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Posted: 8/22/2006 12:38:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2006 10:35:18 AM EST by JimM44]
This was a different 6.8 thread by me, I'm editing it to ask another 6.8 spc question.

Have any of you reloaders tried the 130 grain 270 bullets or will this not work? I know most of the laoded ammo is 90 and 110 being the best but can you reload with a standard 130 grain bullet.

I have 2 reasons for asking, one is if the 6.8 bullets dry up and the other, some states require a minimum 125 grain bullet weight to hunt deer.

If this is possible then this would greatly expand the popularity of this rifle and maybe some of the ammo makers would load up the 130 grains for us.
Link Posted: 8/22/2006 12:56:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/22/2006 12:57:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/22/2006 12:57:49 PM EST by XD_Fan]

Originally Posted By JimM44:
I am looking at the 6.8 from model1, I did a search but that didn't help much.

Who owns one and how do you like it? I also want to know if the standard lower works and do you need special magazines for it?
I can't speak to the M1S stuff as I'm running a White Oak Armaments 18" barrel. Yes, you use a standard lower. See below about mags.

I have read both you can use AR 223 mags and other say you can't, both of those can't be true.
You must use 6.8 mags. They are available from PRI or C products. The aluminum .223 mags will bulge and not feed more than 2 or 3 rounds.

The AR is ok for Deer hunting but with no exit wound or blood trail I am thinking about getting a 6.8mm upper for hunting.
What gives you the idea the 6.8 won't exit from a deer? Pictures have been posted in the 6.8 FAQ (now in the Ammunition forum) of deer that were killed with the 6.8 and they certainly had an exit wound.

I also and guessing everyone who gets one wants to get reloading dyes in case they discontinue it, the bullets are standard 270 no problem.

You can run commercial ammo and do not have to reload for the 6.8 anymore to play. You can get a wider variety of bullets if you reload. They are not "standard" 270 bullets as the 270's start at 130 grains and the 6.8 runs 90 to 115 grain bullets with the 110 VMax kinda being the standard. Sierra now makes a 115 SMK that is excellant. I've shot very little factory ammo (60 rounds total of Remy) out of the hundreds of round of ammo I've shot. As to whether 6.8 will be discontinued time will tell.

Link Posted: 8/22/2006 1:02:03 PM EST
I'm just getting up to speed myself, but I do know that a standard lower will do, and you need dedicated 6.8 SPC magazines.

As far as Model-1 goes, I haven't been able to find out much about them yet, but they had the best stocked and best manned (actaully I talked to a woman who answered every question I had) tables at the Mesquite gun show a few weeks back.
Link Posted: 8/22/2006 1:20:09 PM EST
I had my barrel made by AR15barrels.com, Bang up job, Great shooter, Sub-MOA with Silver state armory.
Mags are different, Lower is the same, Bolt is different
You can get ammo somewhat readily now online or at some funshows and retaillers.
I haven't tried the reloading yet, be careful if you get into it, some manufacturers use small primers and some large.
6.8 is Great for whitetail, dropped mine with no problem, I did however build it for Boar.
Link Posted: 8/22/2006 1:23:52 PM EST
XD, When I was talking about the AR not exiting, I meant the 223, I have shot 5 deer with a 223, 4 of them dropped and one went two steps BUT none of them exited. That's why I was considering the 6.8 so I would have a better hunting bullet.

If you make the shot it doesn't matter but I would hate to wound a nice deer with a 223 and not be able to track it.
Link Posted: 8/22/2006 1:28:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By JimM44:
XD, When I was talking about the AR not exiting, I meant the 223, I have shot 5 deer with a 223, 4 of them dropped and one went two steps BUT none of them exited. That's why I was considering the 6.8 so I would have a better hunting bullet.

If you make the shot it doesn't matter but I would hate to wound a nice deer with a 223 and not be able to track it.


I understand now. We have to use at least a .25 caliber here in WA for anything other than small game.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 10:37:03 AM EST
Bumped the thread back live to ask reloading questions about the 6.8 SPC for Deer hunters in states that require a minimum 125 grain bullet weight.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 10:40:26 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2006 10:41:05 AM EST by Combat_Jack]

Originally Posted By XD_Fan:

Originally Posted By JimM44:
XD, When I was talking about the AR not exiting, I meant the 223, I have shot 5 deer with a 223, 4 of them dropped and one went two steps BUT none of them exited. That's why I was considering the 6.8 so I would have a better hunting bullet.

If you make the shot it doesn't matter but I would hate to wound a nice deer with a 223 and not be able to track it.


I understand now. We have to use at least a .25 caliber here in WA for anything other than small game.


.24 caliber for most big game, and .22 centerfires are legal for Cougar. In WA.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 10:53:28 AM EST
I've loaded up to 150 grain Nosler bullets without issue. Very accurate. I don't have a chrono to check the velocity, nor did I have the opportunity to shoot live game with it. I think that 130's would do fine and I don't know why a larger variety of loads aren't available.

Stephen

Link Posted: 11/1/2006 11:45:55 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 12:42:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2006 12:43:46 PM EST by kidcoltoutlaw]
6.8 SPC 130 SIA SBT Reloader 10X 25.7 Grains Fed #205 pr. COL 2.295

6 shots
hi 2303
lo 2260
es 43
avg 2281
sd 14
temp 70
9/24/06
CMMG 16 Inch
Energy 1,502

Got the data for Hornady and can email it to you if you like.

I have not checked it for accuracy yet. It feeds great,

Thanks,Keith
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