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Old 11-07-2020, 09:24 AM
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Default New SAAMI cartridge: 6.8 Westerner

Long range and large game hunters can expect to have a new factory offered short action magnum cartridge option soon, as SAAMI released specs recently for the 6.8 Westerner.

Specs call for a 1:8” twist barrel, pushing a 175grain .277” bullet to 2840fps over a 65,000psi payload. 2.955” max COAL and a magnum bolt face, it looks like somebody wants their own piece of the 6.5 PRC’s pie in the long range, short action magnum hunting rifle market.

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Old 11-10-2020, 12:07 PM
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That's pretty interesting.
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Old 11-10-2020, 01:26 PM
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Wow that's cooking. Not sure who is going to be making the 175 gr bullet but Berger's 170 gr bullet has a BC (G1) of .662!
This cartridge should give the 6.5 CM crowd something to worry about! Probably going to use a pretty stout charge of powder. I can't wait to see the reviews.
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Old 11-10-2020, 02:34 PM
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I'm guessing Hornady...looking at the specs its pretty much a PRC case. It's shorter than a WSM.
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I’d tend to suspect Layne is involved somewhere.
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Old 11-17-2020, 07:12 PM
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Pretty neat! There aren't many .277 options out there. Hopefully this one will stick.
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Old 11-18-2020, 03:18 AM
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case is .070" shorter than the 270 wsm, not really new is it?
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Ridge Runner View Post
case is .070" shorter than the 270 wsm, not really new is it?
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No, the only thing "new" is the 1/8 as standard with SAAMI. Other than that it's really nothing special.
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