What about proof costs and custom die costs? Regards JCSTechnically, 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
If I was getting myself another Ackley, I would be budgeting £250 for dies based on my previous experience.How much do you think it would cost jcs?
I think you need to do some more research and enclose a couple of links to read.What is wrong with the cheaper dies?
Dies are surface hardened after machining, so that's not usually an option I'm afraid. It's also one reason for custom dies being so much more expensive than factory jobs. Die 'blanks' are readily available and with a suitable die (as opposed to chamber) reamer, a gunsmith has no trouble in machining / polishing one. The hardening process is a specialist acid bath treatment of some sort and I'm told suppliers charge a 'job rate' irrespective of the number of items that go in. It costs the same to do one die as 100 (or 500?), and so whilst the unit cost is small for the large scale producer, heavy for the custom die producer with modest numbers, it's ruinous for the gunsmith producing a two or three die set for a customer.How about getting your standard .243 die reamed with the AI reamer??
Probably not cost effective...
Ackley cases are not more accurate than non Ackley versions. Because many people have custom rifles built for their Ackley rifles, the quality of the build will dictate the accuracy. I have built many Ackley Improved rifles and still have a 30-06IMP. I agree that there is nothing wrong with 'something different' -Lord knows I've gone that route a lot in my life- but in a high intensity cartridge you really only use more powder to get a marginal increase in performance. Ackley himself has said that he wouldn't "Improve" a high intensity cartridge.~MuirSpot on Yorkie. I have run a 6mm06AI for 8 years. Most accurate rifle I own and once fire formed properly and trimmed once brass never has to be touched again.
I'm not sure you get an Ackley for the extra speed. OK, 100 fps is nice if you achieve it, but a deer at normal ranges will not tell the difference between an Ackley and a non Ackley. I love them because of the accuracy I have experienced from these cartridges, they are a bit different to you std calibre and they make you learn about reloading, accuracy and ballistics.
Nothing wrong with liking something a bit different. If we all had .243's, .270's and .308's the world would be a very boring place.