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I want to build my dad his first MSR and being I'm not a hunter I wanted to ask about the 6.8 for his type of hunting. He has his hunting land out near Coleman, TX. He keeps a feeder about 150 yards out and his total target area ranges between 125 to 200 yards. I want to use existing parts I have so no .308. I was thinking 6.8 but also curious is .300 Blackout would do. Oh, I am talking about deer. He doesn't reload, so commercial ammo is his only option.

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The 6.8 is a great choice for deer out to 250 yards. I wouldn't hesitate to take a 300 yard shot with mine. Lots of good factory ammo choices for a fair price. Hornady 120gr SST or Federal 90gr Bonded would be two great factory choices for deer.
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The 6.8 is a great choice, the 300 BOwould be a poor choice. The 300BO is apx 150fps slower than the 7.62x39. At those velocities the bullets do not expand well.
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Well this maybe belated.  But the 6.8 SPC goes way past 200 yards, most zero for 50 yards and have almost a 200 yard zero or zero for 200 yards where its almost zero at 50 yards depending on ammo with about a 10 inch drop at 300 yards for most factory ammo.

For deer I perfer the Federal Fusion 115 grain, its bonded, very affordable for hunting ammo and should still perform at 400 yards according to the Ballistics Program. I like to zero for one cartridge usually and found this one is very general purpose and my Mini 6.8 Loves them.  Still using some 110 AB from SSA I have from when they made decent 6.8 ammo for my ARP.  That is a 360 round cartridge in my ARP where the extra 2 inches and the better ARP chamber and grooves gives it a bit more distance, were my Mini 6.8 is barely 300 yards with that. I mention this to show the difference between bullets that have different Minimum Performance Velocities.

My brother got a nice 8 Pointer with Wilson Combat Spec II only 95 Gr TTSX that is probably the best all round commercial ammo for the 6.8 SPC. Its made in production batches where some Spec II only slower than another batch, but they will get to making the faster batch again.  That would be the "BEST" commercial ammo to get for the 6.8 SPC. My brother shot his buck (with an ARP 18" barrel and muzzle break and bolt upper), but good thing I hammered in his head, "CHAMBER A ROUND WHEN IN THE WOODS OR ON THE STAND!" and "SHOOT FOR THE CRITICAL!" (Heart lung area) well good thing to because his Gisellie G2 trigger group LOCKED UP!  This years lesson was "CHECK YOUR SHOTS!" I missed a deer a day later and checked mine for 2 hours, no blood so good thing was I didn't wound the deer to die by wolves. My brother how ever never checked his shot and found it the next day only 20 yards away!  Where we hunt deer run away on EVERY metal click sound and always run if a bang goes off.  They aren't polite like other places where the deer falls down nicely unless its a head or neck or spine hit.
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I haven't been to my dads spot, but it is a big triangle with a fence along one side. Last year he got a bad hit and the deer ran until he lost sight of it. He walked in the direction for a while but didn't find it. Went back for the pickup then drove around some more. Just stumbled on it when he was near the fence, which was heavily covered with tumble weeds. It has jumped the fence and died. Said it took him a while to get it over the fence and into the truck.

I'm going out there in May and going to let him try a 6.8 and see how he likes it.  

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