6.8 SPC Ammo

The 6.8 Special Purpose Carbine cartridge was designed to be a medium bore cartridge that was well suited for use in short barreled carbines. The 6.8 SPC delivers more energy than the 5.56 NATO and is highly accurate up to 600 yards in short-barreled carbines.
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  1. Sellier and Bellot 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 110 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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  2. Federal 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 90 Grain Bonded Soft Point Ammunition

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Hunting
    • 90 Grain
    • Bonded Soft Point Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 85¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU XM68GD
  3. Sellier & Bellot 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 110 Grain PTS Ammunition

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  4. Hornady 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 110 Grain HPBT Ammunition

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.10 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 8146
    • UPC 090255381467
  5. Hornady 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 110 Grain V-MAX Ammunition

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.13 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 8346
    • UPC 090255383461
  6. Hornady 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 120 Grain SST Ammunition

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    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.13 to $1.15 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 8347
    • UPC 090255383478
  7. Remington 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 115 Grain OTM Ammunition

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Range
    • $1.18 to $1.20 Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU R68R1
    • UPC 047700363905
  8. Remington 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 115 Grain Fusion Ammunition

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    • Federal SKU F68MSR1
  9. Sellier and Bellot 6.8 SPC Ammo - 600 Rounds of 110 Grain PTS Ammunition

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  10. Sellier and Bellot 6.8 SPC Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 110 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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History of Remington 6.8mm Special Purpose Cartridge Ammunition

The Remington 6.8mm Special Purpose Cartridge (SPC) is a cartridge designed to improve on the terminal performance of the 5.56mm NATO cartridge currently in use by the US military. Specifically, this cartridge was designed to provide increased terminal performance from Short Barreled Rifles (SBR) and carbines. The 6.8 SPC was developed with the collaboration of Special Ops troops, the Army Marksmanship Unit and Remington. It began development in 2002 and was in field trials in 2004. Although not wholly adopted by the military, the field trials did show that there was interest in the return to a larger caliber rifle for use other than sniping.

The 6.8mm SPC is based on a .30 Remington, rimless bottleneck case that has been sized to accept a 0.277 inch bullet. The bullets are most commonly found in the 85-140 grain weight range with the 115 grain bullet being the most common. Also, the military trials showed that the 115 grain bullet offered the best combination of lethality and range. With over 1000 pounds of energy at 300 yards and one MOA accuracy at ranges in excess of 600 yards the 6.8 SPC easily outperforms the 5.56 NATO and the 7.62x39.

Some other advantages of the cartridge are: it will fit into a magazine that works in a rifle with AR-15 magazine well dimensions; it operates at a lower pressure than the 5.56 NATO and has a comparable trajectory to the flat shooting .308 NATO. The cartridge can be fired in an AR-style rifle with only a change in bolt, barrel and magazine. In an M4 style rifle, the 6.8mm SPC delivers 44% more energy than the 5.56mm NATO round at ranges up to 300 yards. Interestingly enough, barrel length has only mild impact on velocity and almost no discernible difference in accuracy. Barrels of 16 inches have almost the same velocity as 22 inch barrels when shooting the 6.8mm SPC.

Although not likely to be replacing the 5.56 NATO in the immediate future for military use, the 6.8 SPC is making inroads to the civilian market. It is particularly popular among deer and feral hog hunters as the 6.8 SPC is effective out to 300 yards, even when used in an AR style rifle with a 16 inch barrel.

Law Enforcement agencies have been looking closely at the Remington 6.8mm SPC as a replacement for duty rifles, many of which are chambered in 5.56 NATO or .223 Remington. Most notably, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has been allowing its agents to purchase AR-15 styled rifles chambered for the 6.8mm SPC.

Discuss 6.8 SPC ammunition by adding your comment to the 3 comments below or by asking a new question

Jeff Weber ( Wed, 13 Mar 2013 04:57:21 +0000 ) : I think there will more wide spread manufacturers this year. I keep hearing rumors of DOD usage. I was also surprised to see LWRC now offers all their models in either 5.56 or 6.8 now too.
Chris Sharon ( Thu, 04 Apr 2013 03:46:13 +0000 ) : 6.8 SPC can not be sold for $45 / 20. Isn't that gouging?
Ken Hinchman ( Fri, 31 May 2013 01:02:05 +0000 ) : I have the Ruger Ranch rifle in 6.8 SPC for deer hunting. I needed a gun that had a safety for a left hand shooter.