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Old 12-19-2011, 05:01 PM
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.280 or ??

Anybody using a .280? What are your opinions.
I am going to re-barrel a LA R700 and don't want to go with a Mag bolt. Not wanting to change my stock, bolt, etc.
Thinking this may fit the bill. Good for LR?

Is there something else out there that will shoot 150-180 gr. better?

I own several other rilfes from 223 to 6.5 and a 30 cal. Just wanting something in between. This one is currently a .270 and I am open to just going back to that, but am wanting opinions on something different.

This will be used for big game, planning an Elk hunt in the near future.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:57 PM
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Re: .280 or ??

280 AI would be sweet. I have a 7 SAUM and like it but would be just as happy with a 280 AI.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:15 PM
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Re: .280 or ??

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Is there something else out there that will shoot 150-180 gr. better?
I'd suggest a 7mm Rem mag L700. You can buy a used one for about the cost of having your 270 Rebarreled. That way you can keep your 270 for deer and not have to mess with changing bolts or stocks. Why is the 7RM better than a 280? Mostly it gives an extra 0.15" of space in the magazine for the heavier bullets. Also 82 vs 67.9 grains case capacity and 62+ vs 58+ kpsi max pressure which pushes those heavier bullets faster.

That all assumes that you handload. They 7RM only has a 3.34" SAAMI OAL while the 280 has a 3.5" OAL. But the Rem 700 allows loading to 3.6" OAL.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:31 PM
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Re: .280 or ??

I have a 280 and use 150 Nosler BTs. The rifle has taken several antelope out past 500 yards without a problem. Low recoil and very flat shooting , it's fun to shoot. I also have several magnums, big and small, but this is a good all around antelope and deer rifle in my humble opinion. Are there better, I'm sure, but it depends on what you want. The 280 works very well for the mentioned animals.

Some have taken elk with it also, but I like the bigger magnums for elk.


My two cents!
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:47 PM
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Re: .280 or ??

Go for it!!! I would just stick with the plain jane 280 Rem over the AI but that just because I am a fairly simple handloader. I feel its one of the better 7mm's out there, especially for one that wondt burn barrels. The reasons for the 280 over the 7mm Rem are 1- better barrel life 2- better in short barrels 3-more effecient 4- non-magnum boltface (simply because you dont want to change).
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:50 PM
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Re: .280 or ??

Love the 280. My 280Rem shoots the 168VLDs at 2780fps very well. Ballistically it is capable of killing deer at 1000yards.

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+1 for. 280 Rem very versatile and effective
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