larger AR caliber

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by jjfuller1, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    well, just trying to do some research for tax time.
    i really want to get into some larger cailbers with this platform. im not sure what caliber i should go with. i want to use an AR for deer hunting. but what do i pick? 6.5 grendal, 6.8spc. 300 blk, 458 socom. and then theres the ar10 in 308. hmm well i know at some point i will have an ar 10. but for now what caliber should i try to focus on more. ive read some stats and the 6.5 is looking pretty awesome.

    i reload so i dont think ammo would be as hard to come by once i got my componets.
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Any of them are good. I like my new socom and black out. A few more you might look into jj is the Beowulf's calibers
     

  3. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member

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    How bout teling us what your interested in doing with it?

    Long distance 1000 yard shoots?
    Cleaning rooms is a sd/hd situation?
    Getting cloverleafs at 200 yards?
    Taking a grizzly at 500 yards?
    Sbr for your supressor?

    Etc etc
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Umm- the man did say deer hunting.....
     
  5. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    ......... did forget to mention distance. thinking 300 yards and closer. most of my shots are less than 100yds. have a few small oportunities on field edges for 300yds
     
  6. theboarbuster

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    458 Socom
    My Socom is my favorite hog gun. I like the Barnes 300 TTSX. It is more expesive to shoot but that bullet performs perfectly every time. I will pobably use it when I go elk hunting on shots out to 200 yards. My next personal fav is the 405 gr jsp. This bullet is cheep when you buy it in bulk. It will open up on anything, sometimes shedding its jacket, but it keeps on going. Most will expand larger than a quarter.
    The 6.8 is a great deer round. I like the 85 gr BArnes tsx, 95 gr TTSX and the Hornady 120 grSST. All are good on deer out to 300 yards. With the 95 gr TTSX you can stretch that out to 400 yards. I have killed hogs up to 300 lbs with the 85 gr Barnes. I would recomend you get an upper or a barrel bolt combo from ARP. My 16" ARP barrel will shoot the 120 SST into less than sub moa groups all day long.
     
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  7. AgentTikki

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    6.5 Grendel is more of an intermediate to long distance round. Its capable for short range, but it really shines with 18"+ barrels and can stay supersonic beyond 1000 yards with the right ammo and barrel. I don't think its what you are looking for.

    You should consider the 6.8 spc2, 300 blackout, .458 socom, and 500 beowulf, but the later 3 might no be optimum for 300 yard shots. The 6.8 better suited for that range.
     
  8. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    Thank you. That makes sense
     
  9. jjfuller1

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  10. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Don't be discouraging C3; you never know when the bear menace will want to make a run for the border.
    ;)
     
  11. AgentTikki

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    If I recall correctly, the SPC II is better as it can handle higher pressures. Think of it like the orginal saami specs are like the .223 remington, the SPC is like 5.56 nato.

    I'd go with a spc2 imho.
     
  12. mich1377usmc

    mich1377usmc New Member

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    The main difference between 6.8 SPC & SPCII is throat elongation at rifling. This allows SPCII to shoot tactical ammo , as in SSA tac line. I built my AR in Oct last year & still working up ladder loads but she likes 110 g VMAX or HPBT with AA2200 pushing the pills. Hope this helps. Semper Fi Mickey
     
  13. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    JJ,

    Regarding the 6.8 I would stay with the SPC reference availability of ammunition in most major sporting goods and larger gun shops. The two calibers I am partial to are the 458 SOCOM for accuracy as well a "stomping" game. (Pigs DRT!) And the 6.5Grendel for accuracy and longer range shooting. Have also killed deer, pigs, coyotes and prairie dogs at long range with the 6.5. Both of mine are sub MOA guns.

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  14. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    which did you choose the spc or spc 2?
     
  15. mich1377usmc

    mich1377usmc New Member

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    I picked up a SPCII 1:10, it is a LMT barrel, got it from their Milsurp blem shop.