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#6919254 - 10/13/17 11:48 AM Another 6.5 Grendel thread
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I think I've decided to go immediately to loading my own 6.5 grendel and skip the whole buying ammo step. Some questions:

1. I hear in general for gas guns, it's best to Full Length size your cases. Which makes since. So if i get a hornady FL die and I set it up to where it bottoms out completely when I raise the ram up, then does that mean I have Full Length sized the case? I assume to FL size is to make the shoulder as short the die can make it.

2. I already have CCI 400 small rifle primer and Ramshot TAC. Any issues in starting with these?

3. Found some brass on line. Looks like it's new. Any reasons why i should use something like this? I am trying to save a bit of money here.
https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/i...brass-100-count

4.Do i need to trim brand new cases or do anything else to them? Asked this question before about 308 Lapua brass and the answer was no. Does the same apply here for "lesser" brass?

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#6919259 - 10/13/17 11:53 AM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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1- Yes

2- Yes, they will work, but TAC is a little slow burning, depending on which bullet you plan to run. I'd prefer to run a magnum primer with that slow of a powder.

3- That will work

4- You should not need to trim new brass, just load and go.
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#6919321 - 10/13/17 12:57 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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At least buy one box of hornady factory ammo & a hornady headspace gauge set so you can have a few spent case's to set your resizing die up with the proper set back 3/4 thousands

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#6919368 - 10/13/17 01:37 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Chad, thanks for the response as always.

FYI, planned on sticking to something around 120-123. Would ulitmately like a good soft point bullet in that range.

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#6919424 - 10/13/17 02:33 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Those weight bullets would work. It will be a compressed load with TAC, but give it a whirl and see what shoots good.
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#6919432 - 10/13/17 02:37 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Do you think Reloader 15 would be better? That and winchester 760 is all I have and I'd rather not buy a different powder.

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#6919703 - 10/13/17 07:04 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
I'd rather not buy a different powder.


So you're not REAL serious about this project?
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#6919753 - 10/13/17 07:50 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Cfe223 - benchmark - xbr8208 all work good

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#6919766 - 10/13/17 08:06 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Trust me load about 27 gr of TAC with the 123gr ELD and you will be smiling.
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#6919806 - 10/13/17 09:02 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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8208 works well for me

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#6920647 - 10/14/17 06:47 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: FiremanJG]
Korean Redneck Offline


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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
I'd rather not buy a different powder.


So you're not REAL serious about this project?


Don't remember ever indicating the level of seriousness of this to me.

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#6920912 - 10/14/17 10:48 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Lots of powders will work in the Grendel, some better than others but many work.

With TAC I would give the one DStroud gave a try for sure. Many loading the Grendel always use Small Magnum rifle Primers for the thicker cups found on them.

I mostly use CE223 in my Grendel loads.
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#6921017 - 10/15/17 07:53 AM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
I'd rather not buy a different powder.


So you're not REAL serious about this project?


Don't remember ever indicating the level of seriousness of this to me.


I'm just ribbing you.
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#6921804 - 10/15/17 10:10 PM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: Korean Redneck]
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CFE and the 123 Gr Hornady projectiles are the ticket. I have tried about 12 different combinations of projectiles and powders. CFE & Hornady has been the most consistent combination.
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#6922034 - 10/16/17 08:04 AM Re: Another 6.5 Grendel thread [Re: FiremanJG]
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Registered: 06/24/09
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
I'd rather not buy a different powder.


So you're not REAL serious about this project?


Don't remember ever indicating the level of seriousness of this to me.


I'm just ribbing you.


Haha, I know. But my statement still remains...never said how serious is was.
In all seriousness, just looking for it to be a fun gun and eventually the girls' deer rifle in about 7 years. I will try the small rifle primer and TAC that I have, but I'll now be on the look out for small rifle magnum primers and the other powders listed.

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