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#6562688 - 11/28/16 04:49 PM Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel?
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Just doing some research, and need some input. What do you guys think about this caliber? It seems to me that it's a fine choice for an AR set up, and that's what I'm looking for. Hunting mostly, but occasional distance shooting. Already have a nice .308 in a bolt gun, but was thinking of getting a new AR in a round I don't own. I like that it is lower recoil, so my boy could shoot it if needed, and it seems have both distance and accuracy going for it, from what I read online. I reload, so the ammo isn't a big concern (i am aware brass is a little high $).

Appreciate any help on this matter.

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#6562693 - 11/28/16 04:52 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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Can't go wrong with 6.5 Grendel or 6.8 SPC for an AR round
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#6562717 - 11/28/16 05:07 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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IMO the Grendel is very good little round, liked it so much in the AR that had a bolt action built in it last year.

Don't worry much about brass cost since the number of loads per case is more than many other rounds 10+ with Hornady brass and up to 20 with Lapua brass. A lot of that brass life comes from using brass capable of 60K psi loads yet most load to 50K psi in part to the diameter and stress on AR actions from that size case.

Trajectory is very similar to the 308 you already have, with recoil that is very light.
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#6562740 - 11/28/16 05:20 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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The Grendel is a great choice for what you are describing. You'll definitely enjoy it.
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#6562744 - 11/28/16 05:23 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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#6562964 - 11/28/16 07:33 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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It is built to do exactly what you want.

As far as target shooting at distance, we've ran them out to 800 yards many times. The 6.8 SPC has a great following, especially as a hunting cartridge inside 300 yards. But it won't go as far as the 6.5 Grendel will go, if you want to shoot long range.
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#6563001 - 11/28/16 07:46 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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#6563003 - 11/28/16 07:47 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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I'm curious as to how heavy a bullet I could expect to fit in the Howa Mini-action's ten-shot detachable magazine. - I'm hoping to run 140's without having to cram them way down into the powder space, if possible.

6.5 bullets tend to be longish for the weight, which is good as long as it fits in the magazine.
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#6563049 - 11/28/16 08:08 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: charlesb]
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Why run 140's without enough fuel behind them to get them up to speed?

130 AR Hybrids is what I've wanted to experiment with in the Grendel.
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#6563051 - 11/28/16 08:08 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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I feel like since the Grendel shines past 300 yards, there are some on this forum who would consider it "unsportsmanlike".

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#6563108 - 11/28/16 08:33 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tim9880]
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I feel like since the Grendel shines past 300 yards, there are some on this forum who would consider it "unsportsmanlike".

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#6563132 - 11/28/16 08:44 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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#6563143 - 11/28/16 08:51 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tim9880]
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Originally Posted By: Tim9880
I feel like since the Grendel shines past 300 yards, there are some on this forum who would consider it "unsportsmanlike".


I wouldn't use it on medium game much past 300. You do need enough energy and muzzle velocity at impact for the bullet to reliably expand and penetrate the vitals.
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#6563165 - 11/28/16 09:04 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Why run 140's without enough fuel behind them to get them up to speed?

130 AR Hybrids is what I've wanted to experiment with in the Grendel.


Those and the 129gr Accubond LR work very well in the Grendel

Or if you might want something with a pretty good BC and can get some speed from look at the 107gr Serria match king at 2900 fps
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#6563286 - 11/28/16 10:13 PM Re: Your thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel? [Re: Tipps]
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Awesome info, thanks to all. Is 18" barrel enough? I'll be running a can and every inch I can spare will be nice. Better to buy an Alexander Arms complete rifle, or buy an upper and lower separately? Never done that. If so, what barrel, or upper, and any recommendations on lower? Thanks again

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