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7 x 57 OR 280 remington??

 
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Old 12-19-2013, 05:30 PM
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7 x 57 OR 280 remington??

Im getting one of my Rem 700's re-barreled and was thinking of a caliber this approx size. I was told that 7 x 57 brass was tough to find..???

.280 case is a little larger..hence more powder but I think shooting animals of the proper size for these calibers it wont matter much.

What do you think? 6 of one and 1/2 dozen of the other as they say??
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:33 PM
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Re: 7 x 57 OR 280 remington??

Nostalgic factor goes to the 7x57 and the great round factor goes to the 280 I shoot a 7x57 but would trade it for a 280 IMP yesterday.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:43 PM
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Re: 7 x 57 OR 280 remington??

I have a 7x57. A good friend of mine has a couple of .280's. They are both good cartridges. If building a rifle, I would go with the AI version of whichever cartridge you choose. The 7x57AI is supposed to get you .284 Win level performance. The .280AI is supposed to get you in 7mm Rem Mag territory.

Given that you intend to build on a Rem 700, which has a reputation for having a fairly long magazine compared to most factory rifles, the .280AI would seem to make the best use of the action/magazine length available.

In the end, though, I suppose it all boils down to what you really want in terms of performance from your rifle.
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:05 AM
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Re: 7 x 57 OR 280 remington??

If you are hunting back east exclusively I'd go with the 7X57.

55 years ago back in PA the 7x57 was my first personal rifle. Only 170 grain factory rounds were available. It was deadly on deer in Penns woods.

Couldn't ask for better.

If you are headed west the the 280 would be the cartridge to get in a sufficiently long barrel.

The 7X57 is a great cartridge.
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:30 AM
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Re: 7 x 57 OR 280 remington??

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Im getting one of my Rem 700's re-barreled and was thinking of a caliber this approx size. I was told that 7 x 57 brass was tough to find..???
BTW, I meant to address the above issue in my previous post, but forgot. I don't know who is telling you this. Maybe that is true if you buy your ammo and components from Wal-Mart?

7x57 brass is easy to get online and quality brass is available from Norma. Another way to get good brass is to buy loaded ammo from Prvi Partizan. Use it for barrel break-in and you are left with pretty good brass for reloading. The loaded ammo is inexpensive, is not difficult to find for sale (I got mine at a Cabela's retail store) and can be had for less than the cost of Norma brass alone. If you go the 7x57AI route, fire form with the Prvi ammo and you are ready to load your AI rounds.
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:50 AM
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Re: 7 x 57 OR 280 remington??

I say 280/280ai. You can download them to the mauser specs and upload to almost 7RM. You can have it all with one.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:33 AM
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Re: 7 x 57 OR 280 remington??

I might go the 280...but it will never be another "AI" anything. 25-06AI is what Im getting re barreled. The AI stuff is too much of a PITA
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