Originally Posted by cummin_un_glued
I wouldn't sacrifice anything. I would use the action from the 7 mag and have it chambered back in 7mag but with a longer throat, you already have everything to load for it and its a great round....why change if your max range is only 600? I regularly shoot a standard 7mag out to 800y with ease on a factory sporter barrel. with that good barrel it would be a tack driver.
Looks like the majority is to use my factory m700 7mm mag to rebarrel, which was my original thought.
But, for some reason I just can't get past the idea that re-barreling back to a 7mm mag is overkill for SC deer (max 200yds) and 600 max gongs. I already have a custom 300WM for the longer gongs. This is why I was thinking the 280.
I actually bought the 7mm mag (walmart shelf), just for the 280 build.
But got to thinking the 280 was just a very small "gap filler" between my 270 & 30-06, so maybe I should use one of those since they are so close......
It might appear that it only boils down to the using the 270 or 7mm mag. (30-06 is just too much of a classic not to have in the stable?).
Dang these decisions...