Remington 740 .280

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by 95sniper, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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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
     
  2. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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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
     

  3. 95sniper

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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?
     
  4. hardluk1

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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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  5. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  6. nitestalker

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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.:)
     
  7. 95sniper

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

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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.
     
  9. Gatoragn

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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.
     
  10. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  11. JimRau

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    You can't shoot these guns 'a lot' or the receiver will ware out (fail). I know a guns parts dearer who has shown this to me. But most 'hunters' will not have this problem as they do not shot enough to ware them out.
    The 280 is a great all around cartridge! You will love it.:)
     
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  12. hardluk1

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    locutus Pure bs ?? That may be your view. The 740s have a more than a few design short comeings and accuracy was never there strong suit. The pumps were a bit better shooters. Even a 98 dollar molsin can work for your 100 yard shoots. The 740's simple are solid basic hunting rifles till they no longer work.
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the 280 Rem. is a very good cartridge. a 30-06 necked down to 7mm. IMO, one of the best offspring of the 30-06! suprisingly, it even has better ballistics than the 270 Win. and like others have said, getting pretty close to the 7mm Rem. Mag. if it can be hunted and killed with a 270, then the 280 will have not one bit of problem as long as shot placement and bullet selection is adhered to.

    my older, Ruger M77V in 280 Rem. (made in 1979) will group 5 shots in less than .5" at 100 yards with my reloads. with premium factory ammo it will group easily about the same.
     
  14. nitestalker

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    Locutus, do you hunt in eastern Wyoming? You have taken 60 goats, that means a bunch of does and fawns. Do you shoot on hay fields? I hunt mostly in the Red Desert it seems over the years we have to use the BS shots.:D
     
  15. 95sniper

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    I have no doubt that these guns will take deer, I need to get a bolt gun that is more accurate at long ranges because that is what im into right now.
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    if you are wanting a bolt gun in 280 Rem., Ruger makes the M77 in 280 Rem.
     
  17. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion, that gun looks nice, I will have to look at it later a little more. Do you have any experience with it?