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#5822338 - 07/07/15 10:30 PM 6.8
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Registered: 01/14/12
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Tell me the pros/cons of the 6.8. I've got an empty Colt lower waiting for an upper. Questions are: manufacturer, barrel length, brass and mag availability, and suppressor?

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#5822474 - 07/08/15 02:09 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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I would check out the 68 forum. Tons of info there
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#5822535 - 07/08/15 06:56 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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great gun Expensive ammo. I sold mine for a 7.62x39 $5 a box of ammo and it still has the punch needed.

Bought 1,000 rounds of soft tip for the 7.62 for $244
1,000 rounds of 6.8 hornaday at $35 a box of 20 would be $1,750

Hornadey was the only thing my 6.8 would shoot MOA


Edited by cyberpyrot (07/08/15 07:01 AM)
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#5822629 - 07/08/15 08:12 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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There are plenty of opinions around, but the 6.8mm SPC is probably the best deer caliber for the AR-15 platform. PSA has complete uppers & mags for a reasonable price. The good thing is, if you buy one & don't like it, 6.8's are usually an easy sell.

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#5822736 - 07/08/15 09:22 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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The 6.8 spc is marginal at best, in comparison to 7.62x39.

Neither are premier deer cartridges, both being somewhat lacking in power but between the two, the 7.62x39 is clearly superior.

All of the really good, clearly competent chamberings for deer hunting come in the AR10 platform.

You CAN kill a deer with a .22lr - but that doesn't mean that it is a good idea to do so. An integral component of good sportsmanship is to use enough gun for the job. Trying to prove a point about your favorite toy at the animals expense is in no way associated with good sportsmanship.
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#5822762 - 07/08/15 09:42 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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#5822816 - 07/08/15 10:14 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: charlesb]
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Originally Posted By: charlesb
The 6.8 spc is marginal at best, in comparison to 7.62x39.

Neither are premier deer cartridges, both being somewhat lacking in power but between the two, the 7.62x39 is clearly superior.


What??????????

As far as ammo goes to can get Hornady 110gr match, 110gr V-max or 120gr SST for $20 or less a box.


Edited by hdfireman (07/08/15 10:18 AM)
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#5822839 - 07/08/15 10:24 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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Originally Posted By: TX Hntr
Tell me the pros/cons of the 6.8. I've got an empty Colt lower waiting for an upper. Questions are: manufacturer, barrel length, brass and mag availability, and suppressor?


I like AR Performance barrels. ARP has put a lot of R&D into what works really well and their barrels show that. I'd run a 16" and at the most 18". SSA brass used to be the best but now Nosler bought them and the jury is still out on the quality. Next would be Hornady then Federal. PRI mags allow you to load a little longer and in my opinion the more reliable than the ASC or c-products but they are double the price. For suppressor you can run any 30 cal. I am a fan of Silencerco and Crux
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#5822941 - 07/08/15 11:30 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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I love my 6.8. Go to hog gun. Not as cheap to shoot as other calibers (as others point out) but you can feed it for a buck a round on a good performing bullet. My thinking is that I'd rather drop the pig with one round of 6.8 than 2 or 3 rounds of 5.56. It's not a great deer round, but it's more than sufficient when pressed into service.
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#5822966 - 07/08/15 11:45 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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I keep hearing the 6.8 is not a good deer round but I have taken 7 deer with the Hornady 120gr sst from 75 yards out to 175 yards. Have not had a single one go more than 25 feet before dropping. The 6.8 has proven to be a great deer and hog round.

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#5822976 - 07/08/15 11:51 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: TX Hntr]
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We were way over due for a 6.8 thread.

Think it's time for a high fence/ low fence thread too...
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#5822982 - 07/08/15 11:53 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: dkershen]
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Originally Posted By: dkershen
I love my 6.8. Go to hog gun. Not as cheap to shoot as other calibers (as others point out) but you can feed it for a buck a round on a good performing bullet. My thinking is that I'd rather drop the pig with one round of 6.8 than 2 or 3 rounds of 5.56. It's not a great deer round, but it's more than sufficient when pressed into service.



Not to pick on you but I see this a lot. Why is it a good pig round but marginal for deer? To me pigs are slightly harder to kill.

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#5822987 - 07/08/15 11:56 AM Re: 6.8 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Loc: Kerrville
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
We were way over due for a 6.8 thread.

Think it's time for a high fence/ low fence thread too...


Let's throw in beans/no beans for chili and we'll have a trifecta of things that will never be answered.

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#5823123 - 07/08/15 01:25 PM Re: 6.8 [Re: HicksHunter]
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Originally Posted By: HicksHunter
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
We were way over due for a 6.8 thread.

Think it's time for a high fence/ low fence thread too...


Let's throw in beans/no beans for chili and we'll have a trifecta of things that will never be answered.


Quadfecta, we'll include fenceline hunting too.
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#5823138 - 07/08/15 01:33 PM Re: 6.8 [Re: charlesb]
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Originally Posted By: charlesb
The 6.8 spc is marginal at best, in comparison to 7.62x39.

Neither are premier deer cartridges, both being somewhat lacking in power but between the two, the 7.62x39 is clearly superior.

All of the really good, clearly competent chamberings for deer hunting come in the AR10 platform.

You CAN kill a deer with a .22lr - but that doesn't mean that it is a good idea to do so. An integral component of good sportsmanship is to use enough gun for the job. Trying to prove a point about your favorite toy at the animals expense is in no way associated with good sportsmanship.



Not sure where you got that. From Hornady, the 6.8 SPC 120 gr has more velocity and energy at every distance than the 123gr 7.62x39, and that is handicapped even worse by measuring a 16" barreled 6.8 against a 20" 7.62x39. And although some people disagree with the 1000 ft/lb threshold for deer, the 6.8 carries that to around 250 yds which is more than about 80% of TX hunters ought to be shooting anyway.
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