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Unread 11-05-2004, 08:28 PM
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Re: 30 cal questions .........

OK, don't laugh, what is a 6.5-06? I have never heard of this calibur.

Am I hearing that the .280 is a better longrange calibur (to 1000 yds) than the .308?

Am I correct that it shoots faster, and flatter, but does not have the knockdown power of the .308

Why doesn't Remington make a varmit in that calibur? I have read that varmit hunting is the ultimate longrange hunting, but both Savage and Rem make their varmits in .308...why? why not a .280?
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Unread 11-05-2004, 08:58 PM
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Re: 30 cal questions .........

I think one of the biggest reasons the 280 isnt offered as a varmint rifle much is due to the long action it requires. One nice thing about the 308 is of course the short action and its ability to keep a barrel shooting very accurately after being fired many thousands of times where as many other cases burn out barrels much quicker.

I am very interested in tying the 280 AI. I also hear it is as accurate as the 308 and IF used with the right bullet, can have less drift. The draw back is less barrel life.

Just my.02
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 11-10-2004, 08:51 PM
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Re: 30 cal questions .........

The 6.5-06 is simply a 30-06 or 25-06 case necked to use 6.5mm bullets.With a 142 SMK it will give 3050 fps in a 28 inch barrel and good accuracy.
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Unread 11-11-2004, 02:24 AM
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I own both the 308 and the 280 Rem. The 308 is a Remington PSS (great rifle), and the 280 is a like new 40-x I picked up for song.

Yes the 40-x is in 280 Rem. cal, and it is also a bolt action single shot. This reciever is made on a "short-action". Don't have to worry about long actions with a single shot. And it's also a left handed rifle, as that suit me even better.

So yes. Remington does make a short action 280. I'm looking at it right now.
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