I have a mountain rifle in the .280. I bought it when they first started producing them in the 80's and it's my "go to" rifle each year even though I have plenty of options. I reload my own cartridges and mine loves 140 Sierra BTSP pushed by 4350 powder. I still have the factory stock on mine since I never thought it needed lightened although I've had it glass bedded years ago. Top it with a Leupold VXII 3x9 and you'll have a fine hunting rig. Let me know if you want to sell it!
I also have one in 280. I'm shooting federal's with 140 grain nosler balistic tips. I put a vx2 4-12 on mine. I bought mine to hunt the mountains here in PA and I don't think I could have a better rifle.
I bought mine in 1990 in 270. When remington came out with a synthetic stock version I bought one of those stocks for it, didn't make it any lighter, but then I wasn't scratching up my walnut stock. They were listed as 6.25 pounds bare when they first came out, the only way I think you will lighten it is with a high tech specialties stock that come in at 21ozs but they need painted and a recoil pad.
I have one in a 25-06 and like it so much I bought one for my son's 1st birthday, he's now 11 and it will still be a few years until he's able to handle it but I believe it's worth the wait. Like Mark said, I have a bunch to choose from but every year it's the first one out of the safe for deer season.
I have an original one in .280. I have stated in other posts what a joy it is to carry. Its first shot accuracy is on par with any other good gun it its class, it will open up a group in rapid firing, but who cares ? For a classic deer rifle in the paws of someone who moves around all day it can't be beat!
Only problem mine ever gave me is it hated Federal ammo. I took it out of the box, went to the range, shot a box of factory loads, brought it home and tightened everything down and cleaned it and it has been a rock ever since.