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#6999991 - 12/17/17 04:53 PM What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280?
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I'm looking at getting another 7mm Something and narrow the everyday WTail Shooters I have to feed. Without ever shooting the unfired 7Rmg Wby VG SS S2 that was supposed to be this years expansion project, and not "really Needing" a longer range rifle from what I already have or will have an opportunity to use to it's user profile limits, but then whenever has NEED ever really been a reason to buy or not buy another rifle anyway.

So the ?? is do I buy an All Weather 7-08 (like the Wby 7Rmg is) that is a twin to my M70 Fwt 7x57's ballistics...or do I buy a 280 to plan on replacing at least one of the 270's on hand?? Shot down the idea of buying more 7x57's as they are frequently chambered wierdly, and Winchester & Ruger did not build enough of them to easily get into more shooters, and I cannot afford to buy as many SAKO, MRC's etc etc as I would like to have in a single caliber.

I know 7-08's are almost as fast a seller as 6.5 Creed's these days and right now with a 6.5 Swede I have zero interest in a 6.5CM, but the 6.5CM's sales IMO will slow down over the next 12-24 months now that the 6.5PRC's aka Next Shiney Object are within sight of being released next spring - how many times can we reinvent the wheel anyway?? - and 280's sometimes have a brass availability problem...but it's time to continue to narrow the skinny herd even more.

Gone are the days when I looked forward to maintaining and feeding as many calibers as I could find that were "different & interesting"...All Bolt Action Rifle calibers have always been interesting to me. Imelda Marcos and her shoe collection comes to mind when I used to walk thru the Shot Show looking at all the new to me toys for that year...
Ya'll thoughts.
Ron
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#7000004 - 12/17/17 05:07 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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So, you have 7 Rem Mag, 7 X 57, and a .270?

And the .270 is going away, and either a 7mm-08 or a .280 is taking its' place.

Did I get that right?
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#7000005 - 12/17/17 05:08 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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I've killed whitetails with a Chevrolet. I'm sure either will do the job. Get the one that is calling your name.

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#7000012 - 12/17/17 05:12 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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I vote 280 and I own a couple 7-08's. Worst case scenario you can size and fire form either 30 06 or 270 win. The 280 gives more horsepower to better take advantage of the selection of heavy 7mm Bullets. I've always thought the 280 was an under appreciated cartridge.
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#7000027 - 12/17/17 05:25 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Jason, Yup, the plan is to get rid of at least one of the two 270's, and/or eventually both, and the 7Rmg and turn the 7x57 into a sunshine only shooter, then concentrate either on another Swede or some 7-08's and at least one 280 to fill the shoes of the 24" 270 M70 sporter.

Old Age is "talking to me again", as I watch a my wife's BinL go downhill faster than anybody thought. I can still "justify" using 2 calibers and mebbe having 3-4 shooters to play with...but they need to be in things that will not be difficult to pass on or cash out. All the shotguns are gone except for an 870 that fits that description....and is prepped for the primary job I bought it for.

CF Rifle hunting & punching paper is my only interest these days to stay proficient, and it does not take as many shooters at one time as I've owned in the past to cover my "needs"....just not ready for a 250 Savage kinda shooter yet, but then a Swede will cover that base too...and with a lot more options.
Ron
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#7000039 - 12/17/17 05:40 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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#7000044 - 12/17/17 05:44 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Since you're keeping the 7 X 57. And since it is close to the 7mm-08. I vote .280.

You'll small, medium, large 7mm rifles.

Of course, I'd load that .280 with 162's or 168's.
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#7000048 - 12/17/17 05:46 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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#7000112 - 12/17/17 06:46 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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The 280 is a great round when you reload.
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#7000127 - 12/17/17 07:02 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: Smokey Bear]
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Originally Posted By: Smokey Bear
I vote 280 and I own a couple 7-08's. Worst case scenario you can size and fire form either 30 06 or 270 win. The 280 gives more horsepower to better take advantage of the selection of heavy 7mm Bullets. I've always thought the 280 was an under appreciated cartridge.


A man after my own heart. I love my 7mm-08 but I'm really wanting a 280 to replace my 270. I bought my 7mm-08 back when they weren't popular at all and I've always liked the 280, so I tend to like more uncommon things (the 6.5 Creedmoor is an exception). I'm also a 7mm fan. I would go for the 280.
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#7000193 - 12/17/17 08:08 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Do you reload? If so just keep the new 7mm Rem Mag and you can load it down to replicate the 7-08 and .280 as needed.

You are in a hole (too many guns). I'd stop digging and buy nothing new.
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#7000231 - 12/17/17 08:36 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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#7000314 - 12/17/17 09:28 PM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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If you are getting rid of the 270 win, why not have it rebarreled for 280 Rem ? Sounds like you already have a base rifle for it.
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#7000435 - 12/18/17 12:43 AM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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I love my cz550 in 7mm mauzer , the 7/08 would be another 7 mauzer.
I would go with a 280 or 280 AI . You could have your 270 rebareled in 280.

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#7000767 - 12/18/17 09:45 AM Re: What to buy next? 7-08 or a 280? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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I was reluctant to get a creedmoor too, but glad i did. my buddy got one soon after i did. I know now what all the hype is about and its not realy the cartridge as it is the bullet. the .264 diameter bullet is a beast, its high bc and sd make it a killer, weve killed about 12 animals so far and this thing blows holes in them with complete pass throughs and big blood trails if they dont drop right there. plus the creedmoor shoots fantastic with factory loads and that is more of the cartridge design. my buddy got rid of his 280 after killing a few animals with his creedmoor, no need for it when the creedmoor blows through everything, with less recoil and lower priced ammo. Mine with winchester 125gr xp shoots 1/2 in groups
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