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Old July 6, 2007, 03:32 PM   #1
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Does anyone know very much about loading the 7MM/06? I know that they are very close to the .280 Remington. I am also looking for dies for this rifle. Any suggestions other than paying $109 through Hornady?

The 7MM/06 round is a .30/06 necked down to a 7MM. That's correct, it's round is .050" shorter than the .280 Remington and takes a fraction less powder. It was my great-uncle's gun and I would really like to know if anyone has any of these dies lying around collecting dust. I saw some on the other day and am considering having to get them. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old July 6, 2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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You learn something new everyday! I thought the 280 was the 7mm06? Does it use a different case than the '06?
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Old July 6, 2007, 04:36 PM   #3
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I believe that a 280 remington case is slightly different in the shoulder area as compared to just a 30-06 case necked down to 7 mm.
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Old July 6, 2007, 04:44 PM   #4
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I believe that the case is longer between rim and shoulder to prevent it from being loaded into a .270 or 30/06. At one time back in the late '70's I think that Remington called the 280, 7mm-06 then renamed it back to 280. It was all a marketing ploy.
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Old July 6, 2007, 06:16 PM   #5
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At one time back in the late '70's I think that Remington called the 280, 7mm-06 then renamed it back to 280.
The 280 Remington has the shoulder .050" farther forward than a 30-06, therefore they could not name it 7-06 because if someone put a 7-06 tound in it, the headspace would be excessive. Remington named the 280 Remington the Remington 7mm Express. But then about 5 years later they renamed it 280 Remington. Seems some people were trying to fire 7mm Express in 7mm Rem Mag rifles . . .

If it were me, I would avoid wildcat rounds when a cartridge with the same performance is available from the factory.
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