I'm interested in buying a 6.8 SPC II 18" PSA upper. What kind of groups are people getting at the range with factory and reloaded ammo using a PSA upper as described? I know there are lots of variables in range results so list the major factors such as shooting off a bench or freehand...
PSA has some pretty good products, and free shipping right now for Memorial Day. Everything I have purchased has been as accurate as other similarly priced items. Your probably not going to achieve the accuracy of a Bison or other top notch 6.8, but probably good enough for most builds where you have a limited budget, gives you more left over to buy the ammo.
I took advantage of their sale and went with one of their uppers. Hopefully it won't take too long for it to arrive. I've put together a couple of guns for friends using their components and it has been good quality each time.
I ordered one of the PSA 6.8 SPC II 18" stainless hammer forged uppers on May 3rd. I recieved an upper on my 29th, but noticed upon unpacking that PSA had actually shipped me the version of that upper with a regular stainless barrel instead of the hammer forged stainless.
It's been kind of a struggle, but I finally got a return shipping label last night, and the upper goes back today. Everyone at PSA was very polite and apologetic, but I get the feeling they are currently swamped with business, and might be opperating above their current capacity. I'm certainly not railing on PSA, but I'd be sure to check your upper and make sure you got what you ordered.
As for their hammer forged barrels, I've heard several reviews that cited better than average accuracy, but all of those barrels were hammer forged 5.56 barrels. I expect the 6.8 hammer forged should show the same quality as they are supposedly manufactured by FN as well.
Just wanted to update, PSA pulled a quick turn around with my upper issue, in fact, they shipped out the correct upper the same day they received my returned upper. I received the Hammer Forged 18" 6.8 upper today, and it looks great.
One difference I noted between the HF and non HF 6.8 barrels (besides marking and contour) is that the HF barrel is a 4-groove barrel, and the non HF is a 6 groove barrel. I don't know if that matters to anyone, but when I was searching for these barrel's groove info online I couldn't find it anywhere.
I don't have any groups to report yet, but I have some Hornady 120 SST loaded rounds, hopefully I'll be able to take the upper out for a workout this sunday.