280 cal.

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by captfire, Nov 25, 2021 at 9:35 AM.

  1. captfire

    captfire 6 pointer

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    any one use a 280 to deer hunt i just got one and was wanting to know a little about the 280 how close is it to the 7mm mag ?????
     
  2. woodsman92

    woodsman92 10 pointer

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    I got a buddy thats killed a few deer with one. He’s got a ruger m77 stainless, it Does a good job, don’t know that it does any better or worse than a 7mm. With either of those it’s a good sized round and dead is dead lol
     
  3. riverboss

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    I've owned on since 1980 I love it, not a 7mm magnum but uses the same bullet, you can reload up to I think 180 gr as 270 is only 150.
    Killed a many deer out to 450 yrds with it, 140 gr Sierra bullets is what I use now that I reload before I used 150 gr corelocks, the 280 ai is right up there with the 7mm mag.
    I'm thinking of retiring mine as it's been shot so much the groups are starting to open up, I've hot Rodded it for yrs.
    You will love it.
     
  4. Little FR

    Little FR 6 pointer

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    I’m kind of invested in .270 Win but I trust Ron Spomers opinion on the 7’s and .280’s.
     
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  5. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    Had one. Underappreciated caliber. Close to the 7 mag, be excellent for deer.
     
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  6. NOCAMST

    NOCAMST 6 pointer

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    I’m about to pull the trigger on a 280ai I’m very excited to see how it performs. From everything I’ve read it should be an excellent all around rifle
     
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  7. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    Ammo easy to come by?
     
  8. NOCAMST

    NOCAMST 6 pointer

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    I got 6 boxes right now 3 nosler 2 federal and one hornady that I’ve pick led up over the last couple months but it isn’t cheap by any means
     
  9. web splitter

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    Excellent choice. Never shot one but also never heard anything but good things about this caliber.
     
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  10. riverboss

    riverboss 12 pointer

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    I have never seen a boxs of 280ai in a store I'm shopping for a new rifle and it's between it and 7mm mag, I like the recoil better with the 280ai but I haven't even found brass for one.
     
  11. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    Got one. Load up some 162 or 168 grs. BC is excellent.
     
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  12. Pirate

    Pirate 6 pointer

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    Was my deer rifle for over 20 years. It is an excellent choice. Not as flat at longer distances than 7 mm mag but in my opinion is as good as any non magnum caliber for deer.
     
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  13. BELLY UP!!!

    BELLY UP!!! 6 pointer

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    My dad took a load of deer with his .280 and a few elk. I used it to kill a elk. Kinda thought my next rifle may just be a .280. I think you would be very pleased.
     
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  14. shaman

    shaman 10 pointer

    The 7mm-08 and 280 Rem have a similar relationship as the 308 WIN and the 30-06. The shorter round gets done what most of what the larger round does with a shorter cartridge.
    If you're going to hunt deer in KY, probably the 7mm-08 is going to do the trick. The 280 REM allows higher velocities and bigger bullets, but at normal whitetail ranges, these differentiations are mostly moot. I will say that my new 7mm-08 did a remarkable job on a doe last year in its first time out, and it did it with negligible recoil. I was shooting a 139 grain Hornady SP and knocked her flat. As a 30-06 snob, I was amazed.
     
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