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    Ackley

    Hi everyone, I was just wondering wether any .243 barrel can be re chambered into an ackley? And if so how much would the work cost?

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    Technically, a competent riflesmith could run a AI finish reamer in and that's the job done.
    But this can only be done if the headspace on your rifle is pretty dead on.
    If it's not, the barrel needs setting back a little so that the new reamer cuts a new chamber, not a modified standard one. This would be done to get headspace correct.

    The AI series was designed specifically so you could just run a reamer in.

    Cost at would be the price of the reamer, about 150, and the time of the 'smith which would vary depending on which method needs to take place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greener Jim View Post
    Technically, a competent riflesmith could run a AI finish reamer in and that's the job done.
    But this can only be done if the headspace on your rifle is pretty dead on.
    If it's not, the barrel needs setting back a little so that the new reamer cuts a new chamber, not a modified standard one. This would be done to get headspace correct.

    The AI series was designed specifically so you could just run a reamer in.

    Cost at would be the price of the reamer, about 150, and the time of the 'smith which would vary depending on which method needs to take place
    What about proof costs and custom die costs? Regards JCS

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    How much do you think it would cost jcs?

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    If you're talking about a factory rifle barrel, 99% of which are hammer-forged these days, very few gunsmiths will undertake such work. This is on two counts - (1) such barrels are very hard (a result of the hammer forging work hardening the steel), so there is a fair risk of the machining going badly ruining the barrel (and worse the reamer as it's worth as much as or more than the factory gate price of a typical mass produced sporting rifle barrel); (2) a reponsible gunsmith will tell you that if he has to buy a reamer for the job and charge you accordingly, the cost of the work, reproofing - you'd get better value by starting with a new barrel blank and rebarrelling.

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    I forgot about proof costs JCS.

    I didn't factor custom die costs in as it's not a gunsmithing cost. It should be taken into account mind.
    Redding do a die set, about 72 plus post. So about 100.
    Last edited by Greener Jim; 22-01-2015 at 12:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxshot View Post
    How much do you think it would cost jcs?
    If I was getting myself another Ackley, I would be budgeting 250 for dies based on my previous experience.

    For Sale: 243 Ackley Hornady custom die for sale

    In terms of feasibility, Laurie's comments are spot on.

    Best regards

    JCS

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    What is wrong with the cheaper dies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxshot View Post
    What is wrong with the cheaper dies?
    I think you need to do some more research and enclose a couple of links to read.

    Bullet seater for Ackley Improved
    243 Win Cartridge Guide within AccurateShooter.com

    To clarify, I bought a second hand 243 Ackley Improved off this Forum. It was in excellent condition. I didn't have access to the original chambering reamer. I went to Hornady for a full length resizing die based on fired brass. If I ever get another Ackley, I would probably go to Whidden for a full length resizing die based on fired brass.

    Regards

    JCS
    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 22-01-2015 at 15:18. Reason: additional words in italics

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    How about getting your standard .243 die reamed with the AI reamer??

    Probably not cost effective...
    Last edited by takbok; 22-01-2015 at 14:45.

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