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#7109701 - 03/13/18 08:44 AM Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel
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I am considering doing my first AR build. I was thinking of buying a Palmetto State PA10 (complete upper and a complete lower) but they are always out of stock. So a buddy of my has talked me into just building one and he said that his next build will be a 6.5 Grendel. He seems to really like this round.
I know nothing about this caliber, so I did some "YOUTUBE RESEARCH" and it seems to be a pretty decent round.

I am looking to hunt deer and Hogs with it and let my daughters shoot it as well. I do not currently have an AR-15 platform, so I would be starting from scratch.

So to those that have them or shot them, what are your thoughts? Are they a good "all around" gun? (Deer/Hogs/coyotes/paper) From what I have seen in my limited research so far is that this would make a good accurate rifle even at long distances.

And for those that have built one, can you point me to places to look at parts? I've looked at Palmetto,Aero, Odin works and Sanders ... are those decent places to look?

Thank you in advance for any guidance here.
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#7109720 - 03/13/18 08:52 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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Originally Posted By: Hogz
So to those that have them or shot them, what are your thoughts? Are they a good "all around" gun? YES(Deer/Hogs/coyotes/paper) From what I have seen in my limited research so far is that this would make a good accurate rifle even at long distances.ABSOLUTELY TRUE
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#7109748 - 03/13/18 09:12 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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6.5 Grendel is a great, low recoil round that's effective for hunting at short to medium ranges with relatively cheap match grade ammunition. Excellent round.

I think the Larue upper builder's kit is hands down the best buy on the market right now. You can get one unassembled for about $800, and all you need other than that is a stripped lower receiver. some of the small details are already done, like setting the gas block and getting the gas key staked, etc. it makes assembling it properly a no-brainer. I've had one, excellent gun.

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#7109758 - 03/13/18 09:17 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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the .264 bullet is phenomenal and the Grendel will def. do its jobs for most of Texas hunting conditions. Might want to look into the performance of PSA before leaning that direction. They are budget friendly but budget friendly for a reason
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#7109813 - 03/13/18 09:55 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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the Grendel has become my favorite round for the hunting I do with a rifle mostly deer, hogs and coyotes. If just after yotes I usually have the 17 Remington but the Grendel has worked for them nicely.

Look at some of Double Naught Spy posts in the hog hunting forum here for its effectiveness on hogs.
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#7109829 - 03/13/18 10:07 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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Canít go wrong with the Grendel. My only complaint is that Hornady discontinued their AMax round for it. Their Black is good as well as the American Eagle round, mine just liked the AMax a little better.

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#7109861 - 03/13/18 10:45 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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This is a few years old but sums up the Grendel pretty well

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/5700119/1
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#7109876 - 03/13/18 10:55 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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Seriously considering a Grendel myself. Also want a 300 BO...
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#7109888 - 03/13/18 11:07 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Kthnx]
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Originally Posted By: Kthnx
Seriously considering a Grendel myself. Also want a 300 BO...


If you get the Grendel first, you may very well forget about the Blackout.
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#7109897 - 03/13/18 11:17 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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Ran my Larue Tactical 6.5G at the Hunters Challenge and it performed extremely well. You will be very pleased in the LT offering. I was using Hornady Black 123 Gr. ELD in my rifle.
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#7109911 - 03/13/18 11:29 AM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG

If you get the Grendel first, you may very well forget about the Blackout.


Agreed....

Grendel is an outstanding cartridge for AR-15 in a regular 16-20" rifle.

Also very practical in an SBR or pistol, with a 10-12"ish barrel. Just as good if not better than 300blk as a short range hunting tool. Range fodder is cheap cheap if you're the type that likes to go blasting (or go to a carbine training class.)

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#7109965 - 03/13/18 12:22 PM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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I'm thinking about ditching one of my .223 uppers and getting a 6.5 Grendel. I was initially reluctant to do so, because of the cost of plinking ammo. That has become a moot point over the past couple of years.

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#7110021 - 03/13/18 01:17 PM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: FiremanJG]
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I believe it. My 30 cal can just got put in jail which has me peaking around at the blackout. I've wanted the grendel quite a bit longer tho.

Everything that I've read about the grendel sounds awesome. I've already been bit by the 6.5 bug and want to keep going with it. I've even been thinking about getting into reloading and sharing the 123 gr between the CM and the Grendel.
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#7110031 - 03/13/18 01:27 PM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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Originally Posted By: Hogz

I am considering doing my first AR build. I was thinking of buying a Palmetto State PA10 (complete upper and a complete lower) but they are always out of stock. So a buddy of my has talked me into just building one and he said that his next build will be a 6.5 Grendel. He seems to really like this round.
I know nothing about this caliber, so I did some "YOUTUBE RESEARCH" and it seems to be a pretty decent round.

I am looking to hunt deer and Hogs with it and let my daughters shoot it as well. I do not currently have an AR-15 platform, so I would be starting from scratch.

So to those that have them or shot them, what are your thoughts? Are they a good "all around" gun? (Deer/Hogs/coyotes/paper) From what I have seen in my limited research so far is that this would make a good accurate rifle even at long distances.

And for those that have built one, can you point me to places to look at parts? I've looked at Palmetto,Aero, Odin works and Sanders ... are those decent places to look?

Thank you in advance for any guidance here.



It's an awesome round.

That said, since this is your first AR, I recommend you go with a .223 unless you have no other hunting rifles. Grendel ammo is significantly more expensive than .223 and you're going to want to practice a lot with it. You can always get a 6.5G upper (which will eventually become it's own rifle grin) later.

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#7110105 - 03/13/18 02:41 PM Re: Thoughts on the 6.5 Grendel [Re: Hogz]
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cheap Wolf ammo

Yeah.... wolf ammo for practicing is a whole lot more expensive than .223, at a whopping $6 per box.

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