If ever a cartridge was born with an albatross dangling from its neck, it was the .280 Remington. In today's shooting market, any new cartridge, be it good, indifferent or awful, is assured a slavering Pavlovian response from gun writers and the publications in which their bylines reside. But back in 1957, when the .280 first saw light, there were fewer gun magazines and no television shows vying, as they do now, to out-yodel each other for advertiser dollars. Gun writers tended to be even more ornery than they are now and were generally inclined to treat the .280 as something that would go away if ignored. Mention of the cartridge, when it was referenced at all, tended to fall into the "so what?" or "why did they do that?" category of breaking news.