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Old October 14, 2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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Contender barrel 7-30 or 6.8spc

Looking to add another barrel to my collection. Somewhere in the area of a 130 yd deer caliber, for someone who doesn't roll their own, which do you prefer. Is the 6.8 capable of taking deer that far?
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Old October 15, 2012, 12:15 AM   #2
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I've never tried the 6.8, but thoroughly enjoy the 7-30 Waters. I handload and have taken numerous hogs and deer with the longest shot being just over 200 yds. You're pretty limited with factory ammo though.
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Old October 15, 2012, 06:18 AM   #3
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If you don't reload, one of the better rounds for this application would be 30-30 Win., especially in a 14" barrel. Easy on recoil, adequate for deer out to say 200 yds., and easy to find ammo.
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Old October 15, 2012, 06:49 AM   #4
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have both, but can't compare apples to oranges...

1st off, I almost only exclusively handload, but I do have both a 7-30 Waters barrel (14") & a 6.8 SPC barrel (21")... also have a 10" 30-30 barrel that is accurate enough for deer out to 150 yards

personally I think the SPC has the most "potential" but since you don't handload, I think you'd have to check factory ammo available... a quick check, & I didn't find too many "real" hunting specific 6.8 ( that is actually in stock... I checked Midway )... maybe you can find it loaded with a good hunting bullet, looks like there are quite a few made... so, that would be my 1st choice, provided you can get a good hunting bullet... otherwise I really do like the 7-30 Waters... I've never used it on game, but most all factory ammo is going to be loaded for hunting game...
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Old October 15, 2012, 08:49 AM   #5
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I have killed deer with my Contender 7-30 with 16 1/4" barrel using 120 gr. at approx. 25-2600fps. Performance has been great. The 6.8 offer similar velocity and bullet weights, it should have similar performance. Hopefully I will find out this season as I now have a AR15 in 6.8 that I intend to use.
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Old October 15, 2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info. Commercial ammo for the 7-30 is pretty much 120 grain SP. The 6.8 seems more 110 vmax and fmj target stuff, but there are other configurations out there. I currently use a 14inch 44 mag and I'm looking to extend the range and a little less recoil for extended range sessions.

Silver State Armory has a good selection of 6.8 hunting loads in 110 grain; Nossler Accubond, Barns TSX, Sierra Pro Hunter. They also have a 140 grain load but it list you must have a spec II chamber.

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Old October 15, 2012, 09:33 AM   #7
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I wouldn't use either of those loads for deer...

but here are a few that I would hunt with... some in stock, some not...

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/138...ical-box-of-20

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/413...free-box-of-20

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/679...free-box-of-20

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/473...ical-box-of-20

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/153...oint-box-of-20
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Old October 16, 2012, 10:47 PM   #8
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I loaded the 7-30 Waters with the 140 gr ballistic tips. Many deer taken with that, 200yards about max. On the other hand, the Federal load 129?gr took many deer. Great deer round.
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Old October 19, 2012, 10:39 AM   #9
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Maybe it was just my barrel, but I had a lot of extraction problems with my 6.8. The extractor would slip past the base of the cartridge.
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Old October 21, 2012, 09:17 PM   #10
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If you don't handload I'm anothrer who would advise against either. 30-30 will give you alot more options. Or you could make a friend who does reload.
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