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#7217673 - 07/06/18 07:50 PM Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre
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Took a quick trip to the range afterwork. They close at 7 and they want you out before then so not much time to shoot.

Temp 86-87
humidity 67%
pressure 30.03
wind: swirling 10 mph gusts to 14
100 yards

Sako 85 Black Bear w 3-9 X40 Trijicon 30/06
AR6.8 Blackstone upper 1-6 Strike Eagle

top left 178GR ELDX 3 shots
top right 168 Gr Hog Hammer 3 shots
bottom left 150 GR Federal Premium 3 shots
bottom right 150 Gr Core lokt 3 shots
middle 120 Gr Hornday sst 14 shots




Looks like the ELDX just barely outshoots the other 3


Edited by Bigfoot (07/06/18 07:58 PM)
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#7217760 - 07/06/18 09:44 PM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: Bigfoot]
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I like the looks of the Barnes group better than the ELDX

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#7217879 - 07/07/18 07:00 AM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: Bigfoot]
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This is more of a manufacturer powder charge than it is a bullet test. You could hand load all of those bullets and make them shoot much tighter than that.
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#7217913 - 07/07/18 07:47 AM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: Bigfoot]
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Did you pull the shot with the 178gr ELDX? Looks like you had a sub 1" group going...

I'm assuming those Hornady's are the Precision Hunter factory loads? I've seen very favorable results from them in several different cartridges-- .270, .280ai, .308, .300wm

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#7217968 - 07/07/18 09:25 AM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: Bigfoot]
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your good with any of them.

GREAT RIFLE and it will shoot better than this. Lighten the trigger and get a more magnification. I realize this is probably your "deer" gun and shots will not be long, so I say you're GTG.

trade the 6.8 and the Trijicon for a new scope, some great deals out there now. Just my opinion. I own an AR but not a fan.

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#7217972 - 07/07/18 09:30 AM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: Bigfoot]
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My 6.8 AR loves factory loaded 120 SSTs. First group on the right, overshot my adjustments a little and shot the group on the left.

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#7218689 - 07/08/18 01:27 PM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: duckhunter175]
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Originally Posted By: duckhunter175
Did you pull the shot with the 178gr ELDX? Looks like you had a sub 1" group going...

I'm assuming those Hornady's are the Precision Hunter factory loads? I've seen very favorable results from them in several different cartridges-- .270, .280ai, .308, .300wm


Im just not that good and the bench that I have to shoot off of sux! I did shoot the first 2 next to each other and the last one was a litle low on the ELDX. I did have a good group started for sure.
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#7218691 - 07/08/18 01:32 PM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: Bigfoot]
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
Originally Posted By: duckhunter175
Did you pull the shot with the 178gr ELDX? Looks like you had a sub 1" group going...

I'm assuming those Hornady's are the Precision Hunter factory loads? I've seen very favorable results from them in several different cartridges-- .270, .280ai, .308, .300wm


Im just not that good and the bench that I have to shoot off of sux! I did shoot the first 2 next to each other and the last one was a litle low on the ELDX. I did have a good group started for sure.


I'd definitely give those ELDX another try and see if they will group up for you!

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#7218695 - 07/08/18 01:35 PM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
your good with any of them.

GREAT RIFLE and it will shoot better than this. Lighten the trigger and get a more magnification. I realize this is probably your "deer" gun and shots will not be long, so I say you're GTG.

trade the 6.8 and the Trijicon for a new scope, some great deals out there now. Just my opinion. I own an AR but not a fan.

this rig Will Kill



The rifle shoots much better than this. The spread is just me and my shakes and heartbeat.

I think that is good advice to get a better scope. Such a nice rifle should have the best optics (and it will). I would really like a swaro 2-12 or a NF compact 2.5-10 but not sure I can afford them for awhile.

But no way would I sell my AR68. I hunt the SHNF and taking several shots and quick shots are a must so the AR is a much better tool for that type of spot and stalk hunting through the dense canopy. No magnification is needed in the jungle I hunt so having a scope without a 1X magnification would suck.


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#7218706 - 07/08/18 01:46 PM Re: Quick range trip: ELDX vs Barnes vs core lokt vs Fed pre [Re: Bigfoot]
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The ELDX is going to be my muledeer or longer distance round for sure.


Sorry boys I dont see what the fun is of reloading. Doesnt interest me in the least bit but shooting well and getting better and improving my shooting skills does interest me.

So I will take any advice given.

Good shooting scott. I need to try another bullet in my AR other than the SST. I am very happy with its performance but maybe I was thinking of a 95 gr barnes for some speed.


Edited by Bigfoot (07/08/18 01:48 PM)
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