New 6.8 cartridge (Western)

VLD Pilot

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Hey all you .270 fans. Check out the new toy that just was announced today. 7.5 twist .270 and some heavy bullet options and factory loaded ammo.
 

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So, who knows the ballistics on this 6.8 Western? Other than being in a short action and maybe making a slightly lighter rifle for hunting, What makes this better than a 270 with a 1:8 twist shooting the 170 berger at 2900 fps?
I haven't seen the down range numbers so someone who has help me out..
I have always been a fan of the .277 cal would like to see a good comparison.
 

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So, who knows the ballistics on this 6.8 Western? Other than being in a short action and maybe making a slightly lighter rifle for hunting, What makes this better than a 270 with a 1:8 twist shooting the 170 berger at 2900 fps?
I haven't seen the down range numbers so someone who has help me out..
I have always been a fan of the .277 cal would like to see a good comparison.
You should be able to handload the 6.8 Western to about 3100 fps with a 170 eol and the right powder. Will run about 2950 fps give or take with factory loaded 170gr ballistic tips.
 

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Factory ammo will be:
175gr tipped game kings
170gr ballistic silver tips
165 ablr
Roughly 2900 to 2980 fps among those three.
 

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What’s wrong with the 270wsm ? My next barrel will have a 1:8 twist which will suit the 170 Berger’s
Won't fit in a short action with the long bullets and you can't buy an off the shelf rifle that can handle them because all of them are 1:10
 

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From one of the reviews I gathered the following :-
1. 6.8 designed for heavier projectiles.
2. The 1 in 10 twist will give terrible accuracy if heavier bullets are loaded in a normal 270 Win. The ammo manufacturers will have negative feedback when uninformed shooters use such ammo. The best was to create a new platform specifically designed for heavier bullets.
3. Prieto9000 mentions the 1:10 problem with the 270WSM that will suffer with the same problems as I mentioned above in point 2.
 

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Twist rate in rifle isn’t the cartridges fault
As for length they both end up the same oal
I spose I’m lucky and have a tikka with a mountain tactical magazine and the longer bolt stop
 

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From what I've read about it, the new 6.8 Western will duplicate/match the trajectory of the 7RM with the same weight bullet using less powder and producing less recoil. The cartridge was designed as a hunting cartridge first, and for PRS second.
 

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It is the 6.5 PRC in 270.

The shoulder is pushed forward just enough that it won't chamber in a 6.5 PRC. Now you can have modern case design in your favorite Fudd bore size.
 

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It is the 6.5 PRC in 270.

The shoulder is pushed forward just enough that it won't chamber in a 6.5 PRC. Now you can have modern case design in your favorite Fudd bore size.
it is not a prc size case it is a wsm size case
PRC .532
WSM .555
lengths are the same but not the dia.
 

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I guess my point in posting this new arrival was only because MAYBE just maybe now we will finally see some long heavy .277 bullet offerings in addition to the 3 offered for the 6.8 Western. Those 3 loaded offerings are a great start. Nobody offers a 7-8 twist barrel from the factory except custom makers (that I know of). I believe now you will see a few more offered for those that do not want a high end custom. For me, if I ever decide to build on a .277 cartridge, the bullets would vary from mid to heavy weight and that's worth building for. I'd probably do a .270 Win. Case capacity is roughly the same but needs a LA. The 6.8 can be done on a SA using those heavy bullets.
 

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