Accurate Ackley

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by 7ultra, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. 7ultra

    7ultra Well-Known Member

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    I am considering throwing together a hunting rifle, and this time around I'm looking to chamber it in an Ackley cartridge. My criteria are that it is based off of a standard case (.473 head) and falls between .25 cal minimum and .35 cal maximum. I want a gun that is accurate on the range (.5-.75 MOA capable) while still being useful on medium size game(from 50-300/400 yards). Recoil is not to much of an issue, I do own several magnums. Thanks for the help
     
  2. georges3

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    280 Ackley Improved!!!!
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  3. budlight

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    I put in my vote for .270 Ackley improved. I got my dies from rcbs.

    My 270 Ackley improved is a chromemoly 29 inch McGowan 1.250 taper to 1 inch. I was reading on another sight about barrel manufactures. They list all the top 8 and they all use about the same machinery. But little things like correct break in.......... goes a long ways in barrel life and accuracy. They also had doubt's about cryogenically treated barrels.

    The things I like about my AI is: I probably should have got stainless, but I don't mind carrying a gun hunting that weights 16 or so pounds with my 8.5 pound barrel, Harris tall bipods, and 6X24 power 56mm scope. My gun is 11:1 twist which is optimal for .277 and 140 grain bullets. What is so nice in heavy target guns is the recoil is so low and straight back that you never come off of the target. on 24X I can see the holes appear on paper up to 200 yards. Out hunting you see where the bullets hits.

    I have never recoved a 140 SPBT from any animal they even went clear through elk. neck/spine shots completly removed a vertebrae or two, the chest shots nice exit wounds.

    Chronoed very accurate loads @3320 + or minus 6 fps with 61.2 grains of IMR 7828 CCI 250 mag primer. Moly coated Sierra 140 spbt
     
  4. erikljoh

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    Anyone have experience with a 7x57 Ackley?
     
  5. Mysticplayer

    Mysticplayer Writers Guild

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    Big E, the AI Mauser is simply a 280 rem.

    My vote is for a 6.5-06 and improved versions. I am having a hoot with mine (6.5-06) and they will certainly deliver the goods at the ranges you want.

    I stuff mine with 140gr SST and spit them out of a 24" barrel at 2975fps. At 500yds, they create a very large welt on the backside of my 5/8" thick swinging steel gong. At 600yds, the onside crater is substantial and the backside does show some distortion.

    For weight of bullet, this combo still hits hard. I doubt I would use it beyond 800yds though - a bit light.

    Jerry
     
  6. erikljoh

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    Jerry,

    Regarding the 6.5x55 AI, how much do you gain over the standard swede, other than having a wildcat?
     
  7. JustC

    JustC Well-Known Member

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    another vote for the 280AI. SUPER round!!
     
  8. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    I'll put in my vote for the 30-06 Ai just because I'm a fan of the 30 cals , but the 280Ai is definatly next in line for me , getting the same balistics as some 7mm mags is a sweet deal
     
  9. BountyHunter

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    2 possible choices

    280AI is number one and 30'06 AI is number 2

    BH
     
  10. 4ked Horn

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    My first custom rifle will be a .280 ackley. I have done a gob of research on it and I love what I see. It is like a .243s big brother. Supposedly all the benefits of a 7mm mag but without the severe recoil.

    The case is easy to form also if you have the chamber cut correctly. A factory .280 rem should fit snugly (slight crush fit) from the boltface to the shoulders. Then just pull the trigger. (safety first). Many of the people I have coresponded with about the round have gotten sub .75 MOA with the .280 remington rounds as they were fire forming them!!! What a great deal. Get great performance for the first year or two while fire forming brass and then get superb accuracy the next couple of years with custom made once fired brass.

    You win, and then you win again. WOOHOO!!

    Oh, one more thing. My buddy "Dave in Idaho" has a rifle in 6.5 Gibbs and likes it alot. He has fired several thousand rounds through it and is pleased as punch.
     
  11. Mysticplayer

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    BigE, the AI swede will get a boost of around 100fps for most bullet weights. The older tapered cartridges show the most increase in performance.

    The AI swede will get very close to the 6.5-06 in an action that can handle modern pressures. A very nice cartridge.

    Jerry