Now that deer season has been over for a short time, my old faithful 280 has undergone some changes.
Most conspicuous is the the brown paint has been stripped off and everything returned to its original stainless steel or black finish:
Because I rarely dialed the turrets on this rifle, the optic has been changed from the VX3 with M1 turrets to a Leupold VX2 with CDS elevation turret. I have not and will not have a custom turret put on this scope. I'm going to stick with the original .25moa per click turret. The turret is much more low profile than the M1 turrets and will still allow me to dial for a 300+ shot should the need arise.
Also, the bolt knob has been changed from the Badger Ordinance tactical knob to a much lower profile round knob. For a carry-rifle, found that the tactical knob got too much in the way. Lower profile knob will be better.
Removing the paint also makes the barrel makers mark much more clear: