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chicoredneck
07-12-2012, 10:23 AM
Anybody used this load? How does it shoot for you? What rifle/barrel are you using and what twist rate?

chicoredneck
07-12-2012, 2:38 PM
Nobody?

jgraham15
07-12-2012, 2:45 PM
I'll be trying some out next week for the first time. Not sure how they will perform out of an 18" 1 in 11 twist WOA barrel but I'll post the results if you want.

wash
07-12-2012, 2:55 PM
115 grains is on the heavy side for 6.8 SPC.

It's going to be slow which means more drop and it might be so slow that the high BC doesn't help.

But this is the first I've heard of it.

I'm sure there are many .270 Winchester bullets in that weight range but people don't use them in 6.8 SPC very often.

chicoredneck
07-12-2012, 3:21 PM
115 grains is on the heavy side for 6.8 SPC.

It's going to be slow which means more drop and it might be so slow that the high BC doesn't help.

But this is the first I've heard of it.

I'm sure there are many .270 Winchester bullets in that weight range but people don't use them in 6.8 SPC very often.
SSA advertises them at 2400 fps. That is slow, but at long range the high* BC makes them retain their velocity better. You can run the numbers through a ballistic calculator and see for yourself.

*The short and light 6.8 bullets BCs are very low. The 140 berger really does not have that high of a BC (they are comparable to many normal hunting weight bullets designed for full power cartridges), but it far outclasses any other loading available in the 6.8 by a large margin.

chicoredneck
07-12-2012, 3:25 PM
I'll be trying some out next week for the first time. Not sure how they will perform out of an 18" 1 in 11 twist WOA barrel but I'll post the results if you want.

The 140 bergers are supossed to be good to go in 1/11" twist barrels, but the slow muzzel velocity of the 6.8 may change that.

The berger VLDs are extremely sensetive to seating depth which is why most ammo manufactuers do not offer loads utilizing the VLDs. No doubt the SSA VLDs will shoot well in some chambers, but not all due to a difference in chamber dimensions. Good luck and let me know how it goes. I have some on order. I should have them next week.

jgraham15
07-12-2012, 3:35 PM
115 grains is on the heavy side for 6.8 SPC.

It's going to be slow which means more drop and it might be so slow that the high BC doesn't help.

But this is the first I've heard of it.

I'm sure there are many .270 Winchester bullets in that weight range but people don't use them in 6.8 SPC very often.

SSA claims if I remember correctly 800 ft lbs of energy at 500 yards, 500 ft lbs at 800 yards and supersonic to 1000 yards.

jgraham15
07-12-2012, 3:38 PM
The 140 bergers are supossed to be good to go in 1/11" twist barrels, but the slow muzzel velocity of the 6.8 may change that.

The berger VLDs are extremely sensetive to seating depth which is why most ammo manufactuers do not offer loads utilizing the VLDs. No doubt the SSA VLDs will shoot well in some chambers, but not all due to a difference in chamber dimensions. Good luck and let me know how it goes. I have some on order. I should have them next week.

I'll be running it out to 600 yards next Thursday and I'll post what I find here. It would be great if my barrel will shoot them well but I'm not holding my breath. It favors the 110gr and 115gr bullets.

wash
07-12-2012, 8:02 PM
I remain skeptical.

TheHammerOfTruth
07-13-2012, 12:38 AM
I'll be trying some out next week for the first time. Not sure how they will perform out of an 18" 1 in 11 twist WOA barrel but I'll post the results if you want.

Ill save you the time and money. I have the same barrel and they didnt hold accuracy. The barrel shot great with the 110 and 95 but terrible with the 140.

jgraham15
07-13-2012, 12:47 AM
Ill save you the time and money. I have the same barrel and they didnt hold accuracy. The barrel shot great with the 110 and 95 but terrible with the 140.


Interesting, mine shoots the 95gr TTSX like crap but it seems to like the 85gr E-Tip and the 110gr and 115gr bullets. It doesn't much care for the 120gr either. I definitely think a faster twist would work better with the 140gr but I figured what the heck and bought a couple hundred rounds to try out. Hopefully one of my 6.8's will at least shoot them decently.