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Old 03-06-2018, 05:06 PM
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OK beside the urge to get myself a .284 can anyone convince me what advantage it has over my present 7mm-08 other then it being a less available chambering? I'm pretty sure the recoil in the 284 is a bit stouter but that doesn't bother me. I'm trying to justify if there is any real ballistic advantage.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:37 PM
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holds more powder, so I'm sure there is some advantage.

consider the 7mm-08 AI...

if you really want more bang for the buck get a 280 AI.

I don't see enough advantage of the 284 to justify it's rarity over the 7mm-08.

could always get a 270, 7mm, 300 WSM... too.

good luck, keep us posted
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:31 AM
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Iím a big fan of the 284 Shehane, an improved 284 Win, getting 180ís up over 2950 with ease. The 7-08 is one of my favorite deer hunting cartridges, and I certainly wouldnít recommend anyone trade a 7-08 for a 284 Win or even Shehane, even if I might recommend getting the 284 as a new purchase over the 7-08. For me, the 284ís are 100% long action cartridges, which leaves a bit to be desired against something like a 280 AI or 7RM in a long action - if a guy is after ultimate performance. Itís a dangerous game to play - you can pour on a little more from 7-08 and get to 284, then pour on a little more and get to 280, then a little more to 7RM, then 7-300, then 7 Rum, and on and on and on until weíve left the realm of ďhandy, light recoiling deer rifleĒ in our rear view mirror.

Iím not sure thereís anything in hunting fields which can be done with a 284 which canít done with a 7-08.
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Nomercy448 View Post
Iím not sure thereís anything in hunting fields which can be done with a 284 which canít done with a 7-08.
I agree, if you are going to spend the $$$ to get something different, get "something different."
I don't have any two rifles of the same caliber or similar to the same calibers. Unless you are getting another style of rifle, I just don't see the practical advantages, but to each their own, just my .02!
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Old 03-25-2018, 06:24 PM
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Bronko, I shoot the 280Rem and my grandson shoots the 7mm-08. Not much difference between the two. Yes, the 280 will hold more powder thus may kick a little more and give you maybe a couple more hundred FPS, but no deer would know the difference. My grandson shoots a Ruger All American in 7mm-08, yet I shoot the Rem700 in the 280. Because of the weight, my grandson says the 280 kicks less. I always compare the 30-06 between the 308. The difference is only about 100FPS or so between the two shooting the 150-165gr bullets.
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Old 03-26-2018, 11:48 AM
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JagMagMan, There is one exceptionally good reason to have 2 of the same cartridge if not the same rifle. That would be if you hunt out of state often. If you have ever experienced a rifle failure upon arrival at your destination you would know exactly what I am talking about. I always take a backup rifle and having one that shoots the same as your main is not a bad thing at all.
Bronko22000, As Nomercy448 said, there really isn't much, as far as hunting goes, that the 284 can do that the 7mm-08 can't do. Especially since you are an experienced reloader.
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:34 PM
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Just My Opinion...

Save your money on ammo and jump on a quality 7mm-08 in "something you've ALWAYS WANTED".

Mine is the Blaser in a .338WM or .375HH, I used to admire the Lazzeroni cartridges but those days seem PASSED, I'd sooner have a great piece or pieces of wood and phenomenal bluing in a cartridge I truly love.

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PS: the forum is looking pretty thin on posts...



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Old 04-23-2018, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by REM_7600 View Post
I'd sooner have a great piece or pieces of wood and phenomenal bluing in a cartridge I truly love.
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I'm somewhat torn when it comes to this. The main reason I would not choose a rifle with beautiful wood is I'd hate to have a gun I'm scared to take out when it's misty or raining, or to take through a briar patch.

I find laminated wood stocks models with specially-coated metal parts to be quite a nice balance, though. I wish they were more standard, and not only in grey.
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:02 AM
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This one has been through heII and back and it's not gray. :-)

Rides on the back floor of the quad cab and been through heavy rain or shine seeking out whitetails and mulies.

Bipod was on there only for pictures. It normally does not wear bipod or sling.

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