Greater Hunting Options From Stag Arms

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An increasing number of companies are offering greater hunting choices, and Stag Arms is coming out with theirs just in time for some of the biggest seasons of the year. Stag Arms already has some nice guns for hunters and sport shooters alike, and now they’re making it even better. New from Stag Arms are what the company is referring to as their “ready-to-go hunting solutions”, rifles that are ready to hit the woods straight out of the box.

Not only are these packages meant to be used right out of the box, they’re game-specific, or at least specific to the approximate size of game. The rifles being offered are good for medium-to-large game with platforms based on the company’s Stag 7 and their left-handed Stag 7L. The new versions are called the Stag 7S and Stag 7-LS, and each is being sold along with mounts and 3x-9x power optics.

The president of Stag Arms, Mark Malkowski, sees these rifles as good for a large variety of game, saying the company wanted “to offer hunters the best solution for coyote to elk-sized game which is why our employees spent a lot of time at the range testing different scopes with our Stag 7 series hunting rifles. We found the Nikon Active Target 3x-9x scope to be the best tested scope with the rifle.”

The rifles are chambered in 6.8 SPC, a round with military roots that’s gaining increasing popularity among hunters. The scope features Nikon’s active target reticle which utilizes an open circle design. Adjustments can be made at 1/4 MOA. Special tools are not necessary.

Take a look at the rifle itself on Stag Arms’ site: https://www.stagarms.com/stag-7-hunter-6-8spc/ MSRP for the hunting-ready Stag Arms 7S is $1280 while the Stag 7 LS is $1320. The new rifle-optics combos can be ordered through the company’s website at www.stagarms.com

Specs from Stag Arms:

Weight: 7.8 pounds

Length: 39.25″

Action: Semi-auto direct impingement

Chamber: 6.8 SPC with a SAAMI SPEC 2 chamber

Twist Rate: 1/11 button rifled

Muzzle Device: 11 degree target crown

Barrel: 20.77″, 410 stainless steel, heavy profile, proprietary S7 finish to eliminate glare

Handguard: Hogue free floating handguard w/ sling swivel attachment

Upper Receiver: Forged and mil-spec 7075 T6 aluminum with type 3 hard coat anodizing and a picatinny rail on top

Bolt Carrier: Enhanced semi-auto with a manganese phosphate coating

Charging Handle: Standard mil-spec

Front Sight: Low profile gas block

Rear Sight: None

Lower Receiver Material: 7075 T6 aluminum with a type 3 hard coat anodizing

Hammer/Trigger pin size: Mil-spec small pin .154″

Pivot/Takedown Pin Size: Mil-spec small pin – .250″

Caliber Marking: 6.8 MM

Buttstock: A2 buttstock with trap door for storage

Buffer: A2 buffer with A2 action spring

Trigger: 2-stage match trigger = 2 pound first stage with a 3.5 pound letoff

Grip: Hogue overmolded grip

Magazine: 5rd

Safety Selector: Right Hand



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Griz

    6.8 is a good hunting cartridge, but it is difficult to find at local retailers. Hunting with 300 blackout is a more viable option for me. The ammunition is available, and white tail deer go down quickly. If I was purchasing a rifle for elk sized game, I would be going bigger than 6.8, maybe 300 win mag.

    • iksnilol

      Or just good old .308?

    • Kivaari

      .300 BLK is a seriously under powered cartridge. The 6.8mm has much greater range and still delivers better energy, well beyond the blackout. Except for being Whisper quiet, it is only a short range cartridge.

      • sean

        with a proper 125 grain projectile the .300 blackout can engage thin structured targets out to 700 yards.

        • Kivaari

          The ability to hit at 700 yards, is too great of a challenge. The Blackout, is unsuited for such distances, due to the slow starting velocity and poor ballistic coefficient. It is like throwing a small rock.
          A 5.56mm using a Match King bullet in the 70-80 grain sizes. Keep in mind the 5.56mm OTM loads have shown to out perform 7.62mm NATO as far as group sizes and stability. NO, they don’t hit with much of a slap. The .300 BLK simply can not match the energies of 5.56mm, 7.62x51mm or even the 7.62x39mm. An aside on the 7.62x39mm, Chinese steel core issue ammo (ATF has stopped the import) was the most consistent and reached the published velocity military ammo I ever tested. It’s a shame that our government denied us that round.

          • sean

            “like throwing a small rock”…are you willing to stand behind that theory?! Watch Travis Haley video on a year with the 300 blackout…with a non-magnification aim point he is hitting a steel target at 710 yards and its making the steel ding. Now a subsonic round may only be effective out to about 300 yards but the supersonic rounds are a whole different thing.

          • Kivaari

            There is no way a bullet having such poor sectional density and ballistic co-efficiency can be used to reliably hit at 700 yards. Just the bullet drop of 86- to over 100 inches when firing at 500, with a moderate wind drift can be used effectively. Starting out at 2050 FPS in the face of a 10 MPH cross wind hit effectively. UNLESS the shooter has placed pre-existing hold over targets and has calm winds. We all know that target range shooting has little relationship to what can be done well. Haley6 is not your everyday soldier or target shooter. WE all know that extreme range shooting rarely results in first round hits. Throw in mutant crosswinds and even skilled shooter need spotter rounds. I could not find 700 yard ballistics, a few more 500 yard charts (where the 86-100+ inches of drop come from. I suspect at 700 yards the drop would nearly double.
            There is no way a bullet starting out at .30-30 velocities, using a lighter bullet with poor numbers is worth playing with. Why bother? NO one I know considers the 7.62x39mm PS load a reasonable 700 yard rifle. Once the bullet drops below the sound barrier, the bullets tend to yaw. Thus making hitting harder. Even a good .308 goes unstable just beyond 900 yards and hits the target sideways. Kino D. won a 1000 yard match using 165 gr. Game King Bullets, with every slug doing key-holing. But, that is why we adopted the .300 WM, since a good bullet needs to have velocity that translates into stable bullets hitting. Ringing a gong with a pre-registered pip-squeak of a bullet can be done. I’d like to see his paper targets.

          • sean

            Then i guess the 300 blackout is not the round for you…so you should probably stay away from it. For everyone else that isn’t shallow in their thinking i say do some of your own research and see the many benefits of a really cool round. Supersonic loads for long distance varmint hunting or use some good subsonic rounds for up close hog and bear hunting. I know i have had a lot of fun with my 9″ SBR and have been very impressed with it ballistics from such a short barrel.

          • Kivaari

            Please!!! Varmint hunting with any round that has a trajectory like a mortar, is just not wise thinking. If you like shooting little animals, then do it right. Get a high velocity small bore rifles where zeroing it at 100 yards, will still hit at 225 yards, with no need to hold over or under. Any slow moving bullet with poor shape will hamper shooting. The sub-sonic loads, at VERY low velocities, are even harder to use. Or like many of the people at the range, they think they are shooting 200 yards when they are actually at 100. I don’t know any serious varmint shooter using such inferior rounds. At least use a .222 Remington or .223. I used .22-250s, and the wind plays hell with them. The sub-sonic .300 Whispers, with 220 gr. bullets in an SBR and a can, perform like a suppressed .45ACP. Quiet and good for 100-150 yard distances. Yes you can hit at longer ranges, but the results may be poor. An M3 Carbine with the Green-tipped ammo of WW2 took down sentries along Normandy.

          • sean

            So the sub-sonic rounds are “VERY low velocities”…why don’t they just make them faster NARF!!! Yes sub-sonic are suppose to be really low velocity so you dont get that crack. Plus sub-sonic rounds are more accurate then super sonic rounds and its already proven that it can kill hog and bear within a hundred yards and further. Why would it not fit the needs of many diverse shooters. Just for the recorded, if you are at the gun range and cant tell the difference between 100 yards and 200…you probably shouldn’t be a hunter

          • Kivaari

            As I said, the super-sonic loads are not well suited for much game hunting. Except for you I’ve not read any stories about taking game at 200-300 yards. I knew one hunter that took elk at 200 yards, using a M94 in .30-30 used as a single shot. 60 years of hunting and guiding gave him skill.
            Now a .30-30 with a 150 grain bullet outperforms the super-sonic Blackout. No one would recommend that load for hunting man or beast at 700 yards.
            Now take your .300 Blackout, drop the muzzle velocity to 1050, and no one would suggest hunting with it beyond 150 yards. The round is very accurate, under the right conditions. Hearing the bullet on its way toward you, deer or bear may alert allowing time to move..
            Many hunters think the animal is at much greater distances. It is a common failure of hunters. I love good LASERs.
            The .300 WHISPER (AKA: .300 Blackout) was designed for suppressed at short distances. It has its place in special operations.

          • Kivaari

            I am already working toward getting a .300 for my SBR. OR putting a 16″ tube on one of my other ARs. That with a can, would be a fun toy.

      • Griz

        Like I said the 300 black is what works for me, I’m in dense woods and swamp, most shots are 75 yards or less, if Im in the open I bring a scoped bolt gun. Tell the dead deer that 300 blackout is under powered.

        • Kivaari

          Griz, Look at seans comments. He thinks it is usable to 700 yards. On deer under 100 yds, I’d say it is OK for such uses. I used a .223 under similar distances until the state outlawed under 6mm cartridges. It was a senseless move. They even outlawed .25-35 in rifles, but not in pistols.

          • Griz

            Kivaari, your comment telling me the 300 black was underpowered was written way before sean posted. I live in a world where hunting time is precious and I do not take gear into the woods that won’t do the job I need. I understand that 300 blackout losses velocity faster than .223, but as I said I know what works for me. And if I was able to go elk hunting I wouldn’t be taking an AR.

      • iksnilol

        Depends, the supersonic loads are very similar to 7.62×39. Which is a decent hunting cartridge.