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#5573638 - 01/30/15 03:22 PM Next AR ??
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Registered: 01/27/14
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I am going to be purchasing a new AR soon, I have had .223/556 but I sold it. I was kind of over that round because I really think it is only good for plinking and small varmints coyotes etc. I have seen that it is not as effective on hogs which is what I want to hunt primarily. I was thinking AR-10 but the rounds are expensive and the rifle itself is pretty heavy. I am considering getting the new Rock River Arms X-1 series in 6.8 SPC. Does anyone out there have experience with this round? Maybe you can let me know the ups and downs to this round.

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#5573653 - 01/30/15 03:30 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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6.8 is awesome on deer and pigs. Hits waaaay harder than .223. You'll love . . . .

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#5573682 - 01/30/15 03:53 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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6.8 SPC has an entire forum dedicated to it with tons of information
6.5 Grendel is another fine performer with its own forum
Then there are about 40 different wildcat calibers out there for when your ready to reload and expand your AR collection.

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#5573716 - 01/30/15 04:18 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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6.8 is a good round but I prefer the Grendel. Ammo for it is getting more available with Hornady, Alexander Arms and Wolf all making it these days.
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#5573738 - 01/30/15 04:27 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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Originally Posted By: beast_mode
I was thinking AR-10 but the rounds are expensive and the rifle itself is pretty heavy.

Thanks


.308 is as cheap, if not cheaper, than 6.8, and much more widely available should you need to stop in a random town and get a box. There are some new AR-10 offerings that are lighter than they've been in the past. For that matter you could also get an AR-10 in .243 or 7mm-08.
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#5573740 - 01/30/15 04:28 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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I have a Noreen n 30-06 coming
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#5573743 - 01/30/15 04:29 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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6.5 Grendel and 6.8 SPC are both great choices.. The .308 is too heavy for some, but I use mine a lot.

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#5573756 - 01/30/15 04:33 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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6.8 will do the job on hogs quite well. Ammo is becoming more common. I think all my LGS carry a selection. However, reloading is where it's at.

One of the downsides of the 6.8 is magazines. Many of the cheaper ones have known reliability. PRI and Barrett are both reliable but expensive.

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#5573794 - 01/30/15 04:57 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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6.8 with a 95grn Barnes TTSX will definitely do the job on anything you can hunt in Texas.

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#5573828 - 01/30/15 05:18 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Originally Posted By: beast_mode
I was thinking AR-10 but the rounds are expensive and the rifle itself is pretty heavy.

Thanks


.308 is as cheap, if not cheaper, than 6.8, and much more widely available should you need to stop in a random town and get a box. There are some new AR-10 offerings that are lighter than they've been in the past. For that matter you could also get an AR-10 in .243 or 7mm-08.


That's what I was thinking. .308 is cheap, and fmj for plinking is really cheap.
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#5574144 - 01/30/15 08:32 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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6.8 because of barrel length , weight, ammo ability

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#5574345 - 01/30/15 11:01 PM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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Registered: 08/12/13
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You can get 500 rd of reman 308 in 149gr FMJ for less than $300

Overall cheaper than 6.8

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#5574480 - 01/31/15 07:05 AM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: cabosandinh]
Jaydub Offline
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Registered: 11/22/04
Posts: 155
Loc: Lucas, TX
I've got an AR15 in 7.62x39 and love it. I've been shooting 153 gr soft points for deer and about 60 yards is the farthest one has run. Ammo is really cheap and you are only looking at a minimal cost upgrade over a 5.56. 20" heavy barrel with floating forearm and getting ready to drop in a 3.5# trigger.

An AR10 would be my choice, but the jump in price for the gun is more than I want to bite off.

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#5574523 - 01/31/15 07:39 AM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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300 is also a mother option...

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#5574803 - 01/31/15 11:09 AM Re: Next AR ?? [Re: beast_mode]
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Noreen 300Win Mag would be cool
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