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Old December 16th, 2011, 08:37 AM   #1
 
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best .280 rem bullet for whitetails

Hey guys. I'm thinking about hunting with my No.1 in 280 rem some this year. It has mostly been a safe queen over the years so I'd like to get her some excercise.. I don't reload, so which factory bullets should I try to find? I don't have many problems with shot placement out to 250 yards with this gun, but I don't like to waste meat. I think most rounds with this caliber should drop a deer fine, so which ones will do the least amount of damage to meat? (The price of beef is too high!!!)



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Old December 16th, 2011, 09:03 AM   #2
 
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You aren't going to find a lot of choices and I admit I don't have a .280 but I can say that the basic Remington"CorLokt" .308 150 gn has done good work for me without excessive meat damage. My experience has been at under 200 yds with shots, generally, right behhind the front leg and they tend to go in, expand a bit, and go out the other side. In the last three shots haven't recovered a bullet and the "bloodshot" damage in the worst, was about the size of the palm of my hand. Of course our costal blacktails are quite a bit smaller than a good whitetail and offer less resistance, which is what causes expansion. I can't think of a better, readily availabe, factory bullet myself.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 11:31 AM   #3
 
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I've been using Winchester Supreme Centerfire Rifle Ammunition SBST280, 280 Remington, Ballistic Silvertip, 140 GR, 3040 fps, Out of my Remington BDL. It's been a consistently accurate round. I've also used Remington and Federal as well using the lighter bullet.
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Yeah countrygun I love my .308 with some 165 grain BTSP Hornady. The CorLokts are good stuff as well. Sometimes it seems that the smaller grain bullets do more meat damage in my experience... but there are so many other variables involved (distance, shot placement) that it could be coincidence I guess. I'm just gonna change it up a bit this year hunting with the .280 and trying not to explode my tenderloins.. ha ha
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RockDoc Thanks for the input... have you shot a deer with these yet? Pretty much everything I've shot with it has been accurate. But some 140 grain CoreLokt and some 150 gr Fed Premiums have really done a lot of damage to the meat. I know I'm complaining about something that most people consider a good thing.. I definitely haven't had to trail them with this gun.
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RockDoc Thanks for the input... have you shot a deer with these yet? Pretty much everything I've shot with it has been accurate. But some 140 grain CoreLokt and some 150 gr Fed Premiums have really done a lot of damage to the meat. I know I'm complaining about something that most people consider a good thing.. I definitely haven't had to trail them with this gun.
Yes, I've killed at least a dozen deer and four feral hogs over the last ten years with the .280. The round is comparable to the classic effective 7mm round. In saying that I really like the .270 that I hunted with for years.
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Really hard to beat a Nosler Partition or possibly one of the new bonded bullets.

For a cheaper bullet, the Hornady Interlock has reasonable integrity.

Keep em coming!

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For whitetail I just haven't seen the need for a bonded bullets. I use the 140 gr. Sierra Spitzer Pro-Hunter stock #1910. I know you said factory, but just giving a comparison.

The key to minimizing meat damage is to stay away from the shoulder bones. I stay behind the shoulders and mid height in the body cavity. Takes out the top of the lungs and if you are slightly further back (but make sure you stay in front of the diaphragm) the shock wave will split the liver. Means you have to avoid the frontal shots and wait for the deer to turn correctly.
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I just bought a .280 Rem mod 7600 for my son for Christmas this year (used) the serial numbers say its a 1988 vintage. Up here (Northern New York- Adirondack Mts.)even where the whitetail can go over 200 pounds we use the highest grain you can throw at em. I know friends with this caliber that try to go 180 grain. Bring home more meat less road kill. I bought the kid 165's to sight it in for next season it did well at 100 yards.
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my 77V just loves Hornady 154 gr spire point with 54.5 gr. of IMR 4350 , that load has dropped more than its fair share of WI white tails in their tracks
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I don't believe you can purchase a better box of shells than Remington "Core-Lokts" and I also like the Hornady bullets too. If I were going on a hunting trip after a real trophy deer, I would load up with the Nosler Partitions and pay the extra for the insurance those bullets give a hunter.
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I have a 7MM Rem Mag in a Ruger #1. I use a 168grain Hornady. I would love your rifle. I could not image much that is as sweet.
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