Re: .270 vs .280
Not in my mind. The 270 has obviously served you well. Long enough to need a new pipe anyway. That leads me to think you rarley need the heavier bullets the 280 can offer. Buy the highest quality barrel blank you can afford. Choose a smith that maybe has some bench rest rifles to his credit. (These guys are usually the fussiest about bore axis,reamer dimensions and the good old pride in workmanship thing) If you liked the 270 in the past you will love it with a true precision barrel. If you feel the need for the heavier pills,you might just as well go 30/06. I've had bothand the 280 is a great round,but...... Your 270 will likely handle the 160 gr bullets well. Provided it isn't a 12" twist. Beyond that in the 280 you are looking at a 175 as the uper limits for bullet weight. Realisticly anyway. At least the old 30-otter will widen your selection to include the 180 through 220gr stuff. No Sir,if it were me I'd be looking for a new barrel in .277 with a 10" twist. Krieger,Bartlein and Shilen can all take care of it for you.