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Old 08-08-2010, 09:46 AM
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243 ai

Just wondering how people felt about this round. I am going to buy a savage varmint gun in 243 and going to ream it out to a 243 ai. Just wondering if anyone had a 243 AI and what they thought of it.

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Old 08-08-2010, 03:03 PM
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Re: 243 ai

I have a 243AI on a 40X action that's been my favorite varmint rifle for several years. It has a slower twist barrel (1-12, I think) so it only shoots 75gr and below bullets well...which is fine with me.

Seems like these days everyone is getting 1-8 twist barrels in 6mm so they can shoot the heavier bullets for longer ranges. That's up to you.
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:56 PM
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Re: 243 ai

Ok thank you. For now i am just going to buy a savage and ream it. I think the barrel twist is one and 9.25. I hope it will shoot the 105 bergers or 100 grainers. Want to be able to shoot the heavier bulets.

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Old 08-08-2010, 04:13 PM
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Re: 243 ai

Tiger, my memory isn't what it used to be, so I just retrieved my 243AI from the safe, and actually looked at it.

It is, in fact, a standard 1-10 twist Kreiger 26" SS barrel, and my favorite load is a Nosler 70gr BT/46gr/H414. The 1-10 barrel is designed to stabilize bullets up to 100gr.

As I said above, it's popular nowadays to use 1-8 twist barrels to stabilize the 105-115 gr longer range bullets.
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:18 PM
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Re: 243 ai

ok cool but I am buying the savage and all they are coming in is the 1 and 9.25. Trying not to rebarrel yet unless I have too. But if I have too I am going to want to stabalize the bigger bullets. If anything I am going to get a shilen drop in barrel. Anyway thanks for your help. If have anymore load data would love to hear it.

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Old 08-08-2010, 06:23 PM
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Re: 243 ai

I shot a standerd .243 for 50 years before discovering the Ackley by accident. I bought a used .243 at a gun show that the dealer knew nothing about except he thought it was a .243 and it didn't have a safety. It had a 28 inch Shilen barrel with a Vias brake and a Shilen 2 oz trigger. I bought it for the price of the action intending to rebarrel it to 6BR. A week or so later I put a scope on it and after firing it, realized it was a .243 Ackley. I loaded up some 70 Nosler BT's for fire forming and got the following group.



It has become my favorite .243 ever.

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Old 08-08-2010, 08:23 PM
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Re: 243 ai

That was a great find. It looks like it shoots great. I am trying to decide if i want to go ahead and rebarrel or not. How far have you stretched it out to. I am looking at shooting the 95 gr bullets. I want something that is fairly easy to go shoot. Thank you for showing me the pics. I was reading about a 6 mm rem ai but think i am going to stick with the 243 ai.

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