Any love for the 280 Remington?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by NativH, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. NativH

    NativH New Member

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    Got the bug for a new rifle for whitetails, axis, hogs, etc and am considering a 280. Never shot one but just remember fond stories in the cabin about the round. I already have the 30-06, 300 Win Mag, 338 Win Mag so the heavier rounds are definitely covered. Also considering the 270, 308, 7-08, but wonder what your experiences are with the 280 in particular. Any lovers of this round out there with thoughts for medium sized game? Thanks
     
  2. Wambli

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    The .280 is one of my favorite chamberings. If you are a handoader you can push it up to Magum levels of performance if needed, or keep it mild and a joy to shoot. There are tons of option in bullets from light/fast to heavies and even match. The commercial offerings are very good and I have had a love affair with 7mm's all my life. You might want to strongly consider it's more popular sibling the 7mm-08. A mild mannered do it all round that exceeds my expectations every time.

    Now you do realize that you are going to be hit by a crap storm from everyone South of the Mason-Dixon because why would you dare take a .280 over their almost cultlike beloved .270? :D
     
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  3. Wambli

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    Just another thought. The .280 (and your othe options) is pretty close on performance to rounds you already have. Have you given any thought to a 25-06? That would broaden the range of your battery o rifles a little and take you from Varnints to Brown bear comfortably and the 25-06 is a great round for medium sized game.
     
  4. NativH

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    I do love causing a good uproar on occasion so let 'em fly.:D A 25-06 is a down the line rifle for me so it is definitely on the list. I don't do any varmit hunting, yet, although I've been to places recently (Utah) where you almost kicked the damn things with your boots as you shuffle across the pasture. I could probably do without any new rifle and make the wife most happy. But I'm always wanting/needing something else and have the high end covered up to the 416 Rem Mag. The 280 appears to be flatter shooting than a 7-08 and pretty much dead nuts equal with the 270. No 7MM's yet and the 280 seems like an interesting semi-long range round with almost 30-06 power. Never really wanted a 270, nothing against them, just not a 270 or 7MM Mag kind of guy. Lots of folks don't want a 338 Win Mag but I don't hold that against them. I love that we have the choices.
     
  5. 300WSM

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    I cant say anything about the 280 other then what ive read in reloading manuals. So my vote goes for the 243 or a 7-08.
    I think people tend to under estimate the 243 and the 7-08 too there own detriment.:(
     
  6. Gatoragn

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    I have a NEF Handi Rifle in 280. It shoots 139 grain Hornady Super Performance SST's like a dream.

    270, 280, 308, 30-06, all produce venison. The 30-06 is the only one I don't own in some form or another.