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    Question 243ai

    Hey, who here has (or had) a 243AI.
    I have a 6BR with fast twist barrel I am thinking I will stoke up a bit more by cutting it out to a 243. Was thinking 6XC but the 243 is so easy to get stuff for brass dies etc so I thought maybe AI it would give some benefits too.
    Any upsides other than speed, or downsides you guys can offer? It is overbore I know already, so barrel life will decrease but shit they're not going to stop making barrels. The current barrel is near new and 1:8 so I plan to shoot 105s+ and put the rifle on a diet to make it a lot more of a sportier rather than the heavy club it is now.
    Also thinking of a High Tech stock for this rifle. Anyone got experience with them? They look pretty sweet for the price and I am reasonably handy so I should be able to finish it myself. It a Rem700 action (well whats left of it).

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    Hiya
    Yep i have got a 243AI - The Claw also had one made up using my reamer.
    Really good round - i just use 243 Lee Collet dies and a Redding 243AI body dies - no need for fancy dies.
    I am shoot Hornady 105 A-max at 3130 out of a 28 inch PacNor with RL17 - shooting at 1400yards at steel at new year only needed 28MOA with 0 angle bases to make the hits - no downsides apart from throat life - maybe - had plenty down the tube now and throat is still fine.
    Also had HiTech stocks - mold lines are reasonably proud and you will need to add a pad and paint - good stock if you have some basic skills.

    Muz

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    What about 6mm Turbo 40deg? (Basically 6.5 Grendal, necked to 6mm and Improved)
    2850 with 105 VLDs and ALOT easier on barrels etc

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    243AI was more shagging around than I really was keen on, let alone fairly obscure brass and dies (for NZ). Its going to be a hunting rifle so will not see bulk rounds down per year or large strings of shots.

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    Run 6.5 Grendal through sizing die, load and when it comes out its AI for next time - same with 243 AI

    Alot less powder burnt, for not far off speeds and the ability to seat bullets out where they should be.

    Creedmore down to 6mm would be a great 6mm

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    Forgot to mention, I have also just ordered some CDI bottom metal and AICS magazines for it, so Im stuck with the 08 based cases

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    The Grendal, Creedmore etc will feed fine out of AISC mags

    243AI in AISC mag = short OAL - not ideal combo in my mind.
    My 308s just fit let alone a long pointy 105 VLD

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    FUCK
    I thought I was clever

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    LOL
    If you shortned up a 243 AI it would work.. then you have a Creedmore?

    I know what would be perfect... 243 WSSM

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    Guys in the US are getting pretty impressive velocities running the 6mm Creedmore from relatively short barrels.

    105g a-maxes at around 3000fps from 23inch barrels from memory. They are running them in AR10 platforms like the GAP 10.

    I will probably end up with one at some stage this year.

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    What's wrong with a normal .243
    Kiwi Greg likes this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimp View Post
    What's wrong with a normal .243
    Must be something, eh gimp. 'Cos people re-barell them to 6.5x47

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    Kiwijames, you already have 7mm rem mag brass, neck that down to 6.5mm or 6mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Must be something, eh gimp. 'Cos people re-barell them to 6.5x47


    Har har

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimp View Post
    What's wrong with a normal .243
    There is nothing wrong with the .243 that I know of thats why i want one, I'm more curious as to whether it is worth it to go to the AI.
    Kinda a bit gutted the AI mags may not be long enough for the 243 and 105 pills.

 

 

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