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Accuracy International AICS

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ro1911, Apr 29, 2014.

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  1. Ro1911

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    Recently I've been looking into long range shooting and I wanted to get a chassis, I know I don't need it, but it's cool. Anyway I was looking at the eberlestock first but have recently decided to look at cheaper options and the aics is half the money and has all the features I wanted. So I have two questions would you buy the 1.5 or 2.0 (folder or non folder)? Also if you have one what do you think of it?

    And as far as the folder goes I was thinking it would make it fit more cases and be easier to transport, unless the folding mech is cheap and cheesy?
     
  2. MtnCreek

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    If you have a suppressor, you should consider the folder.

    I don't own one, but have handled a few aics and ax chassis' and they seem to be nice. I was shopping for a chassis a while back and took a hard look at them, mccree and xlr. I doubt you could go wrong with any of the known quality brands. FWIW, I went xlr because it gave me that starwars look at a good price. :)
     
  3. Ro1911

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    Lmao at the starwars look
     
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    I have several of each. About the only thing really useful is with the long action 2.0 you do not have to remove the cheek piece to remove the bolt, simply fold it. With short action 2.0's the bolt is removable without messing with the cheek piece. I run suppressors on all of them and don't really find the folders that useful for me but I have some. When folded the OAL is a bit shorter but the rifle is now so thick that is does fit my cases or drag bags well.

    From experience the 1.5 will do 99% of what the 2.0 does. If you don't mind spending more get the 2.0 over the 1.5 as you don't have to fold it.:)

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  5. taliv

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    i've have/had AICS, rock solid, XLR, manners T4 with mini chassis, sentinel with bedding block, and a bunch more. they all have pros and cons. it kind of depends on what you plan to do with it. unlike most firearm related choises, personal preference really does play a big role stock choices

    the folder mechanism on an AICS is not cheap or cheesy. It is solid and durable.
     
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    ^ 16" .223? Nice rifle!
     
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    I have three AI rifles (all folders) and a Remington 700 in an AICS 1.5. Last year I sold a Remington 700 in an AICS 1.5 LA and a SA AICS 2.0 stock that I decided not to use. I specifically ordered the AI rifles with folding stocks based on my experience with the two Remingtons in the AICS 1.5 stocks and the folding AICS stock. The folding stock is a very worthwhile upgrade and they are rock solid when extended. As dubbleA pointed out, they make it easier to remove the bolt on the LA but they also make cleaning the rifle much easier. If you use a Dewey style cleaning rod and bore guide, you'll need to remove the butt pad which is a royal PITA. With the folding stock, you can remove the bolt and clean the rifle more easily. A bore snake would negate the cleaning benefit though. Bottom line, I wouldn't buy a fixed stock AICS 1.5 or fixed stock AI rifle again.

    Accuracy International now offers a trigger group that is adjustable for front/rear movement and as soon as Mile High has them in stock I plan on buying three for my AIs. My only complaint about the older AI and AICS stocks is the lack of adjustment of the position of the web of the hand relative to the trigger. Other than that they are excellent stocks.

    Since we're showing pictures ...

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    I have an AIAX, friends have several other models. ALL of them are folders. Not so much for transport as for cleaning without removing the comb. They are extremely well built, task oriented chassis'.

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  9. Ro1911

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    Well, I decided to go with the 1.5, while the cleaning thing maybe nice I use boresnakes mostly anyway, and the deciding factor was dubbleA's comment about the width once folded, which I hadn't considered. Basically for me the cleaning aspect isn't worth $210 but if I had to use a rod I could see it being worth it.

    Thanks for the pics. I'm jealous now, but I just ordered my stock and remington 700p so hopefully I'll have a pic to post.
     
  10. taliv

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    using a boresnake on a precision rifle is a galactically bad idea.
     
  11. Ro1911

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    @taliv

    Why would that be? I've seen more barrels screwed up by traditional cleaning rods then I have the pull through variety. Unless your talking about some other reason.
     
  12. taliv

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    what exactly is it about traditional cleaning rods you think screwed up those barrels?
     
  13. MtnCreek

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    The sound of a bore snake going through a bore is worse than nails on a chalkboard. IMHO, the brush is not good for the bore and you're pulling contaminants through it with every pass (carbon, solvents, copper).

    It would be a good idea to go ahead and get a good one-piece coated rod, jag and a bore guide. If I were going to midway to order my shopping list would look something like:
    Possum Hollow Guide
    Dewey Rod
    Parker Hale Jag (sized smaller than actual bore)
    Cotton Patches

    Add some quality chem's for carbon & copper and you'll be good to go.
     
  14. Ro1911

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    @taliv

    Mostly when people misuse them and hit parts of the crown or the chamber with them. Not to mention the fact that I've seen more then one person put a copper brush on one and scrub back and forth with it in the barrel, not a good idea IMO all the bore snake does is give you a plastic coated steal cable to attach whatever you want to pull through the barrel to and you don't have to carry around a 26"-30" cleaning rod.
     
  15. Ro1911

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    @mtncreek I don't know what your talking about but I think we're talking about two different things.
     
  16. taliv

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    right, so since it is flexible unlike a rod, how do you pull a boresnake past the crown without uneven wear?

    maybe you have a different boresnake. all the ones i've used are woven cloth with bristles embedded in the weave and no attachments. maybe you're thinking about the otis cleaning kit?

    edit to add this is a boresnake:
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    On the bore snake? I have a few; one in .223 and a few in pistol calibers. The ones I've seen have a brush permanently woven into the 'snake'. Pulling the brush through with every pass is not a good idea IMHO. The biggest problem I have with the is they are contaminated after the first pass through the bore. When I'm cleaning with a rod, I'll wipe the rod after each pass to remove any carbon, solvents so I'm not reintroducing them to the bore.
     
  18. Ro1911

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    I have never seen the pictured item, we always called the Otis bore snakes, and I assumed that's what we were talking about.
     
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