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Posted: 5/18/2009 9:29:08 PM EST
So the title says it all. What do you guys recommend? I would prefer a 16" upper without handguards if possible.

Links would be great.

Thanks in advance for the help!
Link Posted: 5/19/2009 3:56:24 AM EST
I decided I wanted one almost three years ago and the project got shelved. I recently decided to assemble a 6.8 upper myself since I didn't see exactly what I wanted anywhere else. Either one company's 6.8 uppers were lacking a couple of things I wanted or one had too many so I decided to build one tailor-made like I wanted.

This doesn't help you much in your decision, but there are a lot of uppers to choose from. Availability might be a problem. Right now I need a bolt & carrier to complete my project and Stag sent me an e-mail last week saying it would be shipped in 25 weeks. If I hadn't decided to put together my own upper I was going to get a Rock River. I want to say that they were in stock a couple of weeks ago but I am not sure now.

One suggestion I would make was that no matter what upper you get, make sure the barrel has the SPC II chamber. You can do a search here for "6.8" and get a ton of info, and also browse the 6.8 forum. That website is 68forums.com I believe.
Link Posted: 5/19/2009 5:09:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By Hafellafuse:
I would prefer a 16" upper without handguards if possible.


Don't you think that holding it by the barrel would get a little hot???

Check out the 'Chart' here:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p0mexhIqnSUAIBf5cexy1fA

That chart lists all the current manufacturers of the 6.8, their barrel stats (which can't be over emphasized!!!), and prices.

Good luck.

Link Posted: 5/19/2009 5:29:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/19/2009 5:29:42 PM EST by 9divdoc]
Cardinal Armory 16" Chrome lined middie lt.wt.

(if you can find one...)
Link Posted: 5/19/2009 5:36:08 PM EST
Link Posted: 5/19/2009 5:53:29 PM EST
http://www.whiteoakarmament.com/barrels.htm

Rainier Arms and Dennys/global sell these too.

16" SpecII chamber 1:11 twist is what you want for shooting the hotter loads.

6.8 is very cool
Link Posted: 5/20/2009 3:47:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By Derek45:
http://www.whiteoakarmament.com/barrels.htm

Rainier Arms and Dennys/global sell these too.

16" SpecII chamber 1:11 twist is what you want for shooting the hotter loads.

6.8 is very cool


That's the barrel I just bought for my 6.8 project.
Link Posted: 5/20/2009 3:49:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By SPTiger:
Originally Posted By Derek45:
http://www.whiteoakarmament.com/barrels.htm

Rainier Arms and Dennys/global sell these too.

16" SpecII chamber 1:11 twist is what you want for shooting the hotter loads.

6.8 is very cool


That's the barrel I just bought for my 6.8 project.


You'll LOVE it.

Link Posted: 5/24/2009 6:53:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By Derek45:
Originally Posted By SPTiger:
Originally Posted By Derek45:
http://www.whiteoakarmament.com/barrels.htm

Rainier Arms and Dennys/global sell these too.

16" SpecII chamber 1:11 twist is what you want for shooting the hotter loads.

6.8 is very cool


That's the barrel I just bought for my 6.8 project.


You'll LOVE it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v488/derek45/AR/IMGP6175.jpg


Yup, 6.8 is WAY cool. Fabulous round from shorter barrels, too. I love it and I don't even have one.

How do you like that carbon fiber tube, Derek45? Sweet build!
Link Posted: 5/24/2009 8:31:17 PM EST
The specs on the JTac barrel look good...

http://www.jtacsupply.com/16ar1568spcbarrel.aspx

16" JTAC Profile AR15 Recon Barrel in 6.8SPC. Made to our specs by White Oak Armament, assembled using a SHILEN stainless match grade blank in 1x11 twist rate, 4 groove rifling. This barrel features M4 Feedramps, SPCII Chamber for reliability and accuracy with a wide range of ammunition, 5/8x24 muzzle threads. Midlength gas system for reliability and softer recoil impulse than the carbine system, uses a 9" Gastube. .750 Gasblock seat, with dimple for gasblock setscrew.

The 4 groove rifling sets it apart from the other WOA barrels...
Link Posted: 5/25/2009 4:45:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By HeavyMental:

How do you like that carbon fiber tube, Derek45? Sweet build!


It's a PRI. I got it from MSTN.

I like it VERY MUCH
Link Posted: 5/25/2009 8:40:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By Buck_Naked:
The specs on the JTac barrel look good...

http://www.jtacsupply.com/16ar1568spcbarrel.aspx

16" JTAC Profile AR15 Recon Barrel in 6.8SPC. Made to our specs by White Oak Armament, assembled using a SHILEN stainless match grade blank in 1x11 twist rate, 4 groove rifling. This barrel features M4 Feedramps, SPCII Chamber for reliability and accuracy with a wide range of ammunition, 5/8x24 muzzle threads. Midlength gas system for reliability and softer recoil impulse than the carbine system, uses a 9" Gastube. .750 Gasblock seat, with dimple for gasblock setscrew.

The 4 groove rifling sets it apart from the other WOA barrels...


Slightly less fouling and slightly more velocity, IIRC...
Link Posted: 5/26/2009 3:53:36 AM EST


+1 and happily get in line! Read more about the Xtreme/XT project at 68forums.
Link Posted: 5/26/2009 4:11:16 AM EST
Bison Armory
For barrels
Link Posted: 5/26/2009 12:19:20 PM EST
Visit 68forums.com.
Link Posted: 5/26/2009 12:24:20 PM EST
To add my $.02, I ordered a Titan Armory Extreme upper, with rifle length YHM Diamond forend and endcap. Should be here in July sometime...
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 4:06:57 PM EST
Any one have any thoughts on the 18'' barrel from White Oak Armament.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 4:10:53 PM EST
I have an ar15perfromance 18" 12/3groove barrel that is a tack driver
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 5:15:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/26/2009 2:35:22 PM EST
6.5 is a good round. My question- unless u get free ammo- why in these times would anyone get an AR that is not 223, or 308? Both round are very available thru numerous sources, there are rounds for every application and every (almost) budget, and u can load either to ur own taste if factory isnt doing what u want. If neither round was any good, explain how they dominate so well in competition and combat?
Link Posted: 6/27/2009 6:13:43 PM EST
My needs require 68-77 grain in 5.56, which cost about $1/round. That's the best performance I can get. For the same money, I can get much better performance in a 90-110 grain 6.8 round, which are readily available from SSA and Palmetto. If I need more downrange, I wouldn't be using an AR-15.
Link Posted: 6/28/2009 7:17:22 AM EST
Go o the industry forum and look up MSTN. They will make a hell of a 6.8 upper for you.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 2:03:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By Highlande2:
Any one have any thoughts on the 18'' barrel from White Oak Armament.


+1
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 2:20:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By shrapmagnet:
6.5 is a good round. My question- unless u get free ammo- why in these times would anyone get an AR that is not 223, or 308? Both round are very available thru numerous sources, there are rounds for every application and every (almost) budget, and u can load either to ur own taste if factory isnt doing what u want. If neither round was any good, explain how they dominate so well in competition and combat?



I don't own any 223 because they will work for hunting but marginal. I took a black bear with my 6.8 and I kill many, many hogs every year with it. I don't like the size of the AR10s. I have lots of brass, primers and bullets to reload my 6.8. There are some very good bullets for the 6.8. The 6.8 just fits my personal needs. Very pleasant to shoot and plenty of knock down power.


Link Posted: 8/3/2009 2:35:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 2:37:50 PM EST by machinisttx]
Originally Posted By Desert_AIP:
Bison Armory
For barrels


I have one of the very first barrels he sold. The shoulder for the muzzle threads is about .010" off, so the FH won't index correctly.

ETA: I paid quite a bit less for the barrel than what he sells them for now.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 2:50:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/4/2009 2:55:03 AM EST by jh308]
Originally Posted By 85blazer:
Originally Posted By Highlande2:
Any one have any thoughts on the 18'' barrel from White Oak Armament.


+1


Some Loads in a 18" WOA

WOA Group Shots

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 9:24:22 AM EST
Awsome!
Thanks JH
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 3:53:55 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 4:07:13 PM EST
I wanted to get a 6.5, or even settle for a 6.8... But I don't want to buy even more magazines.

Someone needs to make a similar dimension, which uses standard 5.56 magazines. That round would be a hit, at least how I see it. People just bought a s*** load of 5.56 magazines after the election…
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 5:55:39 PM EST
I am strongly considering selling all my 5.56 stuff and getting a bunch of 6.8 mags, ammo. etc.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 6:06:43 PM EST
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