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#6998379 - 12/15/17 09:33 PM 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round
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What does everyone think?

Ordered a bolt gun in 6.5 Grendel for a at or around 100 yard deer and pig gun
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#6998386 - 12/15/17 09:45 PM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: txtrophy85]
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Should do fine at 100 and well beyond that.
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#6998407 - 12/15/17 10:01 PM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: txtrophy85]
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Wow, you made a terrible mistake.
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LOL! It will do anything within reason at normal ranges. It may be the very best beginner's deer cartridge ever made.
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#6998426 - 12/15/17 10:17 PM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: txtrophy85]
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Interesting....I'd really be interested in learning the difference between a 'beginners' cartridge/caliber and an 'experts', I'm all ears!
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#6998429 - 12/15/17 10:21 PM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
Wow, you made a terrible mistake.
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LOL! It will do anything within reason at normal ranges. It may be the very best beginner's deer cartridge ever made.


I bought it for my 10 year old.

Hope it works well
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#6998431 - 12/15/17 10:25 PM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: txtrophy85]
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Itís very practical, if not ideal, for the vast majority of Texas hunting. A 123 grain bullet, at that diameter, is deadly on deer sized game. The velocities are moderate, which gives ample energy on target without excessive speeds that may cause bullet failures. Recoil is so mild that itís very pleasant to shoot and conducive to shooter accuracy. The round, itself, is also inherently accurate.

Iíve killed probably a dozen whitetails with it thus far. I always try to exercise my other rifles throughout the season, but my Grendel is making that harder to accomplish. The A-Max and ELD bullets are hard to beat. Very accurate and surprisingly deadly. Every shot on game has been everything I wanted it to be. Soft tissue, heavy bone...all the same. The bullets deform but penetrate, just as they should. No failures to expand. No explosions. Just dead deer.

I doubt youíd have reason to take the Grendel over the Weatherby for extended ranges, but itíll do it, and do it well, should you find yourself in the position. I have a BDC reticle for mine, that just happens to be dead on to 500 yards at typical local elevations. Because of my confidence in the round, the rifle, and the dope, 500 yards is a very comfortable distance for me. Even further would be acceptable if the hash marks extended beyond that. At 100 yards, itís just right.

If youíre going to shoot factory ammo, try the Hornady Black. If you handload for it, Iíd start with the ELD bullets. I donít know how you feel about shooting game with bullets marketed for match shooting, but I can assure you that the ELD is deadly at Grendel velocities.

At any rate, enjoy the rifle. I believe you will.
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#6998434 - 12/15/17 10:29 PM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: txtrophy85]
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And for a young shooter, I think itís perfect. A little more bullet than a .243, and a little less recoil than a 7/08.
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#6998437 - 12/15/17 10:32 PM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: P_102]
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Originally Posted By: P_102
Interesting....I'd really be interested in learning the difference between a 'beginners' cartridge/caliber and an 'experts', I'm all ears!


In all seriousness, by "beginner's cartridge", I mean modest in noise and recoil, yet effective on game, no more and no less. Something easy to learn with, and painless to use, but still likely to produce reliable results in the field. If you want an example of an "expert's" cartridge, I'll offer my 7mm RUM, which is both loud and expensive, and has disproportionally sharp/violent recoil. This particular rifle has the interesting habit of the bolt checkering ripping the skin off of my right hand when I don't hold the rifle snugly enough, which is always a crowd pleaser. I'd much rather shoot my .375 H&H for fun than the 7mm Ultra, even though the Ultra has significantly less recoil.

The label "beginner's cartridge" is meant to indicate that it's easy to use well with good result; perhaps that makes it an expert's cartridge, too.
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#6998472 - 12/16/17 12:10 AM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: txtrophy85]
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Sneaky, what bolt gun in 6.5 Grendel do you have?

Tx..which one did you order?

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#6998476 - 12/16/17 12:37 AM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: txtrophy85]
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Killed 3 hogs and a bobcat this weekend with my 6.5G. it is an efficient killer.

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#6998478 - 12/16/17 12:54 AM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: DocHorton]
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Originally Posted By: DocHorton
Sneaky, what bolt gun in 6.5 Grendel do you have?

Tx..which one did you order?


I donít. Mineís an AR. Itís the Tactical Rifles SPG. Itís quite a rifle, but I donít recommend doing business with Tactical Rifles. I donít have enough bad things to say about the fella that owns it.
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#6998516 - 12/16/17 06:08 AM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: wtjim]
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.......... it is an efficient killer.


Love my Howa mini. With sst's so far everything DRT!
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#6998566 - 12/16/17 07:48 AM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: hwy84]
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Originally Posted By: hwy84
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.......... it is an efficient killer.


Love my Howa mini. With sst's so far everything DRT!


Always wanted to try them. My Grendel didnít like the factory loaded SST as much as the A-Max, and I never have hand loaded for it.
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#6998740 - 12/16/17 10:50 AM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: txtrophy85]
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Grendel is fantastic if youíre trying to get the most out of an AR-15. In a bolt gun, I donít understand why youíd hamstring yourself and pick it over a 6.5 Creedmoor/308/7-08/243

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#6998745 - 12/16/17 10:53 AM Re: 6.5 Grendel as a hunting round [Re: Crews]
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Originally Posted By: Crews
Grendel is fantastic if youíre trying to get the most out of an AR-15. In a bolt gun, I donít understand why youíd hamstring yourself and pick it over a 6.5 Creedmoor/308/7-08/243


The Howa mini-mauser action is one reason. The other reason is that sometimes more isn't better, particularly in a children's rifle, as is the intent of the OP.
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