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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-12-2010, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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6.8mm rem spc.

anyone have any exp. with this round? seems to have alot in common with the .270WSM that i know many people like.
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Never heard of that round, and can't find it in any of my handloading manuals.Is it some sort of wildcat handload? Do you mean the 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser, commonly called the 6.5 Swede? That is a great "medium" loading perfectly adequate for deer and even larger game,. In fact, the Scandinavians kill most of their moose with that cartridge. As good as it is, it pales in a match up with the 270 WSM. As an example, the Swede can be handloaded to shoot a 130 grainer at 2550 fps, while the 270 WSM will push the same weight bullet out of the barrel at 3260.

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6.8 SPC (.277cal)

I would not compare this round to the magnum 270WSM. It is the same bore diameter but only has the case capacity to drive a bullet of around 115gr.
The military is considering this round as one of the rounds available to replace the standard .223/5.56 in our issue M16s. The troops in the Gulf War are reporting that the 115gr is a lot more effective then the 62gr round in the 5.56. The advantages are it is easy to convert our M16s/M4s to this cartridge and after changing the follower in the mag it will handle the 6.8 without problems. This is not a long range round, with a light for calibre bullet and it only leaves the barrel around 2700fps. The troops like it for use in under 300yard engagements. I believe there are at least two other cartridges that are being combat tested besides the 6.8 SPC. They are the .30AR and one that is 6.5 mm(.260). I personally don't see the US adopting a replacement for the .223/5.56 any time in the near future. It would be very expensive and a logistics nightmare. This is to bad as lives are possibly being lost due the the current round in use. The Army and the Marines can not even decide whether their next pistol should be in 45acp or 40s&w.

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in comparison to the .243, a few 100 fps. slower, 10 grains heavyer than the biggest .243, and obveasly larger cal.
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the 6.8spc was designed for and really only practical if you plan to hunt with an AR 15. Most states make 6mm/.243 minimum caliber requirements for hunting big game so the 6.8 fills this bill. It is not a long range caliber but is light in recoil. Would be great if you want to hunt with an AR and shots are not over 200 yds

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ok this was kinda the plan. i was hopeing to find a round that was good for hunting, with a normal rifle. but also would work for an ar. and to say the least i trust .223 (5.56mm) about as far as i could throw it.
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i also was looking for a cal. that i could buy in bulk. the only 2 cals that i can find in th AR, that i can find in bulk are the .223, and the .308. and i hate .223
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Thanks for the link describing the cartridge. I guess I'm more up-to-date on strictly hunting ammunition and not military stuff. Again, because of my experience and personal preferences, as well as practical needs for a cartridge with lots of power and the ability to deliver at long ranges on potentially large animals, I would not be interested in this round for hunting. It is just way underpowered for my needs. If you are interested in something in that ballistic range, I'd suggest you look at the .260, 25/06 or the 257 Roberts - all proven game-getters, and probably better performers for hunting all around.
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guess there is no logical way i can find one round to do everything i want. gess ill be sticking to the .270 for hunting, and figure out what i want on the AR plaform. wish they would just make a .270 ar.
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