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Tried some reloads for 6.8 spc!
« on: March 13, 2015, 10:21:28 AM »
Last weekend the son and I took our Franken rifles out to the range with a variety of cased reloads for the 6.8 spc chambering.
Bob, a friend and Master re-loader, had taken the cases from about 650 rounds that we had fired through the rifles and returned 454 loaded cartridges for use. He had saved 150 cases for a different project and reserve testing. We also had on hand about 100 rounds of the new S&B 6.8 spc FMJ offering at about $14.95 a box. A bargain!

Now, not all cartridges are the same as we all should know.
We had Bob load each of the cases with whatever Hornady's loading table provided as a standard.
He used 110 grain VMax (Only available bullets at the time), with the same powder loads and primers, except for the Remington cases which used large primers.

The trouble cases Bob had, and felt were an issue, involved Silver State Armory brass.
He stated that the cases seemed thin and he had to ream the primer pockets, thus he had to chuck quite a few cases (about 30%) due to failures of various kinds. All other cases seemed to have no unusual issues.

Firing the Hornady rounds, checking loading, function, accuracy, and ejection results, we found they were very consistent.
Impressive groups.

Then on to the Remington reloads. Similar results.

Then on to the SSA (Silver State Armory) reloads. For my tight tolerance rifle chamber it was a no go. The cases bound up in the loading and extraction processes. (It was able to only cycle 8 times total with that case.) At first we thought it to be a magazine issue (Though we did have a mag that would have issues at the last two rounds being fired) and swapped the rounds to a new mag. Same issues. My son's Bison Armory upper however, had no issues digesting that ammunition.
We chucked the brass into the recycler box at the range. Its the cases that would be melted down for reuse.
We felt the SSA cases are not worth the effort of reloading and will not be using that brand again for reloads.

I then swapped to the Remington and Hornady ammo. Not one problem.

Tried the new S&B ammo. No issues and VERY tight groups I might add.

So all in all we fired through 454 rounds and praise Bob of the Rousche Lake Shooting Range for his help in researching, reloading, and experimenting. Bob also thanked us for the experience in reloading 6.8 spc, his first try at that caliber.

And yes, 1/4 MOA for both rifles. Scoped at 100 yards for the son's firearm, and 50 yards open sight for my own tired, old, and nearsighted behind.

Had a lot of fun and the son found some defense ammo he likes for his SarK2 pistol.

Thanks for reading.

Gunnguy


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    Re: Tried some reloads for 6.8 spc!
    « Reply #1 on: March 13, 2015, 12:51:58 PM »
    Interesting findings. I've been on the fence about getting a 6.8 spc quick change barrel for my LMT but those sub moa results have me counting my pennies. I was sorta banking on stocking up on SSA but it looks like I'll have to invest in reloading for this caliber.

    What were your groups like with factory loaded ammo?
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    Re: Tried some reloads for 6.8 spc!
    « Reply #2 on: March 13, 2015, 03:00:56 PM »
    Can I ask when the SSA cases were made?  The company had a very good reputation, but changed hands not too long ago.  Just wondering if the cases were produced pre or post.

    Congrats on the 6.8mm.  I love mine.
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    Re: Tried some reloads for 6.8 spc!
    « Reply #3 on: March 14, 2015, 01:52:04 AM »
    I would HIGHLY recommend a small base resizer die as that should resolve any chambering issues as long as the projectiles are seated to spec and cases are trimmed as well.  Even brand new brass could/should go through the resizer and also check length as even the brass manufacturers say to not just load from the bag and to inspect each case and size/trim where necessary.  I use a small base sizing die for every caliber that is shot out of an auto loader and I haven't had any (more) issues with feeding.
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    Re: Tried some reloads for 6.8 spc!
    « Reply #4 on: March 14, 2015, 04:35:15 PM »
    Fairly newer SSA, within the last year, and it was obviously thinner brass.
    All the ammo we tested made the result for accuracy Best To Worst groups:

    (Note: ALL round were grouping 1/4 MOA or less. It's all really close!)


    Hornady 120 Grain SST
    Hornady 110 Grain VMax/Federal 115 Grain Fusion FJSP
    Remington 115 OTM/ SSA Ammunition (Cant Remember if it was FMJ or Ballistic Tip

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    Re: Tried some reloads for 6.8 spc!
    « Reply #5 on: April 12, 2015, 01:06:57 PM »
    Two corrections to make here:

    1) All of the ammo, whether factory or reload (Except for SSA Reloads and a few troubles with the new SSA factory ammo in my rifle), performed very well or as expected. The reloads were better only because they were done with tighter Quality control and precision, thus better results.

    2) It was not a total of 454 rounds of reloads. We had the majority of the reloads with all case types and several hundred rounds of the S&B Factory we tested last. It was, with the S&B ammo included, about 540 rounds or so. What can I say? We had a great time and bought more S&B.

    Note: As soon as Bob or I can find more loose bullets for loading the now twice fired brass, it's getting reloaded. Saving up for possibly reloading 6.8spc ourselves as it is cheaper to do. In the meantime we are buying factory ammo from $12 to $23 a box of twenty.
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