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Old December 27th, 2016, 09:51 PM   #1
 
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1-A chambered in .280 Remington

I just recently (like, an hour ago) put down some money on a NIB Ruger No. 1 in .280 Rem. It really isn't the caliber that I wanted, but it was one of those damn deals that if you pass it up you will regret it for the rest of your life.

Any of you have any experience with the .280? I did a little research prior to plunking down the coin, and it seems to be a pretty nice round with a lot of potential. I mostly just target shoot, but every now and then I do a little deer hunting.

I'm really excited about the rifle, it's my first No. 1! I also have a line on a No. 1 chambered in 6mm. Again, it's an off caliber, but from my reading it sounds like an excellent varmint round.

What do you all think? I'll post up pics of the rifles as soon as they land on my desk!

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Old December 28th, 2016, 05:34 AM   #2
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I have no first hand knowledge of the cartridge, but it should be a dandy. I look at this combo as one of the best #1 chamberings, have thought about getting one myself. Enjoy your rifle and of course, pictures are mandatory.
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I used a .280 M77 MkII in Africa and it dropped (big) warthogs dead as a doornail with Nosler Partition loads. It may have been the only .280 Ruger in a couple thousand miles. But the country I was in frowned on "military" heritage cartridges like .308 or .30-06 so that's why I took it.

On paper it's superior in many ways to the .30s with better ballistics downrange. In reality a .30-06 is probably more practical just from an anmo availability perspective but the .280 is just about the most under-rated round out there I think.
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Decent, off the shelf 280 ammo is pretty much non existent, except for maybe Cabelas and that type store. It's a good round, just not a very popular one. People talk about better BC bullets and the like............... while true in some cases, that also depends on bullet weights
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Decent, off the shelf 280 ammo is pretty much non existent, except for maybe Cabelas and that type store. It's a good round, just not a very popular one. People talk about better BC bullets and the like............... while true in some cases, that also depends on bullet weights
He's right. Before I moved overseas with mine I had a trusted friend who carefully loaded me up some Nosler Partition loads with around a 170 or 175 grain bullet if memory serves. If I'd have lost those loads somewhere in customs in some banana republic, I'd have been seriously out of luck.

To me the caliber is like a 41 magnum or 44 special. I like it, but I'd have to take up reloading if I bought one again.
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There are lots of "good" rounds.............but there are also lots of good rounds you can't buy GOOD commercial ammo for. The 280 falls in that category. Definitely more of a handloaders round if you want the most from it. Will it do what a 270 or 30-06 will in most cases and maybe do it better? possibly, but not without the right ammo. That's why some rounds are considered the "go to"..........availability of ammo
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Good intel, I appreciate it! I went ahead and also picked up the 6mm, so now I have 2 No. 1's. Is that enough? Pictures soon to come!
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Good intel, I appreciate it! I went ahead and also picked up the 6mm, so now I have 2 No. 1's. Is that enough? Pictures soon to come!
No, it's not enough. Now go back and get that .280! And then get about a dozen more, and start thinking about another safe and hiding them from your wife and............
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I have owned two .280's, a fantastic cartridge but my practical side always ousted them. It is plenty accurate and has amazing reloading potential, but both mine were M700's and I simply like the .270 more. A very neat cartridge nonetheless but its not $12 a box more than the .270 good.
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I currently own a Remington 7600 in 280. It loved Hornady 139 BTSP
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To continue...it loved Hornady 139 BTSP over IMR-4350.

It is an excellent round but better for handloaders, as factory ammo isn't as easily found as for other cartridges. As for the cartridge itself, it's kinda like the best of both a 270 Win and a 30-06. Lots of bullet choices in 7mm for handloaders, and it has the same power the 270/30-06 does, so you can hunt pretty much anything with it.

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.
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And the 6mm is a good round, I have one in Remington 700 varmint gun. Its another you want to handload for. 70 grain bullet and Varget powder is an accurate combo.
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Personally I like the 6mm better than the 243 and feel it's a better round.......BUT, similar to the 280, factory ammo does not have as many good choices as the 243. One reason some of the most popular rounds ARE the most popular is ammo choices. If you are looking for a .244 rifle and you base that on factory ammo, because you don't reload, one look at ammo shelves will make the choice for you and that's the 243. Since I reload for both the 243 and the 6mm, I have had all my 6mms rechambered for the 6mm Ackley, which is an absolute hammer. Fireforming is easy, dies are no problem and it transforms a really good round into a great round. The rechamber is also easy. Simply having to set the barrel back one thread and then rechamber
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My first centerfire rifle was a lefty Remington 788 barreled action in 6mm Remington dropped into an E.C. Bishop & Son stock. I still have that rifle. I chose 6mm Remington because my father had a 26" barreled Remington 722 in that caliber, and I liked it's deer/varmint versatility.

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.
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