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Unread 02-14-2008, 10:44 AM
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280 remington

Does anyone have expereince with the 280 remington I found a heck of a deal on one and was wondering about performance. Can I use it for a backup elk rifle say inside 300yds. and deer to maybe 400 or so? It is a brownig a-bolt with a lupy vx-III scope and he only wants 400 for it the scope is worth more than that. Thanks all
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Unread 02-14-2008, 11:10 AM
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Buy it. I have a 700 and an A-Bolt Medallion in 280 Rem and they are great guns. My 700 has had a lot of Mule Deer time in Montana and Wyoming and has been a great deer caliber. I have taken it Elk hunting but always felt a little undergunned and have gone back to the 300 WM. I currently shoot the Hornady 154 Spire Point at around 2850 fps and it consistently puts 3 in one hole @ 100 yds. Good Luck!
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Unread 02-14-2008, 05:24 PM
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I have hunted with the 280 for years. Got my first remington left hand action in 280. The throat can be extended so that you can set the bullets farther out of the cases. Helpps when loading larger weight bullets and getting a little more velocity. I get 2950 fps out of 55.5 grains of 4350 with a 139 grain Hornady (my standard deer load) Have harvested all my deer with the 280. Last fall my deer was shot at 320 yards distance (by rangefinder) Have always found it to be an accurate cartridge. Love it and would second the decision to buy one. Have four of them myself.
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Unread 02-14-2008, 05:33 PM
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Definitely buy it. But I am a bit biased (check my screen name). You're right, even if the gun were a piece of crap, the scope is worth $400.

The 280Rem is an awesome caliber. It is the first rifle I bought and now I'm about the send it off to be rebarreled. With the rebarreling, I could have chosen any caliber I wished. I stuck to the 280. I've taken deer with from very close range out to 300 yards. One shot was all it took almost every time.

From everything that I have read, the benchmark for energy on deer is 1000lbs. The 280 carries that kind of energy out to 500 yards. The benchmark for elk is 1500lbs. The 280 carries that to 300 yards. Shotting at elk, I would want a well constructed bullet like the Nosler partition.

The other great thing about the 280 is if you handload for it, you have an abundance of bullets to choose from.
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Unread 02-14-2008, 06:43 PM
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The 280 Rem is a very good cartridge. Load it with 160 gr PT's and you have yourself an elk round. No worries on elk at 300 yds so long as you put the bullet where it needs to go.

Load it up with a 140 gr bullet and you have a nice relatively flat shooting deer rifle. The 140 gr BT kills deer like lighting.

I would grab that rifle/scope, its a good deal. You will really like the 280 Rem.
I've got some good load data if you need it.

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Unread 02-15-2008, 05:20 AM
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Buy it!, Yes you can take it elk hunting & feel confident with it. A good friend of mine took his last elk with a Rem 700 in 280.
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Unread 02-15-2008, 11:20 AM
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Thanks guys I picked it up this morning now I am trying to figure out the twist of the barrel a article I read said the 280 could have anything from a 9 up to a 12 twist that could be wrong but I still want to know.
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