Does anyone out there load, for the 280 REM.???
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Sat, 2006-03-11 15:55
Sat, 2006-03-11 18:00#1
Used to quite a bit. It may well be the cartridge of choice for me if I could have but one rifle. Funny, don't own one now but think it's the most under-rated cartridge around.
Sun, 2006-03-12 09:57#2
I agree, the 280 has been over looked, if you look at the ballistics. I saw the new MRX bullets, and Iam thinking about loading some, for Elk.
Sun, 2006-03-12 10:41#3
I don't think anything is really wrong with those super premium bullet's but I don't use them. I think what they are best at is making money for their manufactures. Also many use them to try and make a lesser calibre shoot with more authority. A 25-06 is a 25-06 no matter what bullet you use.
I used, among other's, the 160 gr Speer hot core in the 280 years ago and was never left wanting. Today I sometimes wonder how we ever killed anything without some of those bullet's. What we had was good bullet's at a price that let us shoot a lot. We also used 2 3/4x and 4x scopes and got closer to shoot. Actually, those scopes will let us shoot much farther than you'd think. For some reason, started with the 264 Win Mag I think, some think they need a magnum so they can shoot every thing at 500 yds. Ain't so! Hell people are still shooting all sort's of game with a bow!!! And believe it or not, the old Remington Core Loc is still killing big game very cleanly.
One thing to think about with those bullet's with the little HP in them. Sometimes that little HP closes up on impact and the bullet doesn't expand. Probally no big thing on deer size game. I read where Winchester has added a poly tip to the "Fail Safe" this year and that Barnes is doing the same thing with the X bullets. That should insure they open as their ment to I'd think. I shot some 168 gr Sierra match bullet's into newspaper years ago. Same little HP and many of them failed to open. Closed up and bent. Look at the "Wildcat" bullet site and you'll find they list ULD bullet's with a HP and down the page, hunting bullet's with an exposed soft point. Wonder why.
Sun, 2006-03-12 13:25#4
Couldn't agree more Don. Well written
Sun, 2006-03-12 13:59#5
I have used Remington core-lokt for years, I just thought, they might have made a better mouse trap.
Sun, 2006-03-12 20:04#6
I love Core-Lokt, it works great.
Wed, 2006-03-15 21:40#7
Getting OT here, but I agree with you in principal Don.
However its seems that all the hunting bullet mania has had one consquence I enjoy. Bullet uniformity and B.C. seems to have generally improved. This could be just because of better machining processes in the last 20 years; but I like to think that part of the rise in B.C. and consistence has come in part from the demand of hunters wanting a "better" bullet.
An analogy would be the space program. Not a lot has changed in the last 20 years; however the computer revolution and materials revolution the space program spawned still grows rapidly today.
Thu, 2006-03-16 08:32#8
The new age of bullet technology has certainly improved the design.
With the design we have gotten higher SD's and BC's. Hence, better performance from smaller calibers.
Looking at the way some of these new age bullets perform. It's not like you can just pick a bullet and expect it to perform the way you expect it to. It's as though they were designed with specific purposes in mind. (High velocity - short range - thick skin, High velocity - long range - thin skin, Medium velocity - and so on....).
Our knowledge of the new designs has to keep up with the technology. It seems. With proper bullet choice, of the new age bullets. A smaller caliber can be used and will perform every bit as well or better than the larger standard designs. Old school bullets serve their purpose very well indeed. New school technology certainly does improve the performance.
280 rem is an excellent round.