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I thought it's be fun to run some numbers in QuickLoad to get a theoretical comparison at SAAMI spec numbers and equal barrel lengths.
24" barrel, SAAMI max pressure, uncompressed loads:
110gr Barnes TTXS, 3,405fps
139gr Hornady SP, 3,085fps
180gr Berger BTHP, 2,722
110gr Barnes, 3,246fps
139gr Hornady, 2,972fps
180gr Berger, 2,595fps
So, it looks like the 7-08 runs right around 125fps behind the .280Rem at almost all bullets weights. Both cartridges will push at least a couple of those bullets slightly faster with compressed loads but neither gains enough to change the numbers to any real degree.
The 7-08 gets the bullets to speeds with a whole lot less powder though.
Both max out the 110gr with RL-17, the 7-08 using only 49.1gr, the .280 using 57.8gr. The 280 is 4% faster but uses 22% more powder. The 280 is 25.4% efficient, the 7-08 is 27.9%
With the 139s, the 7-08 does it with 46.9gr RL-17 (an excellent 30.5% efficient) while the .280 needs Ramshot Hunter and is 26.7% efficient.
With the 180s, the 7-08 likes W760 and is an very excellent 33.7% efficient, the .280 is likes RL19 as is an excellent 29.1% efficient.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Last edited by Brian Pfleuger; November 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM.