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Unread 11-25-2013, 05:35 AM
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223 ai

I'm thinking about a 223 AI. How much does it shorten barrel life ?
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:28 PM
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Re: 223 ai

I wouldn't expect it to dramatically shorten barrel life. Keep in mind the 22-250 is generally shooting similar weight pills at much higher velocities/charge weights, and typically they have fairly good barrel life (not 223, mind you, but are not considered barrel burners).
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Unread 11-26-2013, 06:42 AM
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Re: 223 ai

I have a slightly different version than the Ackley. Mine is a 35 degree, instead of 40 degree, that an old BR friend came up with back in the 70's. I have been shooting it with 50Gr. bullets at 3550 fps. I have at least 3000 rounds through this barrel, since 1994, and it still shoots great. I think the biggest gain is case life.
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