Any opinions or experience on a Handi chamber for .280 Remington? I've been enamoured of the cartridge's ballistics for some years but never bought a rifle chambered for it. NEF says that the Handi chambered for it has a 26 inch barrel.
Yep, I own one and love it. I have shot 1-1/4" groups with it from the bench using cheap 140 gr. Remington Core-locks. :grin: My usual groups are around 1-1/2". Haven't bothered to try any other ammo yet. May try reloading once I've got enough Remington brass saved up.
I have a 280 and its my No. 1 go to gun. It will do anything my 45 70,44 mag. or any of the other calibers will do,at longer ranges. I get 2975 fps.with the 150 gr Corloks Rem. ammo. and 1 1/4" groups at 100 yds. Very consitant shooter. Digger
Got my .280 Handi back in 2000 when I got a Michigan elk tag....yup, dropped him in his tracks.
As soon as I got it, I put $120 worth of ammo downrange trying everything I could find. Everything shot really well out of it... Groups ranged from about .75" to 2"....but that is with the factory trigger pull which is ungodly heavy. A 3lbs. trigger would have put the groups 1moa I'd bet.
For those of you who have Handi rifles and have shot them extensively from a bench rest, what is the correct bench technique? In other words, should the front sandbags be under the forearm or the receiver? What size groups can I reasonably expect with both factory ammo and handloads? I recently purchased a used Handi in .280 and have fired only 3 shots from the bench at 100 yards. The ammo was 150 grain factory loads and the group was only about 1/2" horizontally but strung vertically about 6 inches. I quit right there because I thought there was something wrong with the scope or the bench technique I was using. I have not had a chance to get the rifle back to the range since that one session.
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