100 meters. This makes it a 150 to 200 yard hunting rifle.

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Thanks for the info about this rifle, I've only shot these rifles once

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The triggers don't help accuracy but their are 'smiths that can tune it pretty easily. I shoot a .280 in a bolt gun. If you reload I use 54 grns. of H4350, Rem case, CCI primers and 150gr. Core-Lokt bullets.

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I have a 740 in 308 made in the early 1960's in the safe, it belonged to my father. I took my first deer with this 740. It still shoots just fine.

The 740, 742, etc. line up are not bench rest guns, but they will shoot minute of venison. 99% of the deer I have harvested have been 100 yards or less.

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I have a 740 in 308 made in the early 1960's in the safe, it belonged to my father. I took my first deer with this 740. It still shoots just fine.

The 740, 742, etc. line up are not bench rest guns, but they will shoot minute of venison. 99% of the deer I have harvested have been 100 yards or less.


Yep. Most of this "long range" stuff is pure BS.

Over the years, I've killed over 60 Pronghorn Antelope on the prairies of Wyoming. All but one were one shot kills. 99 Percent were killed at less than 100 yards.
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