Remington Mtn Rifle in .280 Caliber

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by ctchap70, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. ctchap70

    ctchap70 New Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    I am thinking about trading it in because of the fact I can't walk into a store and buy ammo for it. Every now and then I will find a box of rem core locks in somewhere like basspro or sports academy. I can buy them online all day long if I want to. Should this be reason enough to trade it in? I am actually thinking about doing my own reloading for it because I really do like it. It shoots as good as I can anyway. What do y'all think? If I buy another it will be a 7mm rem mag.
  2. ctchap70

    ctchap70 New Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    114 views. No one has a opinion?

  3. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Just saw this thread; gotta realize that there are many many times more "Guests" that actually view threads than members, so it may be a little while before replies start popping up.

    I would reload for it, not only be able to fine tune your ammo, but also negate any issues with ammo shortages if they happen. Reloading is equally as enjoyable as range time IMO.
  4. ctchap70

    ctchap70 New Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    Thanks wooleyworm. I ordered " The ABC's of Reloading " yesterday. I have been reading on alot of forums about reloading and it seems like something I may want to do. Just gotta figure out what all I need to get started. Thanks for your reply, Charlton
  5. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    I guess I'm confused on why you need anyone elses advice on this. If you like the rifle then keep it and reload. That seems easy enough to me.
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    It all depends on what you want.

    The 280 is an oddball caliber. Not many know about it and many don't care. I think it is a great caliber and makes a fine hunting cartridge.

    If you don't want to reload (Many don't) it is not a big deal. Trade the rifle in for something you like and want or need.

    I don't think the 280 is going to make a big popularity jump any time soon so....

    I myself would keep it but that is me I have a reloading set up.
  7. Twicepop

    Twicepop Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Ohio
    The .280 Remington is a great caliber, maybe one of the best ever designed. Remington made a lot of marketing mistakes with this cartridge, plus the 30-06 and the .270WCF both cartridges in the same class, had a big head start on this cartridge. If ease of ammo purchase is the key for keeping it, you might consider trading it off. If your a handloader, it can be one the most useful cartridges out there.

    those who beat their guns into plowshares, will plow for those who didn't
  8. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    you have come to a great place to figure out where you need to get started reloading, the ABC's is a great first manual. Lyman49th would be the 2nd one I would suggest.
    Reloading is by no means difficult, it just takes the willingness to learn proper habits and to stay focused on your work.

    Semper Fi,
  9. ctchap70

    ctchap70 New Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    Thanks for all the input men. I appreciate it. I'm sure that you all hear this question alot but...
    How much will it cost me to get started reloading? Press, dies, bullets, powder, etc. I have about 60 shells from my past bought ammo. I been keeping them just in case I ever learn how to reload. Once again, thanks for your input.
  10. m77user

    m77user Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    The .280 is one of my favorites (that I don't own yet), it's a fantastic caliber. a 7mm .30-06 basically, what's not to like about that?

    I would hang on to it and roll your own, you can get a cheap Lee kit that will take care of the ammo problem. Brass is easy to get and components are endless for 7mm.
  12. savage170

    savage170 Member

    May 3, 2011
    For me the slight advantage the 7mm has over the 280 is not worth the extra recoil and I like the shorter barrell of most 280,s to me that extra 2" of barrell on the 7mm Mag is a hinderance in a cramped deer stand
  13. tango1niner

    tango1niner Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    rural upstate NY
    I reload for my .280. I wouldn't sell.
  14. ctchap70

    ctchap70 New Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    Looks like I will be re-loading. Savage170 you made a good point I havent thought about. You are right about having that extra 2" of barrel in a tight stand. I have a couple that the doorway is the tightest spot. Thanks for mentioning that.
  15. oneoldsap

    oneoldsap New Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    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 !
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