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I'm picking up my reloading equipment next weekend and I'm looking for a couple of good loads for my 280 Rem. (powder type & charge, bullet, etc.).   

Also, I've got a Lyman Reloading Manual (49th Ed.) and I was thinking about picking up different manual for cross referencing...any recommendations?

 I've got an X-Bolt, 22'' barrel with a 1 in 10 twist.  Loads will be used for deer and hogs right now.

This is my first go with reloading, so any advice is welcome.

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i wish i would have kept that info from when i had a .280. i wanna say i used imr 4831 and a 140gr sierra game king. in mine it shot pretty well for a m77mkII. i will keep looking, im sure i posted test targets in here.
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well i found it, i used 52gr of imr 4350 and i do remember it shot pretty well.
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IMR 4350 is a great powder for the 280.  Federal 210s, Winchester brass, and a 140 TTSX would be a great load.  Check the Barnes manual.  Charges are pretty much limited to their bullets, but it is good information.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

well i found it, i used 52gr of imr 4350 and i do remember it shot pretty well.

I thought you did, but I was too lazy to search for it.

Thanks fellas. 

I'll probably play around with some loads from the reloading manuals too, but I didn't want to buy a whole bunch of supplies and only use part of them.


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anything that works in the 270 or 30-06 will work in the .280.
4831 imr or h, 4350 imr or h, reloader 19 reloader 22, i wouldnt go any heavier than a 160gr bullet imo. the 140-150gr stuff is what it was designed to shoot.
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I was thinking of trying a 150 grain bullet...maybe Sierra ProHunter or Barnes TSX but the Barnes' are a little pricey.


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I like Barnes bullets. Use a cheaper bullet for practicing and sighting in. Shoot some Barnes to see where they are hitting and adjust if necessary. The few Barnes you will shoot for hunting will not amount to much money!!ExcellentCool
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Sierra 140 grain. IMR 4350 52.5 grains w/ Fed 210 primer is very consistent and extremly accurate
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Originally posted by thethirdpig thethirdpig wrote:

Sierra 140 grain. IMR 4350 52.5 grains w/ Fed 210 primer is very consistent and extremly accurate

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Another question...

I need to pick up a set of dies too.  Any recommendations?


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All mine are RCBS. I recomrnd you get a Speer manual for stepxstep instructions on reloading. It is owned by RCBS and gives instructions while referencing their dies and products. Another very good publication is "The ABCs of Reloading" It is very thorough and makes a good reference.
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I have had good luck with RCBS and Lyman dies.
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I'm using mostly redding now.  Started with lee and was not happy with the lack of consitancy i was getting.  not a problem with redding.  Their deluxe die sets are a good price.
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I agree G, I have quite a few lee die sets and they work, but the redding dies I own are of higher quality.
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Thanks for info guys.

One more question...

I do I need a 3 die set or will a 2 die set be sufficient?


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Depends.  You can get by with a full length die and a seater die.  Some like to add a neck sizer die only to use for once fired brass you are going to use in the same gun again.  I have neck sizer dies and use them for every other loading
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

Depends.  You can get by with a full length die and a seater die.  Some like to add a neck sizer die only to use for once fired brass you are going to use in the same gun again.  I have neck sizer dies and use them for every other loading

I'll be using once-fired Winchester brass so it sounds like I should probably pick up a 3 die set.

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I get slightly better accuracy using once fired brass that has been neck sized only.  (NOTE_ it has to be once fired in the same gun your loading for)
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My Tikka 280Rem seems to really like H4831, but IMR4831 is no slouch.  So far, it shot well with every bullet I have tried in it in the 140gr to 160gr range.  Did not like lighter bullets as much.

H4831 load that gave the best accuracy was exactly one grain below the max recommended by Hodgdon.  Same for the IMR4831.  

These two powders worked so well, that I did not spend much time experimenting with others.  However, I am on the verge of trying Ramshot Hunter since my powder measure does not like extruded powder too much.  If that does not work, I'll just use H4831SC.

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as far as dies go, its hard to go wrong with any of them. ive used rcbs for years and have been consistantly impressed with their cs dept. if i break something they dont ask me any questions except who to mail replacement parts too. redding is good stuff as well.

for your 150gr bullet question, the nosler accubond wouldnt be a bad choice.
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I picked up a RCBS 2-die set, a box of 140 gr. Barnes TSX's, a pound of IMR 4350, and a box of primers.  Still need to get everything set up in the garage, but hopefully I'll start kicking a few rounds out later this week.

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Originally posted by M7025-06 M7025-06 wrote:

I picked up a RCBS 2-die set, a box of 140 gr. Barnes TSX's, a pound of IMR 4350, and a box of primers.  Still need to get everything set up in the garage, but hopefully I'll start kicking a few rounds out later this week.


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The 140 TSX (and 140 TTSX) is a great bullet.  Don't give up if you find larger than normal groups at first.  Find a good velocity first, and then work on the seating depth.  Seating depth is extremely important with Barnes bullets.  Barnes recommends starting about 0.050 off the lands.  If you move it in or out a little bit, you can usually find a sweet spot.  I know 0.050 sounds like a long ways off, but those Barnes bullets seem to like a little jump to the lands.  I have got them to shoot out of just about everything I have tried them in.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Originally posted by M7025-06 M7025-06 wrote:

I picked up a RCBS 2-die set, a box of 140 gr. Barnes TSX's, a pound of IMR 4350, and a box of primers.  Still need to get everything set up in the garage, but hopefully I'll start kicking a few rounds out later this week.


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The 140 TSX (and 140 TTSX) is a great bullet.  Don't give up if you find larger than normal groups at first.  Find a good velocity first, and then work on the seating depth.  Seating depth is extremely important with Barnes bullets.  Barnes recommends starting about 0.050 off the lands.  If you move it in or out a little bit, you can usually find a sweet spot.  I know 0.050 sounds like a long ways off, but those Barnes bullets seem to like a little jump to the lands.  I have got them to shoot out of just about everything I have tried them in.

That's my biggest question right now.  I've been digging through my reloading manual and looking at Barnes' website, but I'm still a little confused.  As far as seating depth goes, do I start with a COAL that Barnes suggests and work from there, or am I missing something?

 


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Find the COAL for your bullet and brass where the bullet contacts the lands.  You can do this in a few different ways:
1.  Take a once-fired brass, denting one side of the neck slightly.  Just start a bullet into the neck by hand.  Smoke the bullet, or color it with magic marker.  Chamber the round.  The bullet will contact the lands, and push back into the case until the bolt closes.  Eject the case.  The bullet might be caught in the lands.  If it is, carefully push a cleaning rod in from the muzzle and bump the bullet back out of the chamber.  The bullet will have marks in the smoked/colored where the dented neck scraped the bullet.  Seat the bullet back to the spot where it was scratched, and measure the COAL.  Now you have your COAL for that bullet.
 
 
2.  Use Hornady's COAL gauge.
 
Now you have your COAL to the lands with that particular bullet.
Now start your load development by seating the bullets to 0.050 in. less than your COAL to the lands.
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