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Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Jpfisher1989, Jul 16, 2012.
I was wondering what people think about this round. The 6.8 spc.
Well Remington sorta dropped the ball when the army said nay. Still some support out there but it requires a lot of proprietary items( mags, bolt etc) whereas 300blk uses same everything, except for barrel and possibly gas block, depending on your configuration. However this is all information I've gleaned from my slow process of looking into my second AR.
Well I have a Patriot Ordnance Factory upper in the 6.8 spc
It is a very good round and ballistically slightly superior to the 5.56/223. And if you have an existing AR-15 With standard Take Down and Pivot Pins you can get a complete 6.8 Upper with 6.8 Bolt and a 6.8 Magazine and now you have a 6.8.
Obviously if you get a complete 6.8 AR you can also have a 5.56/ 223 by simply getting a complete 5.56 Upper with 5.56/223 Bolt and a standard 5.56/223 Mag and once again you have a two rifle combination.
The only negative to the 6.8 is the excessive availability of surplus ammunition is not available. And the cost of the retail ammunition is higher vs. the 5.56/223 Ammunition.
But it is a good round. We have made several one shot kills with it out to 150 yards on Deer as well.
One thing I can say you can use a 7.62x39 ar15 magazine with a 6.8 round
Well i have an ar15 that shoots a .223 and i have my pof but i just got one lower.
But i have magazine for it
Nice Rifle! Very Sharp!
It is still in progess
I still need to get a matching lower for it though.
I think it is a beauty myself
Ballistically speaking, the 6.8 SPC falls midway between the 5.56 and the .308.
It makes an excellent mid-range (350 yards +/-) hunting round for medium sized game. Many states don't permit the .223/5.56 for hunting deer, for instance.
Although inexpensive plinking ammo isn't available, quality hunting rounds are no more expensive than that for any other caliber at about $1/round. Look for the price of 6.8 SPC ammo to come down as more manufacturers ramp up their production in 6.8.
Well i know it is kind of a in between round.
I still think it is pretty cool round
Some additional on the 6.8 SPC. There are still some special ops units over in the sand box using this caliber. In addition the military did some testing on it in the past couple of years and had it in actual combat. Most preferred the round well over the 5.56. However, looking at the overall picture logistically and with the money available to the military due to the economy it was a dead issue actually before it started.
Can you imagine all the extra M-4 and M-16 parts the military has in stores as well as 5.56 ammunition. Not to mention, in a foreign war theater a lot of our allied nations have the M-4 and M-16. The new 6.8 would require a massive ammunition change over as well as magazines for all the 6.8s which would be an astronomical expense. They could get by with changing the Bolts on the existing rifles but then due to some being worn from use other issues would have to be addressed like putting new bolts in and possible head space problems and other maintenance issues. The military just does not do things that way. SO it would be all new rifles to trade out the M-4s.
Thanks for the info
I hope those guys in the sand box are liking the round
I looked at the 6.8 SPC for a while before I got my 5.56 and the only reason I went 5.56 was the cost, for plinking it just wasn't feasible. I actually bought a box of 20 rounds because up to the last minute I was still going to get it. It's a great all around round I wanted to hunt with it since its a .277 caliber and most states its .243 and up. Better than 5.56 in stopping power. Like others have said you can have two guns in one, just buy the upper and the mags and you have a 5.56 and 6.8 SPC. That's in the works because I still want a gun for that round. I just wanted to shoot more at the time so I went 5.56 first.
Read up on it and don't fall into the hype the government didn't use it so it must be no good. Like another poster said it just wasn't cost effective or practical to replace all the M4 and 5.56 that's alot of logistics. A old gun guy I talk to know a special ops guy and they have used them and they like them.
1989 what barrel twist is yours?
1x 11.3 right twist
Cool 1 and 11 was the one I found to be the best.
Thats good to know.
I think my rifles pretty sweet