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#5093838 - 03/29/11 08:44 AM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: Paul Walukewicz]
darrenk75b Offline
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Originally Posted By: Paul Walukewicz
also, the berger bullets are a PAIN to get to shoot for some reason. i've tried them in 243, 6mm, and 308. I'm about to say screw it and just give up on trying them.. only one that had acceptable accuracy was the 243 with the 80's and those are varmint bullets...


Where are you seating them? Many bergers like to be jammed into the lands (not something I'd necessarily want to do for a hunting rifle).

If you have a remington .243, the factory twist should be fine for the 105 AMAXs, but possibly not enough for 105 Bergers.

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#5093879 - 03/29/11 08:56 AM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: darrenk75b]
BradArnett Offline
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My only experience with the Berger's has been w/105's in this 243AI. They shot good for me in the lands and it also looks like they just might work even now that I'm jumping them .040".
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#5093928 - 03/29/11 09:12 AM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: BradArnett]
HuntKY Offline
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Brad, you said you were on your 3rd barrel on the 243AI. Out of curiosity, how many rounds are you getting before they puke?
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#5094069 - 03/29/11 09:51 AM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: HuntKY]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Brand new to the .243 AI so take this FWIW. Just got my LH M700 SA back from the smith and finally got it to the range this weekend. Barrel is a 24Ē Remington factory take-off I bought from the classified here a couple of years ago.

After fireforming 50 cases this past Sunday, I checked the capacity increase from cases of the same lot. Notes are at home, but the average gain in case capacity (weighing cass water filled to the base of the neck) was about 2 grains of water, or a whopping 3.8% capacity increase.

Using the 1 in 4 rule, that should allow about a 1% increase in velocity. Figuring around 3000-3050 with 100 grain bullets for the parent, that gives us 3030 to 3080 fps. Obviously not something to write home via Priority Mail about.

Factory ammo, Remington 100 gr. Core-Lokts, gave just over 3000 fps in the original chamber, about 3020 IIRC, and rounds from the exact same box of ammo gave 2949 fps in the improved chamber, a velocity loss to be expected.

But in fireforming, my velocities were a bit puzzling. I was using max book loads (for the parent case) of RL-22 and H-4831 under Sierra and Hornady 100 grain bullets, 44 and 45 grains each. 45.0 grains of H4831 with a Hornady 100 BTSP in my 23.75Ē barrel gave 3135 fps, it gave 3096 fps with the sierra bullet. Thatís cooking. In previous trials with this rifle Iíve gotten 3050 fps pretty easy with the same bullets and loads of 42.5 grains of IMR-4350 and (the exact load escapes me here) IMR-4831.

Now, this is a little fudgy logic, but the .243 loads have been tamed due to itís propensity for wider pressure swings in any given string. So, Iím using loads that the books claim to give 3000 fps from their 24Ē test barrels, in a larger chamber, and getting 100+ fps more. Pressure signs (yeah, I know) were totally missing. Primers had a good, well rounded radius, bolt lift was easy, every subjective indication said pressure was very civilized.

Not that Iím unhappy, just cannot explain the increased velocities from this enlarged chamber. Well, maybe Ė I had the bullets seated to touch the lands for fireforming, that would be the only difference over the normal loads where bullets are about .020Ē off the lands. That alone would be telling evidence of being careful when you seat any bullet hard up against the lands. Oh well, something for more experimentation.

Anyway, my whole reason for AIíing the .243 was not for increased velocity anyway. I just wanted to tame itís internal ballistic weirdness and itís humongous appetite for eating throats. Prior to AIíing, this brand new barrel had just over 600 rounds through it of moderate loads, and throat erosion had already advanced .070Ē.

Now that Iím getting my target velocities with book loads for the parent I know pressures just have to be mild (a goal I increasingly strive for as I get older) and Iím not so worried about those famous kabooms with 100 grain bullets the .243 apparently likes to spring on people as the throat gets all eaten up, Iím a happy camper.
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#5094088 - 03/29/11 09:55 AM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: darrenk75b]
Paul Walukewicz Offline
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From jammed to .03 off. Someone mentioned in another thread that i should try even further. So, i'm going to give that a try and see what happens...
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#5094232 - 03/29/11 10:36 AM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: HuntKY]
BradArnett Offline
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Registered: 09/03/06
Posts: 2297
Loc: Northern Mi.
Originally Posted By: HuntKY
Brad, you said you were on your 3rd barrel on the 243AI. Out of curiosity, how many rounds are you getting before they puke?


Sorry for the confusion. I just meant that this was an older Rem action that I've had 3 barrels on, not all 3 were 243AI's. First was a standard 22-250, then an 1-8"tw 22-250, now the 243AI barrel.
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#5094339 - 03/29/11 11:15 AM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: BradArnett]
HuntKY Offline
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Registered: 08/10/08
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Loc: TX/WYO/TN
10-4....thanks for the clarification.

I'm sure you shoot the he11 out of your 243AI, but 3 barrels since '08 would be impressive.
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#5094369 - 03/29/11 11:25 AM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: HuntKY]
BradArnett Offline
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Registered: 09/03/06
Posts: 2297
Loc: Northern Mi.
If the 243AI was my only rilfe I'd be in trouble, 'cause that one is a bunch fun to shoot.
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#5094643 - 03/29/11 12:55 PM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: BradArnett]
longshot3 Offline
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Registered: 02/20/11
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Loc: East Texas
Lots of good info here! Just ordered my bbl from ER Shaw. 1/10 twist, figured for bullet weight between 85 and 100gr. .600 at the muzzle and 24in long. I have put together 2 remingtons with Shaw bbls and got great accuracy with them.

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#5094649 - 03/29/11 12:56 PM Re: 243 Ackley [Re: longshot3]
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