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Posted: 8/17/2015 9:47:00 AM EDT
Just bought an upper from PSA for my son to use during this year's youth hunt.  He's 10 years old, and positively deadly with the 5.56, so I thought the 6.8 would be a good cartridge for him this year before I get him on one of my .30 cal-and-up rifles.

Looking at the various cartridge options out there, and the common theme with this particular platform/caliber combination is that bullet choice and placement are the most crucial considerations.

With that said, what are your go-to 6.8mm cartridges for deer?  So far, I'm liking what I see in the Hornady 120gr SSTs, although they are fairly expensive.

Thoughts?
Link Posted: 8/17/2015 10:01:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2015 10:02:49 AM EDT by RDTCU]
Hornady SST or Barnes 95gr.
Good deer/hog rounds are going to be relatively pricey, and 6.8 itself has yet to really come down in price overall like some were expecting.
There area a couple companies like SSA that make a "plinking" load, but it's still not cheap.
Link Posted: 8/17/2015 11:42:27 AM EDT
yes.  used, very successfully, Federal 90gr gold-dot on medium/large deer.  

This is a great deal on these.  Lowest I have seen is $11.99 a box:  LINKY - PSA
Link Posted: 8/17/2015 11:56:53 AM EDT
120SST or 110SPH are great deer rounds.  I've never had them stray off course or had to track the deer.
Link Posted: 8/17/2015 1:00:02 PM EDT
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120SST or 110SPH are great deer rounds.  I've never had them stray off course or had to track the deer.
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Just orderd 5 boxes of SST from PSA.
Link Posted: 8/17/2015 1:16:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2015 1:17:33 PM EDT by esa17]
Save your brass and sell it if you're not a reloader.  Subscribe to the shootersproshop.com email list. They oftentimes run crazy deals.
Link Posted: 8/18/2015 5:28:55 PM EDT
The 120gr SST's seem to shoot well out of all my family's but they are reloads.  My daughters have been hunting with 6.8's since they were 7 or 8, good kid caliber and in an AR it will grow with them.  I have had to track a few deer a hundred yards or so but most drop in their tracks.
Link Posted: 8/18/2015 7:11:23 PM EDT
I shoot factory 120gr ssts, good to go.
Link Posted: 8/24/2015 8:37:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2015 9:05:37 PM EDT by WVHunter1s1k]
I use 100 & 110 ABs. 95TTSX are popular too. 110 Hornady, HPBT & 110Sierra Pro Hunter are old school budget.bullets. 120s are popular for deer & hog. But, known to fragment.
Link Posted: 8/24/2015 9:04:20 PM EDT
I'm using Wilson combat 95grn ttsx in my 6.8, it's expensive ammo though I wish I hand reloading equipment.
Link Posted: 8/24/2015 9:22:19 PM EDT
Also check on the 68forum for a lot of good advice & factory ammo/reload info
Link Posted: 8/26/2015 7:53:40 PM EDT
I use SSA ammo, they make a good 85 gr TSX for smaller deer and other game, they also make a good 115 gr.

The last deer I took with Hornady, I hit in the shoulder and it ended up destroying a lot of meat and blowing chunks of bullet and bone throughout the animal.

For some, that's a good thing, I prefer a bullet that stays together a little better.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 10:16:23 PM EDT
Plan to try my TC Contender in 6.8 this year.  18in Custom Shop barrel in rifle configuration.  I'll be using 90gr Gold Dot.  Getting right at 3/4 inch 3 shot 100 yard groups with that combo.  Have to wait until December though and I may tag out early with archery equipment so...
Link Posted: 8/31/2015 10:20:18 AM EDT
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Plan to try my TC Contender in 6.8 this year.  18in Custom Shop barrel in rifle configuration.  I'll be using 90gr Gold Dot.  Getting right at 3/4 inch 3 shot 100 yard groups with that combo.  Have to wait until December though and I may tag out early with archery equipment so...
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Try to get it in SPC II chamber..
Link Posted: 8/31/2015 11:49:53 AM EDT
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Try to get it in SPC II chamber..
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Originally Posted By HAGDADDY:
Plan to try my TC Contender in 6.8 this year.  18in Custom Shop barrel in rifle configuration.  I'll be using 90gr Gold Dot.  Getting right at 3/4 inch 3 shot 100 yard groups with that combo.  Have to wait until December though and I may tag out early with archery equipment so...

Try to get it in SPC II chamber..


It's already made, have had it for a number of years.  Have taken plenty of jackrabbits and coyotes with it.  I just always tag out with muzzle loader or archery before rifle season roles around so no deer yet.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 3:18:11 PM EDT
Just picked up this 6.8 AR today !!  Decided to buy this for my youngest son's first Deer Season, and also for my purposes ...  Gonna use Hornady 120GR SST ....

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:37:02 PM EDT
I use SST120s but you probably can't go wrong with any of the loads, frankly.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 9:02:06 PM EDT
I've killed a pile with my 6.8. I prefer the 115 fusions or 90 gold dots for deer, 110 accubond for anything bigger.

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 11:38:27 PM EDT
PSA has Federal 90 grn gold dot bonded SP 20 rounds for $12.99.


 
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