6.8 spc vs. 6.5 creedmoor

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  1. Cam

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    I see that the 6.8 spc has a lot of fans here. Does it have any distinct advantages over the 6.5 creedmoor for hog hunting at 200+ yards?
     
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    If your plan for hunting is 200 yards and out and your choices are 6.8 spc and 6.5 Creedmore, I really can't figure out a single reason to go with the 6.8 spc. If you were to say 200 yards and less, I would suggest the 6.8 over the 6.5 Creedmore. The 6.8 will take you out to 300 yards nicely and even farther and you can shoot a lot closer than 200 with the 6.5 Creedmore. This isn't in question at all. You can make both work.

    Other than less recoil and a lighter gun (AR15, v. AR10), I would say NO, particularly at 200+ yards. With the Creedmore, you are getting a heavier bullet, generally a higher velocity, which means more energy at distance. The 6.5 bullet will give you better ballistics. You will have more recoil, but it isn't stifling by any stretch, and that can mean slower followup shots, but at 200+ yards, you are not going to be making rapid fire followup shots, so that is a non-issue.

    If you want to start talking about 400 yards and beyond, Creedmore is going to really start to outshine 6.8 spc.

    So what are you hunting and at what distances?
     
  3. FrankT

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    Are you asking about the 6.5 Grendel? the Creedmore is 308 comparable and a different platform
     
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    No, the 6.8 SPC is different than the Grendel.

    Seems like the SPC is gaining popularity with hog hunters.
     
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    I'm primarly hunting large hogs between 200-300 yards.

    Was just wondering if I should consider adding a 6.8 spc rifle. I really like the creedmoor's accuracy, and the recoil seems light to me. I rarely leave the back porch to hunt, so weight isn't really an issue.
     
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    Well the 6.8 is the most popular AR caliber for deer and hogs and has been for years, I have no complaints. If I was going to shoot 300+ a lot of the time I would be all over a 308, so the creedmore will do just fine
     
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    I'm new to hog hunting.

    I was considering a 308 AR10 at one time. My brother in law and best friend both have AR10'S in 308. Seems like neither of their guns shoot better than 2 moa
    My b.i.l's gun smith told him 2 moa is pretty normal for 308 ar10's, so I got a cheap creedmoor that often shoots 1/2 moa with cheap factory ammo.

    What kind accuracy can you typically see with the 6.8 spc? I've noticed that there isn't much factory ammo choices on the shelves, so I guess y'all are reloading it to get best results.
     
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    I have 4 and while not as hard hitting as a 308 they are MOA guns. Most well made AR 10's will get better than 2 MOA but then that is all you need for hogs
     
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    I've got an Armalite AR-10 that is less than 1 moa so they can be accurate.

    IMO, the 6.5 ammo will be easier to find if you don't reload.

    I agree with Brian's comments from above.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I guess that really answers most of my questions. If I was hunting on foot and set up for reloading, the 6.8 spc sounds like the hot setup.

    Now that more AR10'S are coming out in 6.5 creedmoor, that would probably suit my needs better.
     
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    I would go with the Creedmoor for what you described. I shoot mine to 500 every week. 300 is a chip shot if you practice. I have taken elk, whitetail, fallow deer, blackbuck and hogs with mine. Buy your ammo on line and save tons of money.
     
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    I thought the same thing, Grendel and SPC are close cousins, Creedmor is another species, like which do you prefer a 22lr or a 556
     
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    I do love the creedmoor. I shoot it a lot for fun on my 275 yard range and it does 1.5" groups (1/2 moa) fairly often with cheap winchester xp ammo from walmart.

    Since more companies are producing AR10'S in 6.5 creedmoor, I've had the itch to get one, but was wondering if the 6.8 spc would be more practical. I can stretch my range out to 500 yards if I remove a few trees, so I'd probably use the creedmoor more often.
     
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    6.8 for normal distance hog hunting. Creedmoor if you want to stretch it out. They are two different animals.
     
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    If you already have a Creedmoor and you plan to shoot @ 300yds, I don't see any reason to use a different gun (unless you just want a reason to buy another rifle!) than what you already have. Even a bolt gun would be fine since you probably won't have many opportunities at follow up shots unless you hobble one with the first shot, or the field is 500yds wide.
    2 moa @ 400yds sounds inferior, but any thermal you put on top likely won't be any more accurate than that anyway. I don't know that I could even see an 8" zone @ 400yds, much less hit it with a bullet.
     
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    Not really at the 200+ yards you're talking about. However if you plan on hunting at night with thermal you'll quickly find out that precision stuff isn't that useful with thermals. I've hit coyotes and pigs and even killed them at 300 plus yards with my 6.8 using my hand loads of 120gr SST's. But that isn't the norm. Sure they are 1/2 MOA with my day scope but put my thermal on and I'm shooting 2 moa with them. The big advantage to me for the 6.8 is it's lighter to carry. Since you're not carrying it, it doesn't matter. Why spend money on another gun just to shoot off your back porch when what you have will work just fine.
     
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