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What bullet and grain is best for my new gun.

Discussion in 'General Rifle' started by Hydra Sports, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Hydra Sports

    Hydra Sports G&G Newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
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    I just picked up a Winchester 280 and will be using it to hunt whitetail. I am wondering what would be the best bullet to use along with best grain to use in it. I use Remington coreloc in my Marlin 30-06 and it seems to work ok for me. Not to mention it is only $24 or less a box.

    Thanks for any help you all could offer.

  2. ChaZam

    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Jul 16, 2008
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    Are you talking about the 280 Remington? If so I am pretty fond of the Federal 150 gr. Nosler Partition. (P280A) Lots of other good ammo for that caliber including the core-lokt.
  3. waterdog

    waterdog G&G Enthusiast

    Jan 22, 2009
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    I reload .280/7mm Express for my son Speer 145grn Gold Match.284" hpbt.
  4. mouser868

    mouser868 G&G Evangelist

    Apr 25, 2010
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    I also reload for 2 280's, One, a Remington 725 likes 140gr Speers pushed by H4831, the other a Mauser action with a Douglas barrel can't make up it's mind between 140gr Remington Core-Loct and Sierra 140gr Gameking SPT Bt's being pushed by RE-22. Out of the Mauser those bullets shoot to pretty much the same POA and group close enough that it doesn't matter.
  5. kayak54

    kayak54 G&G Newbie

    Nov 17, 2010
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    Winchester Supreme

    I have loaded for 280 and 7/08s. Factory stuff, the Win. Supreme w/140 gr. ballistic silver tip shoot extremely well in both rifles I have. For handloads, I like 120gr Sierra w/IMR4350 or IMR4831. I like both of these for their performance on game up to 200 lb. Nosler used to make a 120 solid base that was great-.388 to .5 @ 100 yards and under 1 MOA at 200 yds. I have found that the lighter bullets drop the deer immediately w/ lung or heart shots.
  6. Palladin8

    Palladin8 G&G Evangelist

    Nov 26, 2007
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    It depends on your twist rate of your barrel as to which it will prefer. I have a .280AI with a 1:8 twist rate. I have loaded some 120 ballistic tips as the lightest and 168gr Sierra Match Kings as the heaviest so far. Everything I have put through it so far has been extremely accurate in my rifle. I have tried half a box of the Federal Fusion 140gr Barnes TSX ammo and it is quite impressive.
    I think you will just have to experiment with a few different types of ammo and see what your rifle likes. What mine likes yours may not and vice versa.
  7. Daniel_Boone

    Daniel_Boone Suspended

    Oct 30, 2010
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    One point to ponder is where you live and where do you hunt.

    Bullets are just like automobiles, some can get 40 mpg while others goes really fast - but might only get 12 mpg.

    If you live in the south and the deer are not very large, then you do not need any type of premium bullet to shoot a deer.

    If you lived in the north - such as Maine and had deer that were 200+ lbs in weight - then a better bullet would work better.

    There has been some production issues as of late with Remington coreloct ammo and you would be better off to buy one of the cheap offerings from Winchester or Federal.

    Federal Fusion 140 gr - Federal Fusion Ammunition F280FS1, 280 Remington, Fusion Ammunition, 140 GR, 2990 fps, 20 Rd/bx

    Ammunition To Go : 20rds - 280 Rem. Federal Power-Shok 150gr. Soft Point Ammo [280B] - $27.95

    That is all the more ammo you will ever need for deer.
  8. dmsbandit

    dmsbandit G&G Evangelist

    Dec 24, 2008
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    While I don't own a 280 or hunt with factory ammo, I do hunt with a 284 winchester which is the equal of a 280. I prefer bullets from 140-160grs. I have killed deer with the 154 Hornady RN and the 150 Sierra Gameking with equally good results. In the 284Win I'm getting this fall, I'm going to try the 140 Nosler BT and see how they work.
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