After much deliberation and hassle in ordering I have just ordered my first custom built rifle in .223AI.
I will be using it for long range varmint hunting and long range plinking. The specification is as below;
Tikka T3 Stainless action
26" 1 in 8 Kreiger fluted stainless barrel.
Mcmillan A3/5 Stock.
Bedded in with Marinetex.
I am having the rifle made to take the longer/heavier bullets and I am hoping the 75 and 80 grain VLD's do the job for me.
I had good success with my Tikka T3 Super Varmint in .243 using 80 grain varmint bullets, but with a bit of research I found that I could get a .223AI to shoot 80grain .224 bullets with a lot less powder and a much better BC at the same speeds with little to no recoil.
My .243Win with 20" barrel using 80grain Bergers.
37.5grains of varget
80 grain berger varmint bullets
BC = .306
Velocity = 3030fps
The new .223AI with 26" barrel using 80grain VLD's will hopefully give me,
26.5 grains of IMR4895
80 grain berger VLD's
BC = .445
Have any of you guys experience with this calibre?
If so, what do you think of it and do you have any load data to share please?