Originally Posted by J E Custom
Thanks very much for all of the responses !!!!!!
I am swimming in uncharted waters with this project and wanted to know
as much up front as I could and give the rifle the best chance possible.
The reason I didn't name the barrel maker was to get unbiased replies and I
appreciate everyones comments.
Hears is the build.
Action = Remingtion 40x single shot.
Barrel = Lilja 3 groove .224 cal 1 in 15 twist 26'' or 27'' long.
Cartridge = 223 WSSM.
Bullet weight = 40gr to 50gr.
Bullet type/brand = Open for suggestions (Velocity will be between 4200 ft/sec
and 4400 ft/sec).
Scope will be ether 6.5x20x50 or maby a 8.5x25x50.
I realize barrel life wont be great but thats why I though the 3 groove would work
best and I can set the barrel back if accuracy falls off.
This rifle will be for little critters and hopefully I can see the hit through the scope.
If it doesent meet my expectations I will rebarrel with a 1 in 12 twist and shoot 55 and
60 gr bullets.
Any comments on bullet choices will be a great help. I had though about using a fmj
or a banded solid.
I will post the results of this build as soon as I finnish the build and testing.
Thanks again to everyone and keep the comments coming.
J E CUSTOM
Well I promised that I would update everyone on this biuld and finally got to do some
I started with the 60gr bullets to see if they would stabilize because the 1 in 15 twist
is recomended for 55gr to 40gr and I wanted to find the upper limmits in bullet weight.
The 3 groove barrel performed very good and appears not to foul bad like Kirby said.
Group size was not that good ( Just under 1 MOA ) .921 but velocity for the 60gr bullet
was = 3917,3921 and 3910 ft/sec with a SD of 0006 and avg 3915 ft/sec.
Velocity was over 100 ft/sec faster than my listed load and I'm assuming that the barrel
has a lot to do with that.
The load was hot and bolt lift was stiff but signs of pressure were not bad.
Now I will load the lighter bullets ( 40gr,45gr,50gr and 55gr ) to find out what it likes.
If the velocity increase holds up I should be able to reach 4500 ft/sec with the 40gr
ballistic tip ( Don't know why I would want to ,but it is an experimental rifle so I will
When I get the accuracy that I want I will post pictures of the rifle and targets with
the load and performance data.
These velocitys were measured on a oehler 35p crony and are not dangerous but I will load
down about 1gr once I reach the pucker factor on each load .
Just an update if anyone is interested
J E CUSTOM