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Old 12-13-2009, 08:31 PM
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Re: 6.8 SPC for brown fur?

Originally Posted by Darren H View Post
Obviously the V-max worked this time at close range. I would not advise using this round as a deer hunting round though. There are better bullets such as the barnes XXX . The V-Max has too thin of a jacket to penetrate med skinned animals to hit the vitals and fragments copper and lead into all ajoining meat surrouding the entrance wound.
When pushed to the top end of what the bullet is designed it wont penetrate, in theory. The bullet was designed long before the 6.8 hit the gun racks. So that leaves prertty much just the 270 Win or 270 Weatherby....both can push that bullet to 3500 prertty easy. When you slow the bullet down you slow the expansion....at 2650fps it is far less explosive than at 3500fps.

Dont get me wrong there are better bullets but the V-max works at slowerr speeds.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:37 AM
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Re: 6.8 SPC for brown fur?

some guys think I'd better off with my bolt action 30-30 within 150 yards and they have a legitimate point, so we'll see if the accuracy of the 6.8 is the tie breaker.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:30 AM
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Re: 6.8 SPC for brown fur?

Take a little hike over to the 6.8 forums and look in the hunting pictures area.... you will see some LARGE animals taken...
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I have such confidence in my 6.8 that I put away all of my bolt guns for the Wisconsin deer season. I have and love a variety of super magnums, and hunted with them for 20+ years. however the 6.8 just works so well for me.. i love it.

I have shot six DRT deer over the last 3 years. Last year i shot a pair of large does at 22o yards. high shoulder, bang flop. complete pass through. postmortem is convincing... anyone who says its not enough , well, lets just smile and let them pretend they know all! We know the truth. If you lost an animal, it certainly wouldn't be the fault of the cartridge.

I am shooting a pretty mild load under 110 seirras. really only pushing them @2550 fps, and i would have no problem tangling with even the largest whitetail out to 300yds with that combo. SOOOO acurate....

I echo the earlier posts about getting a 1:11 twist with the spcII chamber... MUCH better, easier to load hot. I would also have switched to the 85 gr Barnes had i not already purchased so many Prohunters. Seems to really be a killer on the big hogs.

90gr TnT's are also very accurate. I put 10 semi rapid fire rounds into one jagged hole @100yds measuring 7/8" during load development. Lets see ANY 30-30 do that.

There is really no advantage to go longer than 18 or 20 inches of barrel or bullets heavier than120gr. The case capacity is simply not suited to the larger bullets and 16 inches will get you 90-95% of the performance of the 18-22 inch barrels.

The cartridge was designed for effective performance from short barrels in lightweight packages. If you attempt to "improve" the performance, by seating heavy bullets way out there, you will have worked very hard to create a 7mm-08 with lesser performance.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:47 AM
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Re: 6.8 SPC for brown fur?

I Just re-read your first post.. you should have no problem getting that velocity from that package. I would consider the 85 gr Barnes in a shorter barrel however.. for all practicable purposes we are looking at a 300yd max gun.

The 85gr can achieve 3000 fps from barrels as short as 12" and will shoot much flatter across that distance. It will also be much easier to load really hot without pressure problems using the common chambers available, even if you ended up with a 1:10 Saami chamber. Drop and drift past 300 will definitely be more pronounced, however at that distance.... I'm hauling out a bigger smoke pole.

Its still capable of deep penetration with excellent wound cavity. Many many tough hogs to 400lbs have been with that bullet.

That said, nothing wrong with your choice... it will drop them like a hammer to the forehead.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:40 PM
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Re: 6.8 SPC for brown fur?

thanks adam......definately restored my confidence, I'll keep you guys posted with the accuracy, but from a break action barrel, I suspect less than MOA@100 yards.
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