What to do with a Tikka 695 in 280 Rem?

orchemo

Handloader
Dec 13, 2006
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Pulled out of the back of a safe, a Tikka 695 in 280 Rem. Has been there for a while, when I purchased it, it certainly looked new and I have not fired it.

Trying to think, if there is something to make? Already have 338Fed, 338 WM and 35 Whelen covered.

Either leave as a 280 (already have a couple) or what?

Have been interested in the 338-06 and I drive by JES twice a week for a couple more weeks, so easy to drop off.

Sway my thoughts
 

FOTIS

Range Officer
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Oct 30, 2004
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Never owned a 280 rem though I have reloaded for some
 

JD338

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Nov 4, 2004
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The 280 Rem is a good one, capable of handling anything I'm NA with the right bullet. If you want something different, why not a 280AI? With a 140 gr bullet at 3200 fps, 150 gr at 3100 or 160 gr at 3000 fps, it shoots flat and hits hard!

JD338
 

6mm Remington

Ammo Smith
Feb 27, 2006
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I like Jim's thinking! I had a 280 Remington and loved it. I built a 280 AI and I hate to say it but love it just a tad more. What an efficient accurate game killing cartridge!
The 338-06 sure would be a great one though as well. Good luck with whatever you decide.
 

Slimfinn

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Nov 28, 2018
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If you already have a couple 280's I'd be interested in the 338-06 especially if you're right there by JES.
 

orchemo

Handloader
Dec 13, 2006
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JES already did a Tikka T3 into a 35 Whelen for me. Turned out right nice and shoots great too

Might just have to shoot regular old 280 with 160 PT and see how she does.
 

Blkram

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Nov 25, 2013
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If it shoots great, or better than your other 280's,leave as a 280.
And then have one of the other 280's rebored to 338-06.
If it doesn't shoot that well, then rebore it to 338-06.

The 338-06 is a great cartridge, and pairs very well with the 280!
I have both a 280 and a 338-06 built on LH Rem 700 actions and they make a great pair for hunting a wide variety of game!
 
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