280 cal.

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by captfire, Nov 25, 2021.

  1. Jbird22

    Jbird22 Fawn

    Nov 19, 2021
    I have 2 A-bolts in .280 and love them. The .280 aka 7mm Express is a fine caliber IMO. I've had excellent results with 140 gr. Federal Trophy Copper. Just put it on the shoulder and collect your prize.
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  2. JGD

    JGD 6 pointer

    Feb 3, 2008
    Nelson County
    I have 2 and been using a 280 since the early 80’s. I have mostly shot the 140 Nosler at about 3025 FPS. I have killed a bunch of deer with that bullet and as alluded to in another post on this forum, I’ve only had one bullet stay in on a buck that was shot extremely close. Matter of fact I killed a 10 Wednesday morning at about 50 yards with a high shoulder shot and the buck hit the ground and barely moved whiled the bullet exited. It’s a good round but so are many others.

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    DBNF HNTR Spike

    Nov 10, 2018
    Rowan Co, KY
    280 Rem is an outstanding deer cartridge as are many others. You’ll never want for more capability in deer than it offers.

    280ai is even better: hits like a 30-06 and shoots as flat as a 270. Very close to 7 Rem mag speeds. Less recoil, holds one more shell, and will weigh less than a rifle with a magnum contour barrel. If you can’t find 280 ai ammo you can just shoot 280 Rem in it and you’ll be fire forming brass.

    At the end of the day though, no game animal cares what case the bullet came from as long as it is of proper construction for your range and velocity, and it is put where it needs to be. We all hunt a little differently and have different preferences but all that matters is that the cartridge/rifle combo works for You and how You hunt. But if you’re interested in the ai, go for it. You won’t be sorry you did.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2021
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  4. mwezell

    mwezell 12 pointer

    Jan 22, 2006
    Auburn, KY
    I love my 280AI. It's a 700 that I rebarreled several years ago and put into a CDL stock. I did some minor action truing and chambered it up. It shoots better than it should! I usually shoot 168 Berger Hunting VLD's from it at just under 3000fps and it cuts bullet holes pretty much every single time. I've had good luck with that bullet in different guns. If a big deer, hit in the shoulder, pass throughs are about 50/50. Put it in the boiler room though, and you won't have to worry about finding a blood trail, with impressive exit holes. I've had much nicer rifles but this is my workhorse. It's become my all time favorite hunting rifle.
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    RLWEBB 12 pointer

    Nov 30, 2005
    Staffordsville, KY
    Now that sounds nice!!!
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  6. riverboss

    riverboss 12 pointer

    Jan 26, 2009
    northern ky
    Would love to have mine rebarrel in a 24 or 26 in 280ai but by the time I do that and add a new trigger I can buy a new gun.
    Only 280 ai I'm finding in stock are 22 in barrels.
  7. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2013
    Washington County
    Get ahold of Bullberry. They've built all my Ackley barrels, and I can't help but recommend them. Damn fine tubes.

    RLWEBB 12 pointer

    Nov 30, 2005
    Staffordsville, KY
    Glad to see that they are back in business. They make good stuff.
  9. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2013
    Washington County
    Hell it's been several years. Maybe they're not in business these days.
  10. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
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  11. smashdn

    smashdn 12 pointer

    Nov 24, 2003
    Palmyra, Kentucky
    I'd be hard-pressed to pick .280 over 7mm-08. Short action. Usually no issue finding 7mm-08 shells either.
  12. Tankt

    Tankt 12 pointer

    Dec 26, 2019
    Say what?
  13. smashdn

    smashdn 12 pointer

    Nov 24, 2003
    Palmyra, Kentucky
    Usually no issue finding 7mm-08. 30-06, .270, .308, .243, 30-30 and then 7mm-08. Before all these recent issues those were the calibers you would usually not have issue finding at any gun store and even your old time hardware stores and bait places.

    So maybe that .280 or 6.5 or wssm wildcatter is flatter out to 500 yards than a .270 or .308. Is the A) price and B) more rarity of it worth the performance at the far outer edge of ability and likelihood?

    Longest shot I have ever had on a deer was 200 yards. I hunt in farm country too.

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