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#497575 - 11/18/07 05:58 AM 308 or 280?
breeze900rr
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Time to add another rifle to the collection. I'm trying to decide between the 280 or the 308. I've owned a 280 before but never killed a deer with it before I sold it.
Anybody got one of these? If so whadda ya think about it?
I'm kinda lean'n toward the 308.
#1 cuz almost unlimited ammo choices.
#2 never had one.
I don't know whadda y'all think
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#500978 - 11/20/07 05:07 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: ]
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I have a Remmington 700 in 308. It really has stopping power. I have never used a 270 or 280. I know they will get the job done for deer. However, I have had to help track a few that were shot by someone else using a 270. With my 308 the deer usually drop like a ton of bricks. I had one run a little way once, which was really incredable seeing that my sholder shot had blown off his leg on the other side. He only went about 20 yards though.
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#501422 - 11/20/07 09:14 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: JSTEVE]
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280 anyday brother
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#501824 - 11/21/07 08:58 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: ]
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I really like my abolt microhunter in 308! Unless you are into handloading, your bullet choices in 280 are nowhere close to what you can get for a 308. Personally, I would go with a 308.
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#502474 - 11/21/07 03:40 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: W.Seay]
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Can't go wrong with either, more ammo choices with .308. If you reload, the 7mm is a interesting choice.
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#502584 - 11/21/07 05:44 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Cull Buck Hunter]
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.308 because of the reasons you posted.
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#502973 - 11/21/07 09:36 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: RUGER]
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I got a .308 and it drops them in the tracks
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#503115 - 11/22/07 12:17 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: JThuntsalot]
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.280 is superior in every way but one: ammo availability. 308 is much more widely available. If you buy in bulk online you won't have any issues, though.

Either one will kill deer-sized game fine. If you commonly shoot 300yds or more the .280 has a decided advantage.
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#503688 - 11/22/07 06:35 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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#504092 - 11/22/07 11:47 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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Thanx for all the input guys! That being said i got the 308! Ammo for now is Federal Premium 165gr gameking. Very accuarate in this rifle, we'll see what it does on deer!
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#505190 - 11/24/07 02:12 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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#505580 - 11/24/07 08:10 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: num1medic]
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Well, you already have the .308, so I guess I'm a little late. I would have said that I would have boght the .308, simply because I already have a .270, which is pretty close to the .280, andd if I bought another rifle it would be a short action.

As for the poster that complained of trailing poorly hit deer with a .270, don't blame the caliber. I shoot a .270, my son Joe shoots a sweet little BSA .308, and I've noticed no real difference in killing ability. The .270 has a definite edge in longer range/flat shooting, but we almost never hunt in a place where that edge would apply. (Maybe next year if we go on that Montana antelop hunt.)
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#511872 - 11/29/07 08:21 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: jakeway]
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 Originally Posted By: jakeway
Well, you already have the .308, so I guess I'm a little late. I would have said that I would have boght the .308, simply because I already have a .270, which is pretty close to the .280, andd if I bought another rifle it would be a short action.

As for the poster that complained of trailing poorly hit deer with a .270, don't blame the caliber. I shoot a .270, my son Joe shoots a sweet little BSA .308, and I've noticed no real difference in killing ability. The .270 has a definite edge in longer range/flat shooting, but we almost never hunt in a place where that edge would apply. (Maybe next year if we go on that Montana antelop hunt.)
"BSA" never heard of that?
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#512296 - 11/29/07 04:14 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: breeze900rr]
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This is a blonde or brunette question. However, if you compare the ballistics of the 7mm(.284 bullet) to the .308, the 7 mm is better overall in downrange energy retention.

I shoot a .284 Winchester in an A bolt that was rechambered (bought it in 7-08) and restocked with a Mc Millan synthetic, pillar bedded and floated. It shoots a Barnes 150 X bullet at 2850 fps into less than half inch groups. I'd put it up against any 280 any day, plus it fits in a short action. Downside to this cartridge is you pretty much have to reload your own, but it's well worth it. If anyone is interested in building an all around deer/ elk / antelope gun, try making one of these. I have a custom mauser 7 mag and never shoot it- like the .284 better.
Too bad this cartridge never really took off- it's great.

Bottom line, in the same bullet weight and velocity, you'll get better performance off the 7 mm than the .308.

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#512792 - 11/30/07 09:08 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: CZ284]
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Does BSA stand for Browning Short Action?
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#513473 - 12/01/07 07:42 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: breeze900rr]
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 Originally Posted By: breeze900rr
Does BSA stand for Browning Short Action?


BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms...they were making firearms since the 1800.s, but went out of business years ago. A company started selling scopes called BSA, and even has the old logo (BSA with a wing on the B).

BSA also made motorcycles, but quit that business in the mid 70s.

Here is a pic of my son's BSA .308. Very sweet little lightweight sporter made in 1958.

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#514155 - 12/02/07 04:04 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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I agree with Grenntimber ,i have owned both .
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#514808 - 12/03/07 08:54 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: jakeway]
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sweet looking rifle!!!
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#541535 - 12/26/07 11:52 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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.280 for sure.
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#542922 - 12/28/07 10:43 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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I have a 308 browning, love it
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#574378 - 01/21/08 05:21 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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either would be enough to harvest deer with the shot placement needed ... but
my choice is easy 308!
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#574892 - 01/21/08 09:13 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: backstraps]
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.308, best deer round "EVER" made!
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#586877 - 01/28/08 07:16 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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#597846 - 02/03/08 10:45 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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I have both and both are great. More ammo for the .308 but I think I would rather shoot the .280.
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#638987 - 02/28/08 11:21 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: ROOKIE2323]
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is the 280 just alittle more powerful then the 270?
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#643455 - 03/03/08 08:26 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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Definitely the 308, before i would go with the 280 i would have any number of the 270 offers especially the wsm. The 308 is a great all around Deer hunting choice!!!
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#645562 - 03/04/08 12:20 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: breeze900rr]
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308 !
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#651246 - 03/07/08 02:39 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Bobby Williamson]
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I have a .308 its a good round but I am trying to get rid of it for either a .270 or a 7MM.
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#667382 - 03/18/08 07:57 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: ]
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308 has my money, and the 270 over the 280 because the 280 never made the splash that the 270 made and everyone knows its just a 270 wannabe...........Get the 270 and quit pretending....It has the history and the storied support of the great Jack Oconnor.....need i say more.
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#672654 - 03/22/08 04:06 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Boone 58]
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 Originally Posted By: camoman270
Get the 270 and quit pretending....It has the history and the storied support of the great Jack Oconnor.....need i say more.


quit pretending and get a .30-06!

i would take a .280 if i could get it in a rifle i liked, but Ruger is the only one that still chambers it in a standard production rifle (that i know of, anyway.) I'm not a Ruger fan, though. Good luck finding a used .280 (i.e. M700, M70, Browning) for a reasonable (meaning somewhat near bluebook) price. I havent. People must like 'em too much.

I'm buying a .308 Savage after Turkey season. Great ammo selection, and an accurate round as well. The price is also right.

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#700377 - 04/12/08 09:12 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: pathfindr92]
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browning an remington both still chamber a .280 besides ruger
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#701071 - 04/13/08 05:32 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: pety221]
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I shoot a Browning A Bolt 2 chambered in .280 and I will NEVER shoot anything else. After finding the right bullet, it is an awsome rifle. I've dropped deer in their tracks from 5yds to 287yds and have no complaints what so ever. It'll put 3 holes just a shade bigger than the size of a quarter at 150yds every day of the week. So as for knockdown power, accuracy, and just all around caliber, my .280 has a special place by my side for years to come and hopefully by the little mans as well.
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#701467 - 04/13/08 03:54 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: downthebrown]
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My first deer rifle was a 308. Every time I squeezed the trigger a deer dropped...and I squeezed the trigger alot. I've hunted mainly with a 270 the last 12-15 years and killed a bunch of deer. Balistically they aren't that far apart so you can't go wrong with either choice. It would all depend on my shooting circumstances. If I did alot of long range field hunting I might opt for the 270.
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#701618 - 04/13/08 06:33 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Mike Belt]
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I'm with Mike...308 was my first...It was easy on the shoulder
and more accurate for the same reason...Wide range of bullets..
Probably killed hun'erd deer with it, before I give it up...
Plenty distructive capability and distance..I favor 308..BH51..

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#701652 - 04/13/08 07:00 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: pety221]
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 Originally Posted By: pety221
browning an remington both still chamber a .280 besides ruger


Thanks for the info. Apparently Browning just came out with one in the X-Bolt rifle. The Medallion model is one i would consider, but I'm not real keen on Brownings.

Remington didn't have a .280 when I was looking this time last year, except in a Custom platform that was over $2000. The have two at $2100-$2500 this year, the Custom KS Mtn Rifle, and the Alaskan Ti, but I don't consider them standard production from Remington. The Custom KS was discontinued this year, anyway.

They have a 50th anniversary 7600 in .280 for this year, as well.

The only rifle that I see as standard Remington fare is the 700 LSS Mountain Rifle. Its still over $1000, but thats gonna be the price for a top-of-the-line gun from Big Green.

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#728112 - 05/05/08 06:32 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: renegade50
if i could find a winchester model 100 in .280 it would be my next and probably last purchase but they are few and far in between....



The winchester model 100 in 284 not 280 as the winchester model 100 is for short action cartridges only.
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#728119 - 05/05/08 06:39 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Locksley]
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yep browning bar is still chamber in a .280

Edited by Locksley (05/05/08 06:40 PM)
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#729508 - 05/06/08 08:26 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: jakeway]
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Jakeway, that is a Dandy looking rifle.
Reminds me of the Remington youth model of today!
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#791972 - 06/23/08 01:02 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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a 308 would be my preference
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#846517 - 07/31/08 07:46 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Greentimber]
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.308 !
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#846695 - 07/31/08 09:20 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Kimber45]
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#851284 - 08/03/08 05:22 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: breeze900rr]
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#855553 - 08/06/08 06:50 AM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Robo Duck]
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.308 I love mine.
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#867295 - 08/13/08 07:11 PM Re: 308 or 280? [Re: Robo Duck]
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either way you should be happy, i have both.
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