Accuracy and velocity were also excellent when Alliant's new Power Pro 400-MR was paired with Speer's new 160-grain DeepCurl bullet. As for accuracy, killing effectiveness, and ability to reach out over 200 yards, I found it as effective as any medium rifle. And while you can chamber .280 Rem. The .280 had a hard start, being introduced so long after the .270 hit the shelves, and it did not have a mouthpiece like Jack O’Connor trumpeting its virtues in the outdoor magazines. I do handload, so I don't care about the availability of loaded ammo. The SAAMI Maximum Allowable Pressure for the .280 is 60,000 psi. To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine. The 145-grain Speer Grand Slam was close behind at .76 inch. 280 Remington The Forgotten Cartridge Left to Right: Magazine length 223, 280 Remington, 175gr SMK, 180gr Berger Hybrid Overview This article will probably look at the least famous of the .30-06 family of cartridges that ballistically is probably the best. For this discussion I’d like to quote the best discussion of this ballistic characteristic I have read, from Wikipedia, the Internet information site. |   One is a pointed Core-Lokt, one is a Nosler ballistic tip, and the third is a boat-tail spitzer bullet. The big difference was the price per box with the 270 being $10 a box cheaper than the 280 for Remington… Another detrimental factor was the successful launch of the 7mm Rem Mag, which went on to become one of the most popular 7mm calibres in America. But if given the choice between the two, make mine a .280. .280/7mm bullets from left to right: Hornady 139-gr. The one glaring weakness in the .30-­caliber magnum cartridge lineup is best highlighted by... Springfield Armory's SAINT Edge Pistol may be the best AR pistol on the market. But the Ackley has many fans, and there are plenty of reasons to like the round. It is a real shame that we Americans were so late in coming to the .284” bullet diameter. August 2, 2006. In 1979 Remington - in the first of a series of puzzling PR moves - changed the name to 7mm-06 Remington. Another Buck Falls To The Remington 280 I have done a lot of testing and a lot of deer hunting with the Remington M700 Mountain Rifle in.280 Remington and found it to deliver excellent accuracy and power to spare. I’ve used a .280 Remington in the lightweight mountain rifle configuration. For varmints the 100-grain Sierra hollow point can be driven to 3400 fps at very mild pressure with #760 making for a very flat shooting long-range rig. TS-X; Nosler 140-gr. Magnum primers work well with these propellants. Send your questions to him at: There has been an error with your Email Subscription. The .260 Remington is well-known within the hunting circles, the 6.5 Creedmoor is basically the new unicorn of … There may even be a few out there that are dual marked with the 7mm Express/280 Remington marking that Ruger used for a brief time before returning to the original .280 Remington marking. I’ve always said that if you have confidence in a chambering and can shoot it well in your chosen rifle then there is no argument that is what you should shoot. Accuracy and terminal performance are the cornerstones of Hornady ® Precision Hunter ® factory loaded ammunition. The .280 is ballistically similar to the European 7x64 Brenneke and dimensionally close to the wildcat 7mm-06. All of this accomplished with roughly four fifths the pressure of like-weight loads in the .270. A perennial shooter's question is, "Should I … Again, gun buyers were bewildered. Not too hard, not too soft, not too fast, not too slow, but just right because it shoots mid-caliber.284-inch diameter bullets. Remington .280 factory loads are currently offered with three different 140 grain spitzer bullets, all with a muzzle velocity of 3,000 fps and a muzzle energy of 2,797 ft. lb. Despite a perplexing taxonomy, the .280 Remington commands a loyal following based soundly on its merits. Some of the winners were slow to catch on and some of the losers were slow to die; regardless of false starts, name changes and so forth, Remington had a winner with the .280. This article appeared in the September 28, 2009 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine. All Rights Reserved. There will never be a vast array of factory loads for the.280 Remington, but there are some good ones. To complicate matters, the velocities and trajectories of the 125-, 150- and 165-grain bullets offered in .280 factory loads were strikingly similar to 130- and 150-grain bullets of the .270. They don't have the camming power to remove a sticky case. The 280 Remington Express Core Lokt 150gr is 2890fps & 2781 ft. pounds at muzzle. Because of this, the .280 was poorly received. With its excellent ballistics, modest recoil and versatile bullet selection, the .280 Remington is the obvious answer. The best accuracy with regular type cast bullets, assuming a proer fit to the leade and barrel, will be down in the 1500-1950 fps range depending on alloy and burning rate of powder used. (The old 7600.) Where it beats the .270 is in bullet weight availability and in sectional density of like bullet weights. A regular cast bullet is just not going to do well in the 9 1/2" twist of the 280 or the 10" twist of the '06. Spitzer BT; Sierra 160-gr. I stick with the slower powders such as Hodgdon 4831 and Reloder 22. The .280 Remington debuted in 1957, but unfortunately it came along a few decades too late to become a monster hit because the .30-06 and .270 Winchester had running head starts. Trijicon has dominated the Carry Optic landscape on hard-use handguns for years. For game up to caribou and big black bears the 140-grain Nosler Partition and Hodgdon 4831 is simply hard to beat, knocking on the 3000 fps door. Well, that rifle still shoots a tight group with reloads 53 years later and has killed everything from wood chucks to moose. Mag., doesn’t need a .280, but if you are looking for a cartridge with accuracy, reach, power, and manners, there are few better choices than the .280 Remington. ALL Accurate 2700 Accurate 4350 Alliant Powder 4000-MR Alliant Powder Reloder 15 Alliant Powder Reloder 16 Alliant Powder Reloder 17 Alliant Powder Reloder 19 Alliant Powder Reloder 22 Hodgdon BL-C(2) Hodgdon H1000 Hodgdon H380 Hodgdon H414 Hodgdon H4350 Hodgdon H4831 Hodgdon H4895 Hodgdon Hybrid 100V Hodgdon Suprform Hodgdon Varget Improved Military Rifle IMR 4064 Improved … This caused understandable confusion with the wildcat 7mm-06, which will not chamber a .280 round. I rebedded the action and first three inches of the barrel with Acraglas Gel and installed a Timney trigger, both from Brownells. Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light, Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look, First Look: Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint Bolt-Action Rifle, Trijicon RMRcc Reflex Sight Review – Perfect for Concealed Carry, Springfield Armory SAINT Edge Pistol Review, 224 Valkyrie Load Data: Everything You Need to Know, Trijicon's New Specialized Reflex Optics (SRO), Cameras Don't Lie: Subsonic 9mm vs. .300 Blackout. InterBond; Hornady 154-g. InterLock RN; Sierra 140-gr. Both are 6.5mm bullet diameter and compatible with .308 Winchester rifles with a barrel switch. Spitzer BT; Sierra 150-gr. Why, you may ask, not just get a 7mm Remington Magnum? The exception is with the monolithic Barnes TS-X, Hornady GMX and Nosler's E-Tip. Just to add a wrinkle to your collection the 1-V rifles were also available in .280 Remington for a time in the late 70’s/early 80’s. I cannot find them locally but found a supplier at a great price. 5 Great Late-Season Hunting Trips. Latest. Even if they didn't always know what to call it. In the world of hunting cartridges there are some winners and some losers, those cartridges that never quite measured up to the media hype and those that exceeded all expectations. Ballistic Tip; Nosler 140-gr. Winchester Supreme’s 150-grain Ballistic Silvertip is fast and flat-shooting, and delivered wonderful accuracy in this Ultra Light Arms.280 Remington. And .280 Rem. This, in turn, was confused with the well-established 7mm Remington Magnum. The best 7mm? What do you fellows think of using a .280 Remington with 160 grain TSX bullets for plains game up to the size of kudu? Get 12 Issues a year of the country's best firearms writing. Great care has been given by Hornady engineers to develop superior, match­-accurate hunting loads that allow the ELD­-X ® bullet to achieve its maximum ballistic potential. Small, lightweight and purpose-built for sub-compact carry guns, Surefire's XSC pistol light takes on EDC illumination segment. The .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor are very similar rounds. Finally, in a random act of marketing sanity, Remington quietly changed the name back to .280 a few years later, which, by all reports, it is still known today. But I didn't know that the 7x64 was a 24" barrel. Powders like 4350 and 4831 from Hodgdon and IMR, Reloder 19 and Vihtavuori N-160 and N-165 performed very well. The wide field of view and clean, crisp dot makes it easy for users to find and track the dot in both target and competitive shooting applications. DeepCurl. Partition; Speer 130-gr. While 100-, 110-, 115- and even 120-grain bullets can be pushed to obscene speeds for varmints, the .280 is really a big-game round and is at its best with 140- to 175-grain bullets. What I have found is that for such a small difference in bullet diameter there is a whale of a difference in ballistic performance and performance on big game; the truth is the .280 is a better round any way you slice it. The .280 really comes into its own with the slower powders in a bolt action. Thanks, guys. AccuBond; Nosler 150-gr. Please try again. Given that the .224 Valkyrie is a very polite cartridge to reload, judicious handloading can... Dave Emary takes a look at the tremendous contribution Homer Powley made to the science of... Give a Gift   A few individual loads bear mention. Of course there were many reasons for our selection of the .308” bore, too many to go into in this short column, but when we talk about simple ballistics and basic physics the .284” diameter projectile has a lot going for it. By 1981, the .280 Remington name was reinstated, and life went on for the poor, unsung cartridge. The .284” bullet diameter, with like bullet weights, has higher sectional density figures than the .277” bullet diameter. In this cartridge class, the extra 2" might well be reason enough to prefer the .280 Rem. The Remington.280 has a superior sectional density to the.270. saw the ’06 case launching 7mm bullets—made famous on the back of the stellar reputation of the 7x57 Mauser—providing plenty of energy for almost all the common species, in a package that had a wee bit less recoil than its father does. Need to purchase a nice rifle to scope and use at long range for thin-skinned game this season. Please don't bother with the responses about proper shot placement, consider the shot to be good and the angle acceptable. In this segment of "Cameras Don't Lie," a subsonic-ammo showdown, 9mm vs. .300 Blackout fired from AR rifles. Re: Remington 7400 accuracy? DeepCurl; and Speer 175-gr. So, for you .270 fans, keep shooting your favorite and I wish you luck with it. As is the case with many other cartridges developed in the United States, the story of the .270 Winchester, the .280 Remington, the .280 Ackley Improved, and the 7mm Remington Magnum starts with the .30-06 Springfield. Get the latest news and reviews from Gundigest.com. I’ve had very good luck with Reloder 25 and IMR 7828 as well. A perennial shooter's question is, "Should I buy a .270 or .30-06?" When a projectile is in flight or impacting an object, it is the sectional density of that projectile which will determine how efficiently it can overcome the resistance to air or object. More The Gun Nuts. If your cup of tea is the .270 then by all means, take it to the limit. Medium-burning-rate powders work best in pumps and autoloaders. Hunting. Reduce the loads shown here by about 6 percent for such rifles. After that, it was very accurate. Despite the .280 being loaded in most Remington rifle … The author analyzed the 7x57 Mauser, 7mm-08 Remington, .280 Remington, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm Weatherby Magnum, and 28 Nosler for trajectory, effective range, and recoil with modern ballistic software available free online from shooterscalculator.com. chamber. The .280 is based on the .30-06 Springfield necked down to accept 7mm (.284in) bullets, with the neck moved forward .050in (1.27mm). As standard cartridges go the.280 Remington has one of the oddest histories. There are many reasons for reloading for your handguns. The.280 Remington, also known as the 7mm-06 Remington and 7mm Express Remington, was introduced in 1957 for the Remington model 740, 760, 721, and 725 rifles. The .280 is not a new design (appearing in wildcat form at the end of WWII) but did not become a factory round until 1957. Most loading manuals make mention of this. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets. The most popular bullets in the .270 are the 130- and 150-grain slugs (this from Hornady on sales of bullets) and even though a couple of other weights are available for it, the .280 can be loaded successfully with 100, 110, 115, 120, 130, 139, 140, 145, 150, 154, 160, 165, 168 and 175 weight slugs. The .280 is actually a 7mm and uses highly efficient .284 bullets. 270 vs 280 Remington vs 280 Ackley Improved vs 7mm Rem Mag: History. Powder charges in the .280's midsize case are easily ignited with standard primers, but I must confess I frequently got lower SDs and better accuracy with Federal 215 Magnum caps in several loads, so they're worth considering. All powder charges were weighed, although after a load is selected, the use of a powder measure would be quite acceptable. Subscriber Services. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Loading the .280 is straightforward. It can be loaded with everything from 100-grain Sierra Hollow Points to 195-grain Berger Elite Hunters. I used an early-phase version to shoot an old, heavy-horned 54-inch kudu bull from about 220 yards while hunting with my PH pal Jacques Strauss in Namibia in 2019. Remington renamed the cartridge the 7mm-06 Remington in early 1978, and then again to the 7mm Express Remington before the year’s end. 5 Great Scout Rifles. A 280 AI can safely fire 280 Remington ammunition, simultaneously fire-forming brass cases to reloadable 280 … HPBT; Barnes 120-gr. My favorite load for the .280 serves double duty on unruly groundhogs and coyotes and usually gets the call for our whitetails, Speer’s 115-grain hollow point and 58 grains of Hodgdon 4350 in Remington cases and set off with Remington’s large rifle primer. The Contestants. By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily. Walt Hampton is a retired wildlife biologist and gunsmith and has been writing for outdoor publications since 1990. In its initial form it was somewhat underloaded (it was originally introduced in a semi-auto rifle) but today it is a stout, ballistically sound chambering suitable for nearly any big game. Now, the truth is, the Hawkeye's accuracy when I got it wasn't great. Thank you. Our test rifle this month is an example of one of the more recent entries - a Ruger Hawkeye that I bought new in 2009. So a few months later it became the 7mm Remington Express. Several other ammo manufactures numbers were close to Remington's with same weight bullets. Yes you can use the .280 in that action. Although the 280 Remington was derived from the .30-06 case, it has a slightly different shoulder location and will not chamber in either .30-06 or 270 Winchester rifles. Highly accurate cup-and-core, polymer-tipped and Partition bullets cover most bases, and new bonded bullets and several lead-free projectiles add to the .280's versatility. ammo in a .280 AI, accuracy likely won’t be what you can achieve with a standard .280 Rem. All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. Then there were the name changes that caused an identity crisis of epic proportions. Looking at a Thompson Center/Encore rifle in .280 Remington. 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