22-243 vs 22-243AI shooters input.

Rugerjim

Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2019
Messages
9
Location
Brisbane
Hey Team,
I have a 22-243 that is a beast and I prefer it over the 22 Creedmoor by far for various reasons.

However it is a 1-10 and I want a 1-8 (Creedmoor barrel to re-chamber.) Considering a 22-243AI.
Just wondering if there’s is a substantial barrel life increase or accuracy increase going AI? Is it actually worth the effort of fire forming in this instance?
Thanks for your input.
 

chev4x4s1975

Member
Joined
Dec 9, 2017
Messages
11
I like my 22-243ai for the reason you don’t have to hardly trim brass and more case capsity there’s really no more accuracy my cousin has a standard 22-243 and his shoots tiny little groups like mine does so it’s just the load work up
 

Varmint Hunter

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 26, 2001
Messages
3,469
Location
Long Island, New York
I've had both and both were great shooters. My 22-243AI was used for groundhog hunting but also shot the smallest group I ever shot. Using moly coated 75gr A-Max bullets I was able to put 3 rounds into .625" at 600 yds.
But, to tell you the truth, the AI version wasn't worth the extra effort and barrel wear. I'm very happy to shoot a plain 22-243 now. Unless you have at least an 8" twist there isn't much sense to chambering to any of the 22-243 variants. IIRC I was getting 3,670 ft/sec from the AI with the 75gr A-Max.

600yd group2.JPG
 

ButterBean

Well-Known Member
LRH Team Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2012
Messages
2,001
Location
West Terre Haute Indiana
What Chevy and Varmint said, I've had about all of them, The MiddleStead was my favorite but the only thing you really gain is brass life, The 8 twist will be hard on cup and core bullets if you push them hard
 

Rugerjim

Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2019
Messages
9
Location
Brisbane
We have a 220 Jaybird reamer but wasn’t sure if you could load and shoot 243 brass due to shoulder length. There is a FL die available for it. Essentially a middlested with a 35* shoulder. Anyone know if I can use 243 brass for that? I’m pretty sure I’ll just run them as 22-243 plains now :)
 

J E Custom

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 29, 2004
Messages
10,688
Location
Texas
When you AI a cartridge , the benefits are being able to propel a heavier bullet the same velocity that you currently do (Normally about 10 grains heavier) with no more pressure. The AI design is a more efficient design and the slight added case capacity allows for more slower powder loads.

The other benefit is case life because the case does not tend to grow every time you fire as much, so trimming is almost non existent and brass thickness is maintained. Barrel life is also not accelerated because the velocity is very close to the same as lighter bullet loads.

As to fire forming, If the chamber is done the way that PO Ackley recommended, accuracy can be less than 1 MOA and fire forming can be done while hunting, also loading is straightforward and no more difficult than regular loads.

J E CUSTOM
 

Rugerjim

Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2019
Messages
9
Location
Brisbane
So my gunsmith had a reamer for a 220 Jaybird, and I managed to track down a die, and is essentially a near AI (35*) shoulder. Close enough to ackley, but has a longer neck which will be good for barrel life. It's a Jarret pet caliber :D
Managed to get it necked down with a 22 Creedmoor FL die. (I wrote 22-250AI) but actually it's a creedmoor... to many wildcats on the brain. I really wasn't too impressed with the creedmoor, definitely got sucked into that bandwagon... ugghg.

Going to run that for a bit and see how it goes, I can always go back to a 22-243 WIN (Vanilla) ... really needs a new name... maybe the 22-Simplecat or something. I don't actually think it ever got a nickname which is sad... Just takes so much effort to say "Twenty-two two four three."
 

ButterBean

Well-Known Member
LRH Team Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2012
Messages
2,001
Location
West Terre Haute Indiana
So my gunsmith had a reamer for a 220 Jaybird, and I managed to track down a die, and is essentially a near AI (35*) shoulder. Close enough to ackley, but has a longer neck which will be good for barrel life. It's a Jarret pet caliber :D
Managed to get it necked down with a 22 Creedmoor FL die. (I wrote 22-250AI) but actually it's a creedmoor... to many wildcats on the brain. I really wasn't too impressed with the creedmoor, definitely got sucked into that bandwagon... ugghg.

Going to run that for a bit and see how it goes, I can always go back to a 22-243 WIN (Vanilla) ... really needs a new name... maybe the 22-Simplecat or something. I don't actually think it ever got a nickname which is sad... Just takes so much effort to say "Twenty-two two four three."
I always thought it had a nice ring to it
 

Primary

LRH Assistant
Here are some related products that LRH members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to LRH’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to LRH discussions about these products.

 
 
Top