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Unread 06-04-2008, 08:56 PM
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I used to just load unformed 223 brass with my 223AI load and shoot. Now, since I found a supply of 1970's surplus Norma 5.56 ammo I just shoot them. They're too hot to shoot in a 223 chamber but just right in the AI. They shoot very well, for surplus ammo, averaging around 1 moa.
My 6mm AI is a little different, and I just shoot factory loads in it to make my AI cases.
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    Orrrr

    send 3 fired cases to hornady and get a hydroforming die.... I have one for my .22-250AI and one for my .338LAI and i have had good results..... Plus you dont have to load them up or go to the range/farm or whathave you to fire them off......

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    Unread 06-04-2008, 11:45 PM
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    I FF 280 AI brass with new 280 Remington cases and a max load of RL19 and a 140 gr BT
    as my gunsmith advised and had no problems.

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    Unread 06-10-2008, 06:55 PM
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    Every Ackley I have ever had.....

    Shot extremely well about 1.0g below what the final formed load would be.

    So, work up a load fireforming the brass at the same time. When you find your accuracy laod, you will add .5-1.5g More powder in the formed case.

    Expect exceptional accuracy fire forming the cases. No sense firing bullets in the dirt just to fire form. I fire form while hunting, except on the long range stuff.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Ackley Improved Question

    Hate to revive an old thread, but this one piqued my curiosity, as I am building a .25-06 AI...

    I read on page 1 that someone said you can buy standard .25-06 Rem neck-sizer dies, and just use them for your .25-06 AI once you've fireformed your brass into the AI chamber. Is this correct, or will I have to buy a $150 worth of dies?

    It would make sense, because the .25-06 Rem, and the .25-06 Rem 40* Ackley Improved both have the same neck dimensions, b/c that's how PO Ackley designed it.

    If so, that saved me about $120 towards buying new Norma brass...

    Please can someone either confirm or deny that I can use standard RCBS Neck-Sizer .25-06 Remington dies for loading for my .25-06 Ackley Improved?
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    Re: Ackley Improved Question

    Nobody on this entire forum can answer this question?

    I mean I just need a confirm or deny.....I know they both use the same neck dimensions, so that's all that SHOULD matter with a neck-sizer die. I was just curious if I could use one to get by for a couple of firings, while my "special order" .25-06 AI FL sizing die can come in from being backorder? I don't need it for a full-time thing, just a temporary deal. It's just ALOT cheaper, and it's available now, instead of waiting 4 months on backorder for it to come in...
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    Re: Ackley Improved Question

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    Nobody on this entire forum can answer this question?

    I mean I just need a confirm or deny.....I know they both use the same neck dimensions, so that's all that SHOULD matter with a neck-sizer die. I was just curious if I could use one to get by for a couple of firings, while my "special order" .25-06 AI FL sizing die can come in from being backorder? I don't need it for a full-time thing, just a temporary deal. It's just ALOT cheaper, and it's available now, instead of waiting 4 months on backorder for it to come in...
    Buy the AI dies. I did!
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