Re: Long Action vs. short Action
Well if it shoots that good and you are not concerned about shooting it as a repeater, I wouldnt sweat the long case on the short action. Just MHO. Welcome to this great sport!
PS, the 280 is a fine cartridge. Even though I like short cases to for guys to learn on, for a long case, it is one I would highly recomend to cut your teeth in on. It is accurate, forgiving and has plenty of energy for any of north american species. Watch the distance on elk and big bears. Other than that, it is a sweet performer.
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.