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Posted: 12/24/2002 5:34:36 PM EDT
I'm looking for a Vermin through Deer Rifle and 280 Remington was recommended to me what do you think?

I live in the east so I do not have the opportunity for long shooting sessions.  Here a woodchuck, there a Coyote but no real extended shooting sessions. I also can't wait for the perfect shot while hunting deer so I'm looking beyond .243, .260 and 7mm-08.

Anyone have first hand experience with this caliber?
Link Posted: 12/24/2002 9:35:12 PM EDT
The .280 is a good round....just a little tougher to find carteidges for it. It's about the same thing as a .270 or 30-06. All of these calibers will kill just about anything you can put a sight on. Personally, I like the .270, wide variety of ammo...even down to 90 gr. for small game and flat shooting. I have both a .270 and 30-06 in model 76 Remington pump rifles. I keep the .270 in the pickup all the time loaded with 130 gr. Winchester ballistic silvertips for shooting whatever kind of nuisance animal that I happen upon. The .280 will serve you well, but as I said before, less of a selection of ammo, and most places don't keep it stocked. Good luck!
Link Posted: 1/2/2003 9:19:41 AM EDT
Now, don't take this the wrong way. I have a 22 year old Ruger 77V in .280 Rem and love it. Thing is, I handload most of everything I shoot.
Unless you handload, the .280 is not the way to go. Factory ammo is hard to find. The .270 may be a better bet for you. That, or .308. 110 grain JHP's for chucks, 150s for 'yotes and deer, 200's for bear.
Link Posted: 1/3/2003 2:39:57 AM EDT
Like oldtiger said, you'll have no shortage of ammo or load combos - if you handload. a 280 rem. AKA the 7mm express is just a 7mm bullet on a .30-06 case. Personally I'd just get an 06
Link Posted: 1/3/2003 2:53:10 AM EDT
I believe like the .260, .270 Win., and the .25-06, the .280 is just a necked down .30-06.  All of these cartridges are good in their own right however the .30-06 works great with bullet weights from 110g to 220g.  Not to mention that ammo is available anywhere.  

Of the .30-06's offsprings, the .270 is the next most popular.  It has flatter trajectory than the '06 and ammo is quite available.

The one thing I have learned about calibers is that there are really only a very few that I don't like (typically those finicky ultra high velocity rounds).  The dead deer really doesn't care if it was hit with a .223 or a .35 Whelen.  
Link Posted: 1/3/2003 9:53:25 AM EDT
Not nitpicking here, but the .280 is just a tad bit longer than an 06. This was done to keep it from being fired in .30-06 chambered rifles.
I love the fact that the barrel on my M77V is stamped 7mmRem EXP/.280 Rem.
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 8:13:00 AM EDT
Come to think of it you're right, the neck it a tad longer because I always have to trim them a lot after I resize .280 brass to .30-06.


Long distance is the next best thing to being there.

Link Posted: 1/4/2003 9:36:59 AM EDT
Dern, you're trimming down .280 brass and I have a hard time finding it.
For one of the other fellows, the .260 was known for a long time as the 6.5-08. It's the .308 necked down to 6.5mm.
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