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Any opinions on this round? I've found a bargin in a Sauer chambered in it and would like some input from anybody with exprience with it. I've read ballistic charts on it but I was wondering what everybody thought about it first hand.

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Location: sw missouri
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no first hand experience here, but i would love to get my hands on one. heard nothing but good things, and the ballistics are sweet

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Great cartridge. I've had two and prefer them by a long shot to the 7 mm mag. had one.

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I've hunted with several calibers & i pretty much use my 280rem for most of my hunting. I don't know if you handload but it's really a handloaders caliber. I can come close to 7mm rem mag performance with less powder & do it with a 30-06 length case. I've used mine for mule deer & antelope but i wouldn't think twice about using it for elk. The thing about factory loads is they've toned them down because their's a lot of semi auto rifles still out their & they can't take the pressures of a bolt action. A lot of old timers compare it to the 270win, handloaders know it's closer to the 7 mm rem mag.

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Having been around reloading for so long. The 280 performance capabilities of the handloaded rounds are very impressive.
If I ever made a change from the 30 cals. I would certainly be looking at the 280 rem and the 7-08 rem. Both have very impressive handload capabilities and are very much so under loaded from the factory.
A 150 or 160 in the 280 and a 140 or 145 in the 7-08 and your set for anything in these lower 48.

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the 280 is an awsome round as fuzzybear has stated. i have one and it shoots great, but it is for handloaders, but a better choice for handloading would be the 280AI now we got a great 280.

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I'm courious, what makes the 280 AI a better round than the 280?

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I would imagine it's that magnum shooter philosophy. "It burns more powder, so it must be better". Think

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Location: Plymouth, Indiana
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You're really not gaining a whole lot converting it to an Ackley. If you compare it to standard factory loads then i can agree. But not when you compare it to the handloaded standard 280 rem. I have a 24" barrel on mine & that means a small increase in velocity over the standard 22". I've been using 284 calibers since the late 70's & i think the 7mm bullets work best at 2850-2950 fps.

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The 280 is EXCELLENT. It can be very accurate, which to me is everything and the 140 gr and 150 gr bullets are plenty for most anything.

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In my old 280 I really liked the 139 gr Hornady. It was fast. Today I would be much more inclined to go with either the 154 or 160 gr bullet's. In the 7x57 I had at the same time, all I used were 154 gr Hornady RN and never regreted it.