My New Long Range Varmint Rig Ordered.

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by robbobsam, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. robbobsam

    robbobsam Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    After much deliberation and hassle in ordering I have just ordered my first custom built rifle in .223AI.

    I will be using it for long range varmint hunting and long range plinking. The specification is as below;

    Tikka T3 Stainless action
    26" 1 in 8 Kreiger fluted stainless barrel.
    Mcmillan A3/5 Stock.
    Jewell Trigger.
    Bedded in with Marinetex.

    I am having the rifle made to take the longer/heavier bullets and I am hoping the 75 and 80 grain VLD's do the job for me.

    I had good success with my Tikka T3 Super Varmint in .243 using 80 grain varmint bullets, but with a bit of research I found that I could get a .223AI to shoot 80grain .224 bullets with a lot less powder and a much better BC at the same speeds with little to no recoil.

    My .243Win with 20" barrel using 80grain Bergers.

    37.5grains of varget
    80 grain berger varmint bullets
    BC = .306
    Velocity = 3030fps

    The new .223AI with 26" barrel using 80grain VLD's will hopefully give me,

    26.5 grains of IMR4895
    80 grain berger VLD's
    BC = .445
    Velocity 2950-3050fps

    Have any of you guys experience with this calibre?

    If so, what do you think of it and do you have any load data to share please?
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011
  2. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    no experience or data

    Sounds like it'll be a super nice rig.

    Who's doing the work?