7-08 vs 280Ai kimber montana.

7-08 or 280Ai kimber Montana.

  • 7-08

    Votes: 27 39.1%
  • 280Ai

    Votes: 37 53.6%
  • Other

    Votes: 5 7.2%

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shootallday

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I have been looking at options for a all weather rifle, my Browning has been my bad weather gun. I would like a stainless rifle over the matte bluing on my A-bolt.
Im pretty sure on getting a kimber Montana, it checks a lot of things I like.my pickle is I really like the 7-08 and 280ai. I'm not worried about recoil, but the 84L 280ai may take away from the great feel of the 84M.

as said this will be for bad weather days, probably more days then just the rain/snow days. It has to be good for closer in woods shots but reach out to 400 yards for deer possible black bear, but not likely farther.

in the back of my mind I say the 280ai is best and if I ever do that elk hunt is he better off. Still the light weight of the 7-08 will be nice tho I'm a big guy a few oz don't matter and I'm not mountain climbing.

for scopes I was thinking leupold vx-3i maybe a 2.5-8 for the 7-08 and the 3-10 for the 280ai, open to any other scopes around that price.

one other question, I see there are different color Montana stocks. The only one in kimbers site are the green, but I see the light color and the dark color stocks.

so what would you get and why.
thanks.
 

shootallday

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If max distance is 400 yards I would go with the 708. Even a great elk gun at that distance. I have a buddy who does a ton of elk hunting and his browning xbolt 7mm rem mag never leaves the safe anymore, he shoots everything with a 708.
my go to gun is a ruger m77 7x57 not much different from the 7-08. I just always liked the 280ai and this is the longest I've been without one. I do have my wsm if I need to reach out more. Thanks for the reply.
 

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Is it possible to build a straight .280 and use reduced loads for a few years for hunting. Then full power loads that are tailored for comfort. Few years later set the barrel back and chamber .280ai, if desired. The load/cartridge/rifle can evolve with the girls with minimal expense. (A ? needs to be inserted somewhere)
 

shootallday

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Is it possible to build a straight .280 and use reduced loads for a few years for hunting. Then full power loads that are tailored for comfort. Few years later set the barrel back and chamber .280ai, if desired. The load/cartridge/rifle can evolve with the girls with minimal expense. (A ? needs to be inserted somewhere)
My plan was to build a 280ai of a commercial mauser or Fn action, but I really need a stainless rifle. The last 3-4 season's have showed or rained.
 

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I spray down all the exterior metal on my matte finish guns with hornady one-shot gun cleaner/ dry lube.

Let it dry, dont wipe off and go hunt--- never had rust as it leaves a nice film on the whole gun. Ss will still rust, just not quite as quickly.

I'd personally go with the 280, but either will work
 

shootallday

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I spray down all the exterior metal on my matte finish guns with hornady one-shot gun cleaner/ dry lube.

Let it dry, dont wipe off and go hunt--- never had rust as it leaves a nice film on the whole gun. Ss will still rust, just not quite as quickly.

I'd personally go with the 280, but either will work
I've never had rust, but the ss may give me more time during season were I can't pull the stock and clean it.good idea with the one shot. I've used rig grease under the stock with synthetic stocks and kiwi shoe polish with wood stocks.
 

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they used to have the "tactical" one shot that went on heavier and thicker, but they discontinued it-- it was really good for foul weather protection --might consider tape or finger cot for the muzzle too to keep moisture out of the bore
 

shootallday

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they used to have the "tactical" one shot that went on heavier and thicker, but they discontinued it-- it was really good for foul weather protection --might consider tape or finger cot for the muzzle too to keep moisture out of the bore
I already is tape, even on dry days, it comes down to me just wanting the Montana being stainless is just a bonus. I have a rem 700 ss I build a cheap build for bad weather target stuff, I have debated pulling it apart for a 7-08ai or a nice 6mm. But I'd like to have a crf for my deer rifles if possible.
 

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Get the Kimber Montana and don't look back, Ive used several of them, some new factory rifles and mostly used ones for custom builds or for a rebarrel if you will, They are an excellent hunting rifle, if you buy a new one I would suggest to have it glass bedded, ensure the mag box is not binding and lighten the trigger.

here's my latest build, a 5lb 12.5oz Kimber Montana 8400 with a 23 inch, #1 fluted Benchmark, I had the gunsmith add a palm swell to the Montana stock.


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shootallday

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Get the Kimber Montana and don't look back, Ive used several of them, some factory rifles and mostly for custom builds or for a rebarrel if you will, They are an excellent hunting rifle, if you buy a new one I would suggest to have it glass bedded, ensure the mag box is not binding and lighten the trigger.

here's my latest build, a 5lb 12.5oz Kimber Montana 8400 with a 23 inch, #1 fluted Benchmark, I had the gunsmith add a palm swell to the Montana stock.


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nice what was used in the stock. I know about the few little things that need doing with a new Montana, I would not mind finding a used one but never catch them when I got the money, or there not the 2016 model.
 

LVJ76

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Shootallday, at the ranges you'll be hunting there is no need for a 280AI. I have used the 280 Rem and really liked it but always kept going back to the 7mm-08.

I've been using the 7mm-08 for a long long time and it kills good out to 500+ yds, paired with thw right bullet for the game you are hunting and you are set.

I did get a 7mm Rem Mag a few years ago so I can shoot further and I love it, but I still keep going back to the 7mm-08.

Hope this helps and stay safe
 

shootallday

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Shootallday, at the ranges you'll be hunting there is no need for a 280AI. I have used the 280 Rem and really liked it but always kept going back to the 7mm-08.

I've been using the 7mm-08 for a long long time and it kills good out to 500+ yds, paired with thw right bullet for the game you are hunting and you are set.

I did get a 7mm Rem Mag a few years ago so I can shoot further and I love it, but I still keep going back to the 7mm-08.

Hope this helps and stay safe
Ya the 7-08 is plenty for what I need, is like to own both lol. One reason I'm thinking 7-08 over the 280ai is if like to build a nice commercial mauser in it. Or get the ruger m77 African in 280ai.

Going 7-08 will save me some money to.
 

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Deer to 400, maybe a black bear zero doubt slam dunk even with the dream of elk some day I'd go with the 84M in 7/08.....I have one in a 308 and it's so eager to please it's just amazing
 

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