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6.8 spc any good for hunting?

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

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  1. futureranger

    futureranger Member

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    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

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

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    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
     
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    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

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    [​IMG]

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

    David
     
  8. poorfolks

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

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    The pig disagrees.
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  10. Frog48

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    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

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    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).

    -z
     
  12. Tarvis

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    Beat me to it ;).
     
  13. roger460xvr

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

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    .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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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?
     
  21. R.W.Dale

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    There's a lot more to it than bullet weight alone.

    Heck 9mm uses 115grn bullets too

    30 carbine uses 110grainers

    we're not saying that 6.8 isn't a good hunting cartridge

    we're saying comparing it to 270 is like comparing a Toyota 22R engine to a Boss429

    only according to Remington, shoot some over a chronograph and you'll find those numbers to be VERY optimistic. At any range a 130grn 270 bullet will pack roughly TWICE the energy of 6.8spc. Or to put it another way in terms of delivered energy shooting a deer at 100yds with a 6.8 is the equivalent of shooting one at 350yds with a 270win. A 200yd shot with a 6.8 = a 500yd shot with a 270


    more here

    http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-RanchRifle68.htm

    as you can see a much more useful comparison would be comparing 6.8spc to 7.62x39mm as the performance and ballistics are very similar betwixt these two chamberings
     
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  22. BornAgainBullseye

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    that is a poor choice.. More like comparing a chevy 350 (6.8) to a Ford 351C 4v... I like the 429 though, that was good.
     
  23. Seafarer12

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    I never said it won't kill a deer. I was just saying your comparison was a poor choice. Hell a 22lr will kill a deer if you shoot him in the right spot.
     
  24. ProCarryNAustin

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    "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"

    True enough about the plinkin' loads, but trajectory-wise there is no comparison as the 6.8 shoots much flatter. 7.62x39 is down about 93 inches at 500 yards compared to around 56 inches for some of the better 6.8 hunting rounds.

    Daniel
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  25. woof

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    This thread is crazy. The 6.8 is a great deer round, at shorter ranges where almost all deer are shot. It is a .270 Light. It will do at 100 yards and under what the .270 will do at 250 - 300. If you are shooting deer at 300 you need a .270 or such, if you are shooting them at under 100, you don't. I'm continually amazed at posters who will scoff at a .30-30 or 6.8 at any range, but then talk about .270 or .308 shots at over 400.
     
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