7 mm Sizzle

In its day, the .280 Ross was a very hot number indeed. The original loading claimed a velocity of 3,100 fps for a 147-gr. bullet and 2,800 fps for a 180-gr. pill. Winchester and Remington loaded the .280 Ross until 1935, their loadings were more realistic, generating 2,900 fps with a 140-gr. bullet and 2,550 fps with a 180-grainer.

It is said Ross wanted the Canadian military to adopt the .280 Ross, which could have been accomplished by merely rebarreling existing Mark IIIs. They didn’t, but the .280 Ross ran up some enviable target scores with the military target rifles built by Ross.

The .303 Ross Sporter shown here is indicative of the rifle’s design and quality. It has the classic lines and feel of a fine Scottish stalking rifle. The chamber designation is interesting, reading “.303 Ross,” rather than “.303” or “.303 British” (could this be a bit of Scottish nationalism coming to the fore?).

The barrel is 26" long (28" in the .280 version) and the flip-up express sights are sensibly regulated for 200, 300 and 500 yards. The action is very smooth — more so than the Steyr-Mannlicher M-95 or Swiss K-31. On a good day I can hold 2" at 100 yards with Sierra 174-gr. MatchKings and 37.0 grains of IMR-4895.