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?