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Posted: 1/19/2015 6:39:32 PM EST
Ok, some of you may have seen my posts over the weekend about an extraction problem on a returned to shop 6.8 upper.
Problem was diagnosed (incorrect bolt).

I now have the chance to purchase said upper for very low cost. 6.8 looks very good on paper, better than 300BLK, I reload, already have .277 bullets in ammo fort. Not feeling a lot of the love I would like to have to induce me to adopt another ammo stepchild.

Please give me your thoughts as to FO or not in regards adding this cartridge to the rest of the children.
Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:43:22 PM EST
I would not do it over. Started with a model 1 upper, upgraded to a custom upper by a respected member of the 6.8 community. Turned out to be a lot more money for no improved performance.

I use it deer season only.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:45:04 PM EST
I like it. Great round for game.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:46:29 PM EST
Fo if you hunt deer. Otherwise meh.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:48:30 PM EST
Fantastic round with all sorts of options and lots of stopping power. I've never had to track a deer more than 30 yards.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:50:25 PM EST
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Fantastic round with all sorts of options and lots of stopping power. I've never had to track a deer more than 30 yards.
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STOPPING POWER !!!
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:53:24 PM EST
It's another caliber in the AR platform....

YOU NEED IT....

You start with an upper....

Then you add a lower to go with the upper....

Then, you get another new upper.....

Then you need another lower....

And, around and around it goes....

Until you need another safe....

Then you need another upper.....

And so on, and so on, and so on....
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:55:16 PM EST
I love my Stag 7 and the extra power for game over a 5.56, it won't get shot enough for extra ammo cost to bother me.

But, I am going to sell my 6.8 carbine upper and buy another 5.56, I shoot carbines too much to fully field a 6.8.

Said Model 7
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:55:49 PM EST
They do make a good deer rifle. You also have a decent selection of bullets if you reload.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:55:49 PM EST
I have a couple 6.8 rifles, both AR pattern, a 16" TC Encore barrel, and a Remington 700 out of their custom shop. I love all of them. 6.8 is probably my favorite hunting round. It has super low recoil for introducing new hunters to the flock. I have killed a bunch of deer over the years with everything from SSA's 120gr ProHunter bullet (worked very well, never lost a deer), the SSA 85g TSX (freaking love this bullet in my 18" 700, it has proven to be excellent on deer and does well behind my SWR can), I have hand loaded the 110g Accubond and liked them for deer. I bought a bunch of the Federal XM68GD and it runs great in my 11" SBR, easy 300y hits with a 4x ACOG. It does the job with deer, but I still like the TSX the best.

I also dabble in the subsonic blackout game for deer but my go to supersonic is the 6.8


I say go for it.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:57:09 PM EST
If I do a 6 it will a creedmore...or 260
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:58:32 PM EST
See this pic?



This is the shot I took this past deer season. See that white and brown thing at the bottom of the reticle? Bang, Flop at 220 yards.


Great deer round.

Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:03:48 PM EST
Works great on Hogs.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:13:48 PM EST
Awesome round for shorter barrels. I have a 7.5in 6.8 that should still give reliable expansion/penetration out to 200 yards or more.

That 7.5 inch 6.8 has the same energy at the muzzle (~1200ft/lbs) as a 16 inch 5.56 shooting m193. I know it's not good to get wrapped up with numbers such as ft/lbs of force but it is definitely something to consider if you are wanting to go shorter.

I also have a 16 inch 6.8 that I use for more of an recce type rifle. Very accurate and smooth.

The nice thing about 6.8 is all it takes is a barrel and bolt change to go back to 5.56 if you want. Ammo prices aren't that bad considering all of the ammo is equivalent to premium hunting/match grade ammo.

If I were you I would just buy a barrel/bolt and a mag and try it out. There is something very satisfying about shooting steel targets and hearing a meatier SMACK when going from 5.56 to 6.8.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:15:48 PM EST
i have 2 556 ars and 1 in blackout. i reload for both but know just about nothing about the 6.8. does it use a 556 bolt and can you make the brass out of 556 like i do with blackout? does it uses standard mags as well?
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:18:45 PM EST
I've been using one since its was hard to get brass much less factory ammo.

I've used it on Deer and have yet to have one do more than take a step or two before they fall over. Coyotes out to 300 yards and they just drop.

If you plan on using it to hunt with I'd say go for it. It has been a very reliable hunting round for me and I get excellent accuracy out of my hand loads.

YMMV
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:22:05 PM EST
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i have 2 556 ars and 1 in blackout. i reload for both but know just about nothing about the 6.8. does it use a 556 bolt and can you make the brass out of 556 like i do with blackout? does it uses standard mags as well?
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no. Larger case means different bolt and mags. Kind of a non issue when PSA was selling 6.8 bolts for $25 and 6.8 mags for $10 (or cheaper)
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:23:12 PM EST
I have a LWRC SIX8 SPR 16.1...which makes me totally committed to the round. I think the round is worth the addition to anyone's collection...especially if you have a SBR lower. An upper and a mag makes for a very versatile hog/deer gun with pretty awesome results. I vote yes...
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:26:03 PM EST
Great round for deer and hogs.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:46:02 PM EST
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no. Larger case means different bolt and mags. Kind of a non issue when PSA was selling 6.8 bolts for $25 and 6.8 mags for $10 (or cheaper)
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Originally Posted By madbarbarian87:
Originally Posted By glocknick:
i have 2 556 ars and 1 in blackout. i reload for both but know just about nothing about the 6.8. does it use a 556 bolt and can you make the brass out of 556 like i do with blackout? does it uses standard mags as well?


no. Larger case means different bolt and mags. Kind of a non issue when PSA was selling 6.8 bolts for $25 and 6.8 mags for $10 (or cheaper)


$4.99 a couple weeks ago. I may have gotten stupid and ordered 20 of them.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:49:46 PM EST
You're in Texas so it's pretty much mandatory in order for you to perform your duty to help fight the pig infestation.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:54:35 PM EST
All of you wanting in on the 6.8 caliber, but dislike the different bolt, mags, expensive brass, etc. on the 6.8 spc need to find out what the .277 Wolverine can do.

Uses everything that your 5.56 guns do, except the barrel obviously. If you reload, you can get nearly the same velocity as the 6.8, but factory ammo is available as well. I have one in an 18" barrel and it is all I used for hunting this past year. From what I understand, it offers a lot for those wanting pistol barrels and there is the potential to load it subsonic for suppressed.

Look it up under the AR Forum. There is also info on its own forum and the 68forum
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:54:38 PM EST
I had a buddy that is on the swat team of our local PD shoot 2 of my 6.8s a 18 hunter model and 14.5 pin and he was in love, he said that he felt his team would be outgunned by going up against the 6.8
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:59:14 PM EST
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In before lock...


OP, since you reload & have .277projos layin around you should research the .277Wolverine

Requires only a barrel swap. Terminal performance is only a few ticks behind 6.8SPCII. Works very well in the 85-110grn ranges out to 200yrds. Even a case I know of has taken a deer at 300yds with 90GD's.

More energy than 300Whisper/BLK.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:02:27 PM EST
I love my 6.8, it is now my serious rifle - my 5.56 AR's have been relegated to plinking.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:04:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By glocknick:
i have 2 556 ars and 1 in blackout. i reload for both but know just about nothing about the 6.8. does it use a 556 bolt and can you make the brass out of 556 like i do with blackout? does it uses standard mags as well?
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It uses a different bolt than 5.56 and the round is based on the .30 Remington case.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:04:41 PM EST
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Originally Posted By madbarbarian87:


no. Larger case means different bolt and mags. Kind of a non issue when PSA was selling 6.8 bolts for $25 and 6.8 mags for $10 (or cheaper)
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Originally Posted By madbarbarian87:
Originally Posted By glocknick:
i have 2 556 ars and 1 in blackout. i reload for both but know just about nothing about the 6.8. does it use a 556 bolt and can you make the brass out of 556 like i do with blackout? does it uses standard mags as well?


no. Larger case means different bolt and mags. Kind of a non issue when PSA was selling 6.8 bolts for $25 and 6.8 mags for $10 (or cheaper)

so mags bolt and barrel are the only difference?i have 4 uppers/lowers laying around and only have plans for 1 set right now. im building a 7.5 556 sbr. once that is done i may do a 6.8
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:04:47 PM EST
Had a 6.8 for a while, bought it for hogs in GA. Even then 5.56 probably would have been fine but 6.8 seemed cool. I moved back to OH, had no real use for it in OH and sold it. 556 handles everything I need it to (Coyotes, HD) and I can't use 6.8 on deer here. If I could, I might have kept it, but even then 556 is fine for deer if you pick your shots.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:06:47 PM EST
I just added one to my arsenal....the ARP barrel and superbolt are IMO the best out there.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:08:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By KBAD:
Works great on Hogs.
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What bullet are you using for hogs?
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:08:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By helogene:
It's another caliber in the AR platform....

YOU NEED IT....

You start with an upper....

Then you add a lower to go with the upper....

Then, you get another new upper.....

Then you need another lower....

And, around and around it goes....

Until you need another safe....

Then you need another upper.....

And so on, and so on, and so on....
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This also...
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:10:21 PM EST
I have a 6.8 for hogs. It's perfect for game that size, powerful enough to drop them, but not overpowered as to take half the backside with it on exit, or at least that's what I tell myself.

I've shot hogs with 223 plenty of times, but I like the one shot DRT the 6.8 gives.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:11:47 PM EST
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What bullet are you using for hogs?
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Originally Posted By dillehayd:
Originally Posted By KBAD:
Works great on Hogs.

What bullet are you using for hogs?


Hornady 270-6.8mm .277 110 gr V-MAX with Cannelure
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:13:40 PM EST
I'm building a 6.8 right now. I'm on the last step now trying to figure out what to put on top of it. I bought the Bison Armory 18" and bolt off the EE.

What scope are you guys using? I'm thinking 3-10ish but definitely 30mm.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:13:43 PM EST
Kentucky_smith that's some nice looking hunting grounds.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:15:06 PM EST


I LOVE my 6.8

Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:22:21 PM EST
Mags and rounds are dropping fast in price. My complete ARP upper is by far my most accurate AR. I don't think they are still making full uppers but would buy their barrels.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:34:49 PM EST
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$4.99 a couple weeks ago. I may have gotten stupid and ordered 20 of them.
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Originally Posted By ICEMAN19047:
Originally Posted By madbarbarian87:
Originally Posted By glocknick:
i have 2 556 ars and 1 in blackout. i reload for both but know just about nothing about the 6.8. does it use a 556 bolt and can you make the brass out of 556 like i do with blackout? does it uses standard mags as well?


no. Larger case means different bolt and mags. Kind of a non issue when PSA was selling 6.8 bolts for $25 and 6.8 mags for $10 (or cheaper)


$4.99 a couple weeks ago. I may have gotten stupid and ordered 20 of them.


I was only half as stupid... 10. I wish I'd have seen the bolts for $25. I'd have bought a couple of those.

My 6.8 is a 20" blemished Palmetto upper with a Ranier Arms bolt on a cheap Anderson lower and cheap LPK from Palmetto. Less than $600 in the gun. I really like it. It shoots the SSA factory ammo loaded with a 110 sierra better than I can shoot.

Also, S&B has started producing semi-affordable plinking ammo. I think I boght some at $11.99/20.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:54:50 PM EST
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I was only half as stupid... 10. I wish I'd have seen the bolts for $25. I'd have bought a couple of those.

My 6.8 is a 20" blemished Palmetto upper with a Ranier Arms bolt on a cheap Anderson lower and cheap LPK from Palmetto. Less than $600 in the gun. I really like it. It shoots the SSA factory ammo loaded with a 110 sierra better than I can shoot.

Also, S&B has started producing semi-affordable plinking ammo. I think I boght some at $11.99/20.
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Originally Posted By ICEMAN19047:
Originally Posted By madbarbarian87:
Originally Posted By glocknick:
i have 2 556 ars and 1 in blackout. i reload for both but know just about nothing about the 6.8. does it use a 556 bolt and can you make the brass out of 556 like i do with blackout? does it uses standard mags as well?


no. Larger case means different bolt and mags. Kind of a non issue when PSA was selling 6.8 bolts for $25 and 6.8 mags for $10 (or cheaper)


$4.99 a couple weeks ago. I may have gotten stupid and ordered 20 of them.


I was only half as stupid... 10. I wish I'd have seen the bolts for $25. I'd have bought a couple of those.

My 6.8 is a 20" blemished Palmetto upper with a Ranier Arms bolt on a cheap Anderson lower and cheap LPK from Palmetto. Less than $600 in the gun. I really like it. It shoots the SSA factory ammo loaded with a 110 sierra better than I can shoot.

Also, S&B has started producing semi-affordable plinking ammo. I think I boght some at $11.99/20.


6.8 really needs the equivalent of XM193 to take off. If I could buy FMJ at 40-45 cents a round I wouldn't think twice about converting all my ARs.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:00:58 PM EST
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Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:12:18 PM EST
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Inspiration for OP. Get your pig stick on.

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Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:14:22 PM EST
120gr hornady sst's put a hurtin on critters
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:21:28 PM EST
For all you guys who are deer hunting, are you shooting heart/lungs, shoulder or neck shots? I have shot 3 deer this year with my RRA 6.8 and only recovered one, NONE have left a blood trail. I have been shooting heart/ lung shots, first with Hornady SST, and Federal Fusions.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:35:43 PM EST
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For all you guys who are deer hunting, are you shooting heart/lungs, shoulder or neck shots? I have shot 3 deer this year with my RRA 6.8 and only recovered one, NONE have left a blood trail. I have been shooting heart/ lung shots, first with Hornady SST, and Federal Fusions.
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Older RRA with 1/10 barrel? 110 grain SST and at what distance?
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 10:14:51 PM EST
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Yes 1/10, 120 sst and 115 fusions, all shots 80-100 yds. Shoots great on paper....
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 10:41:26 PM EST
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Yes 1/10, 120 sst and 115 fusions, all shots 80-100 yds. Shoots great on paper....
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If you don't shoot it in the vitals don't expect it to die quickly
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 10:43:06 PM EST
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Link Posted: 1/19/2015 10:48:49 PM EST
I use it for hunting deer. Otherwise it sits in the safe.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 11:34:29 PM EST
I have 3-6.8's my family and hunters use them all the time for hunting. It is a dang good caliber in my opinion. My daughter took a wildebeest with one a few years ago so I know it is capable of taking down larger than whitetail game.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 11:35:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 11:44:08 PM EST
I love my 6.8 SPC. I've got an ARP barrel and the ARP super bolt.

I've been shooting it more than my 5.56 gun. There are loads of bullets to choose from for reloading.

2 dead deer so far.
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