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Old December 31st, 2016, 10:16 AM   #16
 
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6mm brass is not really hard to find, plus it will take LOTS of reloads with good case prep. Don't think it's dying, just never been as popular as 243. Remington just made a mistake when they first released it as a 244. They marketed it as a varmint round with a light bullet and rifles were built accordingly as it relates to barrel twist. The 243 was marketed as an all purpose round with various weights and rifles had different twist. Remington saw their error and changed it to the 6mm with more bullet weights and different twist, but the damage was done and the 6mm never approached the 243 in popularity.



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6mm brass is not really hard to find, plus it will take LOTS of reloads with good case prep. Don't think it's dying, just never been as popular as 243. Remington just made a mistake when they first released it as a 244. They marketed it as a varmint round with a light bullet and rifles were built accordingly as it relates to barrel twist. The 243 was marketed as an all purpose round with various weights and rifles had different twist. Remington saw their error and changed it to the 6mm with more bullet weights and different twist, but the damage was done and the 6mm never approached the 243 in popularity.
All of this is accurate, but even with the slow twists I never had trouble getting my brother's 700 to shoot good with 100's. 100's are not that heavy for caliber, OAL and SD allow you some leeway with the 6mm. I know for a fact the 90/95 grain Nosler Partitions work well even if 100's are a touch too much so to speak.
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When the 244 was released, rifles had a 1.12 twist. The 243 had a 1.10. When the 244 was renamed 6mm, most rifles were 1.9. So what weight bullets you can shoot in what is all about the twist. I shoot 110s in my 6mm Ackley and I really smoke them out there as well
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Now, that 6mm you bought...is that in 6mm Remington caliber???
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As a factory round the 280 seems to be downloaded based on the ammo I have used, you may as well have a 7-08 which is not a bad round. The 280 is a great round for a reloader because it is a 7mm, lots of great bullets to pick from. If you don't reload then the 270 or 30-06 are better choices based on both cost and performance. I own all three and have shot game with all, no real difference on making the shot and making a humane harvest. My take is if you like the rifle then the 280 is just fine but you may want to reload to get the best performance and shoot more for the same cost.
Probably not the smartest thing I've ever done (wow, I sure am saying that a lot lately...), but the deal was such that I would have been dumb to not jump on it when I did. It may just end up in the safe after I shoot a couple hundred rounds through it.

While not cheap, ammo is readily available for the .280 online. I picked up 80 rounds of 140 Grain Fusion Ammunition for about a buck a round when I decided to get the gun so that I could try it out. Not sure how that round will work, but I figure that by the time I run through those 80 rounds the "golly gee" factor will have worn off and I'll be able to take the gun and round a bit more serious.
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However, it is regrettably a dying caliber.

If the OP actually does have a 6mm Remington, and he handloads, I would advise him to buy up a quantity of 6mm Rem brass any and every chance he gets, as it is much harder to find than 243 brass.

It is a fine caliber, though, and supposedly will get about 100 f.p.s. more than the 243. Hopefully his has a decent twist rate on the barrel.
It is definitely a 6mm Remington, but no, I don't handload. I have more hobbies than I can handle as it is, so reloading really isn't an option at the moment. Like the .280, the 6mm was such a deal that I would have regretted it for the rest of my life had I not jumped on it. If they turn out to be more trouble then they are worth, then they will just have to sit for a bit in my safe.

WRT ammo, there is a ton of it out there online, but without having much knowledge of the calibers and what ammo works best with them, I am kind of in "try and learn" mode.
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Have been shooting and reloading for the .280 for over 25 years. My Remington 700 loves the 140 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip. Have killed lots of game including whitetail and Mule Deer. The Ballistic Tip shoots sub MOA groups.
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