My first .280 was built by Jim Carmichel in 1975, and I shot it so much that, between then and two years ago, I burned out the barrel. I retired it and got a Montana Rifle Company American Vantage rifle. It’s heavy for a sporter, but its heart-wrenching beauty won me over. (After all, Marilyn Monroe could have lost a few pounds, but who cared?) I have three loads for it: a 140-grain Swift A-Frame at 2,961 fps, 160-grain ditto ditto at 2,968, and 175-grain ditto ditto at 2,578. If there’s anything that can’t be taken with these three loads, short of really big stuff like Cape buffalo, it is not running loose on the planet Earth.