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Old 06-23-2009, 03:38 PM
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My new rifle project .243 Akley

Hi guys,

This is my first time on here so hi to you all.

I am about to order a custom build rifle, it will be a Sako 75 action in a Mc Millian A5 stock with a 26" Krieger barrel, chambered in .243 Akley.

I want the gun to shoot as flate as possible to shoot foxes. I will be using either 55gr, 65gr or 70gr bullets (I will see what it and I like best) I am hoping to get the muzzle fps up to around 4000 fps.

My question is what would be the best barrel twist rate to shoot these light bullests, am I right in thinking a 1-12 would be about right?

Thanks from the UK
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:33 PM
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Re: My new rifle project .243 Akley

1-12" will be fine LOL
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:58 PM
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Re: My new rifle project .243 Akley

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1-12" will be fine LOL


Oh My God, you get everywhere! How embarrassed do I feel now! I was just after a bit of independent advice from our friends overseas and of all the people in the world you pop up.

You've got the job anyway.

Speak soon.

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Old 06-23-2009, 09:49 PM
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Re: My new rifle project .243 Akley

ballie:
My recommendation would be to go with a 1:8 twist. That way you can shoot heavier bullets if you like. Especially when it comes to shooting long range a fast heavy bullet will outperform a fast light bullet.

Although it's not my rifle, here's an example of what I would build if (when) I build a 243.

My 243
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:47 PM
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Re: My new rifle project .243 Akley

You said you were shooting foxes. Are you saving the pelts? How far are you planning to shoot? This will have a deciding factor on what kind of bullet and what weight.
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:07 AM
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Re: My new rifle project .243 Akley

I have a couple of 243 ackleys, one with an 8 twist bbl and the other with a 7.5. The 8 twist was built for the 107's, but i have played around with the 87's and 80 grain BT's for shooting coyotes. They both shot just fine. I can get +3700 with the 80's and that's not even pushing them too hot.

I also give a vote to the 8 twist as you can get some great ballistics w/ the 107, 105, etc. and it will also shoot the lighter bullets, but if you went w/ the 12 twist, you would never be able to work up the heavy bullets if you decided you wanted too some day.

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Old 06-26-2009, 04:34 PM
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Re: My new rifle project .243 Akley

The foxes I am shooting will be at night using a lamp most of them are around 250 - 300 yards (sometimes a little more may be 350) but as anyone knows at night things seem a lot further than there are! The pelts are of no concern to me I just want them dead!

What are the views on a 1 -9 twist barrel (on a .243 AI with 264 neck) will a 1 -9 twist barrel shoot 70 grain Nozzler BT's at about 3700 fps in a tight group or is a 1 -9 too fast a twist for these light bullets?
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