6.8 spc for whitetail


tiger rag
August 25, 2008, 10:24 PM
Does anyone out there use 6.8 on whitetail deer I am a handloader and I am considering building an AR in 6.8 spc for hunting .Max Range will be under 300 yards. what are your impresions of this cartridge .Thanks,

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August 25, 2008, 11:17 PM
I built one for hunting. I have not shot mine yet but my buddy has one and likes his. He shot pig @ 250. Says its pretty flat shooting.

August 25, 2008, 11:49 PM
I have used th 6.8 long for years wait it's called .270. :evil:
Actually I have looked at the cartridge quite a bit. My brother is an AR guy. I load all his ammo. It should work great. If you reload you have a ton of bullet choices but little to no data. If you want to try some of the other bullets in .277 try emailing some of the powder and bullet companies, they may have info that is not published yet.

August 26, 2008, 08:39 AM
I use the 6.8 for deer and hogs and it works great. I have used the 110 gr. Barnes TSX and 110 Hornady V-max so far and I have a bunch of 110 gr. Sierra pro-hunters waiting in the wings. The v-max I have used only on hogs, and then only with headshots. For deer hunting and shoulder shots on hogs the TSX works well and I will give the pro-hunters a try this season.

Edited to add: Since you are a handloader you should really check out 68forums.com as there are some guys over there that are really expanding the envelope for this cartridge and achieving some impressive ballistics. The results on game should be spectacular with the velocities they are achieving. I believe the 6.8 is the best choice for a multi purpose cartridge within the confines of the AR-15 system and handloading only further expands the possibilities.

September 1, 2008, 02:51 AM
I haven't hunted with it yet, but my AR in 6.8 groups under 1" with 110 grain Sierra Pro-Hunters. I'm using either Benchmark or H322.

September 1, 2008, 03:04 PM
Cardinal Armory specializes in the 6.8 SPC. This is the page
showing game that has been taken with a 6.8 SPC.

I just sighted in my Remington M700 Tactical for hunting this
year. To me it's the best part of a 270 Winchester and all
I need for the hunting I do. I have full confidence on it for
deer and hog inside of 300 yards. In 30 years of hunting
I've never shot any game over 200 yards, and don't intend to.
By the way, this rifle is one of the most accurate rifles I've
ever had or seen.

See here -- for hunting pics --


Grouping ability of my 6.8 SPC -- 5 shots --



September 1, 2008, 03:16 PM
doctorxring: what's your OAL with that load?

September 1, 2008, 03:35 PM
O.A.L. is 2.451" with bullet seated just on the

I got similar accuracy with 30.5 grains of 748.

best, dxr



September 1, 2008, 04:10 PM
I would be leery of Cardinal (Ko-Tonics) right now.


September 2, 2008, 08:12 AM
Plenty of good vendors for the 6.8 other than Cardinal/Armory, although his enthusiasm and advocacy for the cartridge cannot be discounted. Check the 6.8 shootout on ARFCOM. They tested, I think, a dozen or so different uppers from super high end units to some pretty basic stuff. The Stag Arms upper was a good performer at around half the cost of some of the other uppers. I would shoot one. Get a 6.8 and shoot something with it and you'll be a believer if you like hunt with an AR.

September 8, 2008, 11:15 PM
I watched the outdoor show,and the maker of stagarms used that on deer in texas,killed nice deer real well.I like that round,Im thinking of selling some of my stuff and pick up a bolt gun,My daughter would like that,

September 9, 2008, 12:03 AM
Awww... that sure sucks about what's going on with Tim Hicks at Cardinal Armory. I sure like my barrel and rifle. I was trying to sell it on this forum, but I think I'll just hang on to it. Mine is a much older barrel and isn't chrome lined.

Tim is a really good guy, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another barrel from him once he gets this mess sorted out.

From the arfcom thread on this, it looks like his 20" barrels don't seem to have the chrome problems that his 16" and 18" barrels are having. At $180 for the 18" barrel, and $225 for the 20" fluted, I think I'd risk not being able to shoot "combat loads" if I was in the market for a barrel and I wanted to keep the cost down.

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