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Old 11-29-2008, 08:24 PM
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The Story of my .280 and how it earned its keep


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My .280 took 2 nice bucks, a 5x5 Whitetail and a 5x5 Mule, and 3 does, 1 mule and 2 WT, this last week. Its solidified its position in the collection. Longest shot was about 275 yards, shortest was 30 yards. All bullets (140 grain Nosler Accubonds) passed completely through, all were lung shots, only the white tail does went more than 2 steps and they both went about 20 yards. A total of 7 shots were fired for 5 deer, 4 of the deer are mine and I fired 5 shots.

My rifle is a Ruger M77 MKII with a Dayton Traister Adjustable Trigger and a Simmon ProHunter Master Series 6-21 x 44SF. I've added a Pachmayr Decelerator pad to increase the length of pull for better fitment.





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Old 11-30-2008, 08:46 PM
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Nice pictures; fine deer; great rifle!

I've been using the .280 Remington since 1962. First one was a Remington 725, and later had Frank Pachmayr build a full custom .280 Remington on a pristine 1909 Argentine DWM Mauser action I had. I've killed elk, Mule and Blacktail deer, Back bear and antelope with them and have never had anything but great success with them. I still have them both.


I have used quite a few calibers over the years... but the .280 Remington is still my favorite.

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Nice!! I have been hearing quite a bit about the .280 rem lately. Nice pics Matt. That is some gumbo country you were in there for that muley. We have a fair bit of that up here too.

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Old 12-01-2008, 12:45 PM
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Yep, thats East of Glendive for the Muley, and the gumbo is bad news if you get stuck in it. The two whitetails (3 actually) were shot just off the yellowstone river west of Glendive. I'm holding a Winchester Model 70 .30-06 in my picture, but I assure you that I shot it with my .280 Ruger. My brother used my .280 even though he has a Ruger .270 and my cousin shot his with a Savage .22-250.

I'm loading published loads in my .280 and even with its 22" barrel, I'm only giving 75 FPS to a 7mm Rem Mag, thats verified with my chronograph. I've got a 7 RUM with a 26" barrel that beats it by quite a bit, but with substantially more recoil, noise, and powder consumption.
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:46 PM
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That's a powerful rifle - I see it blew his guts right out!!!!!

As an aside, shot my first two deer with a borrowed .280 Rem. One shot each, and they're still dead!
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:52 PM
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Haha Mike, I didn't see the shot, but my brother said the buck just spun around in circles looking for what made him hurt, then he laid down and it was probably only a few seconds before he expired from there. The bullet went through and made a quarter sized exit hole, none of the bullets fragmented at all. I'm sold on the Nosler Accubond.
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