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22-243AI vs 22 CHeetah vs 22 something else

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Unread 11-09-2007, 05:50 PM
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22-243 ackley fast twist barrel life and performance

I have had and shot out a few 22-243 ackleys. Yes they are hard on barrels but what cartidge that matches the ballistics that isn't. I load on the hot side and get around 3600 fps with 80 a-max in a 30 inch tube. I rechamber at 400 to 500 rounds. I use laupa brass and they shoot very well. I don't lie most really fast flat shooting cartidges tear barrels up but you can't have it all. To a 1000 yards their arent many flatter shooting and better wind bucking cartidges for ground hogs. The 22 dasher is a better option for barrel life and is all most people need. The 22 dasher will shoot from 3100 to 3300 fps with 80's. I consider the 22-243 ackley the limit for me in a 22 cal case and I can live with 500 rounds and rechember. If anyone has any questions call me on my cell 724-366-1989 I have a good bit of experience with fast twist 22 cals. Stay with the dasher or 22-243 cases for the reason of laupa brass. My honest 2 cents on barrel life and performance. Reed
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Unread 11-09-2007, 06:24 PM
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"VH, how much barrel life do you expect from your 22/243AI?

And, how many shots before the bore starts tearing those Amax apart?"

I didn't expect as much as I actually got. I fired aprox. 1,000 rounds, confirmed by my reloading log books, before I decided to set the barrel back and rechamber to 22-243 (plain). I NEVER shot the rifle hot and always kept the barrel clean using standard BR cleaning methods

I have yet to tear apart a single A-Max (moly) bullet. I have always attributed that to 3 things:

1. Very smooth bore
2. Moly coated bullets (using the NECO method)
3. Loading the bullets .007" into the rifling

For those barrels that seem to dust A-Max bullets, I'd suggest the 80gr SMK which has a nearly indestructable jacket. I originally built the rifle with this bullet in mind but the rifle just preferred the 75 A-Max (moly) bullet. It's pretty hard to argue with a .625" group shot at 600 yards.

Once you have tried the 22-243 (anything) you will be hooked! :>)

I have had exceptionally good performance from the 22-243AI and feel that it is the practical limit for a .224 bore and heavy bullet.
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Unread 11-12-2007, 02:03 PM
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VH, great info. Gotta love those screaming groups.

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Unread 11-12-2007, 03:42 PM
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The target is a bit dusty but here it is if anyone is interested in seeing it. As you can see, I missed the dime again :>)

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Unread 11-12-2007, 03:49 PM
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Great shooting VH
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