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Might buy, need info. Remington 700 in .280 with some mods.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Outlaws, Nov 5, 2006.

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  1. Outlaws

    Outlaws Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    Valley of the Sun
    Below is a quote about the rifle I am considering a trade for. I am curious what the value is ruffly.

    Also, what is "setting back the barrel"? I don't recall hearing that term before.

    Basically I have an almost new six shooter I am trying to sell and said I would accept trades. I already have an old 1953 Rem 721 in .30-06, so I don't know exactly what I would gain with a .280 other than this one being free floated and maybe a neat addition to my collection. Is there much ballistic improvement with a .280? I have started to handload, so the addition of dies is nice.

    I see that the ADL is discontinued, but most on GunBroker are about $350-400 for the walnut stock in .270 or 30-06.

    Here is a link to this Dave Vanhorn who modified it. http://www.mygunroom.com/dvgunshop/
    Anyone familiar with his work?

  2. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Along "That Dark and Bloody River"
    Hi Outlaws...

    It will be a neat addition to your collection but it isn't really going to do anything for you that your 721 can't do too. The .280 will have slightly less recoil. It will provide you with something else to reload for.
    Not sure how that person is using the term "set back barrel" but such work may not add any real value on the open market, especially since it apparently began life as a .270. Why the owner changed it from a .270 to a .280 escapes me since, in the field, the only significant difference is the .270 ammo is about 1000 times more readily available.
    It's probably as good as any other "something-to-mess-with" you could buy. :)
  3. Charles S

    Charles S Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    North East Texas

    That sounds like a really nice rifle. If the price is right you won't go wrong. IMHO you are not really gaining much over the 30-06, but the 280 is a nice round and kind of splits the difference between a 270 and a 30-06. Since you reload there is a great 284 cal bullet selection.

    The term setting the barrel back is typically associated with taking the barrel off, turning off 1 or more threads from the back of the barrel and then re-chambering the barrel with a better reamer, typically you can get a tighter and more true chamber than the one delivered by the factory, often at the same time one has the action partially trued and some bolt lug work done. Setting the barrel back, truing the action, a little bolt work, re-cutting the crown and bedding the action and floating the barrel typically results in a much more accurate rifle. I have had the above mentioned work done a Remington 700 30-06 and it is a true 3/4 of in an inch rifle.

    I don't mean that this rifle once, when all the stars were aligned, shot a single 3/4 of in inch group. I mean it will shoot group after group 3/4 in with selected ammo. This rifle rarely groups 4 3 shot groups over an inch with most any quality factory ammo.

    I am not familiar with the gunsmith, but his website appears to be professional. If the price is right I think you will get a great rifle.
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