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Well guys, yet another year has passed, and we have failed to see Remington bring out a bolt action rifle (or any other rifle I know of) in their much advertised, much touted, 6.8 Rem SPC.

Ya know what this tells me? Something has gone wrong.

Advertising a new round for almost 18 months, without making a rifle, creates an enormous let-down and distrust of the product.


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Ha Ha

The US Military has not seen this figment of imagination either. All sales hype by some wanna-be designer in my opinion.
 

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I'm with Robert here. After reading all the hype, I still have the same question I had when I first heard about it. " What's it good for ?"
 

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6.8 Rem.SPC

See page 79 of Remington 2005 Firearms ,Ammo, Accessories Catalog. The 114 Gr. bullet could be a 250-300Yd. deer rifle, but no rifles are listed.
 

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CZ has a bolt action out. Midway has 14" Contender barrels for sale right now. I am going to wait for the 23" version. It should be the ultimate deer cartridge for Contender shooters who don't reload for every caliber they own barrels for.
 

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Ultimate deer cartridge....

Doc T said:
It should be the ultimate deer cartridge for Contender shooters who don't reload for every caliber they own barrels for.
Man..we have so many great deer cartridges already available. I cannot see this 'newbie' doing anything the 7-30 waters already does, and factory ammo IS available. The 7-30 is flatter shooting than the 30-30...which gives it a little more reach-out-and-touch.....but the old 30-30 still has better knock-down. I have been thinking of reaming to the 30-30 Ackley for a little more ooomph, but I just have not been able to bring myself to do it. My 30-30 works just fine...I have a 7-30 Carbine....but I haven't even seen it in more than a year. For a back up I usually grab the 30-30 or my little 10 inch 7 TCU.
Don't get me wrong...I would love to try the new 6.8 and would love to have one....But what is so 'Special' (SPC) about it?
I certainly WILL be patient and watch for it's 'true arrival', I would love to see it happen. After all....The G-2 DID FINALLY ARRIVE although most of us considered IT a myth. I have never seen one, but I have heard of people using them....Ha Ha.
 

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As to what the round would be good for:

1. Same foot pounds of energy as the .243. But has a 117 grain bullet instead of 100.

2. Same trajectory as the .308 Winchester.

3. Hits with a .27 caliber bullet (instead of a .243 or .257)

4. Nicely fills the gap between the .243 and the 25-06 as far as being effective on deer.

Why not just stick with the .257 Roberts? Well, lots of people on these boards say that in factory ammo, the .257 Roberts is just not very accurate at all. (This was my experience too.) Apparently, you have to hand-load to get good accuracy out of the Roberts.

I don't hand load. I don't want to hand load. And probably, 90% of all hunters don't hand load. (I think that sometimes my friends on this board just keep forgetting this.)

So, if the 6.8 Remington proves to be accurate in factory ammo, then it will certainly be a great deer and large varmint cartridge, that will outshine the .243 by a wide margin as far as being effective on deer size game, without the very loud blast and greater recoil of the 25-06.

Just my opinions.

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hmmn, so it is going to fill a niche that doesn't exist. The .260 Rem. or the 6.5 Swede are what you need Big Paulie.
 

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Well Ramrod, I thought hard about the Swede, but in factory loads it only comes in 140 grain bullets, that are a little on the heavy side for varmint.

The .260 seemed like just the ticket, but I think it is dying a quick death, and that in two or three years, you will not be able to find factory ammo in the varmint weight rounds. This year, the Bass Pro Shop in Memphis had only half of the bullet weight selection in .260 that it did last year!

I was kinda hoping that the new 6.8 (due to military and hunting applications) might really catch fire, like the .308 Winchester did.
But so far, . . . . .nothing. :)

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I took a look at the write-up on Peterson's Rifle Shooter and I can understand why you're getting impatient, Big Paulie.
It seems an amazing round and I think it would drift into that magic 2400-2700fps zone with a slightly heavier projectile round or with the factory load in a scout-style short barrel rifle.
It also seems the perfect round for a youth or women's rifle or at least for those who aren't keen on recoil.
Does anyone know what sort of chamber pressure it has?
 

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Well, all and all, I think it is an amazing round. As far as SAAMI pressure, the final specification of this may be what is holding up mass production of this round or rifles by Remington.

A small CZ rifle in this caliber, with the detachable mag, would be fantastic. Much more versatile than the 7.62 or the .223. However, despite some rumors, I have not seen any firm announcement by CZ that they are definitely releasing a rifle in this caliber. If someone has a link to such an announcement, I would appreciate the information, because I would probably buy one.

Only other point, I think that these great ballistics being printed up by Remington are based on a 22 inch or maybe even a 24 inch barrel. If you end up with a Rem Model 7 type rifle, with only a 20 inch barrel, that loss of an extra 100 to 200 fps could be much more critical for this round than for other rounds, because this one appears to be perched just on the "edge" of the 2700 fps mark.

I think that Remington is letting Barrett "carry the water" with respect to all gun manufacturing and tooling risks on this one, and that Remington plans to just sit back and crank out special batches of the ammo from time to time. If the round really takes hold, we may then see Remington make some rifles. If it doesn't, then we may have another "Whisper" scenario on our hands.

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I don't recall the model # of the CZ rifle. I saw it in one of the gun rags last month. I realize that there is sometimes a long lag time between articles and when the gunk is actually available. I'm STILL waiting to see a real Ruger Gold Label side by side.

I really don't see where the 6.8 is necessary at all in a bolt action. Allmost any cartridge known to man can be had in a bolt action rifle. Where the 6.8 WILL shine and fill a definite niche is in Contenders and AR-15s. I have been looking for a 300yd capable deer cartridge for a Contender carbine. I thought about the .30-30AI but I don't want to reload for something I won't shoot alot of rounds through. Plus, I don't think it is quite capable of 300 yds. I thought about a custom barrel in 300 Savage or .30-40 Krag but then you run into more cost, and if something goes wrong with your frame, you have some potential warranty problems. Now I can have a Contender carbine capable of making a 300 yd shot with a factory barrel (not even a T/C custom shop) with ammo I can buy at my local gunshop. We never had that option before.

The same thing could be said about the ARs but I am more excited about the Contenders. Can you tell?
 

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Doc T, I think the 6.8 SPC would be perfect in a bolt gun.
If good rifle companies(and this is just my opinion keep in mind[/color]) are silly enough to chamber the 7.62x39 in bolt guns the 6.8 SPC is a more sensible proposition by far.
But further, it would be great in a lever or pump gun too.
It's just that a bolt gun is usually(but not necessarily) more accurate.
As for it being eminently suitable for the T/C guns I agree.
It would also be a very interesting proposition in a H&R/NEF rifle which, correct me if I'm wrong, prefer lower chamber pressures, something that is one of the 6.8 SPC advantages.
I'd seriously consider saving up for something a little less powered than a 7mm-08 in a Handirifle.
With a heavy barrel it'd be a great rifle for roos, pig and goats here in Australia.
In fact it'd probably put my 25/303 out of a job! :wink:
 

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Contender Barrels Available from Jerry's......

Hi Folks, my dealer called one of his distributors yesterday, and guess what? They had 5 23" carbine barrels in stock, in 6.8 SPC. Well, now they have 4. Happy Hunting! Also, they had Hornady loaded ammo. Joe
 

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Re: Contender Barrels Available from Jerry's......

htrjv said:
Hi Folks, my dealer called one of his distributors yesterday, and guess what? They had 5 23" carbine barrels in stock, in 6.8 SPC. Well, now they have 4. Happy Hunting! Also, they had Hornady loaded ammo. Joe
Now all you need are dies :grin:
 

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I searched the Web about 2 months ago, and found that a company that specializes in barrels and accuracy for the Ruger No. 1 is now offerring barrels for the Ruger No. 1 in the 6.8 Rem SPC. They will also install them.

If you could get the light sporter No. 1 in this caliber, it would be great!

As far as being a true "dual purpose round", I believe that the 6.8 Rem would make the .243 obsolete.
 
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