I've wanted one for years now, I'm doing some work with some friends so some money is coming in slowly. If I can refrain from buying other stuff I may have the money soonish. I am really torn between the 2, the 7-08 is plenty for what I hunt and the ranges, it's lighter and read feels better in the hand over the 84L action. I'd look to put a leupold vx-3i 2.5-8x36. Both are 1-9 twist The 7-08 is a 22" barrel 5 .2lb The 280ai well it's a 280ai lol, it should have more recoil over the lighter 7-08 but for hunting in not to worried. It's a 24" barrel and is about 5 .10lb so still light. Scope on this in thinking the leupold vx-3i 3.5-10x40 for the little added range. I have to still look up what's both mag lengths are, tho I don't think I'd really use over 160s in either. Probably 140-150 in the 7-08. Either should be the all weather rifle I've been wanting, tho could turn into a any weather to to gun. Since I really like both cartridges it's hard to decide, there very rare on the shelf here so don't think I'd ever see the 84m and 84L Montana side by side. The hunter are common and I've handled both, there a few oz heavier maybe more up front. Both felt good and balanced so I expected the Montana to be better feel. so help me pick, and explain why you picked which.