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.280 Remington do all

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by HOLY DIVER, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Member

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    i bought a Ruger No.1 in 280 Remington primarily for white tail deer but the area I’ll be hunting there are Black Bear and tons of wild hogs. My first bullet choice was a Federal trophy bonded 160grain and the No.1 doesn’t like them at all! It shoots a 140 grain core lock great. I wanted a bonded bullet just Incase I ran into a self defense situation with a Bear. I know the likelihood of it is very low but every year we read a story about a deer hunter getting attacked by a bear. Think the 140 grain core lock will drop a 450lb black bear if the situation did happen. I’m just concerned with penetration
     
  2. Loyalist Dave

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    Have you tried any other loads heavier than 140 grain?
    Sometimes what you experienced is a twist-rate problem, and sometimes in rarer instances it's due to various ammunition makers using slightly different diameter bullets, with your rifle liking the less commonly used diameter. I have a .308 that reacts to different brands that way.
    Federal makes a .280 Remington in a 150 grain load that uses Nosler Partition bullets, and they also make a trophy bonded load in 140 grain.
    https://www.midwayusa.com/280-remington/br?cid=22159

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  3. Patocazador

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    I have killed two black bears with a 7x57 with 140 gr. Nosler Partitions. Your 140 gr. are enough if you hit the vitals.
     
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  4. jmr40

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    A 140 gr 7mm bullet has exactly the same sectional density as a 165 gr 30 caliber bullet. Everything else being equal you'll get the same penetration. I'd not be concerned about the weight, but a little tougher 140 gr bullet might be better. But I'd not stay home if I were using your combo.
     
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  5. Random 8

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    I replied to your reloading thread, and I may have some useful info on this one also. I've been a long time user of cup and core bullets at moderate velocity. Particularly the Speer Hot Core and Hornady interlock. I have run both stem to stern in large whitetail from a .308, 150 grain weight. Also in a Mosin Nagant carbine in 174 weight. In the heavier weights in .280 Rem, (160 grain) they will do the same. I tend to shoot the 145 grain weight in my .280. I have taken many whitetail and a couple of black bear up to 325 pounds with the 145 Grand Slam. Think of it like a 145 sp but a bit more heavily constructed. It works well at this velocity with penetration to spare and was easy for me to find loads with. If I were hunting at longer ranges, the 145 Hot Core would fill my role nicely, but as my ranges are relatively short and tend to have tough angles, I favor the stouter bullet. I would be just as well served with a heavier and softer bullet. This year, just for fun I am running the (discontinued) Hornady 154RN at 7x57 speeds. In your role, the 160 Speer or 154 Hornady might be right up your alley, or the 145 Grand Slam or other similar heavily constructed bullet in that weight range.
     
  6. horsey300

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    I don't generally leap straight to a monometal, but your .280 cranks enough speed to do it, take a good hard look at the 120ttsx. I think it's what you're looking for. The others worth checking out are the 140 and 150 accubond and partition/aframe.
     
  7. DocRock

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    I think if you have an exceedingly rare bear situation you're going to want a repeater far more than 20 grs more bullet weight...
     
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