Originally Posted by HighBoard
So I could use the 280rem brass I have on hand (approx. 500 new brass) for 280AI chamber?
Is there that much more performance in the 280AI over 280?
Also, since I already have the new .284 barrel and decided to get a new M700 action in lieu of using one of the 3 I have, should I consider something in .284 Short action as opposed to the 280/280AI?
Just want a new .284 rifle I suppose... short or long, and not real familiar with all the chamberings. Again, deer & 500 gongs max
Yes, but if your smith has a newer SAAMI spec reamer, you will need to run the .280 brass through your sizing die to knock that shoulder back .014", before you load them. This way they will fit snugly in the chamber for fire-forming, and won't be too long. Then after you shoot them that one time, you're fireformed and ready to go.
Personally I don't like short magnums. Just my personal preference.
As for short-action non-magnum calibers, I have a 7mm-08, and have since I was probably 10 or 12, but it's not my first choice in caliber for whitetails. When I was 16 I moved up to a 7RM and never looked back, and the 7mm-08 has pretty much sat in the closet and collected dust since then. I would think you would be much happier with the standard .280 Rem or the .280 AI over a 7mm-08.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.