View Full Version : recommend 6.8 ammo for hunting

10-15-2012, 9:49 PM
I'm picking up a 6.8 upper from a calgunner, and would like to know your opinion in which is the best ammo (brand/grain) for hunting boar, deer, and for sighting in scopes. Im assuming different game will require different types of ammo... Please school me on 6.8 ammo, as I have no real experience with it...

10-15-2012, 9:57 PM
For the absolute best, learn to reload and develop a load for your rifle using the Barnes 95 grain TTSX bullet.

When that bullet expands, the segments open up like sharp petals of a flower but retain 100% of mass.

It's an effective killer of the game animals you would find in California out to 300 yards or more.

10-15-2012, 9:59 PM
I prefer the 110gr hollow points...

10-16-2012, 1:30 AM
For deer just about any soft point will work. For pigs you want the Barnes as mentioned earlier.

10-16-2012, 2:46 AM
110 gr. BTHP is easy to find and does a good all around job. Try to get a load with the most FPS you can.

Look around a bit for advice, everyone has their own opinion and what may work for them might not work out so well for you.

If your shot placement is good, you won't be disappointed for the game you mentioned.

10-16-2012, 3:08 AM
Barnes in 95 or 110 for non lead and 110 hornady jhp for lead areas. For non game animals I use 85 grainbarnes multi purpose green frangible. Ijust loaded 100 yesterday

10-16-2012, 6:16 AM
Sounds good guys, thanks for the input!!

gun toting monkeyboy
10-16-2012, 6:45 AM
you could also go hit www.68forums.com , as they are really, really into 6.8. I have found that Silver State Armory is always a good choice if you don't reload. I like the Nosler 110 grain Accu Bonds for an all-around bullet. I was using the Sierra 110 grain Pro-Hunters, but I switched before going hunting because I had heard too many reports of them failing on hogs from the guys on 68forums. How accurate their reports were, I don't know. But I figured why risk it. The good news is SSA sells both as loaded ammo for those of you who don't reload. I hit a charging 200# boar with it at 40 yards and it left an exit wound on the far side of his ribcage the length of my thumb. He dropped after 5 yards.


10-16-2012, 7:38 AM
you most likely will be hunting in a lead free zone, unless you are way up in Nor cal. So you need lead free rounds. I have a 6.8 and use Barnes Tsx 110 gr. bullets. Awesome bullets! very accurate!

10-16-2012, 7:43 AM
My wife killed a little buck yesterday at 80 yards with a 95gr ttsx. It worked very well.

10-16-2012, 7:49 AM
Mostly hunting around the San Francisco Bay Area....
110 seems to be the favorite for piggies..gonna pick me up some of those...any one know where I can find 6.8 rounds in the east bay?