The 280 Remington was the result of a much-delayed project. Before World War II, Remington was designing 7mm cartridges with the .30-06 case and the .300 H&H Magnum case. Due to World War II, the project was delayed. Then finally in 1957, Remington launched .280 Remington cartridges for the Model 740, an auto-loading rifle. The only difference being that the .280 Remington had its shoulder moved forward and was necked down to 7mm as compared to the originally designed .30-06. Later on the .280 was offered in the Model 725 rifle.
.280 Remington was only slightly popular among the hunters. One of the reasons was the established popularity of .270 Winchester. Both the cartridges had similar performance. Hence the wide acceptance of .270 Winchester hurt initial sales of the .280 Remington. In late 1970s, as a marketing gimmick, the name of .280 was changed to 7mm Remington Express. Finally it got its current name of .280 Remington.
The Remington Model 700 Mountain rifle available in .280 Remington caliber is one of the best selling rifles ever manufactured. Another good selling rifle in .280 calibers is the Ruger Model 77. Winchester and other manufacturers have also accepted the .280 Remington. Remington itself has introduced the .280 in variants of Model 700 like the BDL, BDL SS and Classic.
If .280 Remington was to be used for shooting deer sized animals, then 140-grain bullet is considered to be one of the best options. That along with powder like H4350, IMR 4831 or H414 forms a good combination. If the .280 Remington was to be used to shoot the bigger animals like an elk, then a 160-grain Spitzer bullet with H4831 or IMR 4831 gunpowder can be used.
.280 Remington is equal in performance to a 30-06 Springfield or the 270 Winchester. It is fairly accurate and hits it target with a lot of power. Plus it has a larger selection of bullet weights than the 270; both light and heavy weight bullets can be used.
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