Educational Zone #20 – Accuracy International AE

I, like Col. Townsend Whelen, have always been fascinated by truly accurate rifles.

As he famously stated, “Only accurate rifles are interesting.” 

I was fortunate enough a few years back to be able to purchase an Accuracy International AE, in .308.

It is a fine rifle.

I mounted a Leupold 8.5 X 25 X 40 scope on it.

This is it.

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The barrel is fully free floated forward of the action.

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It is also marked by the British designation.

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It has a nice big bolt handle to aid in working the action.

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Since I only neck size my brass, this helps in the tight closing of the bolt.

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It has a nice fat bull barrel.

I have pushed an awful lot of patches down barrels in my time, and this barrel is the smoothest barrel I have ever felt.

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The trigger is the finest factory trigger I have ever felt.

I often let people try it and every one that ever did so said something like, “That is simply amazing!”

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The trigger takes some getting used to, but it is a joy to shoot.

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The stock is tough as nails and the bedding is excellent.

My friend brianksain went to a Sniper School where they demonstrated this rifle and the instructor held it by the barrel as he talked and threw it against the concrete on the butt.

The rifle would bounce about a foot high and he would catch it by the barrel and do it again and again.

He then laid down and shot a 1/4 inch group with it. These rifles can take a beating and keep on ticking.

Here I am touching off a group.

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My load is the Sierra 168 grain BTHP 2200M, Moly coated, over 44.5 grains of Accuracy Arms 2495.

It is safe in my rifle, work up to it in yours.

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Here’s the groups from today.

It was a little windy, and I wasn’t doing my best shooting.

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But the 5 shot groups speak for themselves.

The rifle is capable of 3/8 inch groups when I do my part.

Conclusion:
Oh well, a fine day at the range.

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