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#6211017 - 03/05/16 06:51 PM Why shouldn't I build a 6.8?
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I know it's limited to shorter ranges than the 6.5 Grendel, but good grief I'm seeing great deals pop up on 6.8 ammo all over the place. Palmetto State has the FBI Gold Dot load for $10 a box, and 6.8 selling at all my ammo retailers in greater variety and better prices than ever before. 6.8 parts are also easy to find these days.

I shoot some pigs, usually at close to intermediate ranges, and have .300, and 5.56 rifles for different jobs but have never been really impressed with 5.56 performance.

So why shouldn't I put together a 6.8? Is the 6.8 going through some sort of renaissance?

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#6211048 - 03/05/16 07:13 PM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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My 6.8 with 12.5" barrel has as much energy as my dads 16" barrelled 300 blackout with his using the factory barnes round and my 6.8 using the 90 grain gold dot, the 120 sst factory hornady will add about 35% more energy then the 16" blackout. Then if you reload you can add quite a bit more velocity then the waterdowned hornady rounds. We are getting 150-200 fps more velocity then the factory loads with no pressure signs. If you use a arp barrel, go to 6.8 forums and look up constuctors post. He owns Arp barrels and you can find just what kind of velocity you will get out of his barrels. Hell i bet you can shoot him a msg and he will tell you his exact loads he uses.


Edited by huntandfish (03/05/16 07:26 PM)

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#6211078 - 03/05/16 07:39 PM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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Used as described, the 6.8 is a big step up in killing power from the .223.

I think it is a great cartridge, and wish it were available in more of the lightweight bolt rifles.
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#6211134 - 03/05/16 08:26 PM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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It was my most favorite ar caliber by far. For get the long range ghost that haunts the www. It will get the job done

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#6211186 - 03/05/16 08:53 PM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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You should build one.
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#6211200 - 03/05/16 08:58 PM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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I'm really liking the Wilson Combat 6.8 upper I put on my 556. I highly recommend it. up
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#6211234 - 03/05/16 09:07 PM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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I built mine out of Aero Precision and Black Hole Weaponry barrel. Could not be happier.
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#6211279 - 03/05/16 09:38 PM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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If you want to use Magpul magazines LWRC is your best bet. They also have a combat bolt which is a bit more reliable due to dual spring extractor. LMT makes a similar bolt. Wilson Combat is also a good choice. Very good customer service.
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#6211400 - 03/06/16 02:51 AM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Pappydap]
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Originally Posted By: Pappydap
If you want to use Magpul magazines LWRC is your best bet. They also have a combat bolt which is a bit more reliable due to dual spring extractor. LMT makes a similar bolt. Wilson Combat is also a good choice. Very good customer service.


I had no idea regular mil-spec bolts were so unreliable. rolleyes

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#6211448 - 03/06/16 07:21 AM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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Originally Posted By: Wildhorse

So why shouldn't I put together a 6.8?


There is no reason. Build it.
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#6211496 - 03/06/16 08:11 AM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I was afraid there'd be a lot of 6.8 lovers here. grin

I held out for years thinking the 6.8 would disappear and that the 6.5 would overtake it in popularity but that hasn't happened. Instead it looks like 6.8 is really catching fire in the market. I wonder why that is.

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#6211546 - 03/06/16 09:00 AM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I had no idea regular mil-spec bolts were so unreliable. rolleyes[/quote]

Wasn't meant for you. We already know you know everything. up
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#6211550 - 03/06/16 09:01 AM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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Originally Posted By: Wildhorse
I was afraid there'd be a lot of 6.8 lovers here. grin

I held out for years thinking the 6.8 would disappear and that the 6.5 would overtake it in popularity but that hasn't happened. Instead it looks like 6.8 is really catching fire in the market. I wonder why that is.


Both are catching on and not sure which is growing faster or at least in relative terms of where they were last year. It would be interesting to know which are receiving more orders at the manufactures and if the 6.8 deals are in part a result of slumping orders and parts already built. More and more manufactures are making Grendel barrels because the market for it is growing. Then again it could be with record gun sales happening who knows. Heard a guy the other day that was buying 4 ARs that he was buying them while the price was good before the next gun grab try.
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#6211656 - 03/06/16 10:30 AM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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Would you build the 6.8 or build 7.62x39? Not what was asked originally but just wondering.

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#6211741 - 03/06/16 12:03 PM Re: Why shouldn't I build a 6.8? [Re: Wildhorse]
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I really like the 6.8 and it is much more effective for hunting hogs than the 223. 68Forums is a great resource and the AR15Performance owner is a frequent contributor there.

I've taken my 68's out to 600...plenty of range for any practical shooting I will do.


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