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.280 remington

Been doing a lot of research on the .280 and it seems to be neck and neck with the ole work horse 30-06. Perhaps a tad bit better gun because of the killing power and the small amount of recoil. Watched an episode on the hunting channel were a guy dropped and huge whitetail dead in his tracks with one shot from the .280rem. The one reason that would keep me from purchasing one of these is the ammo. Have yet to see .280 ammo sold at the local wal-mart. Anybody have any experience they would like to share about the .280 rem? Think

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the only thing i can tell ya, is it is for sure going to be my next gun. everything about it is sweet. I like it a lot better than the 300 mags and 30-06; now the 25-06 on the other hand is another sweet round.

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i love the 280rem as for ammo to get its full potential you need to reload, but factory ammo is quite good. less recoil then the 06 better ballistics and its not an 06.

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The 280 Rem is as good as it gets. Now if you really want to see what that Puppy can do, as the reloaders Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up

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now i have a 30-06 and its working fine so would i be defeating the purpose of getting a .280rem.

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the 280 rem is a necked down version of the 30.06, so I would be inclined to get something quite divorced from the 06,maybe 243 on the low side, 338 on the high side ????
You're going to have a hard time finding something you NEED, when you got a 30.06 now.

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I think the 280 is a greatly underated cartridge. But that it has anything over the 30-06, I doubt. If your a deer hunter using 150gr 30-06 ammo, you could use the same 150gr load in the 280 and the biggest difference would be the 30-06 shoot's it a bit faster and the 280 will penetrate a bit deeper. Neither of those things gives either an advantage. You could drop down to a 140gr class bullet in the 280 and get about the same velocity as the 150 30-06 load but less energy. Trajectory for any of these loads within normal hunting ranges isn't an issue. Not advantage anywhere.

As I said, I love the 280 but there is no magic there. I have a 30-06, it's my third and I've never shot a head of game with one. If there is an advantage to either, it's the 30-06's ability to handle bigger bullet's for game much larger than deer.

If you don't reload, the 30-06 is the way to go tho, 280 is underloaded in factory stuff. Then probally the 30-06 is also. The difference is as you noted, ammo avaliablity. I reload and were I trying to decide on one or the other I'd definatelly pick the 280, it just rolls off the tounge a bit sweeter!

If what you want is something that recoils a bit less, I'd give a look at several different cartridges starting with the 7mm-08. I'd look at the 260 Rem but it's future seems in doubt. The 6.5x55 is one of my favorites and I'm on my third. The 25-06 is an excellent cartridge and ammo is everywhere.

The biggest thing to keep in mind is that none of these will kill any better than the other. Some, due to different bullet's, are better choices for larger game should that be in the future and of course some recoils less than other's. If you were to load each with 150gr bullets, I doubt you'd be able to readily tell the difference of one or the other when actually firing them.

I think that in the end you'll find that those of us that reload, like cartridges such as the 280 because we have no ammo avaliablity problem and it's different. "Why yes, I do shoot a 26 Wiz Bang. I can take full advantage because I reload". Hitch your pants and sniff here! The advantage of the standard 30 cals over the standard 7mm's is just not that great for general hunting and the recoil advantages of the 7mm over the 30's is not really all it's made to be either. Some of us are just gun nut's. Some have used one cartridge with good luck for so long that it is old death ad distruction. Some of us have flubbed this shot or that with whatever cartridge and we are quite sure it was the fault of the cartridge. If you want a 280, you'll probally love it but, take up reloading. That'll give you a reason to get more raher hard to find cartridges that are superior (?) to any other.

One last thing is for sure, we're having more fun than you are!

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.280 remington

The 30-06 is pretty much the all around of the all around rounds. If it's a new rifle with a different round your looking for. Get something that you'd like to have. The 06 will always be handy and there will always be a need for a spare hunting rifle or a rifle that is set up for a different style of hunting. If you reload. The 280 rem is a superb round.
I own two 06's and use each for a different purpose with a specific load for each. Neither is my "primary hunter" but both serve a purpose. One I have set up for extremely foul weather and 180's. The other is set up for heavy brush and 220's for stop it now close work. The old eyes aren't what they use to be so. The foul weather sports a 3x-9x 40mm scope and the close work sports a 1x-4x 20mm scope. My "primary hunter" is a short lightweight 300wsm with 180's and a 2x-7x 32mm scope. As you can see there isn't a lot of difference between the three.
I own other rifles but, they are also set up for a specific load and specific purpose.

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Hammer1 wrote:
You're going to have a hard time finding something you NEED, when you got a 30.06 now.

Shhhhhh - he NEEDS a new rifle...got it...NEEDS and new rifle

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saskie wrote:
Hammer1 wrote:
You're going to have a hard time finding something you NEED, when you got a 30.06 now.

Shhhhhh - he NEEDS a new rifle...got it...NEEDS and new rifle

Need's, need's, need's! Hasta have hasta have hasta have! Some thing's are more important than air to breathe! Silenced Silenced

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just gotta have a new rifle, besides the 06 cant do it all at least its an argument for a new rifle hasta have it just gotta buy it now.

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