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Posted: 3/1/2006 12:08:32 PM EDT
Living in MN, .223/5.56 is not deer legal. I have an AR-10 and had planned on setting it up for deer but was thinking about the possibility of using 6.8 or 6.5 for this instead.

I don't know much about the two different rounds but will start to do some research. Any input before I start this search?

Thanks guys!
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:10:05 PM EDT
I am leaning towards the 6.5, mainly because of bullet selection.

Bob
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:17:25 PM EDT
I'd imagine either would do. What 'deer hunting' loads are sold in 6.5? IIRC Silver State Armory was offering a hunting round for 6.8 www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=648660.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:27:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/1/2006 12:30:54 PM EDT by Aimless]
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:31:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/1/2006 12:32:15 PM EDT by General_Tso]
Aimless, check with CMMG?
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:31:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Forest:
I'd imagine either would do. What 'deer hunting' loads are sold in 6.5?



120gr Nosler Ballistic Tip
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:34:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:48:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By General_Tso:
Aimless, check with CMMG?

Did not think of them!



Their new midlength is hot.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:52:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 12:56:37 PM EDT
Apparently, they'll have a variety of profiles "depending on demand." I'm fighting hard not to buy one...
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 1:20:10 PM EDT
Denny has a 6.8 Recon also.

Link Posted: 3/1/2006 2:36:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:
Also the dpms 5 round mags (a necessity to be legal hunting in NY) are like $ 50 from midway!



Check with Wes or ADCO for a better price. They usually have the 10 & 15 rounders for $40 I'd image the 5 rounder would be similarly priced.

Check with Randall at AR15barrels.com If he has barrel blanks in stock he can build you an upper.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 4:03:00 PM EDT
the sierra pro hunter 110grn 6.8 is very effective on whitetail.
silver state armory offers a loading with the pro hunters.

both these calliber offerings have bullets more then adequate for light skinned/muscled game like deer.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:35:18 AM EDT
Comp1911, if you like to practice a lot with the same ammo you hunt with, Wolf will be offering a 6.5 Grendel 123gr hunting soft-point slated for this June. See Wolf's 2006 catalog in PDF format here: www.wolfammo.com/Wolf_Ammo_Catalog2006.pdf.

John
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:29:35 PM EDT
My vote would be for the 6.5, much better selection of bullets, and better sectional density.

Nostler 120grn Balistic tip out of the old 6.5 x55 is deadly on deer, no reason for the 6.5 G to be any different.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 2:15:37 AM EDT
A vote here for a 6.8, it worked wonders on the deer that I shot this season.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 4:31:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/3/2006 4:31:53 AM EDT by Aimless]
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 6:49:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:
I like the idea of wolf ammo to play with, but does anyone make 6.5s yet besides AA? The 6.8mm cmmg upper is a lot cheaper, and that'd pay for a lot of ammo...


edit besides having Randall make one



Last I read there were several people making the 6.5 under license now or very soon.

I was drooling over (I think) combat solutions 16 middy uppers the other day.

Bob
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 10:03:41 AM EDT
Either round will do you well. The 6.5mm as an advantage with bullet selection, but there are more companies producing factory ammo in 6.8mm including 3 or 4 different hunting loads that I can think of off the top of my head. Good luck with either cartridge!

Stephen
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 3:49:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:30:26 PM EDT
check out (http://www.rifleshootermag.com/ammunition/remington_0303/) The author used a 6.8 (110-grain V-Max bullet (loaded to what specs, he didn't say) from a CZ bolt action rifle) to hunt mule deer.
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