6.8mm Remington SPC


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Corporal K
November 12, 2009, 11:37 AM
So, I'm thinking of getting a 6.8 upper for my AR. Does anyone have one? How do you like the cartridge?

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kanook
November 12, 2009, 12:06 PM
If you do a search you will find many threads on this topic.

But since you asked, I have one (Stag Arms) have used to hunt with. (2 deer didn't like it) I use the SSA 110gr. with a Millet Trophy for my eyes. Love the light recoil of it and plan on getting one in a Ruger as soon as I get one in my hands

rbernie
November 12, 2009, 12:22 PM
Some selected threads on this topic from the last six months:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=480692
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=476766
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=475576
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=434705
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=468485
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=463742

I have several, and think well of the chambering. I vastly prefer the AR15 platform chambered in 6.8SPC over an AR10-class package chambered in a 308-derivative chambering.

Float Pilot
November 12, 2009, 04:36 PM
I have been experimenting with a 16 inch barreled Stag in 6.8mm. Mostly experimental handloads (1,000 fired) and around another 150 rounds of factory ammo.

Yes it is better than a 5,56mm

For Alaska hunting it is too light with the 16 inch barrel. Yes it does work , but so do my muzzleloaders.

I wish it was a 20 inch barrel.

I could easily be talked into selling or trading mine for something more interesting.

MJR007
November 12, 2009, 05:07 PM
My kids like it a lot. If you don't reload go with the 7.62 x 39.

hammerklavier
November 12, 2009, 05:31 PM
Why not ask the question again? New people may see it. People who bought one since may see it. People's opinions may have changed since.

Someone should count how many threads would be posted here each week if everyone diligently searched the forum for opinions prior to posting. Probably only about one per week in each forum.

THR is not a database.

iamkris
November 12, 2009, 06:12 PM
Why not ask the question again? New people may see it. People who bought one since may see it. People's opinions may have changed since.

THR is not a database.

...but it does become tiresome to see the same question posted over and over again. Like "FAL or HK91?" or ".45 ACP or 9mm".

I disagree with your assertion. If I have a question, I typically do the search first, read up on the topic. If I have issues that aren't answered, then I post a question.

Back to the OP, I have a 6.8 SPC and like it. It is a perfectly adequate deer cartridge within limits, is more of a hammer than 5.56 and is easy to load for. I've found it reasonably accurate. It seems like it will "stick" as a cartridge. I don't, however, believe it replaces my 5.56s. They have a place in my armory.

http://i37.tinypic.com/2w6ap8w.jpg

6.8 SPC AR build

AeroPrecision Multi-caliber lower
Stag/CMT M4 upper
Badger Gen II TacLatch
RRA 2-stage NM trigger
VLTOR eMod stock
WOA 18" SS SPR profile barrel and bolt
PWS FSC30 flash hider / comp
YHM front sight
Brownells HK-type rear sight
ERGO grip
Magpul triggerguard
MI low profile gas block
YHM FF rifle-length quad rail handguard
MI sling mounts
EoTech 511 (soon to be swapped out for a 1-4x Millett DMS-1)
PRI mags
Now it also wears a CAA VFG and Surefire weapon light

Shawn Dodson
November 12, 2009, 07:43 PM
I rebarreled my 20" Colt AR15A2 from 5.56mm to 6.8mm (20" bbl). I developed my "general purpose" hunting load using 28.5gr H322 and Hornady 110gr BTHP (with cannelure). It achieves 2600 fps from my rifle.

I plan to hunt wild boar and deer with it as soon as I get back from Seattle next week.

I'm impressed with it's accuracy - most accurate groups I've ever gotten with a stock AR.

DannySeesUSMC
November 12, 2009, 10:33 PM
Maybe a coyote/hog rifle supreme? That as well as a great defense carbine for a time when you think you would need it.

If its just to go after deer or have fun at a range there are much better rifle and cartridge combo's. Its ergonomics and purpose have to fit in with your philosophy of its use or it won't be such a great thing for you specifically.

Some one who has been hunting around the world for a long time now, told me with an AR chambered in 6.8 SPC using the proper bullets he would feel comfortable hunting anything he would hunt with a .308 rifle.

hammerklavier
November 12, 2009, 11:05 PM
I apologize if my comments seemed out of line. It's just that new users generally don't learn how to use the search function very well until they've been here long enough to have "heard it all" anyway.

I do all such research on google first then post on a forum if I didn't like the answers.

Maverick223
November 12, 2009, 11:18 PM
I still greatly prefer the 6.5Grendel to the 6.8SPC. I feel that 6.5mm is a better suited cartridge for anything that has a sub-'06 sized case for moderate range hunting and target shooting. :)

DannySeesUSMC
November 12, 2009, 11:23 PM
Hornady now loading up 6.5 Grendel and making brass for it is a huge deal....as well as their new 123 grain A-Max bullet that they have been getting begged to make for a long time now.

I would personally choose it as well. Just use 125 gr. Partition for elk to deer and use 123 gr. Scenars or A-Max's for target/varmint.

Maverick223
November 12, 2009, 11:30 PM
Hornady now loading up 6.5 Grendel and making brass for it is a huge deal....as well as their new 123 grain A-Max bullet that they have been getting begged to make for a long time now.YAY! It is about time, though x39 brass can still be die-formed and fireformed for a good bit of savings, I would gladly pony up the extra cash for preformed brass from a good maker like Hornady. :)

madd trapper
November 13, 2009, 10:01 AM
I have a 6.8 SPC in a DPMS Rifle 20 inch barrel. I use mine for hunting . You can reload or buy the loaded ammo for it.It has 80 percent the power of a 308 with 50 percent less recoil. I 've shot deer with it from 120 yds to 275 yds . It has the ballistics of a 257 roberts. I would say the round has enough power out to 350 yds to kill a deer legally . The 6.5 grendel is a good round because of sectional density of the bullet . But the grendel has the ballistics of a 6.5 carcano round.

kanook
November 13, 2009, 01:11 PM
I apologize if my comments seemed out of line. It's just that new users generally don't learn how to use the search function very well until they've been here long enough to have "heard it all" anyway.
The OP has been a member since sept. 07

And by saying to use the search I was saying, They didn't know about it or It can be used for reading until others reply to the OP

Some people will not post a second time on the same topic and you can still read their comments by using the search feature.

Float Pilot
November 13, 2009, 09:43 PM
some groups from mine,,,well it is only loading one pic....

Owen Sparks
November 13, 2009, 10:28 PM
I recently got into the 6.8 after much deliberation. The 6.5 Grendel is a propriatary round and uppers are more limited in avalability and expensive. It does have a higher BC but inside 300 yards you will not know the difference.

Tirod
November 13, 2009, 10:55 PM
Choosing the 6.8 isn't about a bunch of cheap imported ammo lying on pallets at the gun show. The 6.8 was designed particularly to improve the performance of the AR on the battelfield, which directly relates to hunting. The 7.62 x 39 is an old school round with lazy ballistics much like the .30-30, and has bullet drop measurable in feet. It's much the same reason why Leverevolution was designed - to help correct a known problem many shooters complain about.

One thing right about 6.8 in an AR - there is a noticeable lack of recoil compared to the popular .30s. Less recoil means more fun shooting, less shooter reaction, faster time on target, faster followup shots, and as a direct result, more accurate shooting overall.

So why give up all that for cheap AK ammo - which is inherently less accurate and can't contribute the improvements?

Barrels and uppers in 6.8 are coming on line more every day. A recent post on the forum that is all about 6.8 mentions two more major makers offering barrels and where to find the web pages.

We may never see cheap 6.8 plinking ammo, but I'll put my hopes on it because it will work in belt fed MG's. 6.5 Grendal won't. Hornaday stepping up to make it is nice - but it's not a hunter's round, it's a long range precision target cartridge. Downgrading it for 75 meter max expansion on whitetail isn't it's purpose.

6.8 is overall a better hunting upgrade.

Maverick223
November 13, 2009, 11:26 PM
...because [6.8SPC] will work in belt fed MG's. 6.5 [Grendel] won't.Why is that?

:)

iamkris
November 14, 2009, 08:42 AM
Probably referring to the taper in the 6.8 makes it more condusive to being used in a MG. I think it is a pretty big stretch to think that we're going to get cheap plinking ammo because the Army might choose the 6.8 for MGs. We have a LONG way to go before that happens. We'll all be too old to plink by the time those wheels turn...

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