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Old 10-02-2006, 12:21 PM
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223 AI Chambering Issues

My other thread on the 223 Ackley Improved has brought up an issue that does concern me and that is the chambering of a cartridge with a 40 degree should and what should I expect
when I bring this rifle home from the gunsmith. Could some of folks who have one of these conversions explain what I will be experiencing. Thanks


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Old 10-02-2006, 02:11 PM
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Re: 223 AI Chambering Issues

panhandlepr, I'm not exactly sure what you are wanting to know, but I have a 223AI and what you should expect IF your smith chambered it correctly is a rifle that will chamber and shoot regular 223 rounds that when ejected will have noticeably less body taper and a sharper shoulder angle. The slightly less body taper and the sharper shoulder angle are what increase the case capacity slightly. It is my understanding that the sharper shoulder insures a more positive(?) headspace and as a side benefit it almost eliminates the need to trim cases in the future(if you started out at the correct length of course) Its a fun cartridge and easy to get brass for. Good luck.
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:18 PM
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Re: 223 AI Chambering Issues

What I'm really looking for is some feedback on how well the cartridge will chamber compared to a standard 223 when you pushing the bolt into locked position. Do they jam up because they aren't centered or do you have to hand chamber each round?
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Old 10-02-2006, 03:34 PM
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Re: 223 AI Chambering Issues

My 223 AI is a Sako Vixen and is clip fed, thus no issues at all. I do have a 22-250AI in a Rem 700 ADL version and I have no feeding issues with that round out of a staggered box magazine. So, I can only comment on the two AI's that I have. No problems for me at all. I have seen posts on here that did state that there may be problems, but I personally have not encounter any with the two that I have.

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Old 10-03-2006, 05:53 AM
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Re: 223 AI Chambering Issues

panhandlepr,
When you feed a standard 223 into your improved chamber you should notice resistance on closing the bolt.
This is because the improved chamber will be cut shorter then the standard 223 chamber, enabling proper headspace to be achieved when fireforming the improved case.
If you dont feel any resistance when closing your bolt your chamber may be cut to deep, resulting in headspace issues.

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Old 10-03-2006, 09:21 AM
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Re: 223 AI Chambering Issues

MY 223 AI is built on a 700 action and my only gripe with it is the feeding issues. When I had it built I had asked the smith if there were any feeding issues and he said NO. Well he had recently purchased the reamer and only done a couple others. Since he has stated others have had some problems also. If overall length is too long bullet sometimes wants to nose into counterbore instead of chamber. Think this results from the 'fatter' case not coming off feed rails correctly. Also with so little case taper round goes easily into the chamber about 75% of the way and then sometimes hangs up. You have to jiggle bolt or shake rifle to be able to close bolt properly. Sometimes if you just shove bolt ahead round will chamber and sometimes not. Believe there is only about .004 taper on the case so things have to line up pretty straight from the gitgo. Don't know if it is a tolerance thing on Rem actions or what but some have no problems. Mine is a super shooter so pretty hard to give it the 'redheaded stepchild' treatment. Also using 50 Nosler BT's it will sure dump a coyote. Too many pros to the cartridge to make a decision solely on feeding IMO though. Hope this helps you some.
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:11 PM
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Re: 223 AI Chambering Issues

I am feeding mine through a hs precision DM and do not have any problems at all. Centerfeeding helps

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