Re: .270 vs .280
Several years ago my wife and I were on a sightseeing trip thru the west. We were headed to Jackson Wyoming from Utah. I saw a large herd of antelope and stopped to film them. After several minutes I heard a shot and saw an antelope stagger. The rest of the herd took off. Soon another shot was fired and the antelope fell.
I looked around and did not see anybody. Soon someone stood up way down in the sage. I remembered that I had passed an access road so I turned around and went down to talk to the hunter. He told me that he shot the antelope at 732 yds. His first shot hit it a little low so he fired the second shot. I looked at his rifle and it was a Remington ADL synthetic (Wal-Mart special) in .280 with a target scope on it. He said that he had shot another antelope the weekend before at over 600 yds. He had his own range and practiced out to 1000 yds. I told him that the shot was amazing with a sporter .280 remington. He looked at me and said "this isn't my long range rifle. My long range rifle is the same model only a .270."
Being born and raised in Williamsport, PA and surrounded by 1000 yd. shooters who shot heavy benchrest rifles I was truly impressed.