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#3279935 - 08/02/21 01:40 PM Re: new build caliber options [Re: varminter .223]
MISportsman Online
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Registered: 04/19/19
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Originally Posted By: varminter .223
From what I see you limited to Wilson combat and it isn't cheap. With limited choice what if you barrel doesn't like those loads? I guess nothing factory is too cheap but I like options.

That's what I'm finding researching it too. I think wilson combat being the only source of factory ammo that rules that out. That brings me to now being stuck between 6.8spc and 7.62x39 lol.

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#3279994 - 08/03/21 11:52 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
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If I wasn't trying to save up for an elk hunt year after next I'd just do an upper in each 7.62x39 and 6.8spc lol

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#3280357 - 08/12/21 01:15 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
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Really hard to beat the 6.8, I would avoid 7.62x39 in a AR, my limited experience is mag and feeding issues.

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#3280397 - 08/12/21 11:28 PM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
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Just do a 1-8twist grendel. If you're tossed about a 6.8. I've had 3 spcll and 5 Grendel's. I still have 2 of the Grendel's. A 20" for me and an 18" for the wife. The 6.8 is nice. But brass is a pain to find. Then the right 95-115gr bullet. I shot a ton of 90gr gold dots through mine. But the grendel does the same work on more common parts. I use my 6.8 mags for my grendel. Biggest deal is if you reload or not. Can you find components or factory ammo. I'd not put the 7.62x39 in the same range as the grendel or 6.8. Both are superior roundsand I've built and shot 3 x39s from 7.5" to 16".
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#3280407 - 08/13/21 10:38 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: 1badshee]
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#3283377 - 10/12/21 09:12 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
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I have pretty much decided on the the 6.8 spc. I am looking at either the bison arms 18" barrel or the stag arms 20" barrel. Thoughts on what would be the better bet?

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#3283401 - 10/12/21 08:02 PM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
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I have a 16" Bison 6.8SPC II 1/11twist that shoots great and kills great as well. Very minimal recoil, would be the perfect rifle for kids, woman or recoil sensitive people.

I have two very good loads that I run, if you go with the 6.8 I'll PM them to you.
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#3283431 - 10/13/21 08:48 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: Kino M]
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Originally Posted By: Kino M
I have a 16" Bison 6.8SPC II 1/11twist that shoots great and kills great as well. Very minimal recoil, would be the perfect rifle for kids, woman or recoil sensitive people.

I have two very good loads that I run, if you go with the 6.8 I'll PM them to you.

Thank you, I will definitely be in touch when I finish the build and get the dies to start handloading for it!

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#3283437 - 10/13/21 10:14 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
Boomstick Offline
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Registered: 10/26/16
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If you are newer to reloading, the 20 Prac is as easy as it gets. Take 223 brass, size with bushing die (progressively), and good to go!

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#3283438 - 10/13/21 10:15 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: Boomstick]
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I will look into that, thank you!

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#3283443 - 10/13/21 11:15 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
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And with a PRAC you can use powder charge data from the TAC. OAL will be different though.

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#3283447 - 10/13/21 12:44 PM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
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The prac is very intriguing, but I'm going to be using the rifle for deer and hogs, so I'm going to have to go with something with a little more punch

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#3283555 - 10/15/21 11:41 AM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
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If ammo was more widely available I would build a .300 ham'r, but with wilson combat being the only source I'm kind of afraid to do it

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#3283692 - 10/17/21 12:58 PM Re: new build caliber options [Re: MISportsman]
slickshot223 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/17
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Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: MISportsman
I have pretty much decided on the the 6.8 spc. I am looking at either the bison arms 18" barrel or the stag arms 20" barrel. Thoughts on what would be the better bet?


I have an extra new 6.8 MPI bolt, should you be in the need!!

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