View Full Version : Has anyone here done a FAL in 243??
January 09, 2001, 00:52
Hey guys!! I am curious if anyone here has done a FAL in 243? If it has been done, was there any cycling problems? Thanks in advance...
Double G Gunsmithing
January 09, 2001, 02:00
I did quite a number of FAL's in . 243 when I was at Irv's Gunshop & Range in Inkster,MI.
At the same time, AR's in 6mm x . 223 & 7mm X
The folks that had them done, loved them. Some were done in 7mm-08 too.
I made the bbl's from Shilen blanks. I did a
four year machinist / diemaker apprenticeship in Detroit, MI. I have alo been jobshop machining for a long time, so the project was not that difficult.
The .243's shot real well, almost no recoil and the groups were very, very nice. The .243
is a real nice cart. Been a wonderfull cart for many, many years. Just overlooked alot anymore.
Sincerely, George L. Gouger
Life Member NRA Since 1969
January 09, 2001, 20:20
Thanks for the post Double G... I just ordered my R1 kit from FAC this morning. I am actually thinking of a 22-243 for the barrel on this one. Should make a nice Pairie Poodle shooter.. I was mostly concerned with feeding problems but if a 243 feeds fine I am not too worried about a 22 cal. round feeding.. Again thanks for the info....
September 09, 2001, 15:46
September 15, 2008, 00:33
September 17, 2008, 05:47
This one is worth bumping, Tracy. I will be milling barrel flats into 10 243 FAL barrels today. Then it's extractor cuts, and done.
September 17, 2008, 08:38
interesting....I assume you can use regular FAL mags?, no change needed but the barrel?
September 17, 2008, 19:38
That's right. Or, at least, that's the theory.
I completely finished the prototype today. It is a functional rifle. The production barrels need extractor cuts yet, as well as gas blocks and parkerizing.
I want to shoot it tomorrow. I'm shuddering at the thought of paying commercial ammo prices for off the shelf 243 Win. Oh well, one box won't kill me.
Here's the breech end. Barrel flats on this one were done with a slightly worn 3/16 end mill. After that I switched to a new 3/8 and did the top cut in one pass on all the rest. Barrel flats measure 1.083-1.086 on all of them, patterned after an Imbel that measured at 1.083. They can be torqued on using the flats or with a Brownells #6 barrel vise insert. I think it is a no. 6...
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September 17, 2008, 19:41
hey, that looks nice!
September 17, 2008, 20:34
It's kindof an abomination at the moment, but the point is to see how it shoots and then tear it apart. FALs are great in that you can just toss one together out of a bunch of leftovers, eh?
The Leupold is NOT a leftover...
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September 17, 2008, 20:38
that ought to take down a few plains antelope.
September 23, 2008, 16:11
In ohio it's monster whitetail, 'specially in the county (muskingum) I live in. Ohio doesn't really allow rifle for deer, tho, so I'll have to settle for coyotes and groundhogs.
Here you go- build yours. http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=2371987#post2371987
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