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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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Who can give me some info a Ruger Mini-14 in 6.8 SPC? How many years were the made, value, overall performance.


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Old March 29th, 2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Ruger discontinued the 6.8 altogether recently. The rest of the industry went to the SPC II chambering with 1-11 twist for better performance. Ruger choose to stay with the original chambering and as a result sales suffered. And for those who think the 6.8 is a niche cartridge it was the number 2 seller in the AR platform last year behind the 5.56/.223.
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I purchased the the Mini 14 in 6.8 about a year ago after doing some research on the 6.8 round. I needed a rifle that would fill my 100- 250 yard void. the 6.8 slamed the door shut. Ammo is expensive but im not using it to go plinking. Hornady Superformance 120gr. is what I use.

I think they started making it in 2008. Probably due to the US military's interest in the 6.8. Hoping it would take off !!!!

Performance-- its a Ruger Mini....... its gonna shoot every time.

Value---If Ruger stopped producing the Mini in 6.8 then you can be sure over time your resale value will climb. I bought mine for 625.00 used. But it had no more then the 20 rounds put through it that the original owner bought with the gun. I never had and never will buy a new gun, always used. But thats just me.

hope this helps. What were your other choices?
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Old December 19th, 2015, 04:56 AM   #4
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I got my Mini 6.8 in 2008. I use SSA 110 gr and the only problem I've had is finding magazines for it.
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I have built three 6.8's over the years on ar platforms. For what it was designed for it is a very good cartridge despite Remington. I have seen it used on both elk and black bear and do it's job very well.

The last one I built using rock river/ARP parts will do clover leafs at 100yds from an open rest with hornady 110gr v-max, and the first time out with 90gr sierra varminters it did seven out of nine rounds in one single ragged hole from a open rest at 100yds. (yes that was a very good day)

I kept the target and you can see it at either 6.8spcforums.com or accurateshooter.com forums.
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Old December 26th, 2015, 02:04 PM   #6
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6.8 spc ruger

Was a short time make-SP marine force used that in shorter range testing using SPC !!. Fell short, 6.5 was slightly better, was about same size.
I know of 4 AR makers that have 6.8 in stock. Only good if you reload, ammo expensive. 2 arab countries chose 6.8 for their military, Jordan is one.Lee
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I love the mini platform, and have several but not a 6.8spc. I have a 6.8spc rock river that started out bone stock, and I completely rebuilt. It will clover leaf all day long with the hornady 110 grain bthp/wc reloads, using benchmark powder. I usually buy the factory ammo, hornady, american eagle ( federal), or silver state armory ammo, then reload it to my own specs, all of those have small rifle primer brass. The remington ammo which has a large rifle primer, has not been so accurate for me, so I stay away from that factory ammo. Anyways I like the round. I feel it will do everything the 5.56 does better, at the same distances, and twice the kinetic energy. But it is expensive. Its not a round thats made for the person wanting to plink at the range.IIts about the same price as reloading for my 6.5 grendel, also expensive. I have a friend that has harvested 2 deer this year with his mini 6.8spc and told me that his particular rifle groups its best with the hornady gmx bullets, one ragged hole. I wouldn't mind having a mini 6.8spc as well, to add to my collection.
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