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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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
 
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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.
 

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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.

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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
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.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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 !
 

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You do know even with some very well used cartidges you can find ammo in stores but it many times is not the brand and bullet you really wanted. I order most of mine that I don't reload. Better prices even with the added cost to ship most every time.

Handloading is a bit slow to learn but valueble down the road as you can get just what you want. Cost?? just figure 200 bucks for what you need to start with. Midway usa has a LEE chalenger kit for 106, dies for 30 bucks powder, primers , bullets, extra elcrtonic scale for powder checking and a manual.
 

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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 !
I stand corrected and thank you for the information.
 

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I can't add much to what has already been said, especially the fact that the .280, while maybe not well know/poular, is about as versatile a cartridge there is, just like the other calibre's mentioned of the same bullet size and muzzle velocity, me, I just don't like to sell a gun, always some regret of some kind,

Learn to reload, sounds like you are on the right track already, are not going to need large quantity's I would stay with a simple single stage press, once you do your homework/reading on the subject, you will think"why didn't I do this before?", thats what happened to me anyway,

So if you like the rifle and it's effective in your hands, then keep it and reload for it, the satisfaction of shooting your own, accurate reloads, just adds to the general enjoyment and satisfaction, it does for me anyway,
 
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