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Unread 01-09-2013, 12:10 AM
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Re: 280 ai

Thanks for all of your replies. I never get tired of hearing about this round
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Unread 01-10-2013, 08:41 AM
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Re: 280 ai

Originally Posted by kbuehner View Post
Thanks for all of your replies. I never get tired of hearing about this round
It is an interesting round.

The history of the round has been interesting and at one time it almost died.

In the 50s it was called a 280 REMINGTON. In 1962 Remington came out with the 7mm Remington
magnum and almost killed the 280 Rem. The word "Magnum" seemed to be what everyone wanted
and the 7mm Mag almost killed the 280.

In 1979 Remington changed the 280s name to the 7mm Express in hopes of keeping it alive, but
there was to much confusion between the two , so they went back to the 280 Remington name.

Fortunately the people that knew it was a fine round kept it alive and with the AI version found it to
a match for the 7mm rem mag with all but the heaviest bullets.

The 280 Rem and the 280 AI have found a place with the F class shooters and the long range hunting
guys and appears to be on the comeback trail and is hear to stay.

There has always be a debate on the 280 and the 270 as to which was the best. With all of the 7mm
bullet choices and the longer case of the 280 (.050 to prevent the 270 from being chambered in the 280) I would have to give the advantage to the 280 Rem. and with the AI version it is heads above
the 270.(Which I am a big fan of).

The 280 and the 280 AI have no bad habits if chambered correctly and are capable of fine long
range accuracy and knock down power and should never be underestimated.

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Unread 01-10-2013, 08:51 PM
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Re: 280 ai

I've just started thinking about what to have built for myself, and I think the 280AI is what I will have built to replace my 7mag.

I just can't find a reason NOT to do it, then my 7mag will get redone into a ???

i'm new to the thought of long range and reloading, so I figured good bullet selection in the 280, enough power for groundhogs at a distance, and deer to bear at reasonable distances. I know it will work farther than I will ever try it on big game just my disclamer on that note.
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Unread 01-22-2013, 04:49 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Eastern WA
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Re: 280 ai

I've been shooting a 280AI for 3+ years and love the round. I'm using a factory Rem 700LA and bolt (Untrued), Rock Creek M24 contoured fluted barrel finished at 24", Seekins Recoil Lug and muzzle break, HS Precision Stock, Tuned Rem 700 trigger.

The gun typically shoots 1/4 MOA. I'm shooting the 162 Amax's at 3035 fps and the 168 Bergers at 2950 using 4831SC. Loads have been easy to develop and the gun has gone out to 1250 with great success.

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