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6.8 spc any good for hunting?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by futureranger, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. futureranger

    futureranger Well-Known Member

    I saw a nice looking Olympic arms AR with a bull barrel and was in 6.8spc, would that round rifle combination be any good for hunting anything up to deer/ black bear size? It has the standard fixed position stock and a 16" barrel. How would the 6.8 be in terms of lethality? I need something that I can actually use to hunt with and the put next to my bed at night.

    i dont need other suggestions about other rifles or rounds, unless it has to do with 6.8spc or the AR-15, thanks for the help
  2. Matt-J2

    Matt-J2 Well-Known Member

    Nope, 6.8spc is well known for bouncing off the hides of even TX whitetails. Might work for squirrel, though.
  3. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Well-Known Member

    In a word, yes. Dear and hogs on down. I would assume black bear also but I haven't read of one killed with it yet. It's as effective at 100 yards as the 270 Win is at 300, both shooting 130s. Here is the hunting section of 6.8 Forums.com. http://www.68forums.com/viewforum.php?f=11
  4. 3006mv

    3006mv Well-Known Member

  5. PercyShelley

    PercyShelley Well-Known Member

    Bull barrel probably won't be so much fun afield, but other than that, there is plenty of testimony that it works just fine on deer.
  6. ryoushi

    ryoushi Well-Known Member

  7. only1asterisk

    only1asterisk member


    Rifle: 6.8 SPC
    Deer: Possible New Idaho Record
    Condition: Dead
    Hunter: Not Me (too bad too!)

  8. poorfolks

    poorfolks Well-Known Member

    deer yes, anything that may fight back, no.
  9. ryoushi

    ryoushi Well-Known Member

    The pig disagrees.
  10. Frog48

    Frog48 Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about either 6.8 SPC or 6.5 Grendel, for deer hunting. However, for some reason I'm still fascinated by .50 Beowulf and .458 SOCOM... The latter two may be overkill, though.
  11. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    6.8 SPC is good for deer hunting, provided you know your limitations. Guys over on SnipersHide have reported hitting elk and a bunch of hogs as well. The last deer I shot was with my 18" 6.8 SPC and a 110gr Pro-Hunter bullet. There are better bullets available now.

    The latest "hunting" AR-15 I built was in .300 Fireball/Whisper, which can be loaded either with heavy 200+gr subsonic rounds or full-power supersonic loads (150gr @ 1850 fps from a 10.5" bbl).

  12. Tarvis

    Tarvis Well-Known Member

    Beat me to it ;).
  13. roger460xvr

    roger460xvr Well-Known Member

    Just get some of the new 110 accubond bullets kill any size deer you want..................in 6.8spc... roger460xvr.
  14. Seafarer12

    Seafarer12 Well-Known Member

    Olympic Arms also makes uppers in the wssm calibers. My main problem with the 6.8 is bullet selection. I am sure they would do fine on deer here in Texas but so will a .223 if you do your part.
  15. SnakeLogan

    SnakeLogan Well-Known Member

    I'm wondering how the 85gr TSX works. The 110gr penetrates 15 inches in gel which is good, but not great for larger game. For larger game, I'd like at least 17.
  16. BornAgainBullseye

    BornAgainBullseye Well-Known Member

    .270 winchester has been killing deer for years and years to come. 6.8 is same diameter bullet in a shorter-fatter case, and a tad slower. It will work good
  17. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    The 6.8 is the same bullet diameter in a shorter skinnier case and it's a lot slower say about 700fps with similar bullet weights.

    As you can tell I prefer the 7.62x39mm for the ar15 platform. With handloads it does everything 6.8 will do ballistically plus you can buy sub $5 a box plinkin loads that'll get you lots of trigger time
  18. Seafarer12

    Seafarer12 Well-Known Member

    Thats like comparing a 30-30 to a 308. With a 270 you get 50 grains more bullet with the same speed or 600 fps for the same weight bullet.
  19. BornAgainBullseye

    BornAgainBullseye Well-Known Member

    so you exact-o thread dissectors are saying that a 6.8 will not kill a deer as dead as any other centerfire? Oh yea learn to count 115grain and 130 grain is only 15 grain difference. You guys think you are too smart for your own pants
  20. BornAgainBullseye

    BornAgainBullseye Well-Known Member

    oh and Here is one the 130 grain .270win clocks at 3100fps. The 115 grain 6.8 at 2625. Are you counting on your fingers? I hope you are not a banker! Last time I dusted off my counting skills I came up with a 475 fps difference. Back to his original question. Yes It will kill deer and it will do it very well. Is it the golden bullet?? mabye not?

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