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#5578057 - 02/02/15 09:38 AM 280 Remington
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I am looking at getting my next bolt rifle and am looking at the 280 Remington. I want something more unique but effect on game up to elk size.
I was hoping for some input from those that have hunted with this round. Good, bad, or ugly
Thanks for the input

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#5578094 - 02/02/15 10:02 AM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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If you want a .280, go with the Ackley chamber, it improves the rem geometry for more capacity and a more efficient burn.

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#5578101 - 02/02/15 10:08 AM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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Dad has a 280 rem. It shoots good and does great on deer size game. I would assume it would do good on elk also.

If your not going to shoot distance with it then it is little different than a 270. I was considering something similar a while back and decided not to. My caliber choices came down to 280 AI, 7mm rem mag and 7mm wby mag.
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#5578128 - 02/02/15 10:30 AM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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280 is a fine round as it is, if you are a reloader the 280AI is a good option as well. Have read it from more than one outdoor scribe that the 280 is what the 270 should have been.

Interesting note, if you compare a 270 and 280 the latter will have a little longer case body. That is to prevent the 280 from being fired in a 270 chamber.
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#5578155 - 02/02/15 10:42 AM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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I bought a used Ruger "canoe paddle" bolt in .280, stainless. Cleaned it up and put a Leupold scope on it. It's been my go-to rifle for the last few years. Although I don't really abuse it, I do think I hunt better with a rifle I'm not worried about scratching. Hasn't failed me yet.
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#5578190 - 02/02/15 10:59 AM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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some good thoughts here, thank you for sharing!

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#5578199 - 02/02/15 11:02 AM Re: 280 Remington [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
280 is a fine round as it is, if you are a reloader the 280AI is a good option as well. Have read it from more than one outdoor scribe that the 280 is what the 270 should have been.

Interesting note, if you compare a 270 and 280 the latter will have a little longer case body. That is to prevent the 280 from being fired in a 270 chamber.


+1. Jim Carmichael calls it the pefect caliber for everything short of the big bears. I've never owned one but have no reason to doubt all the accolades it receives.
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#5578231 - 02/02/15 11:21 AM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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I had one built last year and love it. Recoil is mild and I wouldn't be scared to take it elk hunting. I'm running 140 gr Accubonds and they do the job quite well. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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#5578234 - 02/02/15 11:23 AM Re: 280 Remington [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Got my 1st 280 in the 60's and haven't been without one since. It's so similar to the 270 that in the field you'll probably never be able to tell the difference. So if you want something different, it's the perfect choice.

IMO,for elk, the 280 would be marginally better than the 270 due to the availability of heavier bullets.

And I've done the AI thing. IMO, not worth the trouble.

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#5578346 - 02/02/15 12:19 PM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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If starting from scratch, why not just go with a 7 Rem Mag? The hand-loader can make it sing, and the non-hand loader can get a large variety of ammo.
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#5578364 - 02/02/15 12:26 PM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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I think the 280 rem will deliver just like a 7 RM will but with less recoil. Granted, it uses less powder so it is a little slower, but not by much. I also wanted a round that was more unique.

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#5578385 - 02/02/15 12:36 PM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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Just curious. I presume you load your own.
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#5578398 - 02/02/15 12:41 PM Re: 280 Remington [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Just curious. I presume you load your own.


Looks like from the charts it's pretty close to the 7 mag as is to me....
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#5578416 - 02/02/15 12:50 PM Re: 280 Remington [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Mass produced ammo offerings?

As I stated before, the hand loader can make the Rem Mag sing. Look at a chart of a 180 gr, BC .659, MV 3000 fps. Same exact thing as comparing a 30-06 to a 300 Win Mag.

But if a guy wants a 280, more power to him. Not trying to change minds, just curious as to why not the Rem Mag and that has been explained.
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#5578417 - 02/02/15 12:51 PM Re: 280 Remington [Re: JRJ6]
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On my 2nd 280 and love it. 140gr Accubonds pushed to the max is a very deadly rifle. I have the Remington LSS which is no longer made.
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