As I wrote in the previous post, I was looking for a nice all-around big-game cartridge with which to spend my declining years, and went back to an old favorite from the late 1970s and early 1980s—the .280 Remington. The best job of describing the .280 in a nutshell was done by Layne Simpson, who said it was a .30/06 without the recoil. Like the '06, the cartridge can handle just about anything that can be killed with a rifle, but because its bullets are 20 to 30 grains lighter across the board than '06 slugs, it kicks noticeably less. I use 140-grainers sometimes for sentimental reasons, but I believe that the best all-around weight is 160 grains.* If you're a handloader you can stuff shells with strong 175-grain bullets, and you'll be astounded at what they can put on the ground, despite muzzle velocities that are only in the 2,500-2,600 fps range.