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.244 Ackley and 1000 yards

 
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Old 09-21-2002, 06:28 PM
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.244 Ackley and 1000 yards

Just been working a load for a .244 Ackley and would like to shoot it 1000 yds. The 107gr VLD bullet is out of the 1 in 8 muzzle at 3000 fps. At a BC of over .500, will this round be worth the effort, or should I work on something else? I also have a 30-06 Ackley 1/10 and a factory 7 Mag that shoots very well. Your knowledge is desired here.
Tim
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Old 09-21-2002, 06:44 PM
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Re: .244 Ackley and 1000 yards

are you talking competitive 1000 yd br or what? The caliber is ok, a little on light side, but really depends on the gun setup. Caliber with right setup will be competitive at 1000 unless wind blows, then the 6.5 and 30 cal have the edge.

What are you trying to do and where at?

IBS clubs in NC and VA have a factory class and clubs starting in iowa and ohio.
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Old 09-21-2002, 07:21 PM
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Re: .244 Ackley and 1000 yards

Thanks for your reply. I have never shot 1000 yds at paper but recently have attended a couple of 1000 yd matches at a local club. I have ask the members if I could take a crack at it and they said ok. I'm lined up the 28th to shoot. I have a Remington VSF rebarreled with a very heavy stainless Krieger 1/8. I have cast the chamber and turn the cases accordingly. The bullets are seated in a die that the smith made when he cut the chamber. The gun shoots under an inch at 400 yds, which is what I have it sighted in for. The scope is a Leupold 12X AO with standard mounts. I really don't want to spend the money to upgrade this rifle until I find out if it will go the distance, so to speak. The matches here are various ones including F class which is what I would probably shoot in if I can find one of my weapons will fit the bill.
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Old 09-23-2002, 01:33 PM
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Re: .244 Ackley and 1000 yards

Tim(db),

Glad to see you over here! Hope things are well in Rye-oh Illinois too.

For my .02, I'd lean toward the 244, especially since you have the load work done & it's not an unpleasant piece to shoot.

The 7mag you have has a lighter barrel if I remember correctly? I don't know if that would hold up to the 25+ round strings you'd be shooting in F-class without having some stringing. Not to mention the recoil in a light boomer like that.

The 244 will get there & probably do fine. It'll also teach you more about the wind effects at 1K. Tricky for now, but you'll be better off later. I see the symptoms of your addiction are forming!!! [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
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Old 09-23-2002, 03:08 PM
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Re: .244 Ackley and 1000 yards

Yeah, you guys are right, I am getting the bug. Trouble is, I don't know if a 107 VLD will go the distance especially in the wind. I have a custom 30-06 Ackley that is a very tight nice shooting weapon but I am having a hard time finding custom bullets fot it. It has a 1/10 twist so it should shoot the 200+ grain bullets, I just don't know where to look. Berger has limited production runs and everywhere I call they are out of stock. Can anyone tell me where they buy their long range bullets?
The 7 IS a light gun, and after a number of rounds, I'd probably rather watch than shoot.
Anyway, the date is this Saturday. I guess I could take several rifles and see which one will fit the bill. The trouble with the 06 AK, is it's built on a Mauser and I've never seen tapered scope mounts to fit a 98. Maybe I could take the gun back to the guy that built it and see if he can do something with it. He always likes a challange, and at 75+ about everything is a challange. Don't tell him I said that!
Let me know what you guys already know.
Tim
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:35 PM
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Re: .244 Ackley and 1000 yards

Tim,

Tapered bases for the M98 are available from Kenfarrell.com and Graf&sons.

If you decide on the '06AI, there are lots of different bullet options. Some of the best come from Sierra especially in the heavy weights. The Nosler J4's have worked well for many too.

I would still consider the 6mm as this has good bullet selection and does perform well at long range. You have mentioned a liking for custom bullet makers. However, you may want to give the Hornady Amax 105gr a try. I have really enjoyed shooting the various Amax in 30 cal and others have had success with the the 6.5 and 22 bullets.

good luck...

Jerry
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Old 09-23-2002, 06:28 PM
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Re: .244 Ackley and 1000 yards

Can you sight in for 30inches high at 100 yards with your current scope base and rings? If not, then you might have a problem with enough elevation to get to 1000 yards. Now a flat 6mm might only need 25-26MOA of elevation but if you can get 30 you know you are ok. Cheapest way to correct that problem if it is there is a set of burris signature rings with the insert kit (total cost under $50). You can change the inserts from front to back etc and get 30 MOA in the set up and still be optically centered.
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