I always thought it a bit odd that this rifle was chambered in 280 Remington as opposed to, say 270 or 30-06, given the action length. Was there a specific reason that the 280 was selected as opposed to "other" 30-06 length rounds?
Don I have wondered the same thing. They also did the Number Ones in a 1V 280 model. I have often wondered if Ol'Bill was a proponent of the P.O. Ackley school. If he was to bad he never made either in a 280 Ackley imp.
I actually believe in the mid 80's Ruger had the 7mm-08 listed as a 77V model in there catologue. When I saw it I ordered one to shoot shillote but they never made it as far as I know. I remeber following up with the dealer and he finally gavce me my $ back.