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May 25, 2017, 23:49
I may have a chance to finally go hog hunting. I will be taking my 6.8spc.

I normally load 115 grain bullets for target shooting. I feel that is way to lite for the swine. I would like to go to 130-150 grain bullet. Can a 6.8SPC AR handle this bullet weight?

I load 130 grain bullets in my 270. Nice load.

May 26, 2017, 06:24

May 26, 2017, 10:21
I have a ARP 3R barrel on my 6.8 its suppose to be good for these heavier loads like you seek so I'll be watching this thread.


May 26, 2017, 15:20
I went to my Hornady load book. I have decided to load 22.9 grains of H4198 under the 130 grain Hornady SST for a test. It is a compressed load as I have them COL set for "magazine" length. The recommended COL is a shade too long for the magazine. I have shot compress load in .223 many times with no problems.

Suggestions, comments?

May 27, 2017, 05:27
Have loaded over 10,000 rounds of 6.8. Purchased a 5,000 projectile lot of 130 grain bullets and was unable to stabilize them in 14.7", 16" or 18" 1:11 twist barrels. Now have a 16" 1:7 and 20" 3R 1:11 so will play with them again. The 1:7 twist barrels are few but designed to launch 200 grain and heavier subsonic from 6.8 spc II rifle. They shoot all full speed ammo fine just loose a little velocity and some spin drift on light projectiles out past 6.8's effective range. Believe the 20" 3R barrel will stabilize 130's but doubt will ever try 150's. Will step over into the 200 grain subsonics, can't make a 270 Win out of a 6.8 poodle shooter.

May 27, 2017, 07:34
i would use the fal for hogs.

May 27, 2017, 09:43
6.8 shuts a hog down immediately. Friend has big south Georgia hunting lease. Owner has told them to kill all hogs and lease is becoming dependent on them doing so. Plus the hogs are destroying habitat for deer. Takes his 7mm-08 turn bolt into deer stand and a Ruger 6.8 bolt rifle (I want that rifle bad) with suppressor. Says if hogs wander by can smoke two or three and woods calm down in just a few minutes as rest of hogs vacate area and not spooking deer. Every hog is DRT first round using Barnes Copper Solids. Out to 250 yards 6.8 hits with 80% energy of 308 and dumps it most in forst 14 inches so little energy is wasted after exiting other side of animal if has a shoot through. Now uses to 6.8 on doe when has to cull some of them.

May 28, 2017, 00:16
My 6.8 was purpose built for target shooting and varmit hunting should I ever get to do that. Now it looks like I will. I will post pics of the gun tomorrow.

Yea, I could use one of my FALs. But none of them have scopes on them and my old eys aren't as good as they used to be with irons. I suppose I could put a scope on one and take it as a backup rifle.

Loaded some 130 grain bullets last night. Think I will go to the range tomorrow and see how they perform.

May 28, 2017, 11:00
Better test before hunt with them. Offered a guy running short on projectiles a deal over at 68 forums 2,500 130 grain soft points who said would rather do without or pay retail for 90 grain Gold Dots. What is the rate of twist on your barrel? Most are 1:11 with a few in it 1:10.5 range and 130 grain bullets are on the ragged edge of stabilizing in them. Have eleven 6.8's now and every time have tried a few ladder tests with 130 grain Federal Fusion bullets was less than impressed. Best group had was on the high side of 1.5" at 100 yards. As said going to try again with my 16" 1:7 and 20" 3R 1:10 barrel.

From ARP website, one of the leaders in 6.8 products.

20" 6.8 TRIAD -Melonite midweight barrel
Twist Rate:*1:10- Hybrid 3R rifling designed to help accuracy with 120-130gr bullets and Barnes solid copper bullets

From Ammoland website.

According to The folks at Sierra Bullets, “With the magazine length of the AR at 2.260″, cartridge length was critical. There are now magazines on the market designed specifically for the 6.8 mm SPC to allow them to be loaded out to 2.315.”

Looking at the spectrum of commonly available commercial rounds, you’ll see offerings in the 110 to 115 grain range at velocities of 2,570 to 2,625 feet per second.

If you’re into budget plinking, you can order some pulled bullets, readily available in .270 caliber in the 130 grain range. Even using pulled bullets, they yielded groups in the 1.3 inch range at 100 yards.

Threads at 68Forums:




When start loading 130 grain and heavier bullets COAL is going to be important as many of the longer bullets will be seating to ogive of bullet. Personally for shooting animals as tough as wild hogs would look at 110 grain Barnes TTSX or TSX. One of my favorites is the 110 grain Hornady V-Max tipped bullets. Hits hard, good ballistic coefficient and performs well at all velocities.

May 28, 2017, 12:58
funbalz kinda blows the presentation but wtf


yanno, a camo beret for hog huntin is kinda geh

May 28, 2017, 13:11
This guys a dildo.

May 29, 2017, 12:24
It's not a bloody purse!

May 30, 2017, 08:52
Unless you think your average shooting distance is far enough you have to worry about drift I'm having a hard time seeing what is wrong with your 115gr projos. I've yet to have one survive 69gr 5.56 projos, so 115gr 6.8 should be just fine.

Folks forget that energy is in speed. That 115 will have a higher launch speed than things that are heavier, and only a stout cross wind should matter to it.

I say load 'em up and mow 'em down.