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I just got a box of 6.8spc, 115gr Nozler HPBT bullets. I was wondering what type of powder people like to use? I have only been loading for pistols up until now, so I have load books for each caliber that I use and a speer manual #13, and nothing on 6.8spc:(
Is there different die's for it? I see cheaper than dirt and has 2 RCBS dies listed for 6.8spc
both say full length 2 die set, but they have different item numbers and 1 is 36.74 the
other is 35.44:confused:? I don't see what the difference is. gun show is in town this weekend, hoping to stock up on supplies, and more load data manuals.
Please help with any info on this caliber. Thanks
The rifle is an AR with a 16" barrel.
 

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did you look at the powder manufactures site?

hodgdon had this listed:

PS.. you go check it yourself.. don't use this data I posted.. it's just an ilustration that the powder mf's have data available.

85 GR. BAR TAC-X FB Hodgdon Benchmark .277" 2.230" 27.9 2595 31,800 PSI 31.0C 2848 40,000 PSI
85 GR. BAR TAC-X FB Hodgdon H322 .277" 2.230" 28.0 2637 33,600 PSI 31.0C 2949 45,600 PSI
85 GR. BAR TAC-X FB IMR IMR 4198 .277" 2.230" 24.8 2770 39,200 PSI 27.5C 3025 51,800 PSI
85 GR. BAR TAC-X FB Hodgdon H4198 .277" 2.230" 25.2 2829 40,400 PSI 27.4 3030 50,900 PSI
85 GR. BAR TAC-X FB Hodgdon Lil'Gun .277" 2.230" 19.7 2836 49,500 PSI 21.0 2927 52,400 PSI
90 GR. SPR HP Hodgdon Benchmark .277" 2.255" 29.0 2705 38,900 PSI 31.0C 2853 45,900 PSI
90 GR. SPR HP Hodgdon H322 .277" 2.255" 29.0 2765 42,100 PSI 31.0C 2929 49,500 PSI
90 GR. SPR HP IMR IMR 4198 .277" 2.255" 24.0 2669 37,800 PSI 27.3C 2970 52,000 PSI
90 GR. SPR HP Hodgdon H4198 .277" 2.255" 26.0 2810 47,700 PSI 28.6C 3012 54,000 PSI
90 GR. SPR HP IMR IMR 4227 .277" 2.255" 21.0 2590 44,200 PSI 23.9 2795 51,000 PSI
90 GR. SPR HP Hodgdon Lil'Gun .277" 2.255" 20.0 2784 46,500 PSI 22.7 2923 53,500 PSI
100 GR. BAR X Hodgdon Benchmark .277" 2.260" 28.0 2588 42,000 PSI 30.0C 2755 51,200 PSI
100 GR. BAR X Hodgdon H322 .277" 2.260" 27.0 2502 37,700 PSI 30.0C 2803 52,300 PSI
100 GR. BAR X IMR IMR 4198 .227" 2.260" 23.0 2525 40,500 PSI 25.3C 2755 52,400 PSI
100 GR. BAR X Hodgdon H4198 .277" 2.260" 24.0 2542 40,500 PSI 26.5 2791 52,900 PSI
100 GR. BAR X IMR IMR 4227 .277" 2.260" 20.0 2431 46,800 PSI 22.9 2643 53,000 PSI
110 GR. HDY V-MAX Hodgdon H335 .277" 2.260" 27.0 2487 41,700 PSI 29.5 2694 53,600 PSI
110 GR. HDY V-MAX Hodgdon H4895 .277" 2.260" 27.0 2335 33,900 PSI 29.0C 2550 42,400 PSI
110 GR. HDY V-MAX IMR IMR 8208 XBR .277" 2.260" 28.0 2496 38,500 PSI 30.0C 2690 48,600 PSI
110 GR. HDY V-MAX IMR IMR 3031 .277" 2.260" 26.0 2450 42,100 PSI 28.0C 2605 48,700 PSI
110 GR. HDY V-MAX Hodgdon Benchmark .277" 2.260" 27.0 2518 44,000 PSI 28.8C 2665 52,000 PSI
110 GR. HDY V-MAX Hodgdon H322 .277" 2.260" 27.0 2571 47,600 PSI 29.0C 2697 53,600 PSI
110 GR. HDY V-MAX IMR IMR 4198 .277" 2.260" 22.0 2422 41,700 PSI 24.2C 2619 51,300 PSI
110 GR. HDY V-MAX Hodgdon H4198 .277" 2.260" 23.0 2431 40,600 PSI 25.3C 2651 52,000 PSI
115 GR. SIE HPBT Hodgdon H335 .277" 2.260" 27.0 2415 40,800 PSI 29.0 2569 48,500 PSI
115 GR. SIE HPBT Hodgdon H4895 .277" 2.260" 27.0 2302 34,300 PSI 29.0C 2495 42,800 PSI
115 GR. SIE HPBT IMR IMR 8208 XBR .277" 2.260" 28.0 2483 41,800 PSI 30.0C 2647 51,400 PSI
115 GR. SIE HPBT Hodgdon Benchmark .277" 2.260" 26.0 2400 42,400 PSI 28.5C 2581 51,800 PSI
115 GR. SIE HPBT Hodgdon H322 .277" 2.260" 26.0 2421 43,500 PSI 28.2C 2608 53,300 PSI
115 GR. SIE HPBT IMR IMR 4198 .277" 2.260" 22.0 2386 43,100 PSI 23.5C 2515 50,000 PSI
115 GR. SIE HPBT Hodgdon H4198 .277" 2.260" 22.0 2413 47,800 PSI 24.0C 2534 52,300 PSI
 

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I don't plan on using anybodys personal load data, I will always go by the manufacture.
I Would just like to hear what powder people prefer for this caliber, and any pro's or con's on different dies available, all my pistol dies are RCBS not sure if that's the best way to go
With the 6.8.
 

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RCBS makes three(3) different die sets for the 6.8 SPC. Found here with a brief description of each.
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?sortb...onids=4294846302&newcategorydimensionid=12628

Personally, I would not purchase a Small Base die set unless I had a custom chamber built to min specs. I would go with the standard set, YMMV.
To muddy the information waters a bit, I would take the opposite approach to what steve4102 said about small base dies. If you going for maximum feed reliability in a semi-auto I would absolutely recomend the small base dies. I sized both .223 and .308 cases in a regular full length sizer and small base sizer dies. These cases were checked with a Wilson case gauge, some that were sized in the standard full length die were a snug fit in the case gauge. All sizes in the small base sizer fit right into the case gauge with no hesitation. Because of small metalurgical differencees not every piece of brass will expand or size down with the same exact results. The small base die increases the chances of all your reloads chambering properly. If your loading for a bolt gun for maximum accuracy, go with a standard full length sizer or a neck sizing die.
 

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I'm new at reloading also. (so take this for what it's worth).:dontknow:
My Nephew bought hornady dies seem to work fine.
We tried 110gr nosler acubonds with 23gr of IMR4198 they have cycled fine in his ar so-far. His 11 year old daughter shot her first deer this season with it.:D

From the IMR website.
110 GR. HDY V-MAX IMR IMR 4198 .277" 2.260" 22.0 2422 41,700 PSI 24.2C 2619 51,300 PSI
 

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Originally got the 6.8 for my daughter, but now we all use that little gun more than any other. The 6.8 stag has taken close to a dozen blk bear, around 20 caribou, and a couple wolves. Haven't tried it out on a moose yet.

We go through about 500 rounds a year, between hunting but mostly shooting wood debris floating down the Yukon. I started with H-322 and it works well enough for me. We like 110 TTSX over accubonds; must be just superstitious. I stick with 29 grains.
 

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reloder 10X is my fav for the sixeight with 115 gr SPs.
 

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I'm new at reloading also. (so take this for what it's worth).:dontknow:
My Nephew bought hornady dies seem to work fine.
We tried 110gr nosler acubonds with 23gr of IMR4198 they have cycled fine in his ar so-far. His 11 year old daughter shot her first deer this season with it.:D

From the IMR website.
110 GR. HDY V-MAX IMR IMR 4198 .277" 2.260" 22.0 2422 41,700 PSI 24.2C 2619 51,300 PSI
I just found my old post and wanted to update it for those who might find this thread. I did find out from Nosler 23gr IMR4198 is MAX load with the 110gr Acubonds.
 
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