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Old 10-29-2002, 12:38 PM
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Question Anyone shooting the 280 Rem or 280AI?

Just curious about your rifle set-up, loads and the success you have had with it.

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Old 10-29-2002, 05:07 PM
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I shoot a .280

I have several of them. Back in 1974 I had an F.N. commercial action rebarreled with a Douglas No. 3 and it is a shooter. In 1979, I bought a Remington 700 in 7MM Express and still have it NIB. In 1980, I had a VZ-24 sporter made into a .280 Rem. Then I picked up a Winchester Model 70 Classic Featherweight. I even got a PA license plate "280 REM". You get the idea...

My best results have been with Hornady 139 or 154 grain spire points propelled with a moderate charge of IMR4350 and CCI or Win. WLR primers. It is a superb cartridge and I plan to keep shooting it. All the best...
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Old 10-29-2002, 05:12 PM
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my "Ma Bell" rifle is .280

Browning A-Bolt Composite Stalker with BOSS in .280 Rem has worked flawlessly on antelope, mulies & whitetails so far. All one-shot, most dropped in their tracks. Didn't get the opportunity to test it out on the elk this year though.
I use 140 gr for the deer and patterned the 165 gr for the elk. Between the BOSS and the Harris bipod I have no probs getting tight groups and have it zeroed for 250 yrds right now.
Awesome round, IMO. The BOSS makes it loud, but almost zero recoil is a nice plus. I'm still looking to try some 100 gr to use on varmints.
"MaBell" lets me "reach-WAY-OUT -and-touch-someone".
Hard to find a more versatile round.
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Old 10-29-2002, 06:22 PM
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I have a 280 on a Ruger 77 action. Douglas barrel (22"), custom stock. Wears a Burris Signature 2x8.
I have had good results with Nosler 140 BT's and Reloder 19 powder.
I have only used it on whitetails, but I've never had to shoot twice.
Great cartridge. I kinda wish I'd gotten a 24 inch barrel, rather than a 22, FWIW.
If you want an all around cartridge for shooting most anything in the lower 48, the 280's one to look at-hard.
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Old 10-29-2002, 10:11 PM
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I also built a 280 mountain rifle on a M77 action with a 22" soda straw barrel. It's topped off with a Leupold 4.5x14x50. It prefers 140 grain ballistic tips or the same in combined technologies. With a max load of R-22 she gets 3060 fps and sub moa with 3 shot groups.



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Old 10-30-2002, 04:36 PM
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I bought a Browning A-Bolt Hunter model as my first new centerfire rifle about 1 1/2 years ago.
It shoots 140grain Rem Corelocs into a three shot group I can cover with a quarter at 100yards with no modifications, I am extremly happy with it.
The deer I got with it last year fell in it's tracks.
I wouldn't hesitate to take it out after anything from moose to coyotes, with proper bullet selection.
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Old 10-30-2002, 10:17 PM
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.280ai

We just put one together, it is a great shooter so far. We have been staying in the 139gr range bullet wise and have tried loads to about the mid range of the load data with good results.

The best so far, 50.5gr of win 760. The groups were 3 shots touching for most groups with the ocasional flyer. No 3 shot group has been over an inch at 100yds.

The rifle is a H&R single shot. He is wanting to do a M70 Classic now. Has to wait till after our deer season.(next month.)

He built it for a medium range yote gun.
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Old 10-31-2002, 09:39 AM
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Mine is a origional M700 Remington RS. I scraped the origional stock and replaced it with a standard Remington Composite. I have a older Redfield 2x7 Widefield Scope. All metal is bead blased so its don't shine.

My load is usually either a 139 gr Hornady or 140 N.P. behind 54.5 Gr of IMR 4350. Remington Brass and CCI primers. The Horn and NP will shoot at exactly the same POI and same group.

Darn thing shoots good. It will and has shot groups in the 1/2 to 3/4 range if I do my part.

I have taken deer, a moose & a black bear with it plus some field mice. I wouldn't feel underguned for anything except big bears and skinny's.
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Old 11-04-2002, 03:16 PM
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Doesn't anybody have an AI?

I'm just beginning load development on my 280AI. It's a Rem 700 Mtn Rifle, originally chambered in 7x57 (I know, I'm nuts for doing anything with it - now I'm looking for another 7x57 Mtn Rifle). Howard Wolfe re-chambered it for me, and I've been fireforming cases and working on some preliminary loads.

Tried 55 A4350; 60 N165 and 61 H1000, all with WLR primers and 154 Hdy Spirepoints, yesterday; velocities ranged from 2700 FPS with H1000 to 2875 with 4350. The AI should be good for around 3000 FPS with the 150/154's, I guess (?) in the 22" barrel. Lots of work to do.

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Old 11-05-2002, 09:36 AM
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Skinny Dude,

I have been using the .280 and the .280 AI for about 15 years now. My hunting .280 is a Remington 700 Stainless Switch Barrel.

I have 2 barrels chambered in .280. One is 22" #4 Hart 1-9" TW and I shoot 162 Grain Interlocks in it with 54 Grains of RL-19.

The other barrel is a 30" #4 Hart and I shoot 162 Grain A-Max out if it with a max load of IMR 7828.

I can't remember exactly without looking as for my .280 AI load, but it was a max load of IMR 7828 and 160 grain Nosler Partitions.


They all shoot real good, WAY out there.

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Old 11-05-2002, 02:40 PM
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Talking Hey HH, I'm not skinny!

Thanks everyone.

I know an AI cartridge would require some work but it can't be all that bad.

Right?

This project will happen in pieces as I go along. Funds are tight. Does anyone else have to do that?

Not sure what I want to do with this gun just yet. I'm interested in some distance shooting but mostly for groundhogs. And some target work but hogs come first.
Calibers under consideration are the 6.5-284, 7x61 S&H, the 280 AI and maybe even the 300RUM. There are no varmint bullets made for distance just yet. Now if only Nosler or Hornady would make a heavy varmint bullet with pretty plastic tips...

Am considering an 28 or 30" Hart SS H-bar on a blued receiver. That would look kewl.
But then I may get a used Sendero and use that receiver. Too many roads to go down when doing a custom gun.

I've shot Boyd's 300 RUM with a brake and it was a pleasure to shoot. Wonder if the 280 is comparable to the 300RUM with no brake installed? If it kicks less than a 12ga with slugs then it's no problem.

One of my longtime friends is a gunsmith so we will be doing the work together or rather I'll watch him do it once in awhile...

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Old 11-05-2002, 06:46 PM
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The 280 kicks less than a 12 guage slug shotgun. In a heavy rifle I doubt you'd have a problem with it.
For groundhogs the lack of high BC varmint bullets IS a problem, though....
I wonder if you might be better off with a .244 bore, or at most .257, where you can get some varmint bullets.
IMO, the 280 is a really good deer rifle, and I'd use it on elk or antelope, too. Wouldn't be on my short list for a varmint rifle, though.
Now a 6-284 or 6-06, or a 25-06.......
Skinny, with an 85 Nosler BT, the 25-06 is capable of some real long distance dialing. I've scored hits at 500 with that combo, and I've only dabbled with the 25-06 as a varmint rifle.
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Old 11-05-2002, 08:04 PM
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I had my eye on the .264 90gr V-Max and the .284 120gr V-Max bullets for short range work.
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Old 11-05-2002, 08:33 PM
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skinny ......take a look in the Rifle forum under "my favorite deer rifle". I have a 6.5mm wildcat kinda like what you desribe. It's on a blued Rem LA 700 with a 31 1/2" Hart SS Match OTC Silhouette barrel. It pushes the 95gr V-Max purtty fast.


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Thanks, I'll check it out.
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