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Just bought a NIB Ruger MKII in .280 Remington. I plan to put a VX-3 4.5x14x40 CDS scope on it.

I do not reload.

Before I order a dial I know I should be sure that the gun likes the ammo.

However, before I begin I thought I would ask about experience ya'll have had with Factory Ammo.

I will use the gun and ammo for South Texas Deer and possibly a Antelope Hunt someday and plan to use 140 grain ammo.
 
My ranges will run from 100-300 yards.

I shoot a .300 Win Mag for Mule Deer and Elk.

Federal Trophy Bonded Tip?
Federal Barnes TSX?
Federal Nosler Ballistic Tip?
Hornday SST?

Thanks for your input!!!
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I think I'd try the Hornady Superformance SST first. If it proves accurate, this will give your the flattest shooting factory .280 ammo available and the SST's have proven to be a good deer bullet.
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Save your cases
 
You will have to get into reloading to realize the full potential of that caliber since Remington came out with that caliber to fit their pump and auto rifles with less pressure than a modern bolt gun can handle
 
So factory ammo is typically anemic
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Originally posted by sakomato sakomato wrote:

Save your cases
 
You will have to get into reloading to realize the full potential of that caliber since Remington came out with that caliber to fit their pump and auto rifles with less pressure than a modern bolt gun can handle
 
So factory ammo is typically anemic




Not true that was 30 years ago, the new ammo is much different and Superformance is great.

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Have good luck with old Remington corelokts out of my 280,  try them all see what the gun likes
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Don't really need a CDS scope for those ranges (100-300yds).  You can zero the gun for 200 and hold hair at 300.  If you must have a Leupold I'd put a 3.5-10x40 or 50 on it and roll.  My personal .280 (sako AV) wears a Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40.  For ammo, I hear reaaly good things about the Federal Trophy Bonded Tip.  

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before I spent money on the CDS dials I'd be spending some time at the range to find a factory load my gun likes.. Then after making sure I could always find a good supply of it then find a friend with a chrono, then order my dials with all the info I needed. 
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the m-77mkII .280 i had was a very good shooter with my handloads. i used a sierra prohunter 140gr bullet and a stiff charge of reloader-22.
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The .280 is such a nice logical cartridge and should be more popular. If mine were lighter and easier to carry around I would use it more.
 
I hand load for mine mostly with match type bullets like 162 H Amaxes but if I were to hunt with factory ammo I would go for loads with the Barnes Tipped tsx bullets - most likely 140's.
 
At the range when shooting with some of my pals I usually have my old beater 06 and refer to their fine .280's as "yuppie" rifles and that usually starts them off resulting in me hearing about how good the .280 is.
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I had fairly good luck with 140 gr Winchester Silver Ballistic Tips.  If you find a brand that your rifle shoots well...order a whole bunch of it.  Before I started reloading, it was a PIA to find factory ammo for mine.

Good luck.



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Originally posted by Stevey Ducks Stevey Ducks wrote:

The .280 is such a nice logical cartridge and should be more popular. If mine were lighter and easier to carry around I would use it more.
 
I hand load for mine mostly with match type bullets like 162 H Amaxes but if I were to hunt with factory ammo I would go for loads with the Barnes Tipped tsx bullets - most likely 140's.
 
At the range when shooting with some of my pals I usually have my old beater 06 and refer to their fine .280's as "yuppie" rifles and that usually starts them off resulting in me hearing about how good the .280 is.

yes i totally agree with that statement, and im a huge fan of the .280. with that said though the .280 has a lot of problems as well.... namely the .270win and the 30-06. toss in the 7mag and its pretty tough competition. the .280ai helps level the playing field some what, and nosler did a lot of people a favor by production ai factory ammo. if and its a big if.... my magnum craze wanes i will certainly be going back to the .280 rem.
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