Go to your saved Cartridges

Your Armory

  • Your Armory is empty.

Can't find what you're looking for? Open a ticket and we will help you find it!

280 Remington

New drawing Coming

Introduced in 1957, the 280 was Remington’s long-overdue answer to the 270 Winchester. Remington did this chambering no favors by originally establishing a SAAMI working pressure significantly lower than the standard for Winchester’s older and well-established 270.

This ballistic deficit forever relegated the 280 to also-ran status. In 1979, Remington renamed the 280 as the 7mm Remington Express and increased specification pressure to allow the 280 to approach 270 performance. This was a useless enterprise as the new name only confused folks and the newer factory loads still failed to do anything 270 Winchester factory loads would not do. If the 280 Rem were loaded to the same pressure as the 270 Win, the slight difference in case capacity combined with the slightly larger cross-sectional bore area would allow the 280 to demonstrate a useful, if modest, ballistic advantage.


For decades after the 1962 introduction of the wildly popular 7mm Remington Magnum, manufacturers routinely introduced 7mm bullets that were ballistically superior to anything offered for the 270. Availability of these superior bullets was, perhaps, the only logical reason any handloader would choose the 280 over the 270.

When handloaded with the best modern components the 280 will do anything the 270 will do and comes reasonably close to 7mm Remington Magnum performance while generating far less recoil.

Heritage of this case dates to the 1870s with the introduction of the 40-70 Ballard case.


The text associated with the cartridge description reflects opinions and conclusions of the author, M.L. (Mic) McPherson. Lee Precision and its employees do not necessarily either agree or disagree with any of his comments. We present these with due deference to his recognized expertise in the firearms field. His acumen extends to handloading and all aspects of ballistics - internal, external, and terminal.
Die Sets
Lee Collet Necksizing 2-Die Set
90724
Lee RGB Die Set
Lee Full-Length Sizing Die Set
90552 (3-Die set)
Lee Breech Lock Die Set
Lee Ultimate 4-Die Set
Lee Loader
Single Dies
Full-Length Sizing Die
91062
Sizing Die
Neck Sizing Die
91013
Undersize Sizing Die
Charging Die
90194 (Long Charging Die)
Seating Die
91424
Factory Crimp Die
90841 (Collet Style)
Taper Crimp Die
Inline Bullet Feed Die
Die Accessories
Guided Decapper
Undersized Flash Hole Decapping Mandrel
Undersized Mandrel
Case Conditioning Tools
Case Length Gauge and Shell Holder
90166
Quick Trim Die
90412
Presses
Reloader Press (50 RPH)
Hand Press (50 RPH)
Challenger Press (50 RPH)
Classic Cast Press (50 RPH)
Value Turret Press (250 RPH)
Classic Turret Press (250 RPH)
Ultimate Turret Press (250 RPH)
Pro 1000 Press (500+ RPH)
Pro 4000 Press (500+ RPH)
Six Pack Pro Press (500+ RPH)
Shell Plates and Holders
Priming Tool Shell Holder
90202 (#2)
Universal Press Shell Holder
90519 (R2)
X-Press Shell Holder (APP)
91535 (#2)
Pro 1000 Shell Plate
Auto Breech | Pro 4000 Shell Plate
90584 (2)
Six Pack Pro Shell Plate
91836 (2L)
Inline Bullet Feed
Inline Bullet Feed Die
Inline Bullet Feed Kit
Inline Bullet Feed Magazine
Bullet Casting
Classic Bullet Sizing Kit
Breech Lock Bullet Sizer and Punch
Bullet Molds

Challenger III

From $117.00

Ultimate Turret Press

From $320.00

Deluxe APP Press Kit

91898

The Lee Deluxe Automatic Processing Press gives you the same priming convenience found only on expensive progressive reloading presses.

$155.00

Six Pack Pro Press

From $400.00