Originally Posted by m77user
The 280 remington started out as the 7mm express. Name was changed to 280 to avoid mixing it up with the 7mm remington magnum. It is a very good cartridge in its own right. I wish I had never sold mine to a friend. It does not give up that much to the 7mm remington mag ( my favorite) and is much easier on the shoulder.
With a good 160 grain bullet and handloads it will do anything you would ever need it to do. Reloading is a great hobby and you can probably get started for what it would have cost to trade for a 7 mag.
No it actually started life as the .280 Rem. , Remington thought sales would improve if they called it a 7mm . So they changed the name to 7mm Express . Which did nothing for sales and resulted in confusion . So they changed the name back to .280 Rem. , it is a great cartridge , even Jack O'conner praised it over his beloved .270 . I don't know why anyone that shoots centerfire rifles , wouldn't reload , it's as much fun as shooting I think . I've been rolling my own since 1967 !